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Join us in funding the edit of our feature film documentary to the broadcast length needed for US Public Television.
Join us in funding the edit of our feature film documentary to the broadcast length needed for US Public Television.
228 backers pledged NZ$ 34,448 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: NEW STRETCH GOAL - $37,000.

As we turned into the home straight this week our focus was torn between working tirelessly to spread our story and keeping an eye on this Kickstarter campaign page. Well - all the effort and YOUR SUPPORT has paid off. The climb in the last three days has been astonishing, and the biggie in the last hour has truly knocked off our 'Everest' ! From all of us here in Wellington, New Zealand. Cheers and a grand HOORAY!! 

Where to from here? Obviously there's an impressive number of downloads, DVDs, beanies, jackets, photos and thank you messages to get out to you guys pronto. Plus we need to get Executive Producer Peter to sit back with a beer and take a break for a day or two. I'm not going to mention Peter's age as his drive and passion puts us all in his shadow as it is. Of course we've already sent word to David Sington and his team get the edit time locked in. 

 But really we're actually going to keep on trucking for the next few days. We've had a look at the numbers and figure if we can reach a total of $37,000 we’ll be able to do more of the PR necessary to help get our film onto as many stations as possible! Additionally,we can also develop a new guide for teachers, and get more language translations for subtitles to expand our reach to other parts of the world. So we certainly don’t expect more from those that have already got on board. But if you have friends who want to take us further, or want some cool Earth Sea Sky gear, you have until 10.59 pm, Sunday (Greenwich Mean Time that is)

Either way, give the project one more shout to your friends and networks... Needless to say we are just delighted at what you’ve helped us achieve - entirely due to your support. We'll keep you updated after we cross the finish line (Monday here but Sunday for most of you). We also look forward to reporting the completed edit, and sending you the TV schedule for broadcasting THIN ICE in the US this coming summer. Roll on 2015!

 The Wellington THIN ICE Team (Gary, Peter, Simon and Suze)

WHAT’S THE STORY? Our climate is changing worldwide, with more extreme weather, melting ice and rising sea levels. If it really has been caused by us, we need to know how and why so we can deal with it together. So, what's your experience of climate change and what do you think? We see climate change stories in the media and hear about it from our politicians. Now our film, an award-winning feature documentary, brings you the scientists' voice directly from field and laboratory to film viewers at home, community halls and classrooms.  With your support we can edit THIN ICE to TV length to reach a much wider audience. 

 Thin Ice – the Inside Story of Climate Science. 

WHAT'S THE PROJECT? Thin Ice is a 73-minute award-winning documentary screening in film festivals now. The film shows climate scientists at work in a huge range of activities and places but with a single focus – what controls our planet’s changing climate? We follow geologist and cameraman Simon Lamb, who is worried about the media hostility towards his climate science colleagues. He wants to get the “inside story”. We travel with him to both the Antarctic and Arctic, and many places in between. With a backdrop of stunning landscapes, we meet climate scientists in the field and laboratory, as they talk about their work, hopes and fears. See them at http://thiniceclimate.org/meet-the-people.

 SO WHY DO WE NEED HELP? The global screening on Earth Day, 2013, reached over 200 locations worldwide, and many others have seen it since. Now we have a chance to re-edit the film for screening on American Public Television – if we can raise the NZ$27,500 (US$22,000) IN 30 DAYS needed for the re-edit and promotion.

THERE’S MORE! We want the film to be seen by as many people as possible on TV in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. We already have subtitles in 8 languages, so with the shortened film Thin Ice will be that much more accessible to schools and communities worldwide.

Suze Keith, Simon Lamb, Peter Barrett & Gary Ward - the Wellington Kickstarter Team
Suze Keith, Simon Lamb, Peter Barrett & Gary Ward - the Wellington Kickstarter Team

 SO? Let’s help climate scientists talk directly with the rest of the world about their research. By contributing to this project you will help others understand why climate is changing, and give them the understanding and confidence to respond.

DVD has optional subtitles in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish

WHY EARTH SEA SKY?

EARTH SEA SKY embodies the Ellis family's four generations of local manufacturing of performance outdoor clothing & equipment. They continue to aim for the highest standard as they did for first ascent of Mount Everest and still do today for Antarctica New Zealand. In Jane and David Ellis we found two people whose passion for Antarctica and the Environment blew us away. David's father Murray was right there with Sir Ed Hillary  keeping the legendary Ferguson tractors featured in backing option #7 running on the 1958 Trans-Antarctica Expedition (Murray and Ed themselves are on #8!).  Collaborating with Earth Sea Sky resulted in the ONE-OFF range available here carrying the Thin Ice logo and available only to our Kickstarter backers.

We really hope that you will join  our project and pick up a copy of the  film  as an MP4 download or DVD, get some amazing photographs, gift the film to your local school, with a session with two of the producers an option, or select some of the great Thin Ice kit from EARTH SEA SKY

For colours/sizes see http://www.earthseasky.co.nz/ThinIceRewards

Embroidered with "Thin Ice - the Inside Story of Climate Science"

Lionel Carter's beautiful images from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean
Lionel Carter's beautiful images from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES
Because we've already made a film that people really like, we're confident that our editorial team will produce a great TV length version. Initially it will be for the American public, but we've also got subtitles to take it to the rest of the world.

We've got the contract with KRCB as the presenting station for our Public Television distribution and the editing team are lined up. The only barrier now is NZ$27,500 (US$22,000).

We may have delays in getting the film to air (expected early-mid 2015), but we are committed to this last step of the project, as our 8 year history has shown (see www.thiniceclimate.org/about/).

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    Pledge NZ$ 10 or more About $8

    Get on board easy, no sweat, no international shipping, no hassle! Any and all support greatly appreciated but if you don't mind we'd still like to drop you a note to say thanks and mention you on our facebook page. Cheers!

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    Give this amount and you'll be kept up to date with our progress and we'll say THANK YOU on Facebook and Twitter. We couldn't leave it at that though and our friends at Earth Sea Sky are putting together THIN ICE PATCHES and we'll get envelope licking once we're across the line and send one of these your way.

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    Pay this amount and you will receive an MP4 of the current version of Thin Ice with an option to select from subtitles in 8 languages (including English, Chinese, and Spanish), and all the thanks and love from NZ as for level 1.

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    Pay this amount and you will receive an MP4 of the current version of THIN ICE without subtitles, or with subtitles in CHINESE*, ENGLISH*, FRENCH*, GERMAN*, ITALIAN, POLISH, PORTUGUESE (Brazilian), RUSSIAN*, or SPANISH* and all the thanks and love from NZ as for level 1. *=subtitles available on the DVD version - reward #7

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    Pledge NZ$ 60 or more About $47

    We'll send you a set of the 6 4x5" photo prints you can see below of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by Lionel Carter as a beautiful reminder of what your backing has gone towards preserving. Plus we'll send you an MP4 of the film length Thin Ice. Nice!

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    Pledge NZ$ 70 or more About $55

    A fantastic EARTH SEA SKY Beanie to keep your head toasty whether out on Antarctica's dry valleys, watching the kid's soccer or anywhere in between. This special edition will be embroidered with the Thin Ice brand as thanks for your support!

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    Pledge NZ$ 80 or more About $63

    Pay this amount and you will receive a DVD of the current feature length version of Thin Ice with subtitles in ENGLISH, CHINESE, FRENCH, GERMAN, RUSSIAN, AND SPANISH and all the thanks and appreciation as for level 1. Don't worry about our being in New Zealand - we'll sort out the right DVD format for you.

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    Pledge NZ$ 100 or more About $78

    We'll send you a set of the 6 8x10" photo prints of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by Lionel Carter you can see below as a beautiful reminder of what your backing has gone towards preserving. Plus we'll send you an MP4 of the film length Thin Ice. Your den will be looking sweet.

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    Pledge NZ$ 120 or more About $94

    Back Thin Ice and look great at the same time. The EARTH SEA SKY T-shirt option #1 is Vertigo, a women's embroidered merino t-shirt featuring the Thin Ice logo. Choose from colours lava, marlin and peridot in a range of sizes.

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    Pledge NZ$ 140 or more About $110

    Back Thin Ice and look great at the same time. The EARTH SEA SKY T-shirt option #2 has the Thin Ice logo and a print of the Ferguson tractor Sir Ed Hillary took to the South Pole in 1958 on the way to completing the first succesful trans-Antarctic crossing.

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    Pledge NZ$ 150 or more About $118

    We'll send you a set of the 6 11x14" photo prints of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean by Lionel Carter you can see below as a beautiful reminder of what your backing has gone towards preserving. These could be a feature piece for any room or office! Plus we'll send you an MP4 of the film length Thin Ice.

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    Pledge NZ$ 150 or more About $118

    Back Thin Ice and look great at the same time. The EARTH SEA SKY T-shirt option #2 with long sleeves and has Sir Ed Hillary himself and his companion from the 1958 expedition Murray Ellis. David Ellis (Head Honcho at ESS) is Murray's son and we're thrilled to have this connection as part of the amazing support of Earth Sea Sky.

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    Back Thin Ice and look great at the same time. The EARTH SEA SKY T-shirt option #3 is Eve - a superfine merino long sleeve top with a flax flower print in black, burnt orange and marlin - featuring the unique Thin Ice logo.

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    Pledge NZ$ 225 or more About $177

    Thin Ice is perfect for your local school, university or library and you can make it happen with your pledge. We can arrange a one-year licence on Kanopy (https://www.kanopystreaming.com/product/thin-ice-0) for access to the full Thin Ice feature and 40 short videos. The Kanopy platform means that students and teachers will have access to watch the film anywhere and at anytime during the year, while also using subtitles and accessing the transcript for the film. The school will also be able to take clips from the film, making this reward perfect as a classroom or learning tool to delve further into the scientists' story.

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    Pledge NZ$ 400 or more About $314

    This piece of EARTH SEA SKY kit covers so many options! Ultralight and breathable, the ESS Spoke is a take-it-anywhere jacket. it packs into its own chest pocket. Windproof and sheds light precipitation with reflective trim for night time safety. Good on the bike, running, walking and on the mountain tops. These one-off versions will carry the Thin Ice brand on the chest! Be proud of what you've helped achieve!

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    Pledge NZ$ 750 or more About $589

    This will get you talking: 30min skype session with Simon Lamb and Peter Barrett plus educational licence and copy of the feature length DVD. Your LOCAL SCHOOL can watch Thin Ice then link straight to the scientists for a Q&A! Lets feed the kids minds then see what questions they can throw at Simon and Peter!

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    Pledge NZ$ 1,800 or more About $1,413

    The EARTH SEA SKY Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) Down Jacket is designed for, and supplied to, Antarctica New Zealand and the Australian Antarctica Division. Each jacket is made up of 106 individually cut panels, and takes 8 hours for an experienced machinist to make. This special edition will also carry the Thin Ice badge and we trust will protect you from the elements on your expeditions!

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    Pledge NZ$ 4,000 or more About $3,139

    You become a GENEROUS SUPPORTER. This is your opportunity to be one of the key backers of this editing adventure and by way of appreciation we will proudly show your name/organization following "with the generous support of..." prominently in the credits of the 56 minute version, not to mention telling anyone and everyone how great you are for doing this! That means exposure (for being thoroughly great) at film festivals, social media, schools , on TV, offices and anywhere else we can think of! PLUS you'll get a copy of the new FILM version and a Thin Ice embroidered EARTH SEA SKY BEANIE.

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