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

By the dawn of the 21 st century, many of the world’s once-powerful centers of industry had lost jobs and population to a devastating degree.  These urban centers include Detroit, Philadelphia, and Youngstown, in the United States, and Torino, Italy, and the Ruhr Valley district of Germany in Europe. Many critics claimed these urban centers  were finished, with no hope of revival or reinvention.

This movie is about the people who disagree…

We've been able to make it to the premiere screening and we'll have DVDs made - but we really need your help in getting this film out in the world! 

We'd also like to bring the film to a festival or screening near you!

Film festival entry fees usually START at $25 and with thousands of festivals internationally, we won't be able to enter them all.  We want you to help us choose and you get to as one of our rewards!  If we get in, we'll see you there!

$5000 will pay for entry fees to at least 50 festivals and all of the mailing, duplication and support required to make that happen, in addition to delivering on your rewards.

THANK YOU for your support of these stories and our project!

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Our biggest challenge is at this point, we've made a beautiful film that no on will see!! While we're working on some kind of television distribution, we need the fans and supporters of this work to give it a jump start.

Film festivals aren't really a way to make money, they are a way for films to be screened in communities and we need help getting this story out there!

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    Can't make the premiere? 2 DVD copies of the film - one for you, one to send to a friend!

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    VIP PREMIERE PASS Arrive early to our September 25th Premiere, enjoy pre-seating, a chance to talk with filmmakers, and take home a DVD copy of the film.

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    HELP PICK OUR FESTIVALS What festival would you like to see us attend? While there is no guarantee we'll get in, will apply to the one of YOUR CHOICE in your city! If we do get in and are able to attend, sit with one of the filmmakers during the screening! If we can't attend and comp tickets are available - they're yours!

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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! *pledge must be made by Sept 15th in order to have name on dvd.

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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! *pledge must be made by Sept 15th in order to have name on dvd.

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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. You or your organization can be credited as a "Lean Champion" in the film! Add this to another reward! *pledge must be made by Sept 15th in order to have name on dvd.

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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 Credit in the film as an "Extreme Champion". (shipping included - THANK YOU!) *pledge must be made by Sept 15th in order to have name on dvd.

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    PERSONAL SCREENING This guarantees you'll see the film where ever you want! Director Carrie LeZotte will screen the film at the venue of your choice...you set it up and we'll be there. (travel expenses not included, but don't worry, we fly coach.)

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