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Final update for Post-Production Backers


Thanks for throwing your support behind the post-production efforts for Lean, Mean & Green.  We had 178 backers - but still didn't get funded.  We're over half-way there with our distribution campaign, so if you could throw $5 or $10 into the kitty - I'd really appreciate it!  We have just 50 hours to go!

Thanks to all of you who have already pledged your support.  We've gotten some media placements recently as we gear up for our premiere TOMORROW! 

Please send along the links to these stories to your friends and family who are interested in hearing more about the good work going on in our cities.

9/16 The Craig Fahle show Lean, Mean & Green focuses on the positive
9/17/13 Hell Yeah Detroit! Lean, Mean & Green: A global message that there is hope for post-industrial places
9/ 20 Detroit Unspun - Lean, Mean & Green film shows how urban heroes are transforming Detroit and other cities into more sustainable communities
9/22 Free Press - Documentary 'Lean, Mean & Green' explores new paths for Detroit
9/22 Fox News Detroit - Lean, Mean & Green to Debut

General admission for the screening is FREE! 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 25th at the Detroit Film Theatre, located at 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202.

If you can't make the screening, make a pledge for a digital download of the film or a limited edition DVD.



Help change the conversation in your city...

Thanks to everyone who has re-pledged for our distribution efforts.  If you haven't done so, you can at this link: 

We'd like to bring the film to film festivals around the world, and need a little help with all those entry fees.

The conversation about post-industrial cities is changing.  It's my hope that this film is a small part in making that happen.  Please join me in bringing Lean, Mean & Green to a city where you are - or help share our story with the rest of the world!

To be added to the One of Us Films email list - click the link below - so you can hear more about the great work we're up to!


Many thanks,

Hello Friends of Lean, Mean & Green!

We're busy gearing up for our premiere on September 25th and looking forward to screenings around the country - and the world!  Please take a minute and make your pledge of support and share this project!


Hopefully with a lower goal and shorter time-line - we'll get there this time!

Many thanks for the support and kind notes you have sent our way.

Warm regards,


Not funded - then what's next for Lean, Mean & Green?

Hello dear friends and backers.

Thank you for being one of the backers of this project.  Many of you took the time to figure out this kickstarter pledge thing and your support is deeply appreciated.  If we were a few thousand dollars from our goal, I'd be asking you to pledge another $10, but being just 34% there -  I don't know how it can happen at this point.

The good news is that we've gone too far to turn back - and Ann and I will continue to knock on the doors of foundations, business and friends until we have what we need to finish the project.   We're very close to getting what we need, and I look forward to another Kickstarter campaign as we get closer to our premiere date.  We've learned a lot with this go-round and I think we'll have a better goal, better rewards and more fun with the next campaign!

We'll still be able to use this Kickstarter page to stay in touch, but please consider signing up for the One of Us Films email list.  You can do so here: http://eepurl.com/d_5nr I don't email too much and I'll let you know about how we're making progress.  We had originally hoped to premiere the film along side the book release for Revolution Detroit in March, but not we'll be targeting May for the premiere (if all goes well!)

If you'd still like to help the project along, please send me a note and we'll figure out how to make that happen.

Again, sincere thanks for your pledge of support and your interest in this project.  I know many of you want another side of the story told and we are going to make that happen.


Impressions of the Ruhr Valley

We're 31% funded and we've got 65 hours to go!! We've received so many generous contributions from our 148 backers. We just need a LOT more pledges!

1. Forward this email to your friends and family, telling them you're supporting this work!
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The Ruhr Valley was a major industrial and coal mining region in the valley of the Ruhr river in northwestern Germany. For the final bit of production of Lean, Mean & Green, we spent two days shooting industrial sites that have been transformed into recreational spaces and developed for new business. While I knew we were going to photograph these sites and I had done my research on-line and talked to people who had been there, I wasn’t really prepared for what it would feel like traveling through and photographing these environments.

From our base in Düsseldorf, we spent the first day at the Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord, which used to be a smelting plant. The entire site is open to the public to explore and many areas have been developed into recreational spaces like playgrounds for children, climbing walls, gardens, bike paths and water-parks.

The second day we shot at the Ruhr Museum at Zollverein in Essen. This museum combines a natural museum, archaeological and historical museum all in one place. We didn’t spend much time inside, but on the grounds of what used to be the Zollverein Coal mine and it all makes up what they call a “World Heritage Site.”

You’d think that having grown up in Dearborn, Michigan, where my first real job was at Greenfield Village, I would have made the connection from industrial ruins to industrial heritage a bit quicker and it wouldn’t take me going to Germany to do it. I live just a few miles from the Packard plant and it never occurred to me to view it as a cultural heritage site.

The other thing I’m still wrapping my head around is the entire Emscher Landscape Park. I’m really looking to John to help explain it all in the movie, as this “park” is really the entire redeveloped region with associations and municipalities working together to increase tourism to the area and make it all more livable. They have this motto. ““Change through culture – culture through change” and the resulting work is visible. These 53 communities are connected by bike paths!

If you’re planning a vacation, North-Western Germany may not be at the top of your list, but I really encourage you to take a look. Düsseldorf, where our gaffer/guide/driver Patrick “Paddy” Dosanjh (see video below) was from, is a vibrant city on the Reine River for a more typical tourist experience, but you can easily travel to many of these other areas. I certainly hope to go back for a film festival in the area, and I can only hope this part of the story will help demonstrate the enormous potential for post-industrial cities!

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