Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, home to 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity and the last standing virgin rainforest in the area, is one of the most pristine ecotourism destinations on Earth. The decision to build an international airport in the area threatens to bring the harmful effects of mass tourism to this fragile ecosystem and local community. How can we develop this region responsibly?
We are trying to help this amazing region of Costa Rica.
Our documentary project, 2.5%, will highlight the incredible Costa Rican ecotourism efforts and showcase the negative effects that mass tourism has brought to other parts of Costa Rica -- expensive prices, locals being pushed out, corporate development mega projects, drugs and prostitution.
Most importantly, 2.5% will show how we as travelers can change all this simply by traveling consciously -- meeting local people, respecting the environment and culture, and spending money at local businesses.
We are iSeeiTravel -- travelers, storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, foodies, adventurists, friends, lovers of life, and unabashed shower singers! Our mission is to promote the growing conscious travel movement, beginning with the Osa Peninsula.
"The conscious travel goal is to create an environmentally sustainable, socially just and spiritually fulfilling travel economy that does not cost the earth."
- Huffington Post
- Matador Network
- The Traveling Philosopher
- Collazo Projects
- The Daily Crowdsource
We're in our last week of the campaign, and we're ready to rock out!
If we make our goal of $25,000, iSeeiTravel hereby pledges to:
The extremely talented Chris Mohn designed original artwork for our super comfy t-shirts. Get a snazzy tee featuring our 2.5% mascot, Marvin the Toucan.
Stay at any of the following eco-lodges in Central America ($800):
- Hacienda Tayutic (Turrialba, Costa Rica)
- Harmony Hotel (Nosara, Costa Rica)
- Jicaro Island Ecolodge (Granada, Nicaragua)
Lapa Rios Ecoluxury Rainforest Adventure ($1500)
As an Associate Producer of 2.5%, we will take you and a guest on a behind-the-scenes tour of our documentary -- fly on Costa Rica's premiere ecotourism airline, Nature Air, and stay at Lapa Rios, a Cayuga Sustainable Hospitality luxury ecolodge, and experience a variety of wildlife and cultural tours.
Save the Sea Turtles with Corcovado Foundation ($1500) - Both trips have been claimed!
As an Associate Producer of 2.5%, we wil take you and a guest (2 people per trip, 2 trips total) on a behind-the-scenes tour of our documentary -- fly on Costa Rica's premiere ecotourism airline, Nature Air, for a rugged rainforest adventure near Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Volunteer with the Corcovado Foundation and learn about sea turtle conservation, experience local culture, and tour Osa's virgin rainforest. This special package is designed for our most adventurous supporters -- check out the program manual for more details.
Bring the benefits of docu-marketing to your company or organization!
$5000 (basic) / $10,000 (deluxe)
We are offering Producer credit to anyone interested in contributing $5,000 or more to the campaign, and we will also create a custom media services package for you. iSeeiTravel produces brand-building documentary content based on real people, real places and real travel experiences, and helps reach your desired audience through the power of visual storytelling.
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Where can I watch the film?
This film will be available to the public for FREE through various online media outlets -- share it, use it, be inspired! Sign up for our mailing list to be the first to know when it's released.
Additionally, we will submit 2.5% to film festivals and share it with nonprofits such as the Center for Responsible Travel, Corcovado Foundation, and Rainforest Alliance to assist their efforts in advocating for responsible tourism development in the Osa Peninsula.
Where will the money be used?
Money raised from Indiegogo will go towards finishing production on 2.5% in 2012, hiring an assistant editor, sound mixing and voiceover, color correction, photo book publication, submission to film festivals, TV broadcast readiness, media outreach and general distribution.
By backing this project, you’re helping propel iSeeiTravel’s mission of inspiring conscious travel all around the world.
We are blessed with the support of these amazing companies, all of whom work diligently to further the mission of conscious travel. Learn more about them here:
Meet Marco & Eytan, Founders of iSeeiTravel
Marco has a passion for telling stories through images. In 2003 as Director of Media for a small start-up company, Onestop Internet, he helped grow the company into the e-commerce giant it is today. Marco opened his first photo studio in 2005 in Santa Monica California’s Bergamot Station Arts District where he has since had a solo art show in Coordination with the Santa Monica Museum of Art and shortly after became Director of Media for the Whitespeed Branding Agency. Today, Marco has studios in Los Angeles and New York City, and travels to Peru, Miami, Colombia, Tokyo and San Francisco on a regular basis for his clients. He is a regular image contributor to both the New York City based Robin Hood Foundation and the Community Coalition in Los Angeles.
As a video producer and media director, Eytan found his passion for telling stories by creating documentary shorts that connect the viewer to socially relevant themes. Eytan produced his first documentary in 2005 while on a 3 month backpacking trip through Eastern Europe. In 2008, the L.A. Press Club nominated a TV package Elterman co-produced about foster youth for best “TV News Feature of the Year.” Since then he has worked on documentary shorts focused on alternative fuel, international development, the foster care system, food justice, sport diving, and U.S./Israel relations for clients in the U.S. and abroad.