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About this project

We've launched a campaign to make a movie about the world's most iconic symbol of global warming—Polar Bears!

Here's why: If the "consensus" of mass media and big politics can't get the polar bear story right, then why trust them with something far more complicated, like global climate change?

Kickstarter Backer Rewards (note: final artwork may vary slightly)
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Stretch Goals

Our target of $119,000 will officially kick-start this project and cover us well into production. However, it's still going to be financially tight for us to make the epic, visually stunning piece of art that we are dreaming of with just this amount. If we can get up over the $200,000 mark we will have the opportunity to take this film to the next level and have a much better chance at getting it into theaters and landing a distribution deal. The extra funds will primarily be spent on actual production costs, like travel and gear, and post-production costs, like graphics, hiring an editor, music, and marketing. If we can raise up over $300,000, well, watch out BBC and NatGeo! We will be able to produce the film of our dreams.

Did you know there are reports that...

  • Polar bears actually represent one of the greatest wildlife conservation success stories? 
  • There are around 3-5 times the number of polar bears today than there were 50-100 years ago? 
  • Arctic sea ice grew by a third in 2013 while Antarctic ice extent is at an all-time high so that there is now practically the same global ice coverage as there was when scientists first began monitoring it in 1979
  • When the Arctic does experience a warmer than average summer, seals do better, which in turns means the following winter polar bears do better because of an increased food supply?
  • When and where summer ice has melted sooner in the Arctic, the bears, instead of decreasing like predicted, have remained stable or are increasing in those areas?
  • Polar bears have lived through at least three interglacial periods with climate much warmer than it is today
  • It's actually thick spring ice that can cause harm to polar bears, more than a decrease of summer ice?

"Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus." - Margaret Thatcher

Nature is resilient—not fragile! The only thing ever observed in the ecological history of our planet is constant and sometimes rapid and wild change and adaptation. So why should we expect Arctic sea ice to always remain the same? It never has!

Why have global influencers been ignoring the facts?

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." - Albert Einstein

A photoshopped bear that generated controversy
A photoshopped bear that generated controversy

The censorship must come to an end!

Please pledge right now!

The stories we choose to tell (and to cover up) will define our generation. History needs this story told. The sad truth is Discovery, NatGeo, and BBC are committed to swallowing and following the status quo.

The power of the media is great, as evident by how they've chosen to present only one side of polar bear story. They've used polar bears, misused science, and preyed upon people's emotions all the while ignoring any facts that contradict the narrative they want to make reality. But if we're not getting the whole truth about polar bears, why should we accept the larger narrative about man-made, catastrophic climate change?

Help us send them a message that we demand the truth! If they won't tell this side of the story, we can and we will!

It is very important to raise the money for the movie through crowdfunding. This needs to be a film by the people's demand and support—so that it cannot be accused of being a product of a special interest group or organization.

Please pledge right now and encourage your friends to pledge too.

Thank you for your support. Together we can do this! 

The Icebear Team

About Us

JD with wife, Katherine
JD with wife, Katherine

I've made two other documentaries that hit on the other—oftentimes darker— side of environmentalism: Crying Wolf and BLUE. Crying Wolf exposes corruption behind the wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone. BLUE was actually funded on Kickstarter (originally Axed: The End of Green). I was raised in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of Montana and I've never known a day when I wasn't passionate about the outdoors and discovering the best ways to balance nature, wildlife, people, law, and liberty. I love traveling the world with Katherine and counting down the days till baby King arrives this winter! - JD King (writer/director)

Chris Leclerc
Chris Leclerc

After borrowing Dad’s old film camera at the ripe age of 13, I began taking hundreds of photos every day. I life for the pursuit of the perfect image! I'm now a full-time commercial director and cinematographer based out of the midwest. I've worked with Sony, Discovery, MSNBC, LifeProof, Leinenkugel, Miller Coors, and many more. My constant desire to push the craft has taken me to 28 countries and 6 contents in the past 5 years. In my free time I'm all about biking, hiking, and hammock-ing. I've worked with JD on each of his last two films. - Chris Leclerc (co-director/cinematographer)

Debbie Bacigalupi
Debbie Bacigalupi

As a sixth generational California farmer and cattle rancher's daughter, I've seen first-hand what radical environmentalism is doing to people, private property, and the planet. I research like a mad scientist going for a patent; discovering agendas shrouded in lies and manipulated "science" that feeds on a slumbering public -- and it put gas in my get up. Thus, I quit my regular job, attended countless environmental meetings (including Rio+20), ran for US Congress, became a national speaker on UN Agenda 21, and co-produced and co-created three timely documentaries (BLUE, Wolves in Government Clothing, and No Water. No Farmer. No Food). - Debbie Bacigalupi (associate producer)

More about Polar Bears: 

Polar bears made headlines when they became the first species to be listed as "vulnerable" under the Endangered Species Act not because of what was but because of what could be (global warming). But if evaluated by what actually is polar bear population is currently well distributed across its available range of habitat and should be considered very healthy.

Polar bears were in danger of wanton slaughter by whalers in the 1800's. But efforts were made, especially during the latter half of the 1900's, that resulted in huge strides towards conserving polar bears all around the world.

(Dr. Susan Crockford interview portion used with permission from the Global Warming Policy Foundation)

Risks and challenges

Some things to keep in mind:

While our goal is to have this project completed and rewards delivered by July, 2016, there are no guarantees—that's just the nature of the business. We will do our best and we promise to keep you up to speed on any delays or hindrances that may come our way. Our team leader, JD King, has successfully funded, created, and finished a film on Kickstarter before and we believe we have what it takes to tackle whatever challenges we may run into! Thanks for believing in this project!

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    TIP JAR! A backer's a backer, no matter how small. At any level pledge you will become an official backer and receive backer-only updates as the film progresses along.

    All backers will also be thanked in the credits (unless you choose not to be) as the reason Icebear came to life.

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    Reward #3 - Sticker!

    We say thank you and you'll get an Icebear movie sticker ***Instant Reward*** mailed to you as soon as we secure the funding!

    (the sticker artwork is the melting bear you see on the hat and on the campfire mug)

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    Reward #4 - Digital Download

    You'll receive a digital download of the full Icebear Movie in HD once it is available AND you'll also get the sticker!

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    Reward #5 - The DVD

    You'll receive a DVD of Icebear that you can share with your family and friends and say "I made this happen!"

    You'll also get Reward #3

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    Reward #6 - The T-Shirt Package

    You will receive a cool Icebear t-shirt ***Instant Reward*** as soon as the campaign is over!

    PLUS you will get the Icebear DVD + the sticker + the digital download when we finish the film!

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    Reward #7 - TWO MOVIES!

    You'll receive an Icebear DVD PLUS you'll get a copy of JD King's previous environmental documentary, BLUE (Blue Beats Green);

    AND you'll get a t-shirt as soon as the campaign is funded;

    AND you'll also get Rewards #3 (sticker) and #4 (download)!

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    Reward #8 - THREE MOVIES!

    You'll get the Icebear DVD, a copy of BLUE and a copy of JD King's first film, Crying Wolf!

    AND you'll get a t-shirt once the campaign is funded;

    You'll also get Rewards #3 and #4.

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    Reward #9 - SIX MOVIES!

    2 copies of Icebear and 2 copies of BLUE and 2 copies of Crying Wolf!

    AND you'll get a t-shirt as soon as the campaign is funded;

    PLUS you'll get Rewards #3 and #4.

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    Reward #10 - Campfire Mug!

    You get a custom campfire mug imprinted with the Icebear logo ***Instant Reward*** mailed to you as soon as we get funded.

    AND you'll get a t-shirt;

    Plus you'll get Rewards #3 (sticker) and #4 (download) and #5 (DVD) once we finish the movie.

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    Reward #11 - The Hat!

    You get a special Icebear hat ***Instant Reward*** mailed to you as soon as we get funded! Great design, quality stuff.

    AND you'll get a t-shirt;

    Plus you'll get Rewards #3 and #4 and #5 when they become available.

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    Reward #12 - The Hoodie!

    You get our special hoodie ***Instant Reward*** mailed to you as soon as we get funded. Quality materials. Superior design.

    AND you'll get a t-shirt;

    Plus you'll get Rewards #3 and #4 and #5 when the film is completed.

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    Reward #13 - Pro Supporter!

    You get your choice of either the mug, the hat, or the hoodie shipped to you as soon as the campaign is funded;

    AND you will also receive 5 copies of Icebear once we get 'er done!

    PLUS you'll get the sticker and a digital download.

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    Reward #14 - Icebear Insider! - Note from the Arctic

    You'll get a unique Polaroid update/thank-you card/photo from us during the production of Icebear POSTMARKED FROM THE ARCTIC! How cool is that!?

    AND you get your choice of either the mug, the hat, or the hoodie sent right away after we're funded;

    AND you will also receive 10 copies of Icebear once we get 'er done;

    AND you'll get the sticker and the download!

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    Reward #15 - Icebear Elite!

    Identical to Reward #14 but you'll also get 10 copies of the BLUE DVD!

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    Reward #16 - Custom Painting/Sketch

    Identical to Reward #15 but you'll ALSO get an original, framed and signed painting or sketch by one of our awesome artist friends!

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    You get a fancy, warm down jacket-- embroidered with the Whiteout! logo! PLUS you'll get 10 DVD COPIES of the finished film!

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    ***EARLY BIRD SPEECH***

    JD King (and/or Chris Leclerc and/or Debbie Bacigalupi) will come speak to your group or at your event!

    PLUS you'll get 10 DVDs of Icebear and 10 DVDs of Blue + a Polaroid update note from the Arctic + your choice of mug, hat, or hoodie.

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    SPEECH!

    JD King (and/or Chris Leclerc and/or Debbie Bacigalupi) will come speak to your group or at your event!

    PLUS you'll get 10 DVDs of Icebear and 10 DVDs of Blue + a thank you/update note from the Arctic + a fancy down jacket with our logo, and the sticker!

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    Fun Night in Milwaukee— on us! We'll take you out into Brew City to some of our favorite places to hang out and have a good time! You cover travel and lodging, we'll take care of the rest!

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    You get to come with us on set to the frozen wilderness (the Arctic Circle) on top of the world and help us interview Inuit locals and film and photograph wild polar bears! PLUS we will even help cover the cost of your travel and Arctic explorer gear!

    Plus you get the jacket, the hat, the t-shirt, the mug, the DVD, the download, and the sticker!!!!

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    You get to come to the L.A. premiere! You cover the plane ticket, we put you up!

    Plus you get the jacket, the hat, the t-shirt, the mug, the DVD, the download, and the sticker!!!!

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Funding period

- (30 days)