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.
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.
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"
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/).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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