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THANK YOU!!! We made our initial goal of $85,000!
Our dream is to reach a STRETCH GOAL of $100,000. These additional resources will go toward the total budget for editing, animation, musicians, color correction, sound design, finishing up the last remaining shoots and making this film shine.
We’ve been inspired by the global response for this campaign, and hope that this film can be a catalyst to connect seed communities around the world.
Thank you for being a SEED ambassador!
- Taggart, Jon and the SEED Team
Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being. - Vandana Shiva
Welcome to our new Kickstarter Campaign. Thank you for your incredible support to bring this film to life. Kickstarter is all or nothing, meaning that we will need to meet our pledge goal by December 19th or the funds will be returned. This is the FINAL PUSH to complete SEED: The Untold Story. Together, with your help, we will finish this film in 2014 and plant a very big seed!
SEED will reveal the awe, wonder and hidden beauty of seeds. We have spent the last year filming an extraordinary cast of characters passionately dedicated to saving our planet’s seed diversity. Our humble thanks to all of the farmers, scientists, philosophers and seed collectors who we have met making this film. They are the visionaries and caretakers of many of the world’s remaining seeds.
In the past hundred years, 94% percent of our seed diversity has been lost.
SEED: The Untold Story, a feature-length documentary film, tells the harrowing and heartening story of humans’ 12,000-year relationship with seeds. As many irreplaceable seeds are nearing extinction, SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for their future. The film follows an absorbing journey into “doomsday” seed vaults, the colorful dedication of seed savers, and the world of indigenous tribes, who strive to protect our sacred seed ancestry. SEED celebrates the mystery, power and essential nature of seeds. Entertaining and engaging, SEED will ignite the imagination of audiences, inspiring them to be part of a brave new movement dedicated to safeguarding our world’s sustainable future.
The beauty of the seed is out of one you can get millions. The beauty of the pollinator is that it turns that one into the millions. - Vandana Shiva
Vandana Shiva’s above quote inspired us to make SEED. This will be the third film in a trilogy that began with our award-winning films Real Dirt On Farmer John & Queen of the Sun. These films explore our fundamental connection to the natural world and how seeds, pollinators and small family farmers are all endangered.
Academy-Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, after seeing Queen of the Sun, was inspired to help and joined SEED as Executive Producer. She strongly believes that seeds are sacred and that they need our protection. We are honored that she is supporting this film!
From a kernel of corn to a grain of wheat, every seed carries within it the hope of the future. We can turn the issue of corporate control of our seeds around and bring back the diversity that our ancestors passed down to us. SEED will give light to that hope.
Help us finish SEED! If you choose to back this project, click on the green button to the right of the video. We have listed some great rewards and hope you enjoy them.
Every dollar contributed here is deeply appreciated. Please donate to our campaign and like a seed, spread the word to everyone you know through facebook, twitter, e-mail, and most importantly face-to-face!
Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz and the SEED Team
Our goal is to have SEED: The Untold Story complete in 2014. After a year and a half, filming is 90% complete. We are now ready to edit- distilling hundreds of hours of footage to craft a story that challenges and inspires. The funds we raise will go directly towards the last film shoots and all of post-production. Reaching this goal will allow us to pay for travel and filming costs, to bring on a full-time editor, musicians, animators, a sound designer, and be able to pay for color-correction and costs for the on-line edit. Our funding goal is considerably less than the total cost for this project. If we exceed our goal, these additional resources will go toward the total budget and making everything about this film even better.
Your donations to SEED: The Untold Story are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE through our non-profit Collective Eye Films. We’ll send out e-mails with your receipt at the end of the campaign. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
FEATURED IN THE VIDEO
We are very grateful for everyone who is a part of SEED. Here is a short list of those interviewed in the above trailer: (In order of appearance)
Bill McDorman (Native Seeds/SEARCH), Joe Simcox (World Botanical Research Associates), Jane Goodall (Roots and Shoots), Marisa Tomei, Diane Ott Whealy (Seed Savers Exchange), Will Bonsall (Scatterseed Project), Gary Paul Nabhan (Author/Ethnobotanist), Leigh Kuwanwisiwma (Hopi Nation), Jeffrey Smith (Institute for Responsible Technology), Andrew Kimbrell (Center for Food Safety), Fred Justesen, Vandana Shiva (Navdanya/Seed Freedom), Jere Gettle (Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds).
AND there are many cameos in the trailer by so many incredible seed savers. Many of these and more will be in the finished film.
THE FILM TEAM
TAGGART SIEGEL (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER/CAMERA)
For 30 years, Taggart Siegel has produced and directed award winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. QUEEN THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? (2010) received critical-acclaim during its theatrical and broadcast release and garnered over 10 international awards. REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN (2006, PBS Independent Lens) tells the story of a maverick visionary farmer. Winner of 31 international film festivals awards it was broadcast worldwide and theatrically released worldwide. Siegel is also known for his PBS films, including ITVS Independent Lens SPLIT HORN: Life of a Hmong Shaman in America, (2001) and Chicago Emmy-Nominated BETWEEN TWO WORLDS (1984) about a Hmong Shaman documented over 15 years. BLUE COLLAR AND BUDDHA (1989) captures the struggles of Laotian Buddhist refugees. HEART BROKEN IN HALF (1991) is a film about Chicago gangs. Additionally, he is the director of feature length fiction film SHADOW OF THE PEPPER TREE and BODY MEMORIES (1994). Siegel was the producer and cinematographer for the National Geographic film DISENCHANTED FOREST about orangutans in Borneo, narrated by Brooke Shields. He recently completed a short documentary about Tibetan spiritual teacher Lady Palmo with the Dalai Lama. He is the Executive Director of Collective Eye Films, a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
JON BETZ (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER)
Jon Betz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He was the producer and editor for the multi-award winning QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT, is an intimate autobiographical documentary journaling his time as an aid worker living with former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz recently co-directed a short documentary about Tibetan spiritual teacher Lady Palmo with the Dalai Lama. Betz’s films strive to dig deeply into spiritual, emotional and ethical issues and bring pressing social and environmental issues to the screen. Betz is a graduate from Rhode Island School of Design. He is the Director of Collective Eye, Inc. a non-profit media production and distribution organization based in Portland, Oregon.
MARISA TOMEI (EXECUTIVE PRODUCER)
Marisa Tomei is an Academy-Award winning American stage, film, and television actress. She came to prominence in 1992 with MY COUSIN VINNY, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances in IN THE BEDROOM and THE WRESTLER. Tomei is actively dedicated to humanitarian causes including VDay, a global event to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. She recently hosted “reclaim REAL food” in Hollywood to bring attention to the quality of healthy food and the importance of labeling our food. After seeing the filmmaker’s QUEEN OF THE SUN, Marisa Tomei came on as Executive Producer for SEED: The Untold Story. Their passions are aligned to create an entertaining and gripping film about the future of our seeds.
MUSIC IN VIDEO
We are also grateful to the following musicians, whose music is featured in our Kickstarter video. They are all incredible musicians!
ABOUT COLLECTIVE EYE FILMS
Collective Eye Films is a non-profit Distribution and Production company that distributes over 80 compelling environmental and social documentaries that explore untold stories of our time. Our mission is to create positive change in society by unearthing stories that make a difference.
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Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? Official Website
Risks and challenges
SEED is being made through our non-profit Collective Eye Films where we created REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN and QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? Making films independently is always a huge challenge, from financing to completion, but we are committed to finishing SEED in a timely manner, and this is why we’re asking for your help.
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