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THORIUM can end our dependence on fossil fuels, WITHOUT requiring redundant power lines to intermittent low density energy farms.
THORIUM can end our dependence on fossil fuels, WITHOUT requiring redundant power lines to intermittent low density energy farms.
677 backers pledged $32,339 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Gordon McDowell on April 7

      Tony, yes you will. It will not be soon. I'm not throwing out any more estimates. I've been working on it every chance I get. I don't need any reminders, it is on my mind.

    2. Creator Anthony D on April 7

      Will we ever get the DVD?

    3. Creator on August 17, 2014

      What is the chance we can show SOMETHING Thorium/MSR based at the NY Climate March/Festival? (note the events list)

    4. Creator Gordon McDowell on May 22, 2014

      Joashua, I'm sorry you feel that way. Why don't you consider this video... http:/ ...a 44 minute documentary on the Molten Salt Reactor, a complete documentary in and of itself? At $3, your pledge does not entitle you to a DVD, so... we're done? Just unsubscribe from this project, and you won't be receiving any more of my update spam. Thanks for your support, and I hope you enjoy your documentary.

    5. Creator Joshua Whitley on May 22, 2014

      This is possibly the worst-run Kickstarter I've ever been a part of. I'm pretty annoyed that I even funded it. This was successfully funded in April of 2012. You estimated completion in AUGUST of 2012. Almost 2 years ago now. You're spending $30,000 of our money to make a documentary with CHAPTERS that are OVER 2 HOURS LONG? This is a joke. I'm really glad I pledged at the lowest possible level. I feel bad for those who gave more.

    6. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 12, 2014

      Tony, I will send out surveys collecting people's addresses right after TEAC6, when the doc has reached "1.0" status. That'll be after May29-30 conference and I've flown back from Chicago. Of course if you (or anyone) wants a DVD right now, I'm happy to stick the current edit on a DVD and send that off instead.

    7. Creator Anthony D on March 12, 2014

      When are we going to get the DVD?

    8. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 6, 2014

      Ahmed, Sorry I haven't updated this KS campaign as recently as the 2013 one... the only big update (if you haven't seen it) is Th10:… ...I've been holding off on this KS campaign to try incorporate John Kutsch's TEAC6 invite which he just needs to upload to YouTube for me to include.

      I'm hard at work on Th11. I won't be waiting on Th11 to update this campaign... there's still much work to do on that (although I've put lots of time into it).

      Am hoping to get a 1.0 of the doc done by TEAC6... May 30. Right after the conference I'll alert backers to see who wants DVD of 1.0.

    9. Creator Ahmed on March 6, 2014

      What's thes status of this project?

    10. Creator Mark Derail on December 4, 2013

      Here's an idea...why can't the UN help out Iran & Syria to use LFTR reactors?
      Give away the plans for free.

    11. Creator James Johnston on November 8, 2013

      I also vote for quality over speed. These things take time.

    12. Creator Gunnar Gabrielson on July 31, 2013

      Take your time! I'd much rather have a polished video done right. Ignore the whiners :)

    13. Creator Cameron Elvey on June 30, 2013

      What's going on with this? I thought this was going to be a short little video with an attempt to go viral and appeal to the masses, something succinct and to the point. It seems to have turned into a low budget full length documentary that comes across as one of those conspiracy theory documentaries. :(

    14. Creator Steven Brown on April 11, 2013

      Gordon, if I may offer advice...

      Old-school documentary making consisted simply of pointing a motion-picture camera at the subject, filming, and later editing that film. Digital video and editing were adopted to make it easier for, and give greater flexibility to, the documentary maker. My advice is, don't let the digital video processes get you bogged down in complexity. Keep it simple. Focus on videotaping the subject and then editing for clarity and conciseness. It doesn't have to be a project aimed at getting two hours of slick, Super-Bowl quality video.


      Steve Brown

    15. Creator Gordon McDowell on April 8, 2013

      Matt, I do have other folks messaging me similar sentiments. I didn't mean my last update to imply I've accomplished what I've set out to do. There is no completed doc yet. When it is done, or before it is done, whenever there's a complete timeline and a backer wants a DVD snapshot I'll send it out. Based on feedback I'm not sure if people are just impatient with me being VERY VERY behind (I've been shooting, organizing, and editing doc footage since TEAC4) or if my communications implied there was not going to be a DVD. There will be a DVD, and I'll ship it to you.

      I do not know how long it will take. I'll offer a more detailed breakdown of current status next proper update (not a hasty comment posting). I've been asking myself WHEN this will be done and WHY it is taking so much longer than 2011 version. Have some likely answers but would prefer to express as a longer update post and not a dashed-off comment. Please wait for next update I'll do my best to report on doc progress in greater detail.

    16. Creator Matt Robinson on April 8, 2013

      Do we have a DVD yet? I notice you had promised a DVD-worthy edit available by late January. Here we are at April 9. It is very important to me that a DVD is forthcoming. No, I don't want a refund - I want what was promised.

    17. Creator Gordon McDowell on January 11, 2013

      Hey just back online after 2 weeks away. Lost an iPad in Cuba (well... I call it stolen because they didn't return it to lost-and-found when I stepped away from it). So what little internet access I might have had I lost. Checking out the Reddit.

    18. Creator Jatinder Randhawa on January 8, 2013

      Hey Gordon, Thorium Remix 2011 made front page on reddit today. Here is a link to the comments to the post under the video:

      I think its an excellent place for you to help push Thorium remix and possibly answer any questions that the rest of us can't. :)

    19. Creator Rick on January 2, 2013

      Not unhappy here. I've been following all the updates and the great educational footage. The reason for backing was hoping the success of REMIX 2011 could be matched and reach perhaps millions of people, but personally I already received lots of education in return.

    20. Creator Gordon McDowell on December 1, 2012

      Tony, I'm hoping to have a DVD worthy edit late January. Sorry that's so far from my original estimate. Once screener copies (early edits) are public anyone wanting a DVD copy of the work-in-progress will be able to get that, as opposed to waiting-it-out for a more polished edit. But the core problem is I just haven't processed as much material as I thought I could by this point. Shanghai was quite the diversion but should make for a better doc.

      If this is a bad answer I can try refund anyone who's unhappy.

    21. Creator Anthony D on December 1, 2012

      When are we getting the DVD?

    22. Creator Bruce Webb on July 19, 2012

      Gordon, regarding your request for video, I know that if you release it as a 720p HD in an .mkv wrapper then at least the bulk of devices will be able to play it. This includes Android & Symbian. It also means that anyone with a MAC or PC will be able to view it using VLC or one of the other Open Standard video players.

      Apple is the only one where you have to do anything specific as they live in their own little world.

      I hope none of the apple fanboys get their knickers in a knot over this comment, this is certainly not the forum to start "discussing" the benefits of the OS, it is just reality, the most important thing is that as many people possible get to see it.

    23. Creator Matt Adams on June 6, 2012

      I was wondering how much material would a LFTR burn up in a year? Say you build a 1GW plant after a year how much of the fuel is gone? Or what do you end up with after it is 'burned up'? I guess I could ask this somewhere else, but it could be nice to have this answered in the video, eh?

    24. Creator Conrad Knauer on April 18, 2012

      lftrnow: Would Kaku? AFAIK, he's rather anti-nuclear.

    25. Creator Conrad Knauer on April 18, 2012

      Matt: There's already a link on to donate $3 through PayPal.

    26. Creator on April 16, 2012

      I'd also like to add another part to my suggestion - Dr. Michio Kaku would also make an excellent speaker for the new Thorium video. See an example: youtube: v=geBmlndUexA

    27. Creator Matt Adams on April 15, 2012

      A paypal donation box should work. I have donated through paypal a couple times. We just have to wait for Mr. McDowell to set one up first.

    28. Creator Uzza on April 15, 2012

      I tried to donate using a virtual credit card, and it also failed. Since I live outside the US and don't have a CC accepted by amazon, I can't do much as it stands now. :(

    29. Creator Matthew Watson on April 15, 2012

      My donation came back as failed because Amazon payments don't work outside of the USA. Any other way to donate?

    30. Creator Gordon McDowell on April 13, 2012

      Matt Adams, I'm going to cover TEAC4 as best I can (and the surrounding travel events). I'll edit that footage, have a VERY rough cut... more of an idea template than a doc, and deploy remaining funds by shooting more footage and paying for post production assets. The balance of travel&shooting vs post-production costs will be obvious once I have whatever I have after TEAC4.

      By extra plans I'm guessing you mean leveraging the footage in more than one project? Likely, but that's an editing exercise with all the assets collected for TR2012, and not something that costs more money. (I'm not paying myself for time here.) Ideally other people try do "extra plans" since their video ideas are likely to be more varied than mine.

      Jatinder, thanks for propagating it!

    31. Creator Matt Adams on April 13, 2012

      With this kickstarter finishing over $9,000 over what you hoped do you have any extra plans? Or are you going to stick with the original plan and focus on making the best documentary you possibly can?

    32. Creator Jatinder Randhawa on April 12, 2012

      Good luck Gordon! I am from the UK starting to infect people with your remix video :)

    33. Creator Gordon McDowell on April 8, 2012

      Robert Kieronski & Michael Armenia, do you have decent coverage of the lecture series? Could I get a copy of the raw footage if so?

    34. Creator Robert Kieronski on April 8, 2012

      Gordon, ...just posted a pledge for your documentary. Michael Armenia and I just completed a 3 session lecture series on energy and the LFTR to a filled house of local energy enthusiasts in Rhode Island. If the response to our talks are anything like what your film will meet, yours will be very successful !! We would be happy to share any dialogue of ours with you if it would be of use. Good luck with your film !!
      Bob Kieronski

    35. Creator on April 5, 2012

      I wonder if you could get someone famous (think PBS level famous) like Neil Degrasse Tyson, Alan Alda or Bill Nye? I know the budget is tiny, but I really believe they (and others) would do it for nothing to make a better world.

    36. Creator Ellen Walker on April 4, 2012

      Love from the UK :)

    37. Creator Robin Murray on March 30, 2012

      We made it to, with millions of viewers:

    38. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 25, 2012

      Am looking for any supporters with means to duplicate DVDs with price and flexibility beyond what Kunaki offers. Even simply printing a label on a blank DVD-R disc surface. (For Canadian uses I can burn data myself, for USA purposes the discs would need to be data written.) If you have such a business in Canada or USA (I need both) please contact me.

      This is NOT about fulfilling backer rewards! This is about establishing cost-effective means of writing to politicians with a DVD included in the letter.

    39. Creator Conrad Knauer on March 24, 2012

      Reagan: Wow! Thank you, Congratulations, and Good luck! :-)

    40. Creator Ian Norris on March 19, 2012

      I'd just like to say thanks for making this video, and I'm so glad you've got the funding you need. I think the LFTR and the technologies that follow it are probably one of the most important technologies we'll ever see developed (hopefully) in our lifetime. A great video will be the tipping point of getting the politicians to back this, at the moment you really need a science background to fully comprehend what LFTR promises - a great video will let everybody feel it.

      Anyway. I look forward to the new remix, it should be great!

    41. Creator Reagan on March 17, 2012

      The school I did the project for is not my current school. It is a school for academically gifted juniors and seniors and they require a work sample containing aspects of science and mathematics. The first phase of applying was sending in my initial application including the work sample. At this point they deny some applicants and others pass on to the "second phase" meaning the interview, which I might add is very scary.

    42. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 17, 2012

      Regan thanks very much. If your school wants a few DVDs let me know. What is "passed the first phase of applying", to what?

    43. Creator Reagan on March 17, 2012

      I did a PowerPoint of the LFTR for admission into a math and science school. I got an email back from the admissions office saying that everyone in the room watching pledged $10! Along with this news, I made it passed the first phase of applying and have an interview on the 24th! Wish me luck!!!! :)

    44. Creator Sleet01 on March 16, 2012

      I think it would be beneficial to add a reward between $10 and $50. That $40 difference is a big jump for a niche product like this, and most times you'll see an option between $20 and $30 for projects with similar goals.

    45. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 12, 2012

      Cody, thanks for posting to Reddit. Some people have a way with that thing... my own direct attempts on Reddit never gained any traction. Is great to see a new support come in, even after the tipping point.

    46. Creator Cody Lundquist on March 12, 2012

      @Gordon I was the one that posted your Kickstarter link on reddit. I was hopping it would bring more backers in and it looks like it has!! I'm very excited to see your project come to fruition as it's providing solutions for the most import issue facing mankind today. Thank you for all your work thus far!

    47. Creator Gordon McDowell on March 12, 2012

      I see THORIUM has made it to Reddit's front page. Was wondering why I was getting backer emails, and Reddit was first place I checked.

      For anyone debating supporting the KickStarter project. It is true I've reached $24k. TR2012 is a go. We've got some travel plans which look fantastic (if they pan out), but it is clear we'll be spending a lot on travel, and this sucks funds out of post-production.

      I am looking to crowdsource animation and music (and hopefully some videography) and have gotten a far greater response than my (largely ignored) requests for help on TR2011. There's been a good response so it is quite possible the current KS $24k will be enough to cover both travel and post-production.

      But there is no chance any additional KS support will be wasted. I'm still expecting to spend the last penny on "lowest hanging post-production fruit", and can't imagine a funding situation where that is not the case. (Crowdsourcing or not.)

      If you're not looking to throw big money at this, even donating $3 helps legitimize the project by upping the number of backers. I assume when I'm trying to convince the media this doc is important, the more people I can say supported the project the more impressive it will sound. Any help is certainly appreciated.

      Also, if you live in the USA, please check this out... ...if you like/+1/follow you'll get a heads-up when it launched. A strong petition launch would be a good thing. More to come in a future update.

    48. Creator Terje Petersen on March 11, 2012

      Actually I thought you were discussing the title of the actual 2012 remix not the title of this Kickstart fund raiser. So thanks for the clarification. Any way my comment was in the context of a title for the remix. For many of us the term "green energy" has become synonymous with energy that doesn't work properly. However if you can use it to get more funds then ok.

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