A documentary exploring the constant push & pull between development and preservation.
My name is David Anderson, and the man you hopefully just watched in the video above is my father, Ken Anderson. My dad spent his early career as a city and regional planner around the world, but for almost three decades, he has had one primary mission in life: to protect and preserve Pah Tempe Mineral Hot Springs. Ken and Cordula, his wife of 17 years, along with many other dedicated friends and colleagues, have worked tirelessly to share its soothing, healing mineral water and serene location with the world.
We think far more people need to know about this place and its history, so we're reaching out to ask the Kickstarter community to help us make a documentary about its and their story. Watch the trailer below:
Browse the FAQ questions below! For more, links to more pictures, videos, tons of other information about Pah Tempe, our mailing list, and more can be found at our website, PahTempe.org. This campaign is just the beginning for us, so make sure to check the website to find out all the other ways we're telling our story, and for more ways to help!
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In this time of increasingly loose connections shared over technology and social media, natural destinations like Pah Tempe help to remind us of the importance of *real* connection, with other human beings, and with the natural world that sustains us.
This place, this sacred and pristine mineral spring tucked into the same desert river canyon that runs through Zion National Park, this refuge which so many people have valued, enjoyed and loved over many centuries, needs to be properly championed as the priceless wonder it is, and made available to as many people as possible, while preserving its peaceful atmosphere. Documenting its history and importance is a necessary first step.
Pah Tempe has never had any major media produced to tell its story, despite its rich and varied history. Now that Kickstarter exists, it's time. You saw the trailer preview. Need we say more?
Pah Tempe's mineral water, which everyone else recognizes as sacred and healing, is referred to by the local county water district as, incredibly, a *pollutant* which they feel needs to be captured and 'disposed of' somewhere out in the desert. For them, this requires condemning and closing the property on which these precious hot springs sit. This outcome has been their consistent goal for many years, despite a worldwide (and local) fan base, and clear scientific consensus on the amazing biological uniqueness and diversity of fish in that exact section of the river, now made endangered by the diversion of water in the name of development.
And while we're not here on Kickstarter to take a stance on optimal desert population density and resource allocation, Pah Tempe's story as told through "Healing Waters" is a prime example of the ongoing battle between the interests of development and preservation.
Pah Tempe has a rich & Google-able history across native American, pioneer, and modern eras, and each deserves to have its part of the story told. For a full history of Pah Tempe from the very beginning, check out http://pahtempe.org/History.
But the most timely portion of the story is that of the last few decades, and the fight to preserve it for future generations from reckless industrial interests. This important part of the story has been told by multiple external parties. The most succinct external summaries come from the local chapter of the Sierra Club (http://www.scribd.com/doc/100723551/v2n1#page=4) and the University of Utah's Energy and Geoscience Institute (http://www.scribd.com/doc/101381558/CLEANED-UP-AND-CLEANED-OUT-RUINED-HOT-SPRING-RESORTS-OF-UTAH#page=4).
Our current plan is to present the documentary in 3 parts:
Act I: Pah Tempe, The Place -- context for the hot spring itself, its geological history, indigenous history, pioneer history, modern disrepair.
Act II: Pah Tempe, The Struggle -- Ken intervenes against the dual pressures of neglect and agricultural infrastructure development, and tries for (almost 3) decades to find a balance.
Act III: Pah Tempe, The Future -- how will the struggle turn out? Two possible paths: towards harmony & increased access, or cemented over & ruined.
We're making a full-length documentary. For peanuts:
$5000: Production company (when we brought filmmaker Loren Feldman of 1938 Media out to the hot springs, he fell in love, and immediately offered to help at far below his normal rate!) $1000: Licensing fees
$1000: Talent and location compensation
$2500: Production expenses; travel, etc.
$3000ish: Fulfilling Kickstarter Rewards
$1000ish: Kickstarter/Amazon fees If we're wildly successful and blow past our minimum goal, we'll spend more money fulfilling Rewards (obviously!) but we'll use the vast majority of the extra to improve the production value of the final film. Help us have that problem!
We completely understand, and we're honored that you read this far anyway! Pah Tempe would absolutely still LOVE your help: please use your preferred sharing method (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linkedin, Pinterest? Get creative!), or Kickstarter's sharing tools above to send our story and campaign to anyone you know who loves nature, the outdoors, hot springs specifically, or anyone who you think might be passionate and capable of helping us achieve our goal.
By sharing our goal to tell the story of Pah Tempe and Ken, Co, and the Anderson family's quest to preserve the hot springs at Pah Tempe, you make it possible for others who might be touched by it to know it exists. Isn't the internet wonderful? Also, if you have any ideas for other Rewards you think we should offer to backers, or any feedback whatsoever, please let us know!