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A Documentary & Photo book project. We're heading west to Montana in our 1985 VW Westfalia to document life on the road & fly fishing.
A Documentary & Photo book project. We're heading west to Montana in our 1985 VW Westfalia to document life on the road & fly fishing.
A Documentary & Photo book project. We're heading west to Montana in our 1985 VW Westfalia to document life on the road & fly fishing.
81 backers pledged $10,126 to help bring this project to life.

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WESTWARD BOUND

We are Tight Loops, two young artists addicted to adventure, the outdoors, and fly fishing. We are seriously passionate about story telling, be it through film, photo, or written word. We've realized the only way to truly tell the stories we want to tell, is to make some life altering changes. It's dawned on us that the only way to create without boundaries and constraints, is to knock them down entirely. Documenting our trip through video and photography, we will be heading west to Montana in our 1985 VW Vanagon. We will meet others along the way, see and explore the American landscape, and produce a body of work that we hope will inspire others to chase their passions, and realize their dreams.

We will leave our homes in New England in early June.  Documenting the entire process along the way. We encourage you to check out some of our recent short works here:

vimeo.com/tightloopsfly

and photography here:

http://tightloopsfly.com/photo

DOCUMENTING THE ADVENTURE

THE FILM:

We are setting out to document and tell the story of the American dream; hitting the open road, reconnecting with our environment and rediscovering ourselves, while simultaneously meeting others along the way and sharing their stories. We will have highs, lows, risks, and rewards, all of which will be showcased in a feature documentary to be released in 2016 for festival circulation and eventual distribution. A digital download of the film will be made available as a reward to our supporters.

THE BOOK:

A hardcover photo book comprised of photographs shot on 120 and 35mm film will tell our story, in addition to the film. The book will be available in both digital format and hardcover to our supporters as a reward.  It will be released alongside the feature film in 2016.

NOTES FROM THE ROAD:

Throughout our journey we will be releasing content from the road in the form of short webisodes as well as photo updates to keep our supporters up to date. We will release these updates every couple of weeks, depending on when we will have internet access, and they can be seen at tightloopsfly.com.

We've wired the van to run all sorts of gadgets (computer, hard drives, photo scanner, etc) so that we can guarantee quality updates for those of you who are following along. We've also brought a bubbling cauldron of photo processing chemicals so Aimee can process her own film without the hassle of lab processing times and fees. Developing our own film is also essential in maintaining an intimate connection to our work.

WHO WE ARE

Aimee -I was raised in New England, but have always dreamed of making my way West. I spent most of my childhood camping in Vermont & New Hampshire.  Those places will always be close to my heart, but I'm ready to discover what else is out there.  Working lots of dead end jobs that were not allowing me to express my creative side was becoming stifling, and now it's time for a change.  I want to fully immerse myself in my surroundings and capture the things that inspire me on film. Film has always been my medium of choice, and my love of photography has allowed me to see and experience things I never thought I would.  After months of planning, and years of dreaming, its finally time to make this project a reality. I can't wait to share this project and experience with everyone!

Chase - With a family from Montana, and a series of life changing events that put me in the Middle East (Haifa, Israel) for over a decade, I've spent most of my life trying to get back to the western expanses of my childhood summers, where I feel most at home, creative, and happy. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 with a degree in filmmaking, I was quickly swallowed up by the professional work world and lost sight of what was really important to me. After several years working in the film industry, and several more in the construction business as an independent contractor, its time to finally take control of what matters, break the monotony of the 9-5 work world, and create something meaningful. This trip, and this project, could not have come at a more opportune time. It's long overdue, but I'm finally putting my ears to the ground, eyes on the road ahead, and following my heart. I can't wait to see what's in store!


HOME SWEET HOME AKA "BULLWINKLE"

We'd like to introduce you to Bullwinkle, our 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Wolfsburg Edition.  Bullwinkle will not only be our home for the three months we are on the road, he will also be our mobile creative studio. In an ever-changing world of new sights, sounds, and experiences, Bullwinkle will be our rock, lifeline, and companion. We have been tirelessly prepping him for the journey ahead with the help of our sponsor GoWesty.  We are so fortunate to have a sponsor that is at the forefront of Vanagon repair and restoration. 


WHERE WE ARE NOW, AND HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP

We have been working tirelessly, and saving every penny we can to prepare ourselves for this production. Its several years in the making, and we just need a little extra help to make sure we can give people an awesome product. Your contributions are essential to this project being successful!

Here is how we plan to use our funding:

  • Travel Expenses - gas, tolls, emergencies, etc.
  • Maintenance & Repairs - oil changes, van repairs, camera repairs, and whatever else the road throws at us.
  • Equipment- Better gear means being able to show you our absolute best work.  This includes, cameras, lenses, darkroom supplies, film, hard drives, memory cards, photo scanner, etc.
  • Kickstarter Rewards - Getting these awesome rewards to you!

What happens if we get over funded?

In the event that we receive more than our goal, we will be making major equipment upgrades, (in the camera department!) and putting every penny back into the production of the film and book! Fingers crossed!

REWARDS

Hand painted & Letterpressed Cutthroat Trout
Hand painted & Letterpressed Cutthroat Trout
Brook Trout Letterpressed Print
Brook Trout Letterpressed Print
Cutthroat and Stimulator Letterpress Print
Cutthroat and Stimulator Letterpress Print
Backprint of Catch & Release Pocket Tee
Backprint of Catch & Release Pocket Tee
The new Catch & Release Pocket Tee
The new Catch & Release Pocket Tee
Dry Fly Pocket Detail
Dry Fly Pocket Detail
Limited edition stickers
Limited edition stickers
5 Hand Tied Flies
5 Hand Tied Flies
Loon Outdoors reward package
Loon Outdoors reward package
Poler Field Pack
Poler Field Pack
Poler Willow Poncho
Poler Willow Poncho
Rite in the Rain mini notebook
Rite in the Rain mini notebook

Risks and challenges

With projects like this, that include lots of travel time and unpredictable circumstances, there are inherent risks and challenges. We have done everything in our power to prepare Bullwinkle for the road ahead. That being said, with a vehicle made in 1985, there will be hiccups. But with the help of our awesome sponsor Go Westy and our knowledge of Volkswagens we think that we will be able to overcome these challenges, document them, and learn from them.

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    Your name in the Thank You section of the credits of our feature documentary.
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    A photo print of your choice! 8X10" print on high quality paper. Choose from a collection of photos that will be in our photo book.
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    A Tight Loops Catch & Release pocket tee.
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    Lochsa floatant
    Tippet Stack
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    A Native Trout of North America letterpress print.
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    A very limited hand watercolored Yellowstone Cutthroat and Stimulator letterpressed print. Signed and numbered.
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    A hardcover copy of the photo book with a thank you note handwritten in the back.
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    Executive Producer credit in the finished documentary!

    A limited edition Tight Loops Catch & Release pocket tee.
    Your name in the Thank You section of the photo book, and a digital download of the book and film once they are released.
    A hardcover copy of the photo book with a thank you note handwritten in the back.
    An 8x10" print of your choice.
    A very limited edition watercolored Native Trout of North America Cutthroat Trout signed by the artist and hand numbered.
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    That's a lot of money! And we want to thank you for it face to face! We will Skype with you from the road, so you can receive unique insights and behind the scenes info on the production of the documentary and book!

    Executive Producer credit in the finished documentary, as well as a dedicated thank you page in the back of the photo book!

    A limited edition Tight Loops Catch & Release pocket tee.
    Your name in the Thank You section of the photo book, and a digital download of the film and book once they are released.
    A hardcover copy of the photo book with a thank you note handwritten in the back.
    An 8x10" print of your choice.
    A very limited edition watercolored Native Trout of North America Cutthroat Trout signed by the artist and hand numbered.
    Two limited edition stickers .
    5 hand tied flies.

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