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"Better a broken bone than a broken spirit." - Lady Allen of Hurtwood, an early advocate of Adventure Play Read more

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This project was successfully funded on January 18, 2013.

"Better a broken bone than a broken spirit." - Lady Allen of Hurtwood, an early advocate of Adventure Play

About this project

Stretch Goal: $13,000!!!

Every penny over goal will propel the film forward. Commissioning original music, graphic design, distribution, color correction, professional sound mixes, festival application fees and more.

$$ from this stretch goal will fund the above AND HEAD CAMS for kids to wear! Thank you!! xoxoxo

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UPDATE!! -- 1/15/13

IF WE MAKE THE STRETCH GOAL: Cas Holman has generously offered to donate a Large Workyard Kit to The New School of Syracuse in the name of the campaign!! The school is independent and not-for-profit, established, "to guide children’s development toward a lifelong enthusiasm for learning, active citizenship, and skillful decision-making." (more)

AND: Specs for the newest reward at the $700 Level:

WYK "Tinker-er" Edition
WYK "Tinker-er" Edition

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UPDATE!  1/13/13 - Our First Press!

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UPDATE! 1/12/13

We did it!!!

Thank you, everyone who is making this project possible by pledging or spreading the world. PLEASE continue sharing the campaign with friends, teachers, parents and other radical folks who you know will *get it* and have money to give. We got this far with donations ranging from $1 to $1000 - and we can go even further with all levels of support! In these last 6 days I’m excited to announce the stretch goal!

Stretch Goal: $13,000!!!

Some may say, "that's nothin'!" Others will say it's a stretch. But it's what we're looking for, right now!

The Kickstarter budget was designed to cover the bare (and I mean bare) minimum of expenses for the shoot - to truly kickstart production of the film. But this is just the beginning. The overall budget for this film reaches close to 40k. Every penny over goal will propell the film forward and go toward expenses like: commissioning original music, editors, distribution, graphic design, color correction, professional sound mixes, festival application fees and more.

$$ from this stretch goal will fund the above AND HEAD CAMS for kids to wear!  Thank you!! xoxoxo

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A little background --

Tucked away for decades in places like  Germany, Denmark, the UK and Japan, Adventure Playgrounds have quietly flourished since the end of the Second World War. They take many forms - from chaotic junkyards to whimsical shanty towns, and embrace a necessary and positive relationship between risk and play.

Often noticed for allowing kids to play with fire, hammer and nails, adventure playgrounds have been described as, "a complete artwork -- a space and time where all one's senses are engaged." 

About the film --

This new documentary explores a place where old tires and dumpster dived detritus take the place of swing sets and slides.  It features school age children in a working class Welsh neighborhood and the adults who support them in their risky and playful endeavors. Employing a largely observational style, the final short film is imagined to resemble a sort of Albert Maysles-meets-Lord of the Flies.  It will be submitted to film festivals around the country and abroad.

About The Land --

The Plas Madoc Adventure Playground, fondly known as "The Land," is one of the worlds newest adventure playgrounds and employs some of the movements oldest "junk" philosophies.  It's located in a working class neighborhood in Northern Wales, near the town of Wrexham.

View from atop the shipping container.
View from atop the shipping container.

Where is the money going?

In November I traveled to The Land for a short introductory visit.  This campaign directly funds a two-person crew to go back to The Land for a proper, weeks-long documentary shoot.

Travel and accommodations are the greatest expenses.  Other than that, we're a pretty cheap date.

  • Travel and stay - $7,000
  • Necessary equipment - $1,500
  • Crew - $1,000

Rewards

The Playwork Primer --

Adventure Playgrounds don't exist without Playworkers.  And adults who give children a hammer, matches and their blessing aren't as pathological as you might imagine.  The Primer was one of the first things I read about playwork and I still refer to it often.

With your download, I'll include a special note for backers only. This little book may change the way you play.

Made available with the generous permission of its author, leading playworker Penny Wilson and The Alliance for Childhood.

Photos -- In spite of itself, The Land is quite photogenic.  I'll be taking photos throughout the shoot and will send you a glossy print of one of my favorites.

Loose Parts -- Are essential ingredients in any "free play" environment. They are any kind of moveable "thing" that can be easily re-imagined as something else.  The classic example is a cardboard box!  But designer Cas Holman takes the idea to a new level.

I first came to know her work when I saw her backyard blocks at a NYC playground. Her designs are idealistic, optimistic and rooted in the belief that imagination is an essential part of childhood. This campaign proudly offers two EXCLUSIVE rewards made possible by Cas Holman!

  • Wing Nuts

Made in the USA from 100% recycled water bottles these Wing Nuts & Bolts are normally found in the award winning Work Yard Kit featured at New York City's High Line park.  These parts are exclusive to the campaign, normally unavailable individually. But that doesn't mean they are precious... Just hand ‘em over let creative play happen! 

Wing Nuts & Bolts were quickly incorporated into The Land-scape
Wing Nuts & Bolts were quickly incorporated into The Land-scape

I took a few to The Land, not exactly sure what the kids would do with them.  I shouldn't have worried...

  • GEEMO - described as an "alien hybrid between Legos and Gumby"

Is it a bird? A plane? A bone? A man? A wand? .... Yes. 

GEEMO photos courtesy of Cas Holman.
GEEMO photos courtesy of Cas Holman.

Cool, right??

FAQ

Are Adventure Playgrounds Dangerous?

To an American eye, they seem a deathtrap.  But their rates of injury are surprisingly low.

Are American Playgrounds "Too Safe"? 

More and more this question arises in the news.  The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times.  What are the consequences of reduced time spent outside, alone, in the leaves, in the woods?  My hope is that the film will contribute to this ongoing conversation.

About that Adventure Playground in a Box... Does "up-cycle" mean used?

Yep! Some of the curated contents may be gently used. 

Seriously, only one playground?  But I saw this one in Berlin/London/Berkeley that was so cool!

I know. There are many wonderful Adventure Playgrounds around the world (and in the US here, here, here). The goal of this film is to tell one story about adventure play. 

What happens if the money isn't raised in time?

If the goal isn’t met before the deadline, I wont receive any of the pledges. Your credit or debit card will not be charged.  And everyone will be sad.

Thank you.

This movie isn't possible without your help. Whether it's $1 or just spreading the word, I am so very, very grateful for your support.  Remember, if we don't reach our goal, nobody gets anything!  Thank you, thank you, thank you for considering. Now, let's make a movie!

Risks and challenges

My approach to making this film requires a leap of faith. "The Land" is unique and exciting space, an environment one has to see to believe - and spend time in to best understand. But I'm following an instinct that we'll be able to discover and capture a story, a narrative that will carry a film. I will work hard, observe, reflect, ask questions and listen... but sometimes, things just don't come together. The story isn't there.

Also -- the shoot is just the beginning. Editing is its own rabid beast. And fundraising for that and other steps along the way is demanding and time consuming. I have 2 jobs in addition to this project.

This is my first major independent film project. I will learn many things along the way. Probably the hard way!

But -- I'm well prepared for this. I've studied documentary formally and informally and have worked for many years with many other talented filmmakers realizing their own projects. I have learned from them, they have inspired me to pursue this project.

In the spirit of adventure, I hope you'll join me.

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    14 backers

    THANK YOU! My heartfelt thanks and eternal gratitude. ALSO - a download of The Playwork Primer - an easy to read introduction to "playwork," the practice that supports adventure play. Peruse it over coffee. It might change the way you play. Includes a thank you note from the director for backers only!

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    10 backers

    The Playwork Primer download PLUS your name included in a special online THANKS for Kickstarter backers featuring exclusive content from the film. And the eternal gratitude. You rock. Really!

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    6 backers All gone!

    A hard copy of The Playwork Primer personalized with an inscription from the director. PLUS your name included in a special online THANKS for Kickstarter backers featuring exclusive content from the film. And the eternal gratitude. You rock. Really!

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    Pledge $25 or more

    39 backers

    CHEESE! - The Land is surprisingly photogenic. An exclusive & adventure-y signed photograph from the shoot. You made this happen! Frame it! Tell your friends! I’ll include a handwritten note of thanks. ALSO a free download of the completed film. (And the backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download!)

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    21 backers

    SNAIL MAIL - A handwritten postcard from the UK shoot with a true story of a playful event from "The Land" that day. Brace yourself!! And you've just pre-ordered a DVD of the completed film with YOUR NAME in the credits with a "thanks." (And the backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download!)

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    7 backers

    WING NUT! An incredible "loose part" toy, the Wing Nut & Bolt is an exclusive offering for this campaign. Hand it over to the child in your life, they'll know what to do. (See how things played out at The Land to your left!) Also great for fidgeting at your desk! (And a DVD with your name in the "thanks", the exclusive adventure photo, backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download!)

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  • You selected
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    8 backers

    WING NUT DUO - because symmetry is pleasing, a matching pair of the EXCLUSIVE Wing Nut & Bolt set. And LET'S TALK - a personal phone call from the director to express my thanks, and, if you'd like, talk about the film, play and more! Also,access to my PRIVATE TRAVEL BLOG during the shoot: photos, audio and video outtakes, tales of trials, tribulations, discoveries & more. Hey, this will be an adventure for all of us! (And a DVD with your name in the "thanks", the exclusive adventure photo, backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download!)

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  • You selected
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    4 backers All gone!

    GEEMO - For the child in your world, or the kid in you, Geemo is the ultimate non-prescriptive toy. Featured at the MoMa Design Store and described as “an alien hybrid between Legos and Gumby,” Geemo is sold-out and and unavailable for purchase elsewhere. Each box contains 5 Geemo. (And the DVD with your name in the "thanks," personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, adventure photo print, backers-only web thanks and Playwork Primer download.)

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  • You selected
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    7 backers

    A hand-drawn topographical MAP ILLUSTRATION of The Land, water colored by the director. This playful illustration will preserve the ever-changing playground landscape as it was during our documentary shoot. Rope swings, dens, renegade fires, up the hill, in the brook, under the bridge - there are so many vibrant nooks and crannies to capture and share! (And the DVD with your name in the "thanks", personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, adventure photo print, backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download.)

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    4 backers Limited (4 left of 8)

    For the adventurous among us... ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IN A BOX! I will employ all that I've learned about playwork to curate a playful assortment of up-cycled loose parts. They'll arrive at your door in a box big enough for a kid to fit in. Perfect for a birthday party or a Saturday afternoon! I'll include a hard copy of THE PLAYWORK PRIMER inscribed by the director. And - SNAIL MAIL! I'll send you a post card from the shoot. (And the DVD with your name in the "thanks", personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, adventure print, backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download.)

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    0 backers

    FOR THE KID IN YOU - Wow. Adventure play is great. You can feel it, can't you? Just for that, I'll scratch bake an indulgent batch of delicious COOKIES and send them, fresh, right to your door with a handwritten note. Double chocolate? Vegan? Extra butter? Gluten free? I'll honor any special request or send a surprise. And - SNAIL MAIL! I'll send you a post card from the shoot. (And the DVD with your name in the "thanks," personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, TWO adventure photo prints, backers only online thanks and Playwork Primer download.)

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    2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)

    The Land "TINKER-ER" EDITION of the Workyard Kit. Support building and adventure play in your own living room or backyard! (And - SNAIL MAIL! I'll send you a post card from the shoot. And the DVD with your name in the "thanks," personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, TWO adventure photo prints, backers only online thanks and Playwork Primer download.)

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  • You selected
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    3 backers

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - Holy smokes, thanks! You are now an Associate Producer, and it will say so right there in the film credits. I'll send you a post card too. (And the DVD with your Associate Producer credit, personal thank-you phone call, private travel blog access, pair of adventure photo prints, backers-only online thanks and Playwork Primer download.) Mom -- don't even think about it!!

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Funding period

- (35 days)