Welcome to our Kickstarter page for "Children of the Wind" a documentary about young children from the island of Bonaire who journey from humble beginnings to international fame in the sport of windsurfing, transforming not only their island but the face of the sport worldwide. Unfortunately the yacht in the video is not actually ours! So we've come to Kickstarter instead to raise funds for the start of post production and to film the Bonaire boys at the biggest windsurfing championship of the year in Sylt Germany. More information on the film and details of exactly where your contribution will go are written below. To the right you will find the various rewards that we are offering. It's important to know that each and every donation, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated and will help us to reach our goal of completing the film by early 2011! With Kickstarter, it's all or nothing. So if we don't raise our goal of $20,000 within 40 days we will not receive any funds. So please spread the word and share this link with friends, family or even strangers you meet on the beach. Thanks again for visiting and supporting our project!
-Bob, Pete and Daphne (Co-Creators)
For more info on the film visit: www.childrenofthewindmovie.com
For updates & photos check out our blog: www.childrenofthewindmovie.com/blog
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Unlike most commercial windsurfing films that focus on action-intensive sequences, "Children of the Wind" is a character driven documentary. It is not just a windsurfing story, it is a human story. Windsurfing is the powerful metaphor but it is the example of passion and determination that the kids so powerfully provide that will be at the heart of the story. As is the norm with cause-related documentaries that strive for social impact through a story that inspires, it is made possible by donations from individuals who believe in the project and the message, and want to take an active role in bringing the story to the world. Our project has been a ground-roots effort from the beginning. It was born out of conversations between Elvis Martinus, Daphne Schmon and Robert McCormick two years ago and was propelled into reality by the interest of mutual friend and windsurfing enthusiast Peter Robertson, one of feature films foremost celebrated steadicam operators (of Atonement and Quantum of Solace). The thought of telling this extraordinary story through the lens of a world-renowned cinematographer was irrestible, and from there, through the tireless efforts of people both in Bonaire and New York who have graciously asked "how can we help" the dream is coming to fruition. It is important to know that every donation counts, no matter the amount, and is meaningful to the realization of this story.
WHERE WE ARE NOW:
Our team just returned from a fantastic 3 week shoot on the island of Bonaire, where we shot on and off the water with Bonaire's pro windsurfers and community members. We shot with both the Panasonic Varicam 2700 and the Canon 5D to capture stunning imagery around the island. Now we are back in the studio in New York and preparing for post-production.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL BE USED:
The money we raise through Kickstarter will go directly towards covering the raw post production costs of the film, which include editing, color correction and sound mixing. We are also raising money to film at the biggest competition of the year in Sylt Germany this October 2010. These costs will include equipment rental, travel, and insurance.
IF THE FILM MAKES A PROFIT, WILL THE BONAIRE WINDSURFERS RECEIVE SUPPORT?
Yes. That is one of the most important goals of the film. "Children of the Wind" is a cause-related project that will bring exposure, interest, and support not only to the young windsurfers of Bonaire and for windsurfing in general, but to the "power of sports" as a message to young people around the world. We will direct a percentage of all profits the film receives back to support the children of Bonaire. Elvis Martinus and leaders on the island will advise us as to how these funds can best be used.
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