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Industrial collapse scars cities around the globe. Urban heroes are transforming their cities into more sustainable communities.

Lean, Mean & Green serves as a response to the images of Detroit blight that have been seen around the world.  Our film has already been an inspiration to others and a validation for the work the people in Detroit and other cities are accomplishing.

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We’ve been attempting to make a world-class, big-budget, big-story documentary without having the financing in place for a million-dollar effort. We’ve been able to secure deals on equipment and the producers have all made personal financial sacrifices in order to get this story told. Crew members have cut their rates to make it happen and we've been shooting on a compressed schedule. The film is 90% shot and 75% funded. We can’t finish the edit without your help! $25,000 is the minimum we need in order to produce a finished film by the March premiere date we’re working toward.

Funds raised will go toward paying our editor, sound editing and mixing and finally, color correction.

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Email friends and family with a link to our Kickstarter page, like us and share it on facebook, post it to an online forum, or tell people who you think might be interested in the film about the campaign. We know that there are a lot of interested people out there who want to see what the solutions look like on screen!

We've had success in securing some corporate support and foundation funding toward the production of the film. Given the enthusiastic reception of our work-in-progress, the producers decided to move forward with production in Europe, even though this would sacrifice the funds required to edit and finish the film. The European perspective was an important part of the book that inspired the film and connects the stories globally.

We continue to write grants and talk to foundations about supporting the work. Any funding beyond the $25,000 will go towards ongoing screenings, community engagement around the project, and the numerous film festival opportunities. Our goal is to have this story help shape a new POSITIVE dialogue around the transformation going on in post-industrial cities. We'd like to be able to attend as many film festivals in person to continue the ongoing dialogue the film creates.

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  • I wanted to make a beautiful film about Detroit...which I found out was a story people are trying to tell about their cities, in the USA and around the world.

    Lean, Mean & Green serves as a response to the images of Detroit blight that have been seen around the world. Our film has already been an inspiration to others and a validation for the work the people in Detroit and other cities are accomplishing.

    Many cities besides Detroit have embraced the necessity of reimagining themselves in the wake of deindustrialization and population loss. Interestingly, a good number of cities have developed special areas of expertise – Detroit in community gardening and the food economy, Philadelphia in public art and vacant lot restoration, Youngstown in community-based planning for a small but smarter city. With that in mind Lean, Mean & Green will look at each city as an example of particular urban strategies.

    We are making a beautiful film, not only beautifully photographed, but beautiful in its inspirational message - not only what the possibilities are, but how people are already making changes and creating more sustainable communities in the process.

    Inspired by the award-winning book Reimagining Detroit by Detroit Free Press writer John Gallagher, the one-hour documentary will look to Detroit’s future, and, by extension, to the future of post-industrial cities around the world. In addition to Detroit, the production includes Youngstown, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Torino, Italy and the Ruhr Valley area in Germany.

    It's been a work-in-progress for almost two years. Funds raised will be used for post-production on the film, editing, color-correction and audio mixing. We're also working on a way to share ALL the interviews in some fashion, because every person we talked was so thoughtful and passionate about their work. (Maybe an iBook? we're working on it...)

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    GENERAL ADMISSION ticket to the Detroit Premiere of Lean, Mean, & Green (Kickstarter only, advance ticket sales pricing. At-the-door price will be $10).

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    VIP PRE-SEATING. LEAN, MEAN & GREEN Join us for a reception at the incredible Detroit Film Theatre before the premiere screening of Lean, Mean & Green. Enjoy VIP pre-seating and take home a goodie bag and DVD copy of the film!

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    I'M A DETROITER DVD copies of Lean, Mean & Green and Regional Roots - the Birth and Evolution of Detroit and Its People. ($3 U.S. shipping $7 international)

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    I HEART JOHN GALLAGHER autographed copy of John Gallagher's latest book "Revolution Detroit - Strategies for Urban Reinvention" AND a Lean, Mean & Green DVD. The book includes interview material from the film. ($5 U.S. shipping $10 international)

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    DETROIT VIP Enjoy VIP pre-seating at the Detroit premiere of Lean, Mean & Green and take home a goodie bag that includes a signed copy of John Gallagher's latest book "Revolution Detroit" and DVD copy of the film! Includes VIP reception prior to the screening, to be held at the incredible Detroit Film Theatre.

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    RIDE Lean, Mean & Green bike tour with John Gallagher and Carrie LeZotte. Join Gallagher and LeZotte for a guided tour through locations that appear in the film. This 15-20 mile ride will meet at the Rivard Plaza on the Detroit RiverWalk, travel to Elmwood Cemetery, The Heidelberg Project, Greenworks Gardens, the beaver dams at Edison Boat Club, Greening of Detroit planting areas and past the office of One of Us Films in Lafayette Park. We'll cruise past Midtown development projects where you'll be provided with several options for lunch.

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    Regional Roots DVD, a DVD of Lean, Mean & Green AND an autographed copy of Revolution Detroit. ($5 U.S. shipping $10 international)

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    MEAN CHAMPION - You're a badass who lives in the city. Or you opened a business in a city and started something that you were warned against. You were told the risks and you did it anyway! You or your business will be credited as a "MEAN CHAMPION" in the film. Add this to another reward!

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    GREEN CHAMPION. You love this film because you've always been a tree-hugger and you LOVE how cities are becoming more bike friendly. You've grown a tomato or two. You or your organization will be credited as a "Green Champion" in the film. Add this to another reward!

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    LEAN CHAMPION - You love this project because you're an urban planner, you're involved in shrinking cities and you've been trying to explain what you do to your mom for years now. This film will help you explain your job to her and concepts like daylighting and road diets. You or your organization can be credited as a "Lean Champion" in the film! Add this to another reward!

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    REIMAGINING DETROIT - a copy of the book that inspired the film, 2 DVD copies of Lean, Mean & Green, a DVD copy of Regional Roots and an autographed copy of Revolution Detroit. ($5 U.S. shipping $10 international)

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    EXTREME CHAMPION you love it all and want to help share the love. TEN DVD copies of Lean Mean & Green - pass 'em out or mail 'em to your friends! 2 DVD copies of Regional Roots, and autographed copies of Revolution Detroit and Reimagining Detroit. Credit in the film as an "Extreme Champion". (shipping included - THANK YOU!)

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