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About

Colorful Escapes is a travel series where art is the destination. The series highlights art galleries, art museums, public art, and artist studios, as well as restaurants and hotels with an emphasis on art. Basically, if it’s creative and artistic, we’ll visit it. The show will be filmed with a road trip styling, documenting colorful sights along the way.

Art has become a huge factor for economic development with small towns being relativized because of their creativity. In a study led by Americans for the Arts, nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $166.3 billion of economic activity during 2015. Despite the power of the arts, there aren’t many travel shows dedicated to the subject and we want to change that.

With your support, we’re going to show you that art isn’t just for some museum in New York City or Paris, but sometimes, you can find art in an alley or in nature.

-The Test Pilot-

While Dennis and Heide have experience with travel shows and writing, we filmed a test pilot of the show to give you an idea what Colorful Escapes will be like and for us to test some things out. Click here for the 4K version of the Norman, Oklahoma episode, minus our Kickstarter pitch. We’ve definitely taken notes and plan to amp up our game when we hit the road. However, as we mentioned in our Kickstarter video, this isn’t the first project Heide and Dennis have worked on together. Below are our videos on Davis, Oklahoma made for Dennis’ main show, Uncovering Oklahoma.

-Goals & Rewards-

For our first season, we’re keeping our plans realistic and simple. We want to film between 6 and 15 episodes for the first season, with each episode running under 30-minutes. The initial goal of $5,000 will allow us to film three cities in Texas – Dallas, Austin, and Marfa. If this is the only goal we hit, we’ll include Oklahoma City and Tulsa on our own time/dime and with our Norman episode, we’ll at least have six episodes.

Additional stretch goals will allow us to include more states, typically covering two large cities and a small town in each state.

Stretch Goal #1 $9,000 – New Mexico

Coming from Marfa, Texas we’ll visit Rosewell, head up to Santa Fe, then Taos in New Mexico. 

Stretch Goal #2 $14,000 – Oklahoma and Arkansas

If we reach our ultimate stretch goal, we’ll visit Denver, Colorado and then we’ll visit Arkansas for Bentonville and Eureka Springs.

Executive Producer Reward Locations

We have four Executive Producer rewards where this person gets to pick a city for us to highlight in the continental U.S. There is also a chance for bonus episodes depending on connections with Convention & Visitors Bureaus.

About Heide Brandes

Heide Brandes is an award-winning journalist and editor with more than 18 years of experience who started her own freelance writing company in October 2012. She regularly contributes to numerous state, regional and national publications and has been published in Forbes, Silicon66, Bloomberg News, The Guardian UK, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, TrailGroove Magazine, Destinations Travel Magazine, New York Daily News and the New York Times. She is also the Oklahoma correspondent for Reuters News Service. Besides freelancing fulltime, Heide is an avid traveler, medieval warrior, hiker, professional bellydancer and bellydance instructor and kind of a quirky chick who lives in Oklahoma City.

About Dennis Spielman

Dennis Spielman is a filmmaker and writer whose most notable work is his travel and interview series, Uncovering Oklahoma. In addition to his travel series, he’s the author of the 16th Phoenix Universe Stories, director of the feature-length documentaries, District Up! and Inviting Art, and has created several short films and music videos. He currently lives with his wife in Norman, Oklahoma with his fur babies.

Risks and challenges

We don't foresee any major challenges in filming the first season. Dennis and Heide are both experienced travel journalists and will have backup plans in the event of any issues that suddenly arise with a location. We are keeping things simple and giving ourselves plenty of time to visit each place and for travel.

Both Heide and Dennis work freelance and there may be some downtime in between filming cities to handle other matters, but we plan to have everything filmed by August at the latest. Obviously, both of us are human and sickness/injuries could cause delays, but we'll either reschedule or go an alternative route. If all goes well, we'll be done filming in July. Again, it all depends on how many cities we end up visiting.

Some places we visit may require the approval of the episode before we release it for copyright matters, which could cause some delays.

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    At the end of the week when we’re out filming, Dennis and Heide will record a vlog sharing their personal opinions on what they saw, ate, and did throughout the week. This video will be released privately on YouTube on Mondays for backers. The video will then be made public via Dennis’ personal channel a week later.

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    Digital Download of Season 1

    You’ll receive digital download access to the first season of Colorful Escapes in 1080p when the entire season is completed. All episodes will be released together. Plus, all of the above rewards.

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    Your name will appear in the Thank You section of the credits, you’ll get a personal social media shout-out, and we’ll make a big video thanking everyone. Plus, all of the above rewards.

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    Autographed Blu-Ray

    Enjoy a limited edition blu-ray copy of the first season autographed by Dennis and Heide! This is the only way to get a physical copy in this campaign. Ships for free in the US. Please add $15 for international orders. Plus, all of the above rewards. The digital rewards will arrive first.

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    Story Time

    Did you know we creative writing too? Give us a writing prompt and Dennis will write you a custom short story while Heide writes a poem. We'll print it, sign it, and mail it to you.

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    A Colorful Party

    We’re going to throw a party to celebrate the completion of the season! It will be hosted in Oklahoma City and we’ll give you and a guest at least a three week notice to attend.

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    Dinner with Us

    Have dinner with Dennis and Heide in one of the cities we visit. We’ll give you at least a two-week notice when and where we’ll be so you may join us, however, if you can’t make it, we’ll bring a photo of you to dinner, and film us eating with your photo that we'll publish on social media. We'll cover your food, but not adult beverages per Kickstarter and our policies.

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    Postcard Collector

    Do you like postcards? We’ll send you a hand written postcard from each city we visit. We’ll do our best to send it from that city, but at the very least, we’ll get them from there.

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    Guest Speaker

    Dennis and/or Heide will travel to your school/gallery to do a guest speaker session. Heide can share her stories about being a freelance writer and Dennis will be glad to host a private screening of his art documentary, Inviting Art. We can also show clips from Colorful Escapes and be open to questions. Feel free to contact us in advance to work out details.

    Plus, you’ll get project updates, digital download of the first season, bonus content, a thank you credit in the show, a custom short story, postcards, and five (5) invites to our weird party in Oklahoma City.

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    Executive Producer

    You pick the city we visit! Give us a list of your top five U.S. cities you think we should visit, and we’ll travel to one of them. A perfect way to honor your town! You’ll be listed as Executive Producer on that episode’s credits, plus all of the above rewards, including the blu-ray copy and six (6) invites to our party.

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