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$1,251
pledged of $9,000pledged of $9,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 12 2012 10:15 PM UTC +00:00

About

“The Ocean Inside” is a short film project woven together with photography, sculpture and spoken word in a creative experience that explores the deeper side of the ocean found in all of us. 

This summer I am paddling the remote coastline of the Point Reyes National Seashore on a series of long distance human powered coastal adventures from which I will make this film. I will also create a related set of personal essays, original photography, sculpture, and innovative event performances culled from this experience. 

My goal on this epic coastal journey is to explore the challenges, emotions and inspirations that the ocean gives me - seeking out a state of exhausted, paddle-induced creative bliss out on the open ocean - far removed from the distractions of society and civilization. When I return we will create the short film reflecting on this journey, its unpredictable challenges, and the nature of the ocean. I will also produce a small art magazine featuring photos and adventure stories from this expedition. In December I will launch an art exhibit in San Francisco and West Marin featuring more photography and sculpture, together with a premiere screening of the film.

I have the support of an amazing team, including journalist filmmaker Sachi Cunningham, my friend and filmmaker Angel Marin, and Brooklyn printmaker Mike Houston. With these awesome humans I’ve produced a handful of other film and art projects and we are very excited to work together again. We will submit the film to film festivals all over the world for a global audience. Music already committed for the soundtrack of the film includes a fresh song from El Radio Fantastique, an 8-piece band from West Marin. Indie rockers Solwave of San Francisco are also contributing a new song for the film. 

By pledging your support, you are funding the production of the film and all other artistic assets of this project that will then be generously shared with you and the rest of the world. Without your pledge here on Kickstarter, we cannot produce this epic adventure nor any of its original content! 

The journey begins at a tiny beach in the remotest corner of the Point Reyes National Seashore. I launch through the shorebreak and pilot my paddle board southward along the wilderness coastline, camping at backcountry coastal campsites along the way. I hope to forage for shellfish, seaweed, urchin and fish, fueled by local abundance as I go. This aquatic passage through over 20 miles of backcountry coastline will create the film, art and essays. This area features some of the least traveled and remotest coastal waters in all of California - and as far as I know, no such journey has ever been done here. 

During this adventure we will shoot the short film with Angel Marin and Sachi Cunningham, and later I will create a limited edition magazine, original photography and sculpture. We will share these adventures and art via this entertaining and thought-provoking exploration of film, sculpture, photography and personal essay. 

This journey and its final product will have an uncommon conservationist message that is not preachy nor gloomy, containing my own unique brand of humanitarian eco-adventurism. The final message will be what you make of it, but I hope to inspire everyone to simply get out of their car, go outside and enjoy the moment creatively. 

Note: shipping of pledge rewards outside of the United States and Canada will not be covered. 

  • View my art here
  • See some of my writing and photography here
  • Watch my previous film work here

Links to our project collaborators & supporters: 

Where, exactly, your pledged Kickstarter money goes on this project:  

  • Creation and shipping of your pledge rewards; 
  • Design and printing of the limited edition art magazine; 
  • Creation and production of photo and sculpture art exhibits; 
  • Film festival submission fees; 
  • Film director & editor fees; 
  • Minor travel expenses (transportation); 
  • Music rights for the film. 

Thank you so much for reading and supporting this creative project! 

All photos by Josh Berry
All photos by Josh Berry
Illustration by Mike Houston
Illustration by Mike Houston

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    My deepest gratitude for your support, and your name championed on The Ocean Inside website.

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    Invitation to the film premiere party and art opening in San Francisco, including a spoken word performance reading; plus all of the above. I'm known to produce awesome events so this will be a good one!

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    Exclusive high definition digital download of the new film before it's released in public; plus all of the above.

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    Signed 4"x4" one-of-a-kind photo print from my coastal adventures, paired with an original handwritten very short story sent to you in the mail; and your name printed on the acknowledgements list at the art show opening; plus all of the above.

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    Numbered & signed limited edition art magazine about the adventure, sent to you in the mail, featuring short nonfiction stories from the expedition and original photography; plus all of the above.

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    Very limited edition movie poster of "The Ocean Inside" created by artist Mike Houston, and your name printed in acknowledgements section of the art magazine; plus all of the above.

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    Your name credited in the film as a producer, and an original sculpture from the December art show, and your name printed on the original movie promo poster; plus all of the above.

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