Team Labyrinth is a small group of divers, sailors and film makers who use an old sailing trimaran named Labyrinth to travel to remote islands, team up with local conservation groups and make films beautiful films about important issues.
You did it!
Thanks to every backer, promoter, sharer, liker, tweeter, interviewer, journalist and blogger who supported this campaign. Team Labyrinth could not have done it without your help. Now we are ready to make beautiful films about important issues in the Coral Triangle.
If you missed our campaign, but would like to help us with unexpected operational costs (also known as "Aww crap, the X is broken") please check out our Patreon page, which is like an ongoing mini Kickstarter.
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY
2015 MISSION DETAILS
This year we'll be exploring the coral triangle, encompassing Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia, one of the most fragile, biologically diverse and heavily populated regions of the world. We're connecting with local conservation groups and publicising their vital work.
We want to show you this incredible environment, examine the threats and pressures it faces and discover what both the people here and you at home can do to help preserve them.
This Kickstarter will fund the operational costs of THREE FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES and many mini-episodes. The features will focus on one area each: BORNEO, PHILIPPINES and INDONESIA.
THE 2015 EXPEDITION
Starting in June, we'll sail across the South China Sea to Borneo. Here we'll go up river to explore jungles, visit some of the most incredible caves in the world as well as discover what drives local fishermen to destroy reefs with explosive fishing bombs. Also we'll look at the damage deforestation and palm oil plantations inflicts on animals such as the orang-utan.
Next we will head north into the Philippines via Palawan and Cebu and explore these beautiful and fragile islands and the many threats they face.
From there we will head south into Raja Ampat, a legendary destination famed for its incredible ocean wildlife. Here we hope to see manta rays and whale sharks.
Next its west to Suluwesi where illegal mining and logging threatens the locals and their environment. Then we'll visit Lombok, Bali and Komodo before heading head back through Indonesia to finish in Malaysia around December.
We intend to cover around five thousand nautical miles in about seven months.
We'll produce THREE feature films, one each for Borneo, the Philippines and Indonesia. We have no idea what will happen in these films; that's the beauty of it. We go out and we film what happens. No one knows how it will end.
WHO IS TEAM LABYRINTH
My name is Jase Kovacs. Two years ago I used my life savings to buy an old trimaran named Labyrinth. Now my team and I make an ocean adventure and conservation series called Voyage of the Labyrinth.
We've made a pilot episode, which gives you a taste of life on Labyrinth, shows the sort of places we go and the surprises a life at sea brings.
View the episode on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcoJA6OsuEI
WHO ARE WE WORKING WITH?
- On Pulau Tioman we will be meeting up with our old friend Alvin from Reef Check Malaysia, to see how his community based conservation education programs are progressing.
- We are working with Green Fins, who promote responsible scuba dive practises throughout SE Asia, to show how often the best way you can protect the ocean is by choosing the right person to take you there.
- World Wildlife Fund Philippines will tell us about how they implemented sustainable whale shark tourism and we will compare that to areas where whalesharks are often harassed and injured by careless tourism operators.
- We’ll meet with Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines to see how they are working at the higher levels to develop and implement sustainable eco-tourism practises.
- We’re supporting Project Aware’s Dive Against Debris project by providing data on where and when we remove ocean rubbish, ghost nets and other debris.
- We’ll visit the remote TubbaTaha Reefs Natural Park to show how difficult yet important it is to enforce national parks.
- The Ocean-Action Resource Centre will show us how they are helping empoverished fishermen by teaching them new skills and providing micro-loans escape the poverty that forces them to us destructive fishing practises.
- In Borneo we will be investigating why fishermen use explosive fishbombs that destroy coral reefs.
- Plus we’ll share ground breaking research on Manta Ray behaviour, look at how traditional whale hunting become exploitative shows for tourism and take a break from the ocean when we investigate deforestation in Borneo.
I've already got the boat and most of the equipment I need. I've sunk all my savings into this venture; but we need a little more.
We're pre-selling our films, starting at $10 for one. You can get it as a digital download or a DVD depending on your reward level, and we've thrown in some extras for a bit of fun.
If you want to make a more substantial contribution, we want to make sure you are rewarded. Be a producer, come for a sail, learn to dive, explore new regions, come for a cruise. These are options available to you!
This is a seven month expedition involving four people covering five thousand nautical miles, visiting some very remote areas, but we can do it for around eleven thousand dollars. This is how it breaks down.
- Team cook Jolene is an expert at budget cooking and local markets are cheap. We don't expect to spend more than $100 per team member per month which adds up to $2700.
- Our inflatable dinghy is ancient and held together with patches and good will. It desperately needs to be replaced. It's $2000 for a new one.
- We need a compressor to fill our dive tanks. $3000.
- Wind is free and we intend to exploit the monsoons. But it's fickle and so I expect to spend around $1000 on fuel.
- I need to get some sails repaired and I need some more spares. $500.
- Mike Holmes is our composer, he does amazing work and asks for nothing, but I'd like to compensate him for his efforts. $500.
- Finally there's various bureaucratic costs, visas and cruising permits as well as administration costs and the like. $1300
But most of all we want you to become members of our Team, share in our adventures, learn more about the world and its peoples and help protect these beautiful places we love.
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Risks and challenges
That's the best thing about this project - the risks and challenges ARE the film. Check out our first episode.
In it Labyrinth was damaged by a stray rope and our efforts to save the boat were the crux of the film.
No matter what risks or challenges we face, they will enhance the film as we will be sharing everything with you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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