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"herd" Saving the American Buffalo - A Documentary In 4K

"herd", a 4K feature length documentary, follows the world's last wild buffalo as they fight for survival in Yellowstone National Park.

"herd" Saving the American Buffalo - A Documentary In 4K

"herd", a 4K feature length documentary, follows the world's last wild buffalo as they fight for survival in Yellowstone National Park.

$4,930
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35
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 4 2016 2:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 4, 2016

About

"herd" is a feature length documentary that will be filmed in stunning 4K resolution. It will follow the last wild American buffalo as they make their yearly migration from the harsh winters of Yellowstone National Park into milder conditions of the Paradise Valley in Montana. Roughly 4000 remaining purebred wild American buffalo must navigate the political, economic, and social landscape of the United States’ livestock industry, as instinct drives them towards easier feeding and their ancestral birthing grounds.
 

The crew of "herd" will be spending months in Yellowstone National Park alongside park rangers, biologists, and advocacy groups including The Buffalo Field Campaign. As we film these magnificent creatures we will bring to light the struggles they face every day; from the inhumane hazing just moments after birth to claustrophobic penning and slaughtering being enacted by APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) through the National Park Service. Due to the controversial assumption that Brucella abortus (Brucellosis) can be transmitted to private cattle stock when the buffalo herds roam out of park lands, multiple agencies are seeking to eliminate the last remaining buffalo.

 Additionally, we will be traveling to Alaska to document how large wild free roaming caribou herds are being managed. Complete coverage will also involve heading to the Dakotas and Texas to witness how the bison herds on wildlife preserves are kept genetically pure and free of disease.

We created this trailer from footage we gathered during our research and pre-production phase, but this is just the beginning. Bringing this story to you in stunning 4K resolution will require us to buy and rent better equipment, spend months in the field filming buffalo and the groups that interact with them, and travel around the country to get to the bottom of why these magnificent creatures are being treated like pests rather than as wildlife, cultural and spiritual icons they are.

The “herd” crew has decided to approach the Kickstarter community instead of more traditional corporate funding, so we can bring you the unfiltered truth of what is happening to the Yellowstone buffalo, while retaining creative control over the final product.

Please help us make this project happen.

The goal of "herd" is to produce a moving documentary bringing to light the struggle between multiple government agencies and the last surviving American buffalo.

Spending the next year in Yellowstone National Park, Texas, Alaska and the Dakotas, we will bring our viewers a visually stunning 4K documentary shedding light on a important issue of which very few people are aware.

All $150 level backers and above will have the opportunity to put a message in the credits. This message will be limited to 135 characters and will be subject to tasteful standards.

The weekly production vlog will follow the crew through the adventure of producing this film. It will show everything from what we eat around the campfire,  the crew learning to play the guitar, and exclusive early access to footage taken in the field that will end up in the movie.  

All $5 and above donors will receive an early access code to view the vlog on Vimeo, emailed weekly via the Kickstarter messaging system.

Equipment purchase and rental: $26,000. Production costs: $31,000. Post production costs: $9,000. Composer: $4,000. Backer rewards: $20,000. Kickstarter fees: $10,000.

Special Thanks in order of appearance:

  • Stone Lodge
  • Jennifer Fuentes
  • Phil Little Thunder
  • Steve Kelly
  • Kathryn QannaYahu
  • Good Shield Aguilar
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Risks and challenges

As with any project there are risks involved. Weather, equipment failure, or injury from time spent in the field could cause delays in distribution. Rest assured the crew of "herd" will work night and day to make sure this project goes through as smoothly and timely as possible.

Obviously Yellowstone National Park is not the safest place to spend a year. Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Moose, Snakes and even Buffalo commonly maim or kill tourists.

The "herd" crew have spent most of their lives outdoors and are very aware of these risks. Always having a PLB (personal locator beacon), Bear Spray and good habits is just one of the many precautions we take to stay safe in the backcountry.

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    One of a kind signed 8x10 black and white film print of a buffalo in Yellowstone, shot on my Canon AE-1 with the original negative, and a thank you (and optional personalized message) in the credits.

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