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Remember that chaotic time as a 14 year old when the adults in your life took you aside and acknowledged that you were ready for greater responsibility and challenges? Me neither.
This is a documentary about the inner workings of a boys rite of passage ceremony created for seven adolescent boys who were each taken to an isolated spot on a mountainside in the Catskill Mountains in New York State and asked to tend a fire for 24 hours. By themselves.
This documentary isn't about the individual boys or about watching their cathartic times on the mountain -- their experience is rightfully theirs alone. Instead, the camera stays at the base of the mountain and documents these experiences as reflected in the unique circle of "uncles" and "big brothers" who visited and supported them during this event -- most have had similar solo experiences as adolescents.
This documentary looks at the usefulness of extended family, of transition times of life and of the creation of culture. It explores parents' unique roll in this ceremony, how they resist and embrace this change in their sons -- and their own informal rites of passage which were in many ways accidents they were lucky to survive.
WHAT THE MONEY IS FOR:
So far, the shooting, interviewing, transcribing, writing and editing of this movie have all been the effort of one person -- but now a little help is appreciated. Attention from a sound mixer and a color corrector would benefit the movie a great deal. It needs to be converted to HDCam format if it is to be screened at festivals. The Tending Fires website would offer digital downloads and be a place to buy DVDs -- which have to be designed, produced and mastered with DVD extras. The music in the trailer was composed by Mark Snow -- who is a genius -- and this documentary would be lucky to have more music from him.
$8000 is the amount needed to realize a minimum level of quality for this project. (Remember, roughly 10% goes to Kickstarter and the Amazon payment system.) If I raise more than my goal I would make a concerted effort to enter and participate in film festivals as well as pay back the people who have supported me during this time.
Funding on Kickstarter is all or nothing. If I don't reach the goal, you won't be charged anything.
Thank you for looking at this page. Please send the link tendingfires.org on to people you know who are interested in this project or would want to learn more. Thank you!
- (29 days)