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Somos del Rio - A documentary film

Reel Motion Media in Fort Collins, CO
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Community Funded
This project ended on
February 19, 2013
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$11,095
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Goal $11,000
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From Reel Motion Media: "Support our film about the struggle between energy development and the preservation of Patagonia's pristine and free flowing watersheds"

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What is this project about? What’s this film about?

Combining our love for free flowing rivers, telling stories through film and an insatiable itch to explore, our group of expedition paddlers and filmmakers will journey to Patagonia to immerse ourselves in some of Chile’s largest and most spectacular river valleys. Along the way we will document our adventure with the goal of sharing a unique look into the struggle between energy development and the preservation of the regions watersheds.

HidroAysén is a hydroelectric proposal which, if completed, would place five massive dams on the Baker and Pascua Rivers in the Aysen region of Patagonia. The electricity would be carried north via 1,500 miles of transmission lines, clear-cutting 1,000 miles of old-growth forest in the process. Once the transmission lines are in place, no river from the Aysen region to Santiago would be safe from hydro-development.

The film will follow our group of adventurers as we investigate the proposal to dam these rivers, including the economic, ecologic and cultural impacts it will have, as well as alternatives and the movement to stop the dams. The crew will paddle the Futaleufu, Baker and many more of Chile’s finest whitewater rivers along the way. The Futaleufu and Baker are considered some of the best big water rivers in the world, on par with the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in the United States and the Zambezi River in Africa.

Our team will produce an online journal during the trip, a three part web series and a short length documentary film. We hope this combination will inform viewers about the most current hydro-development situation, and further inspire them to take action through a visually stunning adventure in one of the last truly wild places on earth. It’s not too late to join the resistance and keep these rivers free!

The title of this project is Somos Del Rio, which roughly translates to, “We are of the River.” Rivers are the lifeblood of our world. We need healthy, free flowing rivers to provide the freshwater that sustains us, so in this way we are all, of the river.

How can you help?

Jesse Levine and Evan Stafford have been partners in a digital media company, Reel Motion Media, for a number of years.   We’ve been creating short films, websites and campaigns for businesses and non-profits. We’ve gotten a lot of practice telling other people’s stories, and this kind of work sometimes actually pays the bills, but we can’t resist the urge to tell a story of our own, to travel to a place that’s captured our imagination, and to engage in an unsettled situation that we both feel passionate about. For small time filmmakers like us, these kind of passion projects tend not to pay the bills (they actually wind up being quite expensive and time intensive).

We are asking you to help fuel our dream of creating this documentary film. There are tons of awesome rewards that make funding our project feel more like buying yourself, a friend, or a family member a gift, but make no mistake you will be funding our art, our passion, our film.

You can also help if you have contacts or are knowledgeable about Patagonia and hydro-development in Chile. If you have ideas for topics we should cover in the film, know people who we should interview, or places we should capture on film, let us know so we can make this film together! We’re asking you to be a part of this film any way you can.

You’re broke but you still want to help.

Great. No money, no problemo. You can still contribute. Tell your friends and family about our project, send emails to anyone who might be interested, and share our project on your favorite social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Here’s the link to send out to all your peeps LINK and know that you’re making a valuable contribution to our cause.

Where is your hard earned cash going? (or are we just pocketing your money)

We are committed to this project and to putting in the time filming and documenting the trip, crafting a compelling story, and to editing and producing this film. We aren’t doing this to make a profit and we will not be paid for ANY of our time putting this film together  (which, will be around 300 + hours of pre and post-production).  This crowd-funding project is intended to help pay for our crew’s travel and lodging costs, basically getting to and traveling around in Patagonia.

 

  • Travel and Lodging for 5 person crew
    • Plane flights, buses, ferry rides, lodging, meals                   $ 9,000
    • Fulfilling giftbacks, including print costs, shipping etc     $ 2,000


What happens after we reach our funding goal?

If we somehow manage to exceed our funding goal, unfortunately, we still won’t be pocketing your money. Our film however will just keep getting better! We’re producing this film on the cheap, mainly on our own backs and the sometimes willing backs of our extremely talented and highly underpaid friends, but there are still many parts of making a professional film that cost real money. Below is a list of what funds beyond our goal will help us achieve.

 

  • Float plane                                                                 $ 1,600
    • One day for aerial footage
  • Audio mixing/mastering                                       $ 3,000
  • Motion graphics                                                       $ 2,000
  • Licensed music
    • Web license generic tracks                       $ 1,000 or
    • Composed/licensed direct from artists  $ 10,000
  • Color grading                                                             $ 5,000
  • Film festival entry fees/promotion                       $ 5,000


…and a list of things that probably won’t ever be paid for

 

  • Not budgeted for
    • Pre and post-production time (250+ hours)
    • Equipment (camera/adventure)
    • Guides and activity fees
    • Crew time (120+ hours x 5)

 

Who’s on the team?

The team is composed of accomplished paddler and photographer Leif Embertson, filmmaker Jesse Levine, communications specialists Pete and Majia Stromberg, and guidebook author (Whitewater of the Southern Rockies) and freelance journalist/photographer Evan Stafford. Not only is this the crew for documenting the adventure and the struggle, these will also be characters in the film and will make this personal journey come to life.

recyced bottle cap colorado beer magnet
$5
recyced bottle cap colorado beer magnet
This is not your ordinary bottle cap trinket. The caps are recycled and obtained from New Belgium then flattened, cavewoman style (yes, b...
Thank You Card with images from Patagonia
$10
Thank You Card with images from Patagonia
A signed Thank You card with images from Patagonia. Notification whenever we update the journal and a spanish haiku. We love you so much ...
CharlyBar Tire Levers
$10
CharlyBar Tire Levers
You'll need these....someday. And you'll be glad you have them!...
CharlyBar Koozie!
$10
CharlyBar Koozie!
Keep em frosty.....even when it’s not!...
CharlyBar Tire Levers
$10
CharlyBar Tire Levers
You'll need these....someday. And you'll be glad you have them!...
Akinz Wayfarer Sunglasses
$15
Akinz Wayfarer Sunglasses
Bright and fun wayfarer sunglasses that are easy to throw in your bag for any adventure. Choose from red, yellow or black....
$15
"Pop Music", by Greg Henson
This CD contains 13 songs, 12 original and one traditional, by Greg Henson, singer and multi-instrumentalist. The album is fully produced...
recycled bike tube teal stitched hoop earring
$20
recycled bike tube teal stitched hoop earring
These bike tubes are collected from local Fort Collins bike shops, adorned with teal colored stitching and are ready to dangle from your ...
Digital Download
$25
Digital Download
A digital download of our film before it's officially released plus the Thank You card, haiku, and updates. You’re cooler than your fri...
OG Flylow Pom Hat
$25
OG Flylow Pom Hat
We thought it was time your to stop rummaging through your parents old chests in the attic for the perfect pom hat. Like the old saying, ...
Mugs Gift Card
$25
Mugs Gift Card
$25 gift card to use at either store locations...
Mugs Mens T-shirt
$25
Mugs Mens T-shirt
Men’s “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drink Corporate Coffee” T-Shirt ...
Mugs Women's T-Shirt
$25
Mugs Women's T-Shirt
Mugs 'Community through Coffee' Grey T-shirt...
Guayaki Yerba Mate Gourd Kit
$25
Guayaki Yerba Mate Gourd Kit
One hand crafted gourd, one stainless steel bombilla and 8 oz organic, fair-trade Guayaki Yerba Mate. A favorite in Patagonia, and throug...
CharlyBar FlexFit Baseball Hat
$30
CharlyBar FlexFit Baseball Hat
Black FlexFit Hat with the CharlyBar logo in white embroidery. Classy! ...
Gift Card for the tap room
$30
Gift Card for the tap room
$20 to spend in the tap room...
Dozen CharlyBar
$35
Dozen CharlyBar
12 Tasty CharlyBars. Pick between Original Style or P-Nut & Mixed Berry CharlyBar is a handmade, gourmet, nutritional bar, made i...
Limited Edition Somos Del Rio T-Shirt
$50
Limited Edition Somos Del Rio T-Shirt
A limited edition Somos Del Rio t-shirt plus the Thank You card, haiku, updates, and digital download of the film. Wear your new shirt pr...
Tasty Case
$55
Tasty Case
A mixed case of Odell beer!...
Whitewater of the Southern Rockies guidebook
$75
Whitewater of the Southern Rockies guidebook
A signed copy of Evan’s guidebook Whitewater of the Southern Rockies plus theThank You card, haiku, updates, and digital download of th...
T-Shirt plus VIP Party
$100
T-Shirt plus VIP Party
An invite to our VIP screening party at the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins when the film is complete, plus the Thank You card, haiku, updat...
8x12 Archival Print plus VIP Party
$100
8x12 Archival Print plus VIP Party
A beautiful 8x12 archival print from the film to hang on your wall, plus the Thank You card, haiku, updates, digital download of the film...
Shred Ready Tdub Helmets
$100
Shred Ready Tdub Helmets
Shred Ready Tdub helmet , color of your choice (excluding carbon deluxe) or helmet of equal or lesser value....
The Big Bundle
$250
The Big Bundle
This is serious. You get a beautiful 8x12 archival print from the film, the limited edition t-shirt, the signed copy of Whitewater of the...
8x12 Archival Canvas Print
$500
8x12 Archival Canvas Print
A beautiful 8x12 archival scene from the film, printed on artist’s canvas, plus the Thank You card, haiku, updates, digital download of...
14 x 21 Archival Canvas Print
$750
14 x 21 Archival Canvas Print
A beautiful 14x21 archival scene from the film printed on artist’s canvas, plus the Thank You card, haiku, updates, digital download of...
24 x 36 Canvas Mural
$1,000
24 x 36 Canvas Mural
An incredible canvas mural consisting of three, 24x12 archival canvas prints, creating a 24x36 scene from the film! Plus the Thank You ca...
Associate Producer
$2,500
Associate Producer
Your logo will appear in all three web episodes closing credits, you'll have guaranteed product placement and your company or name will a...
Executive Producer
$5,000
Executive Producer
Your logo will appear in the intro and closing credits in all three web episodes, you'll have guaranteed product placement, logo placemen...
Title SponsorProducer
$15,000
Title SponsorProducer
You will have content ownership, intro presented by, and closing credits in all of three web episodes. You'll also have guaranteed produc...

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