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Charleston is naturally perfect for humans, but cars jam the small, historic streets and make it dangerous for people.
Charleston is naturally perfect for humans, but cars jam the small, historic streets and make it dangerous for people.
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About the Movie:

Backpedal is an urban documentary illuminating the struggles pedestrians, bike and skateboard commuters in Charleston, SC experience on a daily basis.

For four years in a row, Charleston SC was voted the number one city to visit by Conde Nast Traveler. But what if you live here; is Charleston really the number one city?

One of the hottest topics in Charleston, SC right now is traffic. The city is rapidly growing, creating infrastructure difficulties in accommodating the population increase. For the last century we as a people have focused on the automobile as the primary means of transportation. What if you could go the same distance in less time, and not have to worry about finding a parking space when you get there?

Alternative forms of transportation, such as biking, walking, or skateboarding, are becoming more and more popular in dense urban areas where cars struggle with gridlock on a daily basis. But every time you get on a bike you run the risk of getting hurt or killed by a frustrated driver.

This documentary includes exclusive interviews with national experts on transportation and city infrastructure, and explores the obstacles at hand in a world obsessed with driving.

Will our insistence on building more infrastructure for automobiles leave us all backpedaling in the end?

Some of the voices in this documentary:

Gabe Klein, former Commissioner of DDOT (Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation) & Former Commissioner of Chicago Department of Transportation

Tim Keane, former Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston

Jacob Lindsey, Director of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability for the City of Charleston

Mayor Joe Riley, former Mayor of Charleston, SC 

Kurt Cavanaugh, Executive Director of Charleston Moves

Mike Seekings, City Council Member, Charleston, SC

Marvin Wagner, City Council Member, Charleston, SC

The Backstory:

Living in Charleston, SC should be one of the greatest experiences imaginable. The landscape is flat, the climate is pleasant, and the span of the city is a mere 8 square miles.

By personal choice, everyone at our company walks or bike commutes to our office, located in the heart of downtown Charleston. We all love it and individually came to the conclusion that ditching our cars made life better, but we also found the majority of our conversations centered around the fact that all our infrastructure is built for cars and not for people, and how paradoxical it is that this compact city is so car-centric. After telling a million stories to each other about almost dying on the way into work, and complaining a lot, we decided to actually do something about it. This sparked the idea for Backpedal. Over the next two years, we interviewed experts, city planners, advocates and interesting people who regularly walk, bicycle or skateboard to get around. 

Now, two years later, we’re months away from having a finished product that we believe will help reinvigorate people to stand up for their right to the road, as well as enlighten drivers who may not have even the slightest understanding of what it’s like to get out of their car.

Where your funds are going:

  • $6000- Original Score composition by Eastward Music
  • $2000- Film Festival Entries
  • $1000- Color Correction
  • $1000- Audio mastering

Risks and challenges

There are no risks associated with finishing this movie, barring any natural disasters or the end of the world. This is the home stretch!

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