A documentary about a new generation of people who are taking their careers online in order to travel the world.
ABOUT THIS FILM
The internet has changed everything. Not just how we work, but where. Working from home in the US has increased dramatically in recent years and they estimate that by 2016, 63 million Americans will work from home at least part time (Source: 2011 Forester Research).
We wanted to look at the edges of this movement, the people who are not just working from home and keeping the status quo, but those who are taking this new freedom -- the opportunity to choose to live anywhere without having to consider workplace location -- and what happens next.
If you shift your life from being centered around where you to work, to being centered around how you want to live, what happens? Where would you go if you could go anywhere in the world?
We followed the stories of 18 individuals who take work from home to the next level. They're living abroad, traveling, experiencing things that they would have never have seen if they worked in a traditional office. This is the first generation of people who realistically can hold a 9-5 job and travel around the world at the same time.
We call these people The Wireless Generation.
We interviewed people across five continents including:
- a sociology professor teaching online from Thailand
- a financial analyst for American Express backpacking across South America
- a family of four traveling with their kids across Asia as they build websites for their clients back home in Australia
- a day trader living in Colombia
- an internet entrepreneur who only works a few hours a month and spends the rest volunteering in places like Haiti and Rwanda
These people have each found ways to make the ultimate dream of traveling the world possible -- while keeping their careers. All it takes is a good wifi connection, a little creativity and the desire to do something different.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
This film is brought to you by husband-wife team Drew & Christine Gilbert. Drew is an animator with degree in Animation/Media Arts from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and has been telling stories with video and animation online over the past twelve years. Christine is a writer and photographer whose work has been seen in BBC Travel, Esquire, Rough Guides, and Lonely Planet. They've been working online and traveling the world together since 2008. In 2010 they had a baby, kept traveling, and their son now been to more countries as a toddler, than Drew and Christine visited by age 30.
THIS IS A PROJECT WE LOVE
We have been traveling around the world for TWO YEARS filming these stories. We went to five continents. We went to Burning Man! With a baby! We traveled thousands of miles to capture these fascinating characters in exotic locations, and now we want to complete our film and share it with as many people as possible.The Kickstarter campaign will enable us to not only complete the editing of the film, but most importantly to share it, which we hope will inspire others to take the leap to live their life with adventure and passion.
We are pitching film festivals and also want to set up screenings around the US, so as many people as possible can see it.
We want to tell this story.
WHAT WE NEED
A successful Kickstarter campaign will allow us to complete the film, and for a screening tour in:
- Seattle, WA
- San Francisco, CA
- Los Angeles, CA
- Telluride (or Denver), CO
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- NYC, New York
The funds would cover the festival application fees, the film printing, final post-production, and tour travel expenses.
If we raise more than $35,000? We'll add more cities. We'll keep going. We'll take this movie as far as we can and as far as you'll help us go!
$5 or more: Thank you email from the filmmakers plus a mention on the film's official website!
$25 or more: HD digital download of the film before it's available anywhere else! Plus above rewards.
$50 or more: Signed copy of the DVD that includes special features like bonus interviews and commentary track by the filmmakers. Plus above rewards.
$75 or more: Our awesome "Have Internet, Will Travel" tee. Plus above rewards.
$125 or more: Your name will be listed in the film's credits under Special Thanks. Imagine being able to show your friends, "LOOK, there's my name, right there! ON A FILM!". Plus above rewards.
for $150, can now add a custom portrait done by the director. You still get your name in the credits, the t-shirt, DVD, digital download and thank you email, and now add a portrait for yourself or a loved one.
$250 or above: VIP Ticket to the premiere at one of these cities:
2. SAN FRANCISCO
3. LOS ANGELES
7. NEW YORK
There's just 20 tickets per city because these are truly a VIP experience. You'll be ushered in, meet the filmmakers (that's us!), enjoy delightful food & drinks and even go home with your own swag bag, filled with goodies from the movie and from our travels.
Dates will be in 2013 and scheduled to match the film festival schedule. We'll be sure to give you months of advance notice. Tickets are transferrable.
$1000 or above: Dinner for four (you plus three guests) with the filmmakers at one of the seven premiere locations listed above. Associate Producer credit in the film and IMDB.
$5,000 or above: Are we not scheduled to come to a city near you? No problem, we'll come to you! Just provide a location and we'll fly out, show the film, do a Q & A, and spend a fabulous day in your fine city. We will go international, but check locations with us first. If you have any special requests, just ask!
$10,000 or above: We'll add you to the official team and crew for the movie, making you THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, which not only means you'll be listed in the credits and IMDB but you'll also be invited to attend our World Premiere as part of the documentary team, you'll travel with us to the festival and get to experience the entire "festival experience" from a filmmaker's point of view. Limited to one person, and travel to the festival is not included.
WHEN DOES THE FILM COME OUT ON DVD?
As soon as we're able! We don't have an exact date right now because it depends on which festivals we play, but it we have everything lined up for sending these out on both digital and DVD formats, the second we're able.
THIS IS YOUR FILM
As soon as you've supported this Kickstarter, PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU'VE DONE IT, AND SPREAD THE LINK FAR AND WIDE.
Drew & Christine --> who in 2005, were just thinking "how can we travel?" and at that point had only been to Europe once -- on their honeymoon.