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The Perennials Project is an exploration of individuals & communities working toward a sustainable future by bridging complex divides.

The Perennials Project is a documentary film about sustainability and the future of our world. Only it’s not about wind turbines, green roofs, GMOs, or other technological solutions. It's about people.

A New Definition:

pe·ren·ni·al adj \pə-ˈre-nē-əl\

1 : a plant that lives many years

2 : persistent, enduring

3 : a person who works across cultural divides to design just and sustainable communities

We live in a world of increasing social divides: class, race, age, gender, profession, culture, etc. "Perennials" are individuals who realize that a sustainable future relies on building bridges across these complex societal divides. Our team digs plants and we believe that one of the best hopes for the future is to think and act more like our deep-rooted, perennial brethren.

Our Vision:

Ultimately, we hope to inspire everyone to see themselves as Perennials; our project simply puts a name on this inherent capacity within each of us.

Four friends, ten weeks on the road, 11,000 miles, 35 interviews, and over 60 hours of film footage collected! Through this project we’re visiting famous (and not so famous) individuals and communities across North America to find stories of Perennials.

Our outcomes for this project are webisodes and a feature length film in 2013.

What We Need $ For:

We’re asking for YOUR SUPPORT to help offset the cost of film equipment and transition us to film editing in the fall. This is not a donation. In exchange for your support, you’ll receive some stellar rewards, handcrafted and designed on the road or from other selected Perennials we have interviewed. 

Rewards:

Just in case you were curious about the rewards, here they are with associated images!

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An "I am a Perennial" bumper sticker:

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A hand-drawn postcard (made from the road tour if you pledge early!):


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The Perennials Project road tour downloadable soundtrack featuring live and studio recordings from Mama Dirt (Audrey and James Barnes, http://www.myspace.com/mamadirtband) and special guests during the filming tour, along with other musical selections:


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An official Perennials Project T-Shirt:

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An 11" x 17" original screen print by Perennials interviewee and artist Dustin Spagnola: 


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High quality photo album story of the  "Perennials" road tour, with photos like these:

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Sustainably harvested hand turned bowl with an engraved Perennials signature.*

*note: bowl pictured is an example only and similar to the actual bowl you will receive.


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House concert featuring 2 of the Perennials crew (Audrey and James from Mama Dirt):


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Two-day Regenerative Design Workshop in your community/town/business/etc. facilitated by Dr. Samir Doshi and the rest of the Perennials Team:

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    Our sincere thanks for your support!

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    An "I am a Perennial" bumper sticker, designed by team-member Audrey Barnes

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    A hand-drawn postcard, and a "Perennials" bumper sticker.

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    The Perennials Project road tour downloadable soundtrack featuring live and studio recordings from Mama Dirt (Audrey and James Barnes) and special guests during the filming tour, along with other musical selections. A hand-drawn postcard and "Perennials" bumpersticker.

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    An official Perennials Project T-Shirt, designed by our resident designer, Audrey Barnes. The soundtrack, handwritten postcard, and "Perennials" bumpersticker.

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    An 11" x 17" original screen print by Perennial Dustin Spagnola (http://www.dustinspagnola.com/artwork.php?picdirectory=2009_1)

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    High quality photo prints of "Perennials" we interviewed during the 2011 filming tour by our photographer and community liaison, Michelle Mockbee. Presented in a stylish designer photo album.

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    A sustainably harvested hand turned bowl with an engraved Perennials signature. Trees are the quintessential perennial plant. We’ll mail you a bowl by one of the two resident lathe experts on the Perennials team (Samir and Audrey).

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    A two-hour house concert featuring 2 of the Perennials film crew (Audrey and James from Mama Dirt, http://www.myspace.com/mamadirtband). Travel expenses extra.

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    "Major Supporter" project credit. A two-day Regenerative Design Workshop in your community/town/business/etc. facilitated by Dr. Samir Doshi and the rest of the Perennials Team. Travel expenses extra.

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