About this project
We Have New Extended Goals!
A Heartfelt Thank You For All Your Pledges So Far
We appreciate the generous response to our Kickstarter appeal. We're amazed how positive the response has been. We met our funding goal in only 3 days!!
Since Kickstarter funding is "all or nothing" we set our original goal as conservatively as possible. Since we have surpassed that goal, Kickstarter now allows "stretch goals" which are funding targets that go beyond the original amount.
We have set two “stretch goals". The first one is $55,000 which will enable us to acquire professional music and post edit including color grading. The other is a very ambitious $75,000. Having additional animations done would greatly enhance this presentation and this would be possible if we reach this level. After all we have over 4 thousand of Jacque Fresco’s concept drawings and blueprints to pick from. Also professional marketing is important for a successful film and with this goal it would be within reach.
In any event, we'll do the best we can to make an exceptional documentary that we hope you find engaging as well as educational. We will keep our backers informed with updates and let us know if you have any questions. The amount we ultimately receive will determine how far we can take this documentary series.
Please keep circulating the link and keep urging friends and family to support this important effort. Thank you all for your support.
Hope on the Horizon
With your help, we hope to make a three-part documentary series about the fantastic possibilities that lie ahead, if we are bold enough to consider new ways of organizing society and thinking about ourselves and others. There are many doomsday scenarios, and with great reason, but we would like to demonstrate what may be a way out of our dilemmas. We will be presenting exciting new opportunities that address today's biggest challenges. Our solutions are designed to enhance the lives of all and ensure a positive future for our children.
Though we call ourselves a 'civilized' society, we continue to see violence and barbarism throughout the world. Our resources and technologies are mostly wasted on military systems instead of social betterment. We see a grim prescience in the quote of H.G. Wells, "If we don't end war, war will end us" (1936). Given the advanced state of our technology, we have far better alternatives than slaughtering each other and destroying the environment.
A Vision for Sustainability...The Best that Money Can't Buy
This documentary series will present the vision of The Venus Project, founded by Jacque Fresco. Now 97, Fresco has been designing an innovative vision for most of his life; a global plan to surpass the need for politics, poverty, and war; and most important… the methodology to attain this. A daring undertaking indeed, but Fresco points out that people once wrote books explaining why man would never fly. The Wright Brothers never read those books and went on to build a flying machine.
Technology for the Well-Being of All
As a futurist, industrial designer and multi-disciplinarian, Jacque has spent most of his life on problem-solving for the benefit of all. He has long known that we possess the creative and technological capacity to build an entirely new world from the ground up - a world where people enjoy a high standard-of-living while also protecting the environment.
This three-part series will introduce the culmination of his life's work; a vision called The Venus Project, which encompasses a revolutionary socio-economic system he calls a Resource-Based Economy. This approach uses intelligent cybernated systems to fulfill the needs of society, which will relegate servitude and debt to the chronicles of history. Though some may allude to the fiction of Orwell, this system does not control or monitor people, for it surpasses any need to do so. It will only oversee and manage the distribution of goods, services and environmental management.
The Way Forward
Our problems are mostly of our own making, and only we can turn things around before the point of no return. The Venus Project offers a way out of our dilemmas in the shortest time possible. The future is fluid and is ours to direct. It is not too late for an optimistic outlook on the fantastic possibilities that lie before us.
This film series may challenge beliefs and help viewers to rethink what's possible in our world. The potential realization of a world of human unity and fellowship has already inspired many worldwide.
Joel Holt and Roxanne Meadows will draw upon many decades of material in the archives of The Venus Project, as well as new interviews and ongoing feedback from Jacque. We will comprehensively depict how these proposals are designed to work together. From TV and radio interviews, lectures, blueprints, animations, and drawings as far back as the early 1970's, we have complete records of the insights and tools that Jacque Fresco and The Venus Project offer.
Paradise or Oblivion - our previous documentary that was released in March of 2012.
Risks and challenges
Joel and Roxanne have produced and edited many videos that you can see at www.thevenusproject.com. "Paradise or Oblivion" was our last documentary, which you can view above.
From this experience, we are familiar with the problems that can, and often do, arise during video production, but have worked our way through them in order to complete projects on time. This is in addition to the daily filling of orders of books, CD's, DVD's, and the organizing of weekly seminars and ongoing operations of The Venus Project research center in Venus, FL. With your support, we will have the first half-hour video completed by the second week of January, with each subsequent segment taking approximately four months thereafter.
The Venus Project is also working on a major motion picture. Since we do not want to confuse people, we feel we should note that this documentary series for which we are soliciting funding is a separate and different project from the motion picture. Thank you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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