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Fox Clearing is a documentary film that follows Patrick's adventurous cure for depression and the pursuit of his dream life.

Fox Clearing is a feature length documentary film that follows Patrick Semales', who cured his depression by embarking on a photographic road trip across the US in 2012. He is gearing up to do it again, this time he is heading into the great white north of Canada to photograph the Aurora Borealis. Patrick will drop everything and escape his 9-5 work life to seek out adventure and serendipity.

"When asked what inspired his decision to travel 10,000 miles in 100 days, and to do it all alone, Michael Patrick Semales answers with admirable honesty, "I didn't really see a reason for living anymore. So I had to go find one." He explains further, "Everybody has their reasons for depression whenever it hits. Mine got to me so much that I decided to spend 100 days alone. Somewhere during those 10,000 miles of traveling by myself, I came back ..." (From Yahoo Article written about Patrick in 2012 )

Patrick's story reflects a greater archetype of our modern age—the need to escape from the monotony of a 9-5 work life that doesn't necessarily inspire the imagination. What we will witness in FOX CLEARING is someone who is deliberately stepping outside of a lifestyle that so many in our modern culture consider to be a necessary evil—the 9-5 job that is “just a job.” We spend about 33% of our lives sleeping and another 33% working, but for the majority of American's, work life is a necessity that is begrudgingly endured until the weekend. Patrick will leave his work life behind and trust serendipity at every fork in the road with little to no plan as to how long he will stay in one spot or what path will ultimately lead him to his goal of photographing the Aurora Borealis during this 11 year-visibility peak. His ultimate goal is to become a top tier adventure photographer (and to get paid to do it!). This project is your opportunity to be in the driver seat with Patrick as he hits the road for adventure and to achieve his dreams.  

The Route
The Route

In 2012 Patrick Semales went on a 10,000 mile road trip across the continental United States, resulting in a body of photographic work that went viral. His need to escape a 9-5 lifestyle that didn't inspire him pushed him to make a lonesome and adventurous trip, resulting in a series of self-portraits that reflects his state of isolation and the release of a bottled up playfulness and need for novel adventure. Patrick's photo's have developed an underground online following. 

In December of 2013, Patrick intends to quit his new 9-5 lifestyle, working at a juice bar in Austin, TX to embark on an even more ambitious road trip. His home being primarily his Ford Focus, "Trusty." This time, he intends to navigate from Austin Texas through the southeast US, moving up the northeast and into Canadian territory, where he will shift west and plans to end up in the Yukon to witness and photograph the Aurora Borealis. The Aurora Borealis is at an 11 year viewing peak, where it is expected to be one of the most fantastic displays of natural light phenomenon in recent history. Where exactly his journey will take him is unknown.

Along the way, we will explore his personal escape from the 9-5 mentality while also exploring modern work life from a birds eye view. What is your personal dream and what is stopping you from "hitting the road" and seeking out your dream life? 

Patrick
Patrick

Will Patrick be able to turn his love for travel and photography into a career? Will this be a success story or simply a story of escape from practical reality? Do you think you would be able to quit your own job and begin seeking your dream life? 

Join the adventure and get yourself some awesome rewards! This kickstarter will fund the production costs for the film. 

Some fabulous rewards!
Some fabulous rewards!

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Patrick will be braving sub zero temperatures, dangerous road conditions and the infinite variables of camping alone, off the grid for 100+ days. Patrick's road trip is happening no matter what, but the film project cannot happen without help from the Kickstarter community, and our film crew will have to endure the same rugged conditions that Patrick will be enduring. We have a finite amount of time to raise the necessary funds to cover production costs for this project before Patrick hits the road! We have been able to scrape together the necessary funds and gear to cover the first week or so of Patrick's trip, but beyond that, this project will not happen if we can't raise the bare minimum costs for production.

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    "Take Me With You" - Virtually Join Patrick on his trip with full access to the behind-the-scenes website where you can see: Raw footage, Patrick's road-trip diary, photo feed from Patrick's camera, production communications from the crew and special updates from Patrick. Also receive a hard DVD of the finished film + previous rewards.

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    "Promise You'll Write Me!" - Each month during his trip, Patrick will select his favorite photo to be converted into an exclusive, collectible postcard with a note from Patrick about the photo. Each month you will receive 1 limited print postcard (minimum 3 months, maximum 6). You'll also receive a 5x7 print once the journey has ended (you will have the opportunity to choose your print from a post-trip online photo gallery) + previous rewards. (NOTE: at this tier and all tiers below you will receive 1 limited edition DVD from reward #4).

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    "Fox Clearing: The Book" - Receive an exclusive limited print 100 page coffee table book (10"x8") printed on premium photo paper. Only 100 will ever be printed! This book will feature photos from Patrick's journey, including quotes and pages from his notebook and maps of his route. Your name will be printed in the foreword, the book will be signed and numbered personally by Patrick and the Director + The following: Digital download of the film, Behind the scenes web access, Limited Edition DVD, postcards from #5 and a 12 x 24 Landscape print signed by Patrick's own hand!

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