About this project
The Gateway Bug is an independent feature length documentary about the future of food, feeding humanity in an uncertain age and the edible insect industry. We are almost done and now we need your help!
By 2050 the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN has warned current global food production needs to at least double. They admit that's an almost impossible task. Given the industrialized agriculture sector consumes 92% of all freshwater around the world and animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, change is inevitable and urgent. Entomophagy, the technical term for eating insects, is currently practised by 80% of countries on Earth and offers countless advantages over traditional protein sources like beef. Is it the future of food or just the beginning when it's almost too late?
Footage includes pioneering agritech design and development, new sustainable farming techniques, and every aspect of the industry from diet, nutrition, legislation, science and academia to celebrity chefs in high-end restaurants, food deserts in Youngstown, Ohio and bug eating festivals in Austin,TX. Key players interviewed include:
- Bizarre Foods host, co-founder and chef Andrew Zimmern, 'Girl Meets Bug' blogger and author Daniella Martin and many others currently serving bugs in restaurants.
- Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Pat Crowley, CEO of Chapul, the world's first energy bar made from crickets and invested in by Mark Cuban on Shark Tank. And other #ento consumer product leaders such as Six Foods, Next Millenium Farms and eXo.
- Founders of America's first and only USDA-certified farm Big Cricket Farms, scientists, academics, non-profits like Little Herds, and the founders of Tiny Farms, a company using data-driven design to pioneer the industrialized production of insects for use in food, animal feed and industry.
Given October's WHO announcement that red meat is as carcinogenic as smoking, there's never been a more prescient time to consider sustainable food production alternatives.
How Kickstarter Works
We need your help to finish this film! On the right, you’ll see pledge levels with corresponding rewards. When you donate to our project you receive rewards in return. It’s a win-win situation!
For example, pledges of $50+ reward you with our limited edition 'The Gateway Bug' T-Shirt designed by talented NYC designer Morey Talmor and only available to our backers.
Our goal accurately reflects what we need to get this film to the next step - a finished film. If we do not reach our goal, we will not receive any of the funds and no money will be withdrawn from your account. If we exceed our goal, then we can seamlessly move on to the next step with our finished film - submitting to festivals.
What am I supporting?
- Editing - We have roughly 60 hours of film and the only way to finish this film is to hire an editor to work on it full time.
- Composers & The Score - Music is a HUGE component of this project. Our composer will create a unique score supporting the shifting stages of this groundbreaking film.
- Music Rights - Very different from the last thing. Most of our film features a custom composition known as the score but we are also including signature songs for title sequences.
- Animation - Our documentary covers some pretty complex issues addressing global food security that are most easily described visually. We have an amazing illustrator who has started sketching already, we'd like to keep him on board!
- Color - We need to rent a coloring suite to complete work on our film once the final cut makes it to picture lock.
- Legal Representation - We have done our best to represent ourselves through principal photography but there are certain areas of film distribution that require a professional.
Who am I supporting?
The creators and crew - our team is small to keep overheads down and the message clear:
CREATOR & DIRECTOR Johanna B. Kelly
Melbourne native, New York based Production Designer and Art Director for feature film. Her credits comprise art directing recent Jedi Mind Tricks music video Deathless Light and 6 feature films as Production Designer including Kickstarter success story Like Lambs shot on 35mm. Kelly worked as Exhibition Designer for the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia prior to moving to NYC in 2013, while there she was awarded a full scholarship for her postgraduate work at RMIT University, consequently graduating with a Masters Degree in Design in 2012.
CREATOR & DP Cameron Marshad
A New York-based filmmaker and photographer who has worked on feature films such as Like Lambs, Vimeo's High Maintenance and documentary projects This Ain’t a Parade and Red Wiggler. Cameron freelances regularly as a camera person, editor and sound mixer with clients such as Huffington Post, VICE Motherboard and Tribeca Digital Studios. He began his film career in 2013 after leaving the world of digital advertising analytics, and is motivated to work on high impact, environmentally and socially-driven projects.
What happens if we exceed our goal?
- Sound Mixing - The film needs to be professionally mixed for theatrical, online and DVD viewing.
- Screenings - We will set up a series of screenings with Q and A sessions including the entomophagy community in cities featured in the film.
- Marketing - for the film to have the widespread impact necessary to enact change we need bums in seats!
- Travel - Once the film is complete, we need to travel with the film to various film festivals to start the dialogue, attend Q and A sessions and get the message seen by as many people as possible.
- The Gateway Bug Banquet Event in NYC, February 2016. Tickets are available by donating at a level of $500 or higher. An exclusive event hosted by a secret celebrity chef serving a variety of bug based dishes.
- The Gateway Bug will host fundraising tasting parties in NYC, LA and Melbourne, Australia to share exclusive BTS clips and meet our supporters, stay tuned for more details...
- Kickstarter launched November 2nd 2015
- Kickstarter ends December 2nd 2015
- Funds released December 17th 2015
- Rough edit completed January 17th 2016
- Final film completed February 26th 2016
Finally, 80% of Earth’s countries eat bugs already, around 2 billion people according to this FAO paper. The average person accidentally eats 430 bugs each year of their life. This isn't just about the funding, it's about education.
You can support us by spreading the word and encouraging others to contribute to The Gateway Bug. Please start today by sharing our Kickstarter page, webpage, FB page, Twitter or Instagram. We really appreciate all your support, however big or small, to help us reach our funding target and allow this film to be shared with the world. Please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss, we would love to hear from you!
@thegatewaybug #thegatewaybug #entomophagy #eatingbugs
***UPDATES TO COME***
- DOWNTOWN MAGAZINE 'The Gateway Bug' Will Change How You Think About Bugs In Your Food article by Johanna Silver
- TRIBECA FILM Bugging Out: This Kickstarter Doc Explains Why Crickets Should Be Your New Favorite Snack article by Matt Barone
- HUFFPOST There’s A Good Chance We'll All Be Eating Bugs Very Soon interview with the filmmakers, by Joseph Erbentraut
- LOST AT E MINOR Here’s a film about eating bugs (that’ll change the way you view your diet) article by Rachel Oakley
- Our director Johanna B. Kelly is quoted in The New York Times: Photographers and Filmmakers Using Drones to Reach New Heights article by Christine Giordano
Risks and challenges
We've spent the past few months trying to mitigate potential problems but some hurdles are inevitable. We will be fully transparent about any challenges that arise but global climate change threatens humanity and there are already almost 1 billion chronically hungry people worldwide. The real risks are failing to enact change now.
STAFFING is critical. Filmmakers have erratic, unreliable schedules and coordinating them with the relatively fixed schedule of film festival application deadlines can be risky. Hiring and collaborating takes time and the roles of colorist and composer require dedication and a heavy time commitment. We plan on mitigating this by reaching out to our extensive network of likeminded filmmakers in New York who understand the limitations of low budget independent filmmaking and are able to dedicate a little bit more of their time for a good cause: a film that will inspire people to reconsider the status quo of current agricultural practices and look towards a more sustainable future.
DISTRIBUTION is a daunting task even to seasoned producers, considering how many new avenues there are these days - how do we get our film out to the public? We think this question is best answered at film festivals. Film festivals are open markets for films and we plan on submitting to a number of them. Options for distribution are vast at festivals, so we see this as the best strategy for finding the right audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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