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About this project

Vacationlanders is a 12 part miniseries that will be released on the Internet as free webisodes.

Our story begins in 2012, when the U.S. government takes its first drastic step in the decline of the Age of Oil. In response to leaked data about the true remaining oil reserves in Saudi Arabia, Congress passes the "Emergency Energy Conservation Act." Within several months, six U.S. states are shut off from the grid and all remaining infrastructure is left in the hands of those who choose to stay behind.

No power. No services. No Internet. No law.

Three years later, a documentary film crew travels into The Unorganized Territories of Maine to learn and document how survival has worked for those who have made the decision to stay and rough it out. Those people will be known as Vacationlanders.

On film, the Vacationlanders are meant to instruct viewers about an alternative lifestyle, each episode covering how-to's about water, food, electricity, birth, death, health, shelter, transportation, entertainment, self defense, and common law. But things don't go as planned in a land where everything is different.

Vacationlanders is not about Armageddon. It's about change and humanity and humanity's adaptation to that change. It's about sustainable living without the use of oil related energy. It's not your typical post-apocalypse story; our characters are not the victims of worldwide collapse due to a virus or an instant climate shift. Instead, it's an optimistic, promising spin on what the world is facing with the potential for peak oil hysteria. Vacationlanders is about a handful of brave, principled, (or crazy) people who have chosen to live by a different, more sustainable standard, BEFORE the lethal hammer comes down, BEFORE there is nothing left.

We're shooting for the first episode to be released on the web on April 22, 2011, Earth Day, with additional episodes released monthly thereafter. Each 45 minute episode will be broken into three 15 minute parts and released on the web.

This is an ambitious project and the funding from you will allow us to produce the first 6 episodes. The actors and crew are donating their time because the content of the series speaks directly to them and their views about our collective futures. Money from contributors will fund whatever it can: location costs, equipment, props, wardrobe, fuel, etc. Each of us creators has had plenty of experience producing quality productions on extremely tight budgets and time frames, so we know we can do this. But we need your support.

Modern storytelling is a direct and effective way to inform and educate important ideas among people. Choosing paper over plastic is just not enough anymore. By supporting this project you can do something much more powerful. You can contribute to the dissemination of vital information and education by way of the Internet.

The timing is right.

Maine's film making scene is getting on the map. Let's keep that trend going. Help us show the richness, the beauty, and strength of this rugged state. Help us to inform the world that it is possible to survive in a different value system and have fun doing it.

Contact: offthegrid@vacationlanders.com

Creators and Executive Producers: Marc Bartholomew, Regina Bartholomew, Jeff Day Writers: Jeff Day and Marc Bartholomew

CAST AND CREW

Cast: Ben Keller Chris Reiling Jeff Day Erik Moody Ian Carlson Clara Junken John Rogers Janice Garnder Stephan Pejic

Crew: Marc Bartholomew - Director, Camera, Editing Jeff Day - 1st Assistant Director Regina Bartholomew – Director of Photography Jessica Borelli - Assistant Producer Ben Keller - Camera and Location Sound

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    and have the knowledge that you have helped make Vacationlanders possible, and have earned our eternal gratitude.

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    and receive a beautiful vinyl bumper sticker, so you can proudly proclaim your solidarity as a Vacationlander.

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    and in addition to the bumper sticker you will receive a t-shirt with the Vacationlanders logo on the front and the phrase "The energy revolution has begun..." on the back.

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    and you will get the sticker, the t-shirt, and exclusive downloadable digital HD copies of each of the first 6 episodes. Watch our show whenever you want, even when you're not on the Internet, like when you're beyond the reach of civilization and are looking for some appropriate entertainment.

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    and get all of the above plus invitations to private screenings of each episode BEFORE they are made public to the Internet. You can be the first on your block to see them, meet with the producers, and take part in an open critique session. You will feel like you are on the front lines... Those of you that are "from away" will get an online private preview and the opportunity to chat with one of the producers about the episode.

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    and get an Associate Producer credit in the first 6 episodes along with everything else above. You will also be invited to attend a day on the set, and be a witness to the Vacationlanders filming experience.

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    and have a unique "off the grid" experience. A one night stay for up to four people in a very special off the grid home. This seasonal vacation house is located on a tiny island in the middle of a beautiful lake in central Maine. A single story house with a fireplace, (flushing toilets for the squeamish), and ample swimming and sunning. We'll provide a boat to pick you up and take you out to the house, make you a wonderful Maine dinner and breakfast sourced with nothing but local and organic ingredients. This once in a lifetime experience will be the highlight of your year.

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    and you can bring up to 6 people and stay for 2 nights. In addition to all the other goodies, you will be listed as an Executive Producer in our credits for the first 6 episodes.

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