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About

Farm and Red Moon, co-directed by Audrey Kali and David Tamés,is the first documentary to provide an unflinching examination of the personal quandaries and political quagmire surrounding the killing of animals to become our food. Its through line is the poignant tale of Audrey Kali, a university professor and passionate vegan, who while investigating humane slaughter of farm animals, becomes a conflicted omnivore. 

Audrey and Dr. Temple Grandin visiting a slaughterhouse
Audrey and Dr. Temple Grandin visiting a slaughterhouse

Coming to terms with slaughter and meat consumption takes her on encounters with consumers, farmers, animal scientists, philosophers, religious leaders, and activists. Informal interviews and observational footage of these encounters is peppered with animated scenes in which Audrey recounts childhood and young adult experiences with animals to paint a picture that engages viewers in a profound dialogue on what it really means to understand where your food comes from.

Animatics by Kara Nasdor-Jones
Animatics by Kara Nasdor-Jones

We currently have our first rough cut and are are now raising funds to cover the cost of completing the film which includes: animation, final editing, sound mixing, color grading, music scoring, and festival entry fees. With your generous support we'll be able to release a film that will serve as a catalyst for discussion and debate around a very important and timely topic.

Audrey at SUNY Cobleskill Meat Lab
Audrey at SUNY Cobleskill Meat Lab

HOW WILL $30,000 MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

We’re at a critical point in the filmmaking process, the funds you help us raise will enable us to complete the animation, bring on an editor to complete a fine cut (story editing finished) of the film, along with completing our sound mix and color grading by the end of Spring 2016. With a finished film, we can take advantage of interest from film festival and broadcasters who want to see our story. With your support, we’ll be assured we can complete the film, share it with audiences, and contribute to the important conversation about what it really means to understand where our food comes from.

WHO ARE THE FILMMAKERS?

David Tamés (co-director and co-producer) has worked on a wide-range of independent film and new media projects and serves on the board of directors of Filmmakers Collaborative. He is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University where he teaches video production and interactive media courses. His previous documentary films include the award-winning Smile Boston Project, about artist Bren Bataclan’s free art project; Remembering John Marshall, about the late filmmaker who created the most extensive ethnographic film record in history; and The David Hamilton Smith Story, about the co-inventor of the HibTITER vaccine which eliminated spinal meningitis.

Audrey Kali (co-director and co-producer) is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at Framingham State University where she teaches Argumentation and Advocacy, Persuasion and Social Influence, and Organizational Communication. Her past documentaries include The Plastic Arsenal, which investigates the implications of children playing with war toys, and Partitions, which examines how New England farmers imagine humane farming. This film became the launching pad for Farm & Red Moon. Audrey speaks and writes about her research on the cultural aspects of humane animal slaughter; is a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies; and is a scholar-member of the Animals and Society Institute.

Kara Nasdor-Jones is an animator and digital designer whose work has won nine awards and has screened in dozens of festivals throughout the world, has been broadcast on PBS, and was used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Center on Family Homelessness. She cares about what’s going on socially and politically in the world and helping non-profits with outreach and funding through digital media. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Risks and challenges

After five years of production which has taken us to New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Colorado, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Oman, we have arrived at a rough cut of the film and need your help to finish. The development and production of the film was supported through numerous grants and generous individual donations. Now it’s time to bring the cows home. Audrey has an extensive academic background in the subject matter of the film and David has significant experience directing, editing, and producing documentaries, and spent several years working in post-production of feature-length projects. Due to the fact the film is currently in a rough cut state, the risks of not completing the film at this point are relatively low and if the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we are confident that we'll be able to complete the film and enter it in film festivals.

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    PASTURE RAISED, for your contribution we’ll list you on the Farm & Red Moon web site as a contributor of the film.

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    GRASS FED, be among the first people to watch the film with a link to stream the film online before it is released to mainstream audiences, plus we'll list your name on the Farm & Red Moon web site as a contributor to the film.

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    HERITAGE BREED, be among the first people to watch the film with a special edition DVD or Blu-ray (your choice) of the film with unique extras only available on this special edition disc for Kickstarter supporters, in addition to the rewards listed above.

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    HUMANE HANDLING, receive a limited edition printed frame from the animation by Kara Nasdor Jones (suitable for framing) signed by the animator, in addition to the rewards listed above.

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    Kathy Rudy will sign a copy of her book Loving Animals with a personalized note to you as a special thank you for helping us complete the film at this reward level. This is a special limited edition reward that is not included with other rewards nor includes other rewards except for digital streaming access to the film.

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    Harold Herzog will sign a copy of his book "Some We Love, Some we Hate, Some We Eat" with a personalized note to you as a special thank you for helping us complete the film at this reward level. This is a special limited edition reward that is not included with other rewards nor includes other rewards except for digital streaming access to the film.

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    FARMER'S MARKET, as a member of our team you’ll have your name listed in the festival edition of the film in addition to the rewards listed above. The funds you pledge via Kickstarter are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are thus tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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    FAMILY FARM, as a supporting member of our team you’ll be invited to a regional premiere of the film (locations TBD) in addition to the rewards listed above. (transportation and lodging not included).

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    ANIMAL HUSBANDRY, as a supporting member of our team you’ll receive a hardbound, limited edition, book signed by the filmmakers documenting the making of the film including behind-the-scenes photos and essays on the major issues covered in the film, in addition to the rewards listed above. The funds you pledge via Kickstarter are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are thus tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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    GLASS WALLS. As your reward for pledging at this level, The Farm and Red Moon filmmakers will produce for you a 60 to 90 second video, e.g. product demo, organization overview, personal profile, etc. Includes 1/2 day of pre-production, 1/2 day of production, and two days of post-production (a rough cut at the end of the first day and a final cut on the second day). Transportation, lodging, and location fees are not included. Standard equipment package included (tripod, camera, location sound kit, portable lighting kit, editing laptop). On screen talent and coordination to be provided by the backer. Additional equipment rental and special effects work is not included. Scheduling to be mutually agreed upon between backer and the Farm and Red Moon filmmakers.Since funds are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization, your pledge is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Other rewards are not included with this reward, yet negotiable.

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    ETHICAL OMNIVORE, as a supporting member of our team on the inside track, you’ll be invited to dinner with world-renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin and the filmmakers in Fort Collins, Colorado on Saturday, December 19th, in addition to the rewards listed above, including the book when it is completed (transportation and lodging not included). The funds you pledge via Kickstarter are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are thus tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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    SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE (Two-day Micro-Documentary Workshop). David Tames, co-director of Farm and Red Moon, will orchestrate for a community group, non-profit organization, or group of students you designate (at the middle-school, high-school, college, or adult levels) an immersive, hands-on experience in which up to twelve participants learn the fundamentals of documentary storytelling in an intimate and focused setting. An excellent opportunity for you to help empower a community group or non-profit organization you care about with essential training while at same time helping to bring Farm and Red Moon to an audience. Tim O'Reilly, CEO O'Reilly Media said, “Video production has been democratized, and understanding how to shoot and edit an effective video is as important today as being able to write well or to give a persuasive presentation. I loved the workshop that David Tames did with me and the O'Reilly Media editorial staff. It leveled up all of our folks on the essential transition we all need to make from being simply print storytellers to understanding how to make an impact in video.” Funds are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization and thus your pledge is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Transportation and lodging for the instructor within the continental United States is included, however, any expenses associated with a suitable venue are not included. Students are expected to bring their own camcorder, D-SLR, or video-capable smartphone (required), along with an Apple laptop suitable for editing (optional). Scheduling and logistical details to be mutually worked out and agreed upon. Workshop must be scheduled prior to September 1, 2016. Includes other rewards upon request.

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    HARVEST MOON, You will be listed in the credits as a PRODUCER of Farm and Red Moon. Because of your amazing generosity you will get all of the rewards listed above (limited items not included but negotiable, transportation and lodging not included). As a PRODUCER we will include you in the review of the fine cut and then the review of the final cut, as well as in the review of the distribution and outreach plans including the development of a companion web site for the film. The funds you pledge via Kickstarter are being handled through Filmmakers Collaborative, a 501(c)(3) organization, and are thus tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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