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Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

A record-breaking mass stranding season in Cape Cod exposes the current plight of the world's rarest sea turtle (documentary film)

Saving Sea Turtles: Preventing Extinction

A record-breaking mass stranding season in Cape Cod exposes the current plight of the world's rarest sea turtle (documentary film)

$11,005
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
120
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 30 2015 4:35 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 1, 2017

About

ALL SEA TURTLE SPECIES ARE NOW ENDANGERED

Sea turtles have been on this planet for over one hundred million years.  It has only been in the 21st century that all sea turtle species are now endangered. 

We believe people need to know about the actions being made to prevent a species from going extinct, and this film focuses on these extraordinary efforts. The sharing of this story can make a significant impact on the fate of the Kemp’s Ridley and quite possibly all other sea turtles.

STORY

This film is about the world's most critically endangered sea turtle, the Kemp's Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii).  Sea turtles know no boundaries and this is the story of courageous and compassionate people from communities in New England, the South, the Pacific Northwest and Mexico who are determined to save this ancient species from extinction.

Our journey began when we learned that the world's rarest sea turtle washes up every year on the bayside beaches of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  We believe that, like ourselves, others will be surprised to learn that endangered sea turtles who feed in New England waters are washing up hypothermic and nearly dead on Cape Cod beaches every year.

These sea turtles would die if it weren't for the hundreds of volunteers and naturalists on the Cape who brave near freezing temperatures to quickly rescue them from over 50 miles of beaches; and the veterinarians, biologists, wildlife specialists and volunteers who work together to care for and rehabilitate the sea turtles, which can take months and sometimes even years before they can be released back into the wild.  Can you imagine a nearly lifeless sea turtle transformed into a thriving one?  We put a spotlight on this transformation in the film.

Rescued sea turtles at the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary waiting for transport to the New England Aquarium Marine Hospital
Rescued sea turtles at the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary waiting for transport to the New England Aquarium Marine Hospital

The 2014 record-breaking mass sea turtle stranding season on Cape Cod (with over 1,200 strandings, three times their previous record) led to the largest transport of an endangered species in the United States, and quite possibly the world. Working with the Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the New England Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital, NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard, we were allowed access to document critical moments of this crisis.

The Coast Guard and general aviation community assisted in the transport of endangered sea turtles to numerous institutions in over 10 states outside of Massachusetts who became involved in rehabilitating and releasing these stranded sea turtles.
The Coast Guard and general aviation community assisted in the transport of endangered sea turtles to numerous institutions in over 10 states outside of Massachusetts who became involved in rehabilitating and releasing these stranded sea turtles.

This film will provide a comprehensive overview of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle - their life cycle, natural history, how it became the world’s most critically endangered sea turtle, the current state of the species, what it will take to get them off the endangered species list, why they are washing up annually on Cape Cod, the efforts being taken to prevent their extinction, and simple things the public can do to help ensure they remain on the planet and don't disappear forever.

HUMAN ACTIONS MATTER

Now is a critical time for the Kemp's Ridley and all sea turtles.  Without human intervention, this ancient species would now be extinct.  Their future is still uncertain because it is also human actions that devastate the ecosystems supporting the life of this species.  

With the warming of the oceans, destruction of habitat, the potential for poaching and pollution continuing to disrupt their life cycles, your support for this species and all sea turtles matters.  

If the human efforts to save them over the last 40 years does not continue, this species may still become extinct in the next 50 years.

END GOAL

We want to raise awareness of the plight of the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles and all other sea turtle species.  We want the public to learn and know how they take action to prevent their extinction. 

FILMMAKERS

Filmmakers Michele Gomes and Jennifer Ting have produced work seen at the United Nations and on the National Geographic Channel.  They have assembled an Emmy Award-winning team whose work has been shown on the Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and other networks.

Michele Gomes (one of the filmmakers) saving a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle.  The filmmakers saved 39 sea turtles during the 2014 stranding season on Cape Cod.
Michele Gomes (one of the filmmakers) saving a Kemp's Ridley sea turtle. The filmmakers saved 39 sea turtles during the 2014 stranding season on Cape Cod.

FUNDING

We are currently in post-production.  While a basic rough cut is in the process of being finished, we need additional help to complete the film.  The funds we raise with your help will go towards the post-production budget for this film (please see pie chart below). What we are asking for in post-production funds is a bare minimum amount and does not include the basic costs of producing, shooting and editing the film. 

The funds we raise with your help will go towards animations, graphics, illustrations, narration, film score, the original song for the film, sound sweetening and re-recording mix, English transcriptions, Spanish transcriptions and translations, and Kickstarter and payment processing fees. 

Post-Production Budget
Post-Production Budget

Every single dollar raised from this campaign will increase the value and quality of this film. With your funding help through Kickstarter, we will be able to move forward and complete this film.  

COMMUNITY

We're putting the project in the hands of our community because this story is literally about communities in the United States and Mexico who are coming together to save a critically endangered species to ensure it does not become extinct. Our film will showcase the extraordinary efforts of these dedicated and compassionate heroes from New England to the Deep South and Mexico, who in political & media spheres are often projected as being at odds with one another, and our story will offer a refreshing perspective.

The sharing of this story can make a significant impact on the fate of the Kemp’s Ridley and quite possibly all other sea turtles. If we reach our goal, it will mean that our community wants to get the word out about the dangers to the survival of this ancient species and how we as an international community can prevent their extinction.  You’ll be the signal for that, so thanks in advance for your support to share the Kemp's Ridley story.

Risks and challenges

This is a passion project for the filmmakers who have spent their time, energy and funds to make this film. We only work on this project when we are able to and take other projects to "make a living." We are currently in the post-production editing phase. We hope to finish this film by January 2016, and need the help of others to complete it. All of the funds we are asking for are to pay others to finish the film, take it to the next level and make it an award winning film. We have assembled an Emmy-Award winning team to help complete the film and meet these goals.

If we are unable to secure funds to pay others, the timing for completion will be delayed, and the film will not have the high quality production value we envisioned. As a result, this could significantly affect the distribution opportunities for the film and our ability to share this impactful story.

Please note that the delivery of rewards is based on a worst-case scenario. Thanks in advance for your support.

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