About this project
Thank you for considering our final push!
The Arlington Theatre is already 80% sold out for the World Premiere on Saturday, March 5 at 7:30 PM.
The films will be on PBS stations in California in April 2016 and in much of the rest of the country beginning next September.
The Tales presented in the three films include: **Ancient Peoples, **God, Greed, and Glory (Cabrillo 1542), ** The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, **Graveyard of Ships, **The Priest, The Doctor, and The Rock Star, **Shark Park, **Restoration & Recovery, **The Last Roundup, **The Legendary King of San Miguel Island, **Magic Isle (Catalina), **Channel Islands National Park
Included in our films is the Tale of The Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island, who was abandoned 61 miles at sea from 1835 to 1853, and who became the inspiration for Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, one of the most popular children's books of all time. Archaeologist Steve Schwartz and Professor Rene Vellanoweth are two of the experts featured in this fascinating Tale.
TIME TO LET THE ISLANDS TELL THEIR STORIES
- We are nearly 70% finished producing 3 documentary films for schools and PBS stations. Seventeen Santa Barbara foundations, companies, and individuals have already donated $250,000. We are trying to raise at least $70,000 on Kickstarter. Success means we will automatically receive another $50,000 in matching funds, committed by two Santa Barbara-based donors. Your credit card is not charged until we meet or beat the goal.
- In the Tale we call The Priest, the Doctor, and the Rock Star, we reveal why the improbable duo of Monsignor Francis Weber and musician Joe Walsh has worked together for three decades to help preserve Santa Cruz Island.
- What would islands be without shipwrecks? Betsy Lester, who was raised on San Miguel Island in the 1930's, until age 9, lived in a house built with lumber salvaged from the J. M. Coleman. It crashed ashore at Point Bennett in 1905. Marla Daily introduces this brief clip.
- Channel Islands National Park, The Nature Conservancy, and other organizations are working to reverse negative human impacts on the Islands. The films tell the envrionmental story, including the recovery of America's symbol, the Bald Eagle, an effort led by Dr. Peter Sharpe (this is a rough cut for sure).
THIS IS A NON-PROFIT PROJECT The entire project is a non-profit, public service presentation of The Santa Cruz Island Foundation and The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. Please check with your accountant regarding pledges of $250 or more. We will send an appropriate confirmation for such gifts.
THE FILMMAKERS ARE REVEALING A LARGELY UNKNOWN PART OF AMERICA'S HISTORY. WE KNOW IT'S A BIG RESPONSIBILITY.
l to r -- Peter Seaman, Brent Sumner and Sam Tyler on Santa Rosa Island.
We appreciate that Native Americans, scholars, adventurers, scientists, boaters, explorers, fisherman, surfers, teachers, students, and folks who have only seen them from the mainland all love these islands. Our team is well qualified to tell their Tales. We guarantee an outcome of the highest quality.
Peter Seaman (Director - Writer)
Peter had a distinguished career in the feature film business. His co-writing credits include Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Last Holiday,The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and Shrek The Third. Unlike traditional scripted fare, when making a documentary you never know ‘what happens next’ until it happens. We’ve shot over 150 hours of film so far. Peter sifts through the transcripts from every shoot, then in the editing room with Brent, works through dozens of iterations of the material until the Tale is created, essentially writing with film. Peter is donating his time to the project.
Brent Sumner (Project Originator, Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor)
A diving accident off Santa Cruz Island 5 years ago inspired Brent to make these films. While recovering in Cottage Hospital, he began to read about the Channel Islands. The more he read, it became clear that they had stories to tell. A graduate of Brooks Institute, he has operated a video production business in Santa Barbara for the past 18 years. Brent has led all 66 shoot days for the film and is now spending 60 hours a week editing what he shot.
Sam Tyler (Producer)
Sam, a long-time independent producer / director, is also donating his time on this project.
Our Dedicated, Talented Team
We are into our third year. It has been been a team effort all they way. Props to cinematographers (Dan Rink, Connor McCurdy, Kevin Huang and Evan Fairbanks), editors (Elise Landon and Paul Mercurio), sound technician (Dave Schneiderman), promotional guru (Rod Lathim), public television executive (Stan Marvin, KRCB) and interns (Sunita Williams and Peyton Dilweg). And, we have had the full cooperation of Channel Islands National Park, The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, The Santa Cruz Island Foundation, The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, The San Diego Maritime Museum, The Nature Conservancy, UCSB, Cal State LA, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA, Mission Santa Barbara, Westmont College, University of Oregon, Catalina Island Museum, Santa Barbara Adventure Company, Island Packers, and Channel Islands Aviation.
Music is very important to us, and we have a gifted composer on board, Jesse Rhodes of Santa barbara.
THE KICKSTARTER COMMUNITY WILL HELP MAKE POSSIBLE FREE LEARNING RESOURCES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2016 - 2017 Your support will enable curriculum experts to create educational materials that will provide video-based teaching moments and case studies at all academic levels ... everything from O'Dell's book at the elementary level, to a largely unknown part of America's history for secondary schools, to the scientific method at work in archaeological digs at the college level. Leading the in-school component are: Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara Middle School, Antioch University, and Channel Island National Park Distance Learning Program.
WATCH 3 SHORT CLIPS If you find these 3 short clips from some of the Tales to be engaging, the chances are that you will be delighted with all 3 films.
- PLEASE NOTE: ID's AND MUSIC ARE NOT YET IN CLIPS.
- THIS IS UNFINISHED MATERIAL FROM MUCH LONGER TALES.
Clip #1: The Legendary King of San Miguel Island (1:01)
Schooling on San Miguel Island in the 1930's was routine for the Lester girls, who, with their parents, lived alone on the rugged island raising sheep. Betsy Lester recalls.
Clip #2: The Last Roundup, Santa Rosa Island (1:00)
Roundups happened on the Vail & Vickers island ranch 26 miles at sea for most of the 20th Century. Tim Vail was there for many of them, beginning as a child.
Clip #3: Shark Park, Offshore San Miguel Island (1:29)
Is this California surfing's biggest wave? Greg Huglin says "yes".
Our $3,000 Reward
CONTACT Questions or comments, please contact Sam Tyler, the producer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
LOOK AT A FEW PHOTOS FROM OUR 66 PRODUCTION DAYS
The films are a presentation of The Santa Cruz Island Foundation and The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING OUR FILMS. PLEASE PASS THE WORD.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk exposure for our project has already occurred. In 2013 we told people we were going to make a film about California's eight Channel Islands. We had no idea how our dream would be received or how it would be funded.
Within a few days, the Hutton Parker Foundation pledged $50,000, which we started to spend on filming. The challenge was to show that we could create compelling Tales and we did. If we had failed in our early efforts, our first donors would have been shorted with nothing to show for their faith in us. Fortunately, we got off to a strong start and had our first Tale cut by December 2013.
By early 2014, other Santa Barbara foundations, companies and individuals came on board. We knew that risk was lessening and we shot more and more. As funding approached $250,000 in June 2015, the financial risk declined significantly and the major challenge became an on-time finish. Since we are not totally finished, that still remains a risk. But it's minimal and we are on target to finish as planned.
The premiere is March 2016 and California PBS stations will get the films in April 2016. In September 2016, we will release the films to the rest of the nation.
Fulfillment of rewards is often a tricky, frustrating aspect of a successful Kickstarter campaign. We believe that we have eliminated potential problem areas by making our rewards simple, clear and very easy to fulfill.
Also, we have fulfillment experience in-house as our Producer, Sam Tyler, served as VP of Development at WGBH Boston in the1970's. As you know, PBS stations are always trying to get your money and use incentives like tote bags and coffee mugs to get you to donate. Tyler oversaw that activity for WGBH and will coordinate Kickstarter fulfillment, making sure you receive what you deserve.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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