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GROWING CITIES follows two friends on their trip cross-country as they meet urban farmers who are challenging the way we eat.
GROWING CITIES follows two friends on their trip cross-country as they meet urban farmers who are challenging the way we eat.
802 backers pledged $39,602 to help bring this project to life.

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Well, you missed the deadline on Kickstarter but you're still invited to join us on this journey by following us on our website, facebook, or by making a tax-deductible donation!

 ***********NEW REACH GOAL $45,000**********

Wow, thank you so much for all your support!  We've reached our initial goal, but we’re not done yet!  The more money we raise the better movie we can make, the more people that will see the film, and the more people we can inspire to grow food no matter where they live.

To be honest, our budget for post-production is a lot more than $35K…as you all know this was all-or-nothing so we didn’t want to set our goal too high.  Thanks for your continued support!

Oh, and hey!  If you think we're sweet, VOTE for us now on indieWIRE project of the week..we could win fame, glory, and a free distribution consultation!

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GROWING CITIES is a feature-length documentary that examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change the way we eat.The film follows two friends on their journey across the country as they meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden, and backyard chicken coop at a time. 

Along the way they learn that this grassroots movement takes many forms – from those growing food in their backyards to activists seeking a meaningful alternative to the industrial food system, and more.  At its core, the film asks people to re-imagine what’s possible in urban settings and consider creating GROWING CITIES of their own—places that are healthier, more sustainable, and socially just

WHAT WE’RE DOING:

We need to raise at least $35,000 by May 12th to prepare for an early 2013 release.

WHY WE NEED YOUR MONEY:

We have gathered over 140 hours of incredible footage from 80+ urban farms across America but we need your help to tell these farmers' stories.  We need funds to help cover the costs of finishing the film – including hiring an editor, covering licensing fees, plus paying for graphics, music, and other elements of post-production.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT GROWING CITIES:

·      Make a pledge.  Right now.  On Kickstarter.  You get sweet prizes AND a chance to support a great cause.  Your support, no matter how small (or large) makes a BIG difference to us.   Please check out the donation tiers on the right to find the level and prize that’s right for you.

·      Please spread the word!  Tell your friends, your family, your social networks.  Without grassroots support our film will not be possible.  So send the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know and encourage folks to donate.  You can also share this link on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, by email, or via blog post.   

·      Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and www.growingcitiesmovie.com  to follow our progress.

·      If you have other ideas for how we can raise funds please contact us!  We’re happy to do interviews, write blogs, sell our kidneys, etc.

PARTNERS, COLLABORATORS, & SUPPORTERS:

We’re eternally grateful to everyone has supported us thus far including Dartmouth College, Whole Foods, the REAP Fund, Good Food Media Group and countless individuals, friends, and farmers along the way. 

We’re also thrilled to be able to feature music from Conor Oberst and Bright Eyes, fresh from our hometown of Omaha, NE.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:

Kickstarter is an online funding platform for creative projects driven by an all-or-nothing approach.  If we don’t raise our goal of $35,000, we lose everything and no money changes hands. If we do reach our goal, the film will come out in early 2013. Our campaign lasts only 30 days and that month will go fast.  If you can, please pledge now because it will help build crucial momentum.

During our campaign and beyond we will keep you updated on the progress of the film and welcome all feedback and comments.

Thank you very much for being a part of our journey!

Dan Susman & Andrew Monbouquette

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by Alex Southworth

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by Alex Southworth

NEW MOVIE POSTER

by Rebecca Harrison ($100 reward)

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    Limited edition Growing Cities button PLUS shout out...rep it on your bag or hat & share us wherever you go! Choose from four super cool veggie characters or two of our logos (below).

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    FIRST-RUN DVD signed by the filmmakers PLUS button & shout out. Includes behind the scenes footage & bloopers!

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    ORGANIC COTTON T-SHIRT. Hot off the presses, this hand screen printed, 100% organic cotton t-shirt is the way you can show off Growing Cities around town PLUS we'll throw in button and digital download.

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    URBAN MUSHROOM FARMER: Back to the Roots Grow Your-Own Mushroom Kit PLUS signed DVD

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    FARM EXPERIENCE PDX. You get a spot in a workshop from Zenger Farm!! These range from backyard chicken keeping to worm composting. PLUS, you get a digital download of the film!!

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    FARM EXPERIENCE SF. You get a tour of the wonderful Hayes Valley Farm PLUS a
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    FARM EXPERIENCE MILWAUKEE. See fish, plants, and more on your tour of the awesome urban aquaponic farm, Sweet Water Organics!! PLUS a digital download of the film.

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    FARM EXPERIENCE COMPASS GREEN. Check out the coolest traveling garden project around, Compass Green Mobile Greenhouse. Your pledge gets you into a workshop with these guys when they come to your town PLUS a digital download of our film!

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    FARMER D PLANTING PACK. You get a beautiful cedar herb box, organic planting mix, and seeds all from our friend, Farmer D Organics PLUS a digital download of our film. Check out here: http://bit.ly/JhVJii

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    FARM EXPERIENCE CHICAGO. You get to harvest and hang out with City Farm! Start out harvesting some veggies at the farm and then go out for a drink and appetizers with some of the farmers...PLUS we'll throw in a digital download of the film! Can't really beat harvesting fresh veggies with a view of the Sears Tower...

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    FARM EXPERIENCE OAKLAND. Visit the Institute of Urban Homesteading's home-scale demonstration farm. See rabbits, quail, bees, greywater, fruit trees, mushroom beds, bathtub bogs and over 200 species of diverse food, forage and medicinal plants, all on a 1/10th of an acre...PLUS we'll throw in a digital download of the film!

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    URBAN FARMER READER PACK. Choose (1) of some of the best urban farming books, signed by their authors!! (1st pledge, 1st choice) PLUS some our favorite seeds & a DVD. Books include: The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter & Willow Rosenthal; Urban Homesteading by K. Ruby Blume & Rachel Kaplan; Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas by Mark Winne

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    URBAN FARMER READER PACK II You get a brand new, hot off the presses and signed copy of "Change Comes to Dinner" by Katherine Gustafson. Like our film, this book profiles folks who are pushing our country towards a better food future PLUS our favorite seeds & signed DVD.

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    BACKYARD FARMER. We'll send you some of our favorite heirloom seeds to plant in your backyard! PLUS you get a SPECIAL THANKS, signed DVD, buttons, & shout out.

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    FARM EXPERIENCE OMAHA. Hang out with the newest & coolest urban farmers in town, Big Muddy Urban Farm!! You get to help out a morning on the farm harvesting, tending chickens, or just playing in the dirt! Enjoy the spoils of your labor with a farm-fresh lunch w/some of the farmers afterwards PLUS get a signed DVD!!

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    TRUCK FARM OMAHA.TFO will visit a school or youth group of your choice! Kids get to taste fresh veggies and learn about growing food all from the back of a pick-up. Details: 1 hour visit, less than 25 participants, only available in Omaha Metro area.

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    Limited-edition poster in FULL COLOR [printed on 100% recycled paper w/ natural dyes] (picture below) PLUS signed DVD, buttons & shout out

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    FARM EXPERIENCE NYC. Get your very own tour (for two) of Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm with one of the farmers!!! Get a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline, meet rooftop chickens, bees, and, of course, taste some veggies!

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    FARM EXPERIENCE AUSTIN. Mimosa morning farm tour at Hausbar Farm!! This private tour for two will include a stroll in the garden, meeting the bunnies, a tour of the hen house, and meeting the miniature donkey!!

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    Lovely photobook from the tour, featuring pictures from our favorite urban farms. PLUS your name in credits, color poster, signed DVD, buttons & shout out.

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    FARM EXPERIENCE SEATTLE. Learn how to milk a backyard goat, make the milk into mozzarella cheese, and we'll even throw in learning the goat milking secret handshake!! Instruction (and goats) will be provided by the wonderful Jennie Grant, whose book "City Goats, the Goat Justice League guide to raising goats in the city" will be coming out this fall!!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER film credit PLUS photobook, large-print color movie poster, signed DVD, buttons & shout out.

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    PRODUCER film credit PLUS large-print, full color movie poster, photobook, signed DVD, buttons & shout out.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER film credit PLUS two VIP tickets to premier in Omaha, NE. Includes dinner with the filmmakers made with local, delicious food PLUS rewards above (travel expenses not included)

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING: In addition to EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credits & DVD, you'll receive Alex Southworth's beautiful full color original painting, "Growing Cities." You don't want to miss out on this one of a kind piece of art!!

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    COMMUNITY SCREENING. Wow, thanks! If any individual, community group, or non-profit organization pledges this amount we will come to you, screen the film, and give a presentation about urban agriculture...PLUS prizes above (non-farm experiences)

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