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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 4 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

The Old Man & The Lake is The latest endeavor from Brad Einstein & Kyle Niemer (the founding members of Tree Huggers Comedy). This year we were named the Fall 2019 Artists-In-Residence at Crater Lake National Park, meaning we get to create a brand new comedy mini-documentary with the support of the only part of the federal government that everyone still likes. We describe ourselves as part John Muir and part John Oliver; combining striking visuals, thoroughly-researched facts, and silly, silly bits to reignite people’s wonder in—and understanding of—the Natural World.  

"Let's get to the bones of what we're all about."
"Let's get to the bones of what we're all about."

WHAT IS TREE HUGGERS COMEDY?

It’s a collaborative comedy project that tries to bring joy back to wild spaces. It seems like every nature show portrays the planet as either actively trying to kill you or actively entering hospice care, and we wanted to create something to remind all of us that nature is joyful, silly, weird, and awesome (in both the literal, awe-inspiring sense and the "hell yeah, that's gnarly"  definition). At this particular moment in time, we believe it's vital to document and examine the harmful effects humanity continues to have upon the natural world, but we also believe it's just as vital to provide a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down—because nowadays, there are a whole lot of people who could stand to take more of that medicine. 

So far, we’ve created pieces in Smokey Mountains National Park, Allegheny National Forest, Chicago, and Rocky Mountain National Park, helped Pando get a sign, and just this month Outside Magazine started publishing some of our shorts! We're really proud of how far we've come in just a few short years, but this is far and away our most ambitious project yet, and we want to make sure we do it right. 

This is Crater Lake. Fun fact: not only is it a lake, it is *also* a crater.
This is Crater Lake. Fun fact: not only is it a lake, it is *also* a crater.

WHAT IS THIS PROJECT SPECIFICALLY?  (AKA what the hell is this Kickstarter about)

For our Artist-in-Residency, we’re creating a piece called The Old Man and the Lake. To be clear, we are going to Crater Lake no matter what. We’ve paid out of pocket for every project we’ve done so far, and we probably will again. But this one is special. We get the opportunity to work directly with the National Parks Service, so we want to make sure we give them the best material we can possibly create, and we want to build a community while we do it. Your support will help us cover everything from equipment rentals to the food we eat to literally stay alive.  


SO WHO IS THIS OLD MAN ?

ehhhhh you read what it is already.
ehhhhh you read what it is already.

Well, the Old Man is less an actual "old man," and more an actual "dead log."  But not just any dead log. A local legend and beloved landmark, he’s a giant hemlock log that’s been watching over—and floating vertically within—Crater Lake for over 130 years. His existence was first recorded in 1896–and now in 2019, he’s finally going to go on the record. We’re going to explore Crater Lake through the Old Man’s (non-existent) eyes, as he speaks about the history and biology of Crater Lake, as well as the changes he’s seen in his tenure within it.
 

SO WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? 

Ideally, to increase people’s working knowledge of–and passion for–the natural world. The Earth is dying a death of a thousand cuts, so we figure it needs a thousand bandaids. We hope that our unique approach to promoting ecological literacy (by using every single dang trick in the book) can hopefully be one of those bandaids.

Also a couple years ago, Brad had a nervous breakdown after writing some tweets for an oil company, so here we are. 

Hey! Here are some cool animations we've had in earlier videos! Just imagine what we could do with an actual operating budget!
Hey! Here are some cool animations we've had in earlier videos! Just imagine what we could do with an actual operating budget!

Risks and challenges

Honestly our biggest risks are probably unseen spirits and/or serial killers in the trees. We'll do our best to avoid them, you guys.

Oh! Also, weather and boat logistics, which we have no control over. There's a slim chance those forces might in turn force us to change our conceit on the fly. But even if that happens, we're still going to create a funny, loving tribute to Crater Lake National Park, come hell (very unlikely) or high water (somewhat more likely)!

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