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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! Read more

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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!

Omaha, NE Food
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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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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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FAQ

  • Kickstarter is a website designed to help raise financing for creative
    projects and employs a unique all-or-nothing fundraising method where
    projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. For more
    info, click here: http://www.kickstarter.com/help

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  • Pledging is easy and can be done from anywhere in the world: Simply click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process.

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  • For your pledge you will get unique rewards such as limited edition DVDs, posters, urban farm books, cool farm experiences, and much more! Check out all rewards on the right side of this screen.

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  • After the 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card
    processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly for getting the film on PBS, including:

    - Conforming film to PBS standards (e.g. editing to length & technical specifications)
    - New sound mix, master, color correction
    - Transfer to tape & duplication
    - Marketing & PR to programmers at 350 PBS stations nationwide
    - Direct fees to American Public Television for station promotion, satellite uplink, direct mailing, and technical evaluation
    - Paying licensing fees to clear all music for televison.
    - Paying for legal and professional fees

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  • At this time, we do not know which stations will pick-up the film, so we cannot guarantee any particular station will show Growing Cities. That said, American Public Television (www.aptonline.org) has been doing this for a long-time and they do NOT pick-up any program if they think less than 75-80% of stations will broadcast it. Through direct outreach to station programmers it’s possible we could push our carriage to closer to 95-100%.

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  • Yes. Next question? This is a complicated one. Basically, we’ve chosen to offer the film for FREE to stations nationwide so we can maximize the number of people who see the film, rather than our profits. There are many costs associated with distributing the film to 350 public TV stations so American Public Television (APT), charges fees for their distribution services, including satellite uplink, technical review, station promotion, and much more! So, in a nutshell: we're giving Growing Cities away to millions of people for FREE and that's why we need your help to cover some of our hard costs!

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  • There are many different ways to get your film on PBS. A few of the most common are outlined below:

    - A LOCAL PBS STATION produces a program and then offers it to other local stations, typically free of charge (e.g. WGBH in Boston, MA or NET in Lincoln, NE). Besides the station itself, these productions are often funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, State/Regional/National art councils, local advertisers, foundations, and 'viewers like you', among others.

    - NATIONAL BROADCAST STRANDS such as Independent Lens and POV are another way to get your film picked up nationally on PBS. This process is highly competitive as PBS actually pays you for the rights to broadcast your film. Each year thousands of filmmakers around the world apply for a very limited number of these programming spots.

    - INDEPENDENT PRODUCERS can include a PBS broadcast in their budget at beginning of the production and raise funds for this from foundations and corporate sponsors. Remember when you hear, "This program was brought to you by XYZ foundation"? That means that organization gave money, usually lots of it.

    - OR you can FUND IT YOURSELF ... and that's us! Except the part about us not having that kind of cash in our pocket, so that's why we're asking YOU to help us share these incredible urban farmers with millions nationwide for FREE!!

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  • YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you absolutely can increase your pledge amount or change your incentive. To do so, sign in to Kickstarter. Go to our campaign page and click the blue “Manage Your Donation” button. There, you can enter a new amount, and choose a new incentive. Or if you'd just like to choose a new incentive, you can also do that at anytime!

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  • If you are interested in donating a larger amount (over $2,500) you can make a tax-deductible contribution through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. We would sincerely appreciate this type of support and wish we could extend this tax-deductible benefit to everyone.

    Unfortunately, Fractured Atlas also charges a 6% fee on donations so if all donations were tax deductible over 15% of all money pledged would never get to us, the filmmakers (5% to Kickstarter + 5% to Amazon + 6% to Fractured Atlas)

    To make a tax deductible donation please visit the following link: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/contribute/donate/4906

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  • Once our goal is funded, we will begin manufacturing and shipping incentives. You will get a message from us requesting the details we need to complete your order, such as address, etc. Please reply to us ASAP so we can get your stuff to you! There are estimated delivery dates with each pledge.

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  • Once we meet our funding goal, we will send you a message through Kickstarter requesting all the necessary information.

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  • Yes! That’s a great idea! Once the project is funded, we will follow up with you and get the name of the person you’re gifting to.

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  • If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, July 9th at 10am CT, no money changes hands.

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  • Sorry, Kickstarter only supports credit card payments through Amazon Payments. If you do not have a credit card but want to donate please contact us

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  • Yes! You should. Best place to view these is on Vimeo: www.vimeo.com/growingcities

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  • 1. Make a pledge today via Kickstarter! Please check out the donation
    tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you!

    2. Spread the word! Join our growing fan base by telling your friends,
    family and social networks about our Kickstarter campaign. Please send
    the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you
    know!

    3. Sponsor a screening (www.growingcitiesmovie.com/screenings)

    4. Become an Outreach Partner – contact us at dan@growingcitiesmovie.com for more info about this opportunity

    5. Plant something. In your backyard. Sideyard. Rooftop. Windowsill. Back of your pick-up. Anywhere…

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  • You can contact Dan or Andrew directly by emailing: info@growingcitiesmovie.com

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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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    16 backers

    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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    43 backers Limited (7 left of 50)

    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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    44 backers

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

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    20 backers Limited (5 left of 25)

    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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    4 backers Limited (6 left of 10)

    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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    8 backers Limited (2 left of 10)

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

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    17 backers Limited (3 left of 20)

    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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    59 backers

    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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