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The world seems to separate people more than connecting them. A private couch shows a place of approach and strangers becoming friends.
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“Every friend was once a stranger for me!” - Rishav my Host from India

COUCH CONNECTIONS - TRAILER

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In a time of building walls, I wanna build bridges with this film! I took a nine-month journey through North America and Asia. Staying in hostels was a rare alternative. What I did instead was sleeping in complete strangers’ living rooms – Couchsurfing is the concept behind this.

A journey like this has an impact not only on the traveler, but also on the hosts and the new acquaintances. One of the most authentic documentaries will allow to capture these experiences forever – COUCH CONNECTIONS. My goal is to bring it into cinemas and to present it to the committees of international film festivals. Therefore, the main focus of the film is on the people which participate in Couchsurfing and their great diversity. My hosts couldn’t have been more different from one another: from a 21-year-old student in a student dorm, to a family in which three generations take part in Couchsurfing, to a nudist in Manhattan and a transgender in Bangkok.

To go on a world trip sleeping mainly on strangers’ couches has absolutely nothing to do with high standard, big expectations and comfort. The only motivation is to establish contacts and socialise with people from all over the world, who are as diverse as possible, while having a place to stay. It’s likely that the desire to engage with foreign cultures as well as to get to know their way of living, played a considerable role too. The open-mindedness towards the unknown is what constitutes the actual joy of it and offers a new surprise time and again.

My Couchsurfing-Host in New York: Bob, the Nudist from the Big Apple
My Couchsurfing-Host in New York: Bob, the Nudist from the Big Apple

Personal Motivation

I’m tired of hearing stereotypes and clichés and would therefore like to demonstrate with this film, that we are all equal and that we can trust each other, no matter where we’re from or which skin colour, religion, sex or sexuality we have! With this movie and your help I wanna show that the world is not an evil place, but that it is full of wonderful people.

Personally, I believe that travelling is about meeting people from all over the world and not about seeing as many places as possible. This is why hopping from couch to couch is clearly the answer to this wish. My personal peak of hosting travellers in Vienna was in the summer of 2016. I never got tired of listening to all of them told me about their stories and I finally felt an urge to get active myself. I therefore decided to quit my job about one year later in August 2017 and I booked a one-way ticket to Canada.

I discovered Couchsurfing thanks to my cousin. He even met his Chilean wife, who is now a part of our family, through this way of travelling. Since then I have often welcomed strangers in my home, who quickly became my friends. This is the biggest gift Couchsurfing offers you – worldwide friendships. Not many people can claim to have friends all over the world.

"Atithi devo bhava" (Guest is God): That´s how I was treated from my Indian Couchsurfers.
"Atithi devo bhava" (Guest is God): That´s how I was treated from my Indian Couchsurfers.

WE NEED YOU AND COUNT ON YOU

80% of the film are already done and we need your support for the last 20%. Being a trained editor allowed me to cut the film without any additional costs. However, I’ve now reached the point where I need your help to finish the remaining steps:

  • film music
  • colour correction
  • sound mixing
  • renting fee for the editing room
  • design
  • DCP preparation for the cinemas
I would like to thank you all in advance and I send you a big hug!
I would like to thank you all in advance and I send you a big hug!

www.couch-connections.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/couchconnections/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/couchconnections/ 


SERVUUUUS!!

Heutzutage reden wir von Mauern bauen, ich möchte aber Brücken bauen mit diesem Film!

Neun Monate lang reiste ich quer durch Nordamerika und Asien. Aber anstatt die Nächte in Hostels zu verbringen, verbrachte ich sie in den Wohnzimmern wildfremder Menschen. Was dahintersteckt, nennt sich Couchsurfing.

Eine Reise hinterlässt ihre ganz persönlichen Spuren und Erinnerungen – nicht nur beim Reisenden selbst, sondern auch bei allen Menschen, die ihm auf seiner Reise begegnen. Um die Erlebnisse mit meinen Gastgebern für immer festzuhalten, entsteht eine der authentischsten Dokumentationen: COUCH CONNECTIONS. Ich möchte sie auf die Kinoleinwand bringen und bei internationalen Filmfestivals einreichen. Der Fokus des Films liegt auf den Menschen und deren Vielfalt, die Couchsurfing betreiben. Eine 21-jährige Studentin, bei der ich "illegalerweise" im Studentenwohnheim übernachten durfte, eine Familie, bei der drei Generationen als Gastgeber fungieren, ein Nudist aus Manhattan, ein Transgender aus Bangkok – unterschiedlicher hätten meine Couchsurfing-Hosts nicht sein können. 

Eine Weltreise zu machen, bei der man hauptsächlich auf fremden Sofas schläft, hat rein gar nichts mit Ansprüchen, hohen Erwartungen und Komfort zu tun. Die einzige Motivation ist es, Verbindungen mit möglichst vielfältigen Menschen aus aller Welt zu knüpfen - und dabei ein Dach über dem Kopf zu bekommen. Es ist auch der Anreiz, in fremde Kulturen einzutauchen und deren Lebensweise kennenzulernen. Die Aufgeschlossenheit gegenüber dem Ungewissen bereitet die eigentliche Freude und bietet jedes Mal aufs Neue eine Überraschung.  


Persönliche Motivation

Ich habe genug von Vorurteilen gehört und möchte mit meinem Film zeigen, dass wir alle gleich sind und uns gegenseitig vertrauen können - egal woher wir kommen oder welche Hautfarbe, Religion, welches biologische oder soziale Geschlecht wir haben! Mit diesem Film und eurer Hilfe, möchte ich beweisen, dass die Welt kein böser Ort ist, sondern dass hier wunderbare Menschen leben.

Für mich bedeutet Reisen nicht, an möglichst vielen Orte gewesen zu sein. Es bedeutet, Menschen aus der ganzen Welt kennenzulernen. Reisen von Couch zu Couch ermöglicht einen tiefen und authentischen Einblick in ein Leben jenseits vom gewohnten Zuhause. In Wien hatte ich im Sommer 2016 als Host meine „Hochsaison“: Jene, die zu dieser Zeit auf meiner Couch übernachteten, berichteten mir aus ihrem Leben. Das ließ mich nicht mehr los und so entschied ich mich etwa ein Jahr später, meinen Job zu kündigen. Im August 2017 buchte ein One-Way-Ticket nach Kanada.

Erfahren habe ich von Couchsurfing dank meines Cousins, der sogar seine chilenische Frau über diese Art zu Reisen kennenlernen durfte und die nun Teil unserer Familie ist. Seither nehme ich des Öfteren Fremde bei mir auf, die schnell zu meinen Freunden werden. Und dies ist für mich auch das größte Geschenk bei Couchsurfing: Weltweite Freundschaften. Nicht viele können von sich behaupten, Freunde auf der ganzen Welt zu haben. 


WIR BRAUCHEN EUCH UND ZÄHLEN AUF EUCH

80% des Films sind bereits fertig und für die restlichen 20% brauchen wir Deine Hilfe! Als gelernter Editor konnte ich den Schnitt bisher ohne Kosten betreiben. Nun bin ich aber an den Punkt gelangt, wo ich auf eure Hilfe angewiesen bin, um weitere Arbeitsschritte fertigzustellen:

  • Filmmusik
  • Farbkorrektur
  • Tonmischung
  • Miete Schnittrechner
  • Design
  • DCP Erstellung für Kino

Ich danke euch im Voraus und senden euch eine große Umarmung!

www.couch-connections.com 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/couchconnections/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/couchconnections/ 

Risks and challenges

It´s almost done. Couch Connections goes red carpet – soon. There is still the final touch to take care of, such as music, specially composed for the film, and professional colour correction. The icing on the cake so to say. These things make all the difference between a “good enough film” and one that you dive into, are part of for 75 minutes and still hum the melody on the next day.
That´s my greatest wish – and also my biggest fear. I can´t assure the quality Couch Connections deserves without your help. I need you to be the good fairies in this story to make my dream come true. I feel that using crowdfunding as a source of money turns even the financial part into an act of solidarity. The money won´t be coming from a faceless crowd. It will be strangers becoming friends.

I hope you join our community of those who care to listen to authentic stories and see the good in people. And that you trust in the skills of my team and me as much as I trusted into my Couchsurfing hosts.

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Nach einer Reise um die Welt ist CouchConnection nun fast bereit für die Leinwand. Die letzten Feinschliffe fehlen noch. Meine größte Sorge ist es, dass gewünschte Fundingziel nicht zu erreichen und somit nicht die angestrebte Qualität, die ich mir wünsche, versichern kann. Um meinen Traum zu verwirklichen brauche ich daher Deine Hilfe! Crowdfunding macht selbst den finanziellen Teil meins Projekts zu etwas, das von Gemeinschaft erzählt – von euch.

Ich hoffe sehr, dass auch für euch eine authentische Geschichte wertvoll ist und ihr meinem Team und mir genauso viel Vertrauen schenkt, wie ich meinen Couchsurfing-Hosts!

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