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A fish-farm-to-table journey through the history, culture, and environmental impact of the world's most desired delicacy.
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STRETCH GOAL = $5,000

We've made it to the promised land with our initial goal, but there are still a few things we'd like to get done...

FILM FESTIVALS, WEBSITE, & MARKETING = $1000
Film festival submissions cost a lot of money (anywhere from $10 to $100 per submission), so does making a website and promoting the film. We want improve our chances of getting the film out into the world, and you can help us do that by contributing to our stretch goal.

PAY OUR PRODUCERS = $1,000
Arlin Golden and Joe Presser have spent an exorbitant amount of time and energy on this film, and we have not had the funds to reward them for their work. Pitch in to help us help out our dear friends.

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Over the centuries caviar (i.e. - sturgeon eggs) was strictly reserved for Russian Czars and royalty throughout the world. Nowadays its become synonymous with wealth, fame, and indulgence. But why is that? What’s so special about caviar? Our forthcoming short documentary, "Caviar Dreams", attempts to answer those questions and thoroughly explore the strange and exotic world of fish eggs.

The film weaves a tapestry of caviar tales together that leaves you knowing more than you ever thought possible about this unique delicacy. Beyond the assumed luxury and glamour associated with caviar, we uncover a story of over-fishing, poaching, near extinction, and a quest for sustainability. Ultimately, we hope to give audiences a greater understanding and appreciation for caviar and its impact on society. Here's just a little taste of the film for you:

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Why we need your help:

This is a dark time for both the arts and the environment, and by contributing to this project you will simultaneously be supporting both. As filmmakers we want to spread the message that sustainability and conservation are vital to the future of the planet, and we can't spread that message without your help. The documentary is currently picture-locked, but honestly, we just can’t share the film and get it out into the world without spending some serious dough.

We need finishing-funds for color correction, sound sweetening, archival licensing, and outreach – all of which are tremendously costly. Seeing as how the crew for this film is comprised of underemployed WFU graduate students with student loans, we are in desperate need of your help. Making and distributing a film about caviar is as expensive as…well…a shitload of caviar, and we just don’t have the funds we need. We want to share this documentary with as many people as we possibly can, and we’re hoping you will help us do that by contributing to the project. 

Furthermore, because we believe so strongly in this documentary and the message of the film, we are committed to donating 10% of all future profits made from the film (i.e. - festival prizes, screening fees, merchandise sales, etc.) to the National Endowment for the Arts. It's now more important than ever to take action and support worthy causes, and we feel a responsibility as filmmakers to support an organization that is vital to artistic expression. Consequently, this is an opportunity for you to contribute to an environmentally-conscious film, and to filmmakers who ultimately hope to make a positive artistic impact.

Where Your Money Goes:

Archival Licensing: $1,200

Color Correction: $1,000

Sound Sweetening: $800

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Filmmaker Bios:

We have all previously made or worked on award-winning documentary films, and we have proven track records as filmmakers. We’re highly optimistic about the success of this documentary, which we’ve all collaborated on:

Brian Gersten is an award-winning documentary filmmaker from Chicago and a recent graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. Brian has directed a number of short documentaries that have gone on to screen at notable festivals around the country and overseas. His short documentary "The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner" was a Kickstarter Staff Pick, and was named one of the 40 best documentaries of 2015 by the Spotlight Documentary Film Awards.

Liv Dubendorf is a recent graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. Originally from Philadelphia, she attended college at Elon University, where she discovered her passion for making movies and got her BA in Media Arts and Entertainment. Since graduating, Liv has had the opportunity to see her work play at a few film festivals and win some exciting honors. This includes the bronze Student Academy Award for her short doc “Win or Lose,” and a number of festival laurels for “The Hollerin’ Contest at Spivey’s Corner.”

Wei Ying is originally from China and now in her 3rd and final year at the Documentary Film Program at Wake Forest University. She went to one of the top universities in China and graduated with a B.A. in History. Wei has internship and working experience in the documentary film industry in both China and the United States. Her first film: "Atomic Retro Customs: The Electric Guitars of Matt Nowicki" has been an official selection at over 10 film festivals. Her passions also include music, sports, debate and most recently culinary arts.

 

Risks and challenges

For all intents and purposes the film is complete, so really, THIS is the biggest challenge - raising the funds we need, and putting those funds to good use. The price of color correction, sound mixing, and archival licensing fees all add up quickly. Plus - getting the film out into the world is a whole other part of the process. Film festival submissions, as well as marketing and promoting a film, can be remarkably time-consuming and costly. So finding a home and audience for this documentary is inherently a challenge.

Your contributions will not only allow us to complete the film, but you will also help us gain and grow an audience in the process. After months of production and post-production work, we’re extremely proud of the film and think it has great potential in the festival circuit. In short - your contributions help us improve the quality of the film, and enable us to get it out into the world. We've been working on this thing for nearly two years, and we can't wait for you all to see it.

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    Thank you, merci, gracias, danke...

    Thanks! Because of your generosity we will give you a social media shout out, send you a personal thank you email, and share an exclusive caviar-related digital production still from the making of the film.

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    Sneak Peek of the Film

    Wow - thank you so much!! Look forward to a thank you email, a social media shout out, and a sneak peek of the film via a private vimeo link.

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    Caviar Dreams Digital Package & Postcard

    You’re too kind! We’re going to send you a digital copy of “Caviar Dreams“ plus bonus material from the film (i.e. – deleted scenes, soundtrack, film transcript, full-length archival clips, etc) and a postcard of our stylish movie poster designed by our incredible animator Joe Presser!

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    Cavi-Art

    Oh my gosh - you’re a true caviar dream!! You get everything from the $50 pledge as well as Inga Saffron’s book "Caviar" and an 18’’ x 24’’ print of our movie poster designed by our incredible animator Joe Presser! And what the hell - we’ll mention you in our credits while we’re at it.

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    The Caviar Dreams Eggsperience

    Ok, you’re simply the best! You get everything from the $150 pledge, but this time we’ll send you the Cadillac of caviar….an ounce of sustainable farm-raised Ossetra Caviar from Atlantic Caviar & Sturgeon Company whom we feature in the film. So, ya know, you can eat caviar and simultaneously watch how it’s made (if you’re into that sort of thing).

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    Caviar Dream Come True in NYC

    Holy fish eggs Batman!! You get everything from the $150 pledge. AND filmmaker Brian Gersten will personally treat you to a sampling of an ounce of the finest caviar in New York City**. He'll even spoon-feed you and attempt observational comedy if he's in a good mood.

    **Transportation and lodging not included
    **Date/Time TBD

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    Eggsecutive Producer

    Caviar you serious??? Wow - you’re something else. You get everything from the $300 pledge. PLUS two tickets to a Film Festival screening of your choice (travel and lodging not included). And did we forget to mention you’ll be credited as an “Executive Producer” of the film as well? If that’s not a caviar dream, we don’t know what is.

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    Screening & Tasting at "Dirk's Fish"

    We're gonna party like it's October 23rd, 1929!! You get everything from the $1000 pledge AND we're gonna throw you a decidedly decadent caviar shin-dig for you and a few of your friends at the one and only "Dirk's Fish & Gourmet Shop" in Chicago, IL. Eat caviar while watching the film. It'll be caviar-sensory overload. What could be better?

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