12 HOURS REMAINING - KICKSTARTER FUNDING UPDATE (Sept 7, 11:59 a.m.)
WOW! A huge thank you to our Kickstarter community for helping us reach our goal. While we now have enough funds to finish our film (YESSSS), every additional dollar from here will go directly towards helping us distribute this film to festivals to tell the HOW WE GROW story. AND to distribute this story to legislators, and with land owners; current farmers, future farmers and any food consumer (that's everybody, right?). By focusing on a strategic distribution plan, our goal is to help support young farmers and healthy, sustainable agriculture for many generations to come.
ABOUT THE FILM
The average age of a farmer in the U.S. is 58-years-old. Our farmers are approaching retirement and it is essential that the next generation of farmers have community systems that support them so they may take on farming as a career.
HOW WE GROW is a feature film about young farmers overcoming obstacles to grow food for their community. By backing this project you are directly helping highlight the importance of supporting young farmers to ensure our healthy food future.
Now that we have reached our initial goal - to finish the film - we will be able to complete this film because of you all! Our intent in finishing this film is to influence communities and government to support young farmers in growing local, healthy food for their communities.
Initially, we asked for $20,000 for post-production (final editing, animation, sound, color, graphics) and thanks to our Kickstarter community - we will 100% be able to finish all post-production. And as mentioned above we are strategically focused on a major distribution plan that not only hits film festivals - but enters the hands of legislators, farmers, land-owners, influencers and heathy food consumers - so they too can support young, entreprenurial farmers.
WHAT'S THE MAIN MESSAGE FROM THE FILMMAKERS?
Filmmakers, Tomas Zuccareno and Haley Thompson, intend for this story, all shot within 15-miles of Carbondale, Colo. to act as an inspiration for any town or city in the U.S. who want to overcome their own obstacles and join the local food revolution.
“If these young farmers can overcome the high land prices of Colorado and grow food at 7,000 feet in an unpredictable mountain climate,” says Tomas Zuccareno, CO-Director of HOW WE GROW movie. “Then it may be possible for young farmers anywhere to problem-solve their logistical challenges and work with their local community leaders to create healthy food systems anywhere.”
HOW WE GROW + Redford Center Grant
In November of 2016 HOW WE GROW was awarded a Redford Center Grant, which helped us get our project off-the-ground (pun intended). In collaboration with the world’s top documentarians at the Redford Center, in Sundance, Utah - the HOW WE GROW team created this short film. It is a vignette of the micro-finance chapter in our feature film HOW WE GROW. This short debuted at 5Point Film Festival in April 2017 in their "Changemaker Program" this is the web WORLD PREMIERE of our 10-minute short film:
FILM TOPICS INCLUDE:
- Land access
- Legislation to support farmers
- Access to food for all members of the community
- Harper Kaufman and Christian LaBar of Two Roots Farm
- Casey Piscura and Kirsten Keenan - Wild Mountain Seeds
- Erin Cuseo and Jimmy Dula - Erin’s Acres
- Woody Tasch - Founder and chairman of Slow Money, a nonprofit that has facilitated the flow of more than $40 million to over 400 local, organic food enterprises.
- Diane Mitsch Bush – Colorado State Representative, who’s legislation plays a huge role in helping these farmers get access to land.
WHO IS THIS FILM FOR?
-Anyone who wants to eat local, healthy food
-Anyone who wants to learn how to grow or support healthy food systems
-Anyone who wants to be an active participant in creating a strong community, wherever they are in the world
-From fellow millennials to baby boomers, anyone who want to support the next generation of young entrepreneurs
HUGE thanks to our friends at The Little Nell + Aspen Skiing Company for the ultimate REWARD...
For the extremely generous backer who believes deeply in our message - we'd love to roll out the red carpet for you at the only five-star, five-diamond property in Aspen, The Little Nell hotel. See reward details to your right.
You and a special guest of your choosing will be invited to all of the VIP HOW WE GROW events in the Roaring Fork Valley and a stay at The Little Nell complete with a day in Aspen hosted by our filmmakers.
This contribution would directly help us cross-the-line towards the ultimate goal of submitting to Sundance Film Festival and sharing this urgent message with some of the biggest influencers in the film + farming industries.
Risks and challenges
If we don't reach the $20,000 we can't finish the film. Any little bit helps. Thank you for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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