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New documentary about urban farming in America will be broadcast to millions on PBS nationwide and strengthen the Good Food Movement!
New documentary about urban farming in America will be broadcast to millions on PBS nationwide and strengthen the Good Food Movement!
589 backers pledged $33,025 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, Twitter, or by making a tax-deductible donation!

**********************NEW REACH GOAL $35,000*********************

Wow, thank you all SO MUCH for all your support! We've reached our initial goal, but we’re not done yet! Right now our film will show on 75-80% of PBS stations. Let’s make that 95%. If we can raise an additional $5,000 we’ll be able to hire a station representative and do the PR necessary to make that happen!

Plus, there's all sorts of sweet prizes still out there ... and who wants to miss that?

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...see rest of our update posts here!

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A video update from friends, farmers, and people like you, our supporters!

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From rooftop farmers to backyard beekeepers, Americans are growing food like never before. GROWING CITIES tells the inspiring stories of these intrepid urban farmers, innovators, and everyday city-dwellers who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food. From those growing food in backyards to make ends meet to educators teaching kids to eat healthier, viewers discover urban farmers are harvesting a whole lot more than simply good food.

WHAT WE'RE DOING:  We need to raise at least $30,000 by July 9th so the film can be broadcast nationally on PBS this Fall. The film has been an official selection at 25+ film festivals and screened in more than 200 communities worldwide, inspiring tens of thousands to join the Good Food Movement.

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 Watch this very sweet testimonial video from our Peabody Award-winning editor, Alexandru Moscu - if he doesn't convince you to pledge, we're not sure what will!

WHY WE NEED YOUR MONEY: 

We've just received a letter of interest from American Public Television, the nation's largest distributor to PBS, to nationally broadcast GROWING CITIES. They love the film and want to help us share these inspiring stories with millions of people. But, as crazy as it sounds, we are responsible for all the costs of getting it there. These include:

  • Direct fees to American Public Television for station promotion, satellite uplink, direct mailing, and technical evaluation
  • Conforming film to PBS standards, including editing to length & technical specifications
  • New sound mix, master, and color correction
  • Transfer to tape & duplication
  • Marketing & PR to programmers at 350 PBS stations nationwide
  • Kickstarter/Amazon fees 8-10%
  • Kickstarter Prize Fulfillment, including manufacture & domestic shipping
A few of our screenings
A few of our screenings

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT GROWING CITIES:

·      Make a pledge. Right now. On Kickstarter. You get some fantastic prizes & a chance to support the Good Food Movement. 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. Send a link of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know, and encourage folks to donate. You can also share us on Facebook, Twitter, 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, etc.

PARTNERS, COLLABORATORS, & SUPPORTERS:

We’re seriously grateful to everyone has supported us thus far, including: Dartmouth College, Slow Food USA, Sustainable Table, National Young Farmers Coalition, Sustainable America, Food Day, Growing Power, Organic Consumers Association, WHY Hunger, Carhartt, the Pollination Project, Nebraska Sustainable Ag Society, Paradigm Gardens, our past Kickstarter supporters, 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 the leading online funding platform for creative projects driven by an all-or-nothing approach. If we don’t raise our goal of $30,000, we lose everything and no money changes hands. If we do reach our goal, the film will be broadcast nationally on PBS nationally. 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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Pledge $25 to bring this beautiful HANDDRAWN POSTER home and gaze at it all day! Only 25 left! Actual dimensions 16x24
Pledge $25 to bring this beautiful HANDDRAWN POSTER home and gaze at it all day! Only 25 left! Actual dimensions 16x24
($50) Not only is this limited-run DVD BEAUTIFULLY designed, but it's case is 100% recyclable and has a fancy magnet inside to keep it shut!
($50) Not only is this limited-run DVD BEAUTIFULLY designed, but it's case is 100% recyclable and has a fancy magnet inside to keep it shut!
 

Risks and challenges

Independent filmmaking is always a challenge, from financing to completion, but the good news is: we've already finished most of the hard stuff, we just need your help to get it on PBS!

We are thrilled with the opportunity to share these incredible farmers' stories with millions nationwide. With our past Kickstarter experience, we are excited to deliver your prizes promptly, keep you posted on our progress, and respond kindly to all questions. Thank you for your generous support!

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    EVERYONE who pledges $1 or more (...whether you select this prize or not) gets their name on a SPECIAL page on our website!

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    A HUGE thank-you! You get a shout-out from us on Facebook or Twitter with #GrowingCitiesonPBS!

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    You get some of our FAVORITE SEEDS and chance to start your own "Growing Seedy" PLUS shout-out on social media! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the US.

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    Digital access to BEHIND-THE-SCENES footage from the film PLUS a limited-edition BUTTON, so you can rep our logo or one of four veggie characters on your bag or hat & share us wherever you go!

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    Get a POSTCARD with a BEAUTIFUL STILL IMAGE from the film with a note from the filmmakers! PLUS digital access to BEHIND-THE-SCENES footage from the film!

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    WOAH, limited-edition, ONLY 25 left! You can get a print of our beautiful PEN-and-INK POSTER signed by a filmmaker (pictured below) PLUS digital access to BEHIND-THE-SCENES footage from the film!

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    Get a signed DVD of the award-winning food film INGREDIENTS signed by the filmmaker, PLUS some of our favorite seeds! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the US, but will ship the DVD!

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    Get a hi-def DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film PLUS some of our favorite seeds!

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    Get a DVD of the award-winning QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us? from our educational distributor, COLLECTIVE EYE. Plus some of our favorite seeds! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the US.

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    Get a SIGNED KING CORN DVD by award-winning filmmaker IAN CHENEY! This eye-opening documentary shows how everything we eat is made of corn PLUS we'll throw in some of our favorite seeds! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the US.

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    Get a DVD of the Young Farmer film THE GREENHORNS plus their FARMER'S ALMANAC & some of our favorite seeds!

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    Get the classic CARHARTT STOCKING CAP for wearing around the farm or just hanging out. PLUS digital access to BEHIND-THE-SCENES footage from the film & some of our favorite seeds! See photo to left.

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    Woooo-hooo! You get a FIRST-RUN DVD of GROWING CITIES PLUS behind-the-scenes footage from the film & some of our favorite seeds! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the US

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    YUM. The Omaha LOCALMOTIVE FOOD TRUCK SPECIAL. You get an order of Rounders, frites, and a drink from Omaha's most delicious food truck PLUS a sweet LOCALMOTIVE t-shirt and a HD digital download of our film!

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    A download of the DELIGHTFUL SOUNDTRACK of the film from our composer Joel St. Julien plus a FIRST-RUN DVD of the film & some of our favorite seeds!

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    FARM EXPERIENCE PDX. Take a walking tour of the beautiful Rockwood Urban Farm (we know, we've been there!) Stroll with Farmer Leah, taste some delicious veggies, and end at the home plot for some refreshments! PLUS a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film.

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    NATIONAL YOUNG FARMERS COALITION prize pack. You get your very own NYFC membership, a NYFC button, and choice of a Farmer's Unite T-SHIRT or ONESIE ... PLUS a FIRST-RUN DVD of the film!

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    URBAN HOMESTEADER READER PACK.
    Choose (1) of some of the best urban homesteading books out there, signed by their authors!! (1st pledge, 1st choice) PLUS a DVD of our film & some of our favorite seeds. Books include: The Essential Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter & Willow Rosenthal; Keep Chickens! by Barbara Kilarski; Change Comes to Dinner by Katherine Gustafson; Food Rebels, Guerilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin' Mamas by Mark Winne; and Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff

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    Novella Carperter's BRAND NEW memoir "GONE, FERAL" signed by the author! This was just released on June 12th so it's literally HOT off the presses. PLUS a DVD of our film & some of our favorite seeds!

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    FARM EXPERIENCE OMAHA. Get a tour of one of our hometown's oldest and most beautiful urban farms, City Sprouts! Includes a farm fresh snack with refreshments. PLUS a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film.

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    Snag a sweet CARHARTT HOODED SWEATSHIRT which will keep you warm during those cool mornings & evenings outdoors. PLUS a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film! Note: see photo to left, you pick size at end of campaign.

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    FARM EXPERIENCE LINCOLN NE. Get a tour of the wonderful Community CROPS with Farmer Aaron & pick your own bag of veggies to take home along the way! At the end of tour, there will be a yummy snack and refreshments! PLUS a DVD of the film!

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    A BLU-RAY, woah! You get your very own hi-def copy of the film so you don't miss a pixel. Way crisper than a DVD's image, we've projected the film across the world on BLU-RAY discs and they look fantastic! PLUS soundtrack, limited-edition button & seeds! Note: we can't ship seeds outside the U.S.

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    FARM EXPERIENCE MILWAUKEE. Get a tour (for two) of the most famous urban farm around, Will Allen's Growing Power. Learn about their aquaponics systems, red wiggler worms, vertical growing, and more! Plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film!

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    FARM EXPERIENCE SAN FRANCISCO. You get a workshop at this incredible learning center where many urban farmers in the Bay Area have learned their craft. We promise you'll come out with some new skills ... and friends too! Plus a DVD of the film!

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    TRUCK FARM OMAHA VISIT. That same mustard yellow pick-up you saw in the film 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 1975 Chevy! PLUS a signed DVD of the film & some of our favorite seeds! Details: 1 hour visit, less than 25 participants, only available in Omaha Metro area.

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    ROOFTOP FARM EXPERIENCE NYC. Get a 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! PLUS a SIGNED DVD of the film!

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    You get some CARHARTT DUCK BIB OVERALLS, which are some of the sturdiest and long-lasting overalls we've ever seen! Hammer loops, utility pockets, double knees, oh my! PLUS a signed DVD of the film, soundtrack, and some of our favorite seeds! Note: see photo to left, you pick size at end of campaign.

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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!! PLUS a signed BLU-RAY of the film, soundtrack, & some of our favorite seeds! Instruction (and goats) will be provided by the wonderful Jennie Grant, whose the author of a wonderful book "City Goats, the Goat Justice League guide to raising goats in the city"

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    FARM EXPERIENCE AUSTIN TX. Get the royal treatment with a romantic one-night stay for two at the newly opened GuestHaus at Hausbar Farm. Includes a bottle of vino, farm-fresh flowers, and tour of the farm! PLUS get a signed DVD of the film, our soundtrack, and some of our favorite seeds!

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    This classic CARHARTT DETROIT JACKET is one of the coolest jackets around, made out of 100% cotton duck with triple stiching, you'll be wearing it for a long-time. We'll even embroider Growing Cities above the pocket! PLUS get a signed BLU-RAY, access to behind-the-scenes footage, our soundtrack, and some of our favorite seeds!

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    YOUR NAME in the PBS CREDITS! You know when you hear, 'This program was presented by XYZ foundation' before your favorite PBS series? Well, we know you've always wanted to see YOUR NAME there in front of millions - and you can with this prize! PLUS get a signed BLU-RAY copy of the film, access to behind-the-scenes footage, a download of our soundtrack, and some of our favorite seeds!

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    COMMUNITY SCREENING. Wow, thank you! If any individual, community group, or non-profit organization pledges this amount the film's Director, Dan Susman, will come to you, screen the film, and give a presentation about urban agriculture...PLUS your name in the PBS Credits & above prizes (minus farm experiences)! Note: this DOES include travel costs within continental US on a mutually agreed upon date. If international group is interested in this prize, please email mandy@growingcitiesmovie.com

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    You are a PBS ANGEL. You'll get to intimately participate in bringing GROWING CITIES to PBS. You get to view ROUGH CUTS of the PBS version, hear exclusive updates from the filmmakers, and see how a film actually makes it to public television! PLUS a wonderful local foods dinner with the film's director, Dan Susman, prepared by James Beard Award nominated chef, Clayton Chapman, at his restaurant the Grey Plume in Omaha, NE. You also get your name in the beginning and end credits on PBS, a signed BLU-RAY of the film, soundtrack, behind-the-scenes footage, button, and seeds!

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