"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell
"The axe, or ax, is an implement that has been used for millennia to shape, split and cut wood; to harvest timber; as a weapon; and as a ceremonial or heraldic symbol." - Wikipedia.com
AXE verb [ with obj. ]
1 to end, cancel, or dismiss suddenly and ruthlessly. - OxfordDictionaries.com
$50,000 is the minimum we need if we are going to complete AXED. That will be enough to cover our costs. If we raise anything over, it will go towards making the film better as well as marketing to reach more people. The more we raise the bigger the impact (read on to see the backing bonuses if we exceed our minimum funding goal). Please note that if we don't meet our fundraising goal of at least $50,000 by November 28th we won't receive a penny. It's all or nothing. Kickstarter will not charge your credit card if we are not 100% successfully funded.
"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." - Henry David Thoreau
In the name of the environment, the Green Movement is swinging a dangerous hatchet at liberty, prosperity, and the free world. People everywhere have been programmed to think that the green movement is good for the earth and humanity. This film has an axe to grind with these myths.
Axed is a documentary that will tell the truth about the green movement. The film will be built upon one simple, proven historical fact: Liberty works! But, in the name of "being green," our liberties, our private property rights, and our standards of living are constantly being chopped at and splintered away. The truth needs to be told! So we are going to document stories of individual Americans and natural resource based companies who are being sacrificed on a green altar. We also plan to meet with historians and experts on the subject. Here's some of what we have so far:
"The states generally do a good job managing natural resources and making sure the environment is taken care of. But when you get to the federal level, it's no longer the resources that are the priority. There's a bigger agenda: They're trying to completely shut down and eliminate any access and availability to the resources." - Joe runs a coffee shop and has spent his entire life with at least one foot in the logging industry in the State of Washington.
"It makes no sense to require 10-15 years to permit a very simple mining project in the US when a company could go to Mexico or Chile and permit exactly the same project under the exact same regulations in 18-24 months" - Glenn is the president of a small mining company that has been dragged through unrelenting misery for years by federal regulatory agencies.
"We need to decentralize to give the lower and middle classes opportunity, and that will only happen if all the natural resources are managed on the state and local levels...Not just for economic development, but to maintain the right amounts of wilderness and backcountry, because that is one reason why we're here." - Jerry is in the dwindling U.S. timber industry, and he is a big time free market thinker.
"People in Washington DC need to wake up and stop believing the lie, in the same way we once stopped believing the lie of Marxism and socialism and replaced it, we need to stop believing the lie about the green movement." - Geoff is an incredible historian, speaker, and a talented filmmaker.
"The folks who try to stop coal mining and oppose oil and gas development have never spent any time at all without energy. Never. Even when they go camping their tents are made of nylon-- it's all made with chemicals derived from oil and gas." - Mike is an oil and gas expert.
BONUS 1 - The College Campus Blitz
If we raise over $65,000, we will release 10,000 free copies of the finished Axed DVDs across dozens of college campuses in America.
BONUS 2 - The Major City Events
Additionally, if we raise over $80,000, we will organize, promote, and hold screenings of Axed in at least 3 major US Cities across the country.
BONUS 3 - The Limited-Time Only Online Release
If $100,000 or more is raised, we will apply the above bonuses, plus we'll advertise, promote, and release a special version of the film to be viewed online, free of charge, for the world to see for a limited amount of time, ideally sometime between Earth Day and May Day.
BONUS 4 - Nationwide Theatrical Release
Okay, so this is thinking big. If we raise over $200,000 we'll hire a team to pursue a theatrical release of Axed and get it into as many movie theaters and submitted to as many film festivals and other venues across the country as possible.
We appreciate you taking the time to check out our project and we hope you will consider helping us make this film happen!
"And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees." - Matthew 3:10
Risks and challenges
Some things to keep in mind:
- While our goal is to have this project completed and rewards delivered by April, 2013, there are no guarantees. We will do our best! We promise to keep you up to speed on any delays or hindrances that may come our way. We believe our experienced team has what it takes to tackle whatever challenges we run into, and we are prepared to take each one head on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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