About this project
In the story, set in 2048, Northern California has survived eco-catastrophes, wars and epidemics and forged a society based on respect for the Four Sacred Things that support life: air, fire, water and earth. Streets are turned into gardens, streams flow free, people of all races and religions live in harmony – until the militarist Southlands attack. How can the people of a peaceful society fight against ruthless invaders without becoming what they’re fighting against? Musician-turned-guerilla Bird, his story-teller grandmother Maya, and Madrone, the healer, must wield a force more powerful than weapons—the fifth sacred thing.
In the eighteen years since its publication, hundreds of thousands of people have read The Fifth Sacred Thing and been moved by its imagery and drama. Now, at this time when our future seems so precarious, we want to bring it to the screen and to a whole new generation who are more visual than verbal. To do it right—big screen, special effects, major actors and director, will take lots of money. What we hope to raise here is just the beginning, but a very important one.
Making a movie of a book that so many people love is a scary venture. We feel a huge responsibility—first to be faithful to the book’s artistic vision, to make a film that moves people emotionally, that’s dramatic and funny and edge-of-the-seat powerful. But also, we want to be faithful to the values of earth-care and social justice the book represents. Not just in what the movie portrays, but also in the way we go about making it. We’ve written a Green Plan that will set new standards for environmental accountability in the film industry. We’ll bring resources into the inner city by networking with community organizations with whom we have longstanding relationships. We’ll put up a website with extensive resources and develop many ways that people who are inspired by the vision can learn the skills they need to create it and connect with others who share it. We want the movie to help nurture and support the movements that are already growing to put our world on a path of peace, justice and ecological harmony.
The normal way of making a big movie is to sell the idea to a studio and give up control. Even the screenwriter has little say over the finished project—and the author of the original work is rarely allowed to write the screenplay.
We want to do it differently. But will we be able to pull it off? To make an end-run around the entrenched studio system and find backers and investors who will share the full vision with us? To have any hope of doing so, we need your help.
We need to put together a pitch that the major film studios can’t refuse - so vivid, so comprehensive, so compelling that they’ll climb on board instead of attempting to hijack the train.
That’s why we’ve turned to Kickstarter. The more capital we can raise, the more we bring to the table, the more clout we’ll ultimately have to make the movie we want, in the way we want - the way that the fans of the novel can believe in.
Already we’ve received so much support – from artists, musicians, permaculture designers, filmmakers and actors who all want to be part of this.
Now we’re asking for your support. What will we do with the money? You’ve seen in the video some of the brilliant artists who inspire us, and who want to work with us. With your help, we’ll be able to create the next phase; designs for sets and costumes, visuals of key scenes, and storyboards for the action. We can secure the rights to the music and art we need, and do those dull but oh-so-necessary things like finalizing contracts, budgets and financial plans. To ensure that we are able to continue to develop the strongest possible project, we estimate that we'll need about double our Kickstarter campaign goal of $60,000, and we're certain that with your help, along with the tremendous support we've been receiving from our entire community, we can do it.
By demonstrating the enormous interest and popular support that’s out there, we’ll convince investors and studios that we’re a good risk—provided we keep true to the vision!
A lot of people have been asking, "Who created all the wonderful art featured in your video?" We have been very blessed to work with an enormous pool of fantastic, inspirational artists who support the vision of the novel and it's adaptation to the big screen. Below is a list of the artists featured in the video, and links to even more of their work. Our heartfelt thanks to all of them for their hard work and dedication to their craft, and for agreeing to be part of our creative family. We will be doing more in depth features on all the artists involved with the project over the coming weeks, which you can follow on our blog, Facebook page, or our Twitter feed.
Rena Jones "Open Me Slowly"
Beats Antique "Beauty Beats" and "Nasvalo (featuring Eva Salina)"
Visual Arts and Sculpture:
Dan Das Mann
Raul Casillas Romo
Video and Film:
Jordan Byrne, Institute for Cinema Studies
Alli Gallixsee, Galixsee Media
And of course our deepest love and gratitude goes to the woman who has inspired this project more than any other, visionary author and activist Starhawk.
There are two options to donate directly to the production. To make a direct donation you can send a check made out to:
Yerba Buena Films
2471 Peralta Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Or perhaps you'd like to donate to the educational arm of the project--through our dear friends ACT who will be our non-profit fiscal sponsor. We want to create a special website where people can find the resources to make the vision real, and also look at other ways to help people connect and get active after they see the movie. To do that, you'd send a check to ACT
PO Box 1286
Austin TX 78767-1286
Make the check out to ACT, and be sure to earmark it for The Fifth Sacred thing--otherwise it goes into the general fund and ACT won't know its for us.
Once the Kickstarter campaign has ended we will also have a paypal button for direct contributions available on our website.
Thanks so much!
If you are an artist, filmmaker, actor, musician or have production experience and would like to be involved in the production we would love to hear from you! Our production crew & talent sign up can be found at:
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Thanks so much for all your support - it is a humbling and inspiring thing to feel so much love from so many of you!
The Fifth Sacred Thing Production Team
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