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Serious Challenges Face the Source of Nearly All of Our Food...Seeds! www.thestoryofseedsmovie.com

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Please visit www.thestoryofseedsmovie.com for our up-to-date trailer and recent news!

Huge thanks to the 662 backers who are helping us tell the story of seeds!

One of the world's most precious resources is at risk and most people don't know that is happening or what to do. Your financial investment in this groundbreaking film will help others learn what is at stake and what can be done to protect seeds, the source of nearly all our food. 

BONUS: Give us seed money and get seed money back! Every backer over the $50 level will now receive five coins of Seed Money - the coins you can plant. We interviewed Lea Redmond about her amazing letter press, open-pollinated seed embedded coins for 'Open Sesame'. Now we are happy to be able to pass a few on to you as a bonus gift!

Looks like real money but is far more valuable!
Looks like real money but is far more valuable!

Why it is important that we make this film

While the price of gold and oil skyrockets the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. 

Seeds. 

They provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe...but given far less attention. 

Our seed supply faces grave threats. Here are a few reasons why.

Biopiracy: Large corporations are stealing seed varieties from under us by slowly patenting them. The fruit and vegetable varieties we enjoy today exist because of choices our ancestors made. People saved seed from one healthy plant versus another and new varieties were created. This means your grandparents, great grandparents or perhaps much further back depending on your family history. We share ownership of more than ten thousand years of collective agricultural blood, sweat and toil that has allowed civilization to flourish. This is our agricultural Commons. 

In the past, seeds were communal. They were a shared resource not unlike the water we drink or the air we breathe. One hundred years ago things started to change. Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market. Seeds are no longer 'free' or open source, they are proprietary.  

Dave Murphy, Executive Director of Food Democracy Now, Shortly after the OSGATA versus Monsanto hearing in New York
Dave Murphy, Executive Director of Food Democracy Now, Shortly after the OSGATA versus Monsanto hearing in New York

Genetic contamination: Plants grown from transgenic seeds (also known as GMOs) send pollen through the wind and contaminate neighboring crops. When this happens large companies threaten affected farmers with lawsuits (and nearly always win). What's more, transgenic seeds have many proven dangerous health effects and there is even more we don't know. Once a crop is contaminated, there is no turning back.

Extinction: In the last one hundred years 94 percent of open pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties vanished. Seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades or even hundreds of years are gone forever. We desperately need diversity in a changing climate. 

Bija Devi, Navdanya's Head Seed Keeper, Dehradun, India
Bija Devi, Navdanya's Head Seed Keeper, Dehradun, India

As you can tell, there is plenty that might keep you up at night, but this will neither be a downer nor a negative documentary. Rather it will be a project that inspires people with the beauty, mystery and intrinsic potential for change that lies dormant within each seed. 

Seeds are amazing bundles of intelligence and they have stories to share. With a wide range of incredible subjects, the magic of moving images, a lot of love and your help we will bring their stories to life.

You'll meet a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds. Farmers. Renegade gardeners. Passionate seed savers. Artists. Seed activists. The most innovative thinkers and consciousness raisers of our generation. This film will take viewers on a journey to experience the story of seeds like no other.

It's not too late...yet. There are many reasons to be hopeful.

What will funds be used for?

'Open Sesame' has been a labor of love for over two years. But we need your help to continue making this film so we can educate people about the importance of seeds. Our food supply depends upon it! 

We have subjects we need to do follow-up shoots with in the mid-west and the United Kingdom. We also have interest from several individuals whose stories must be included. Your donation will also go toward editing costs, camera rentals, music licensing, translation of interviews conducted in India and animation ('Open Sesame' will have a very distinctive visual style)...all the ingredients necessary to help this film reach its greatest potential. 

Apart from monetary contributions, please help us spread the word! Tell your friends, coworkers, your immediate family, your extended family. 

Please post our Kickstarter URL on your Facebook, your Twitter, your G-chat status, and any other social outlet you might use. 

So...let's grow some seed! (and partner with us to make an inspiring and enlightening documentary). 

This is your film.

Thank you. 

Ken Greene from the Hudson Valley Seed Library celebrates seed diversity at The Horticultural Society of New York during an art opening featuring their new roster of Seed Pack Artists
Ken Greene from the Hudson Valley Seed Library celebrates seed diversity at The Horticultural Society of New York during an art opening featuring their new roster of Seed Pack Artists
Jeanette Hart-Mann's 'Seed Broadcast' truck arrives at the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Upstate New York
Jeanette Hart-Mann's 'Seed Broadcast' truck arrives at the Hudson Valley Seed Library in Upstate New York

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    PLANTER - A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film as soon as it's completed. You will be among the first to watch it! PLUS all the great benefits in the reward above!

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    GROWER - Three gorgeous HUDSON VALLEY SEED LIBRARY ART SEED PACKS. Available seed varieties range from Aunt Molly's Ground Cherry to Kaleidoscope Carrots to Velvet Queen Sunflower and everything in-between. (Varieties may vary. We will try and accomodate requests). An organic cotton "I Helped Tell the Story of Seeds!" 'Open Sesame' t-shirt PLUS all the great benefits in the rewards above!

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    GARDENER - First to be MAILED A DVD COPY. Three custom printed collectable seed packs (organic basil, organic cilantro and organic parsley) printed on recycled paper with the film name and logo. PLUS all the great benefits in the rewards above! International donors please add $15 for shipping.

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    SEED SAVER - SPECIAL PRIVATE SCREENING at your home with the filmmakers. Get the inside story on making this amazing documentary! Yummy organic snacks included. Your home must be within 100 miles of New York City or you will provide transportation. PLUS all the great benefits in the rewards above.

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    SEED STEWARD - GIVE SEED MONEY AND GET REAL 'SEED MONEY' BACK! Seed money are gorgeous letter-pressed, paper coins embedded with seeds that you can plant! They look like the real thing, but they are FAR MORE VALUABLE! Four rolls - 1 each of pennies, nickels, dimes, & quarters). PLUS all the amazing benefits in the rewards above.

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    SEED HERO - YOUR NAME SPELLED OUT in stop-motion animated heirloom Cherry Tomato seeds under a 'Special' Special Thanks section in the end credits plus an Associate Producer credit in the film. Become one of the movie producers behind this important project and add 'movie producer' to your resume! PLUS all the great benefits in the rewards above.

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    SEED CHAMPION - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the movie, two hundred customized packs of organic Basil seed printed with special thanks to you to be handed out at our premiere, Special Executive Producer 'Open Sesame' t-shirt, our unending thanks and major kudos and seed karma. PLUS all the great benefits in the rewards above.

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