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The story of a man who has used art and nature to make sense of life...and whose journey holds powerful lessons for us all.
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James Hubbell in his Julian, CA studio.  Photo by John Durant
James Hubbell in his Julian, CA studio. Photo by John Durant

"I think artists are born with a certain vocabulary in their heads.  You follow it...or you get a chance to follow it...you're lucky."  - James Hubbell

It's hard to know who's luckier — James Hubbell — who's lived a life of artistic creativity and expression that few ever achieve — or the rest of us who've had the opportunity to experience his work and be inspired by the beauty and wonder of his singular genius.  "Between Heaven and Earth" is a new film that provides an intimate portrait of the artist and his lifelong journey of using art to understand his life, and build the world he wants to live in.  

Despite a nomadic childhood and inherent shyness, Hubbell has been driven to have a conversation with the world, using his art and his architecture to give flight to his deepest beliefs.   His is a quiet, yet compelling voice which shows us that power has nothing to do with how old you are, or how big you are, or how strong you are, that creativity transcends everything.  

Journey with us around California and beyond — as we learn the stories behind some of Hubbell's most iconic works.   Come to a deeper understanding — through the words of scholars, friends, and the artist himself — about his art, his motivation, and his inspiring life.

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What's new?  

A lot has happened since the time we saw James Hubbell on film. His many new accomplishments include the expansion of his Ilan-Lael home and building more parks around the Pacific in places like — like China, South Korea, the Philippines and Taiwan.  And then there are the events that showed up uninvited....the devastating Cedar Fire, Parkinson's Disease, and the challenges of aging we all must face. But through it all, it is the art that keeps him relevant in new installations like the Tides Room at Ilan-lael, and in classics like The Sea Ranch Chapel and The Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi.  

Why now?

The cameras have been rolling throughout James' life. It is rare to find a life so well documented in film — the public and private moments, along with many never-before-seen images we've combed from photos and scrapbooks.  Interest in his work has never been greater, yet he remains a mystery to many.  Learn about the man, his life, and the experiences that have made him one of the great creators of our time.   Our new film will be featured on public television and at film festivals.  This is not wishful thinking.   Your pledge will support a film that people are going to see!  

Producer Marianne Gerdes and Ilan-Lael Archivist Laurel Cost prepare James' artworks for the camera
Producer Marianne Gerdes and Ilan-Lael Archivist Laurel Cost prepare James' artworks for the camera

Why a Kickstarter campaign?  

We're experienced television professionals who have taken on the majority of expenses of making this movie to date.  And while there have been helpful funders along the way, we're asking for your support to get us over the finish line.  

Time is of the essence.  Jim Hubbell is 87 years old, and while age and illness have slowed him, his creative power remains strong.  His art speaks to a world that is searching for beauty and humanity.  His life is a love letter to the natural world that nurtured and inspired him.  His legacy touches friends and strangers alike every day.  This is NOT a vanity project.  It's the story of a man who has used art and nature to make sense of life...and whose life holds powerful lessons for us all.

The Sea Ranch Chapel, an inconic Hubbell design inspired by the untimely death of another young artist.
The Sea Ranch Chapel, an inconic Hubbell design inspired by the untimely death of another young artist.
James gets ready to open stained glass patterns from the Doors of Abu Dhabi project, the first time he will see these patterns in 40 years..
James gets ready to open stained glass patterns from the Doors of Abu Dhabi project, the first time he will see these patterns in 40 years..

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Two of the Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi  PHOTO: Otto Rigan
Two of the Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi PHOTO: Otto Rigan
James Hubbell studio at Ilan-Lael, his home and art studios in Santa Ysabel, California
James Hubbell studio at Ilan-Lael, his home and art studios in Santa Ysabel, California

Risks and challenges

Every filmmaker fears not having an audience. We’ve taken the leap, committed our own time and funds, and gained the trust and commitment of PBS as well as a noted film festival. Between Heaven and Earth is very nearly complete, so your role as a donor is assured to make a difference. A pledge of support, large or small, is a boost for everyone who believes in the power of art to transcend the ordinary, to lift us in ways that give joy, and help us understand the world we live in.

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    You love James Hubbell...the man and the artist. It's a simple as that. Support the film and skip the reward and feel good inside. 100% of your pledge supports the film project. But be on the lookout for a thank you note from the film's producer!

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    Binge Watch Hubbell!

    Keep the beauty and inspiration of James Hubbell's life and work at your fingertips. You'll get a link to a special James Hubbell channel that features the finished broadcast version of the film "Between Heaven and Earth" to view on demand! The channel also features other films including "The Cedar Fire," "The Phoenix in Spring," and "The Pacific Rim Park, 3 Park, 3 Cities, 1 Pearl" plus more rare and seldom seen videos and images about James Hubbell. Stream online anytime and be inspired by one of our world's great artist's and humanitarians!

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    Hubbell Tote Bag

    In Hubbell's world, art is everywhere. So why not put it on a tote bag! Natural cotton material is the canvas for the official film tote bag that features a James Hubbell original line drawing. Use it to carry your art supplies, beach gear, or proclaim your support for an artist who has changed our world with art, beauty and humanity. Please twice and give one as a gift!

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    Between Heaven & Earth T-Shirt

    James's motto is "Trust Life" and you can own a quality cotton t-shirt that shares this sentiment and that features an original Hubbell line drawing. Wear your support for the film project proudly and show the world the beauty of James Hubbell's creations.

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    Crazy for Film! Crazy for Hubbell!

    You love movies. You love James Hubbell. This is the reward level for you. You won't be limited by the TV length...see the WHOLE story, uncut, just as the Director envisions it! The FILM FESTIVAL version of "Between Heaven and Earth" is making its debut at the New York Architecture and Design Film Festival in October 2019. We'll send you a DVD AND A DIGITAL LINK of the feature length film that will be screening there. Receive special film festival schwag from the New York ADFF and we'll even include FREE tickets to the ADFF so you can be there for the world premiere! (travel not included). And, since you love film, we'll include the special on-demand Hubbell channel so you can have all James Hubbell films at your fingertips!

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    Limited-Edition Hubbell Glicee Print

    Torrey Pines is a favorite subject of artist James Hubbell. This special seaside location has inspired some of his most beautiful watercolor artworks. Pledge at this level you and receive a high-quality glicee reproduction of this meaningful artwork painted by James. This numbered edition is limited to only 80 prints and is only available through this Kickstarter promotion.

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    Screening Party at Ilan-Lael

    JULIAN, CA - You and a guest will receive 2 tickets to a private showing of "Between Heaven and Earth" at the Ilan-Lael Center in Julian, CA, which is one of the prominently featured locales in the life and story of James Hubbell. Meet the artist and the filmmaker and some of the key people who helped bring this production to life. We'll tour the memorable Hubbell home and studios in the beauty of a mountain springtime.

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    Book Bonanza!

    Receive two first-edition rare and out-of-print books that feature seminal moments in James Hubbell's career. "From The Earth Up" and "The Palace Doors of Abu Dhabi", both written by Otto Rigan will be yours. Includes an autograph by James Hubbell! You'll also get film schwag...the tote bag and t-shirt, and a DVD featuring the full length film festival version.

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    Your Name In Lights!

    What better way to show your appreciation for James Hubbell than to have your name featured in the credits of both the broadcast and film festival version of "Between Heaven and Earth." You'll also receive a shout out on the film's website! And, your level of support includes a VIP invitation to all special screenings and showings of the film during the next 12 months, anywhere in the world. (Travel not included)

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    Producer Credit

    Film Producers are involved in nearly every aspect of a film's creation. From script, to hiring the creative team, to funding the project, to being on the set and working with the creatives. No wonder so many want to rub elbows with fame in this way. Imagine your name in THE LIST OF PRODUCERS in the credits of both the broadcast and film festival version. Plus, be invited to all special screenings and showings of the film, anywhere in the world. (Travel not included) And, be treated to lunch with the "Between Heaven and Earth's" Producer, Marianne Gerdes, to hear first-hand all the behind the scenes stories of how the film was made!

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    Top Dog! Executive Producer Credit!

    YOU GET IT ALL when you support the project with this most generous contribution. A special EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit will be created just for you and embedded in both the broadcast and film festival version of "Between Heaven and Earth." Plus, receive lunch and a private tour of Ilan-Lael where you will meet James Hubbell and tour his studios. You'll also meet the Producer of the film "Between Heaven and Earth", receive the DVD and link to the Hubbell channel. And, be invited to all special screenings and showings of the film, anywhere in the world. (Travel not included)

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