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We need your help to finish the film. Above is a short sample.
The finished feature length film will include additional interviews and stories.
The Story of a SEED.
Our film follows stories of medical marijuana users, activists and the tale of a tiny little seed; a seed that has the power to change the world of all those who are courageous enough to nurture its growth.
A fresh look at an ongoing issue.
Bad Seed is an independent non-fiction film about marijuana that looks at the political, ethical and spiritual attitudes towards the controversial plant. A central character in our film is Jason Hiltz. Jason has an array of experiences with Marijuana. He has testified as an expert witness in a court of law on the subject, grown it legally with a medical permit and has done jail time for growing it recreationally. He operates a business that offers expert advice and a plant growth system for people who grow it as medicine- but what Jason really wants is to start a revolution.
Who we are:
Shayne Metcalfe is the director and producer of the film. He is a partner in ISEE Motion Picture Company, a production and post company with experience delivering to broadcast and industrial markets. Shayne has experience working in nearly every position on a feature film crew.
He has written and directed short drama, feature length drama, commercials and nationally broadcast documentaries. Shayne has taught screenwriting at two post secondary schools and is considered an expert in the field of video by the Department of National Defense for whom he has delivered advanced video training.
He has been a Directors Guild of Canada Director member from 2001 to 2010 before leaving to work as an independent, and served as a member of the SMPIA board of directors from 2006 to 2010. Over the past decade Shayne was a jury member for Yorkton Short film and Flicks film festivals.
Shayne was chosen as one of nine Canadian directors to develop a Directors Film and Television Competency Chart for CHRC (Cultural Human Resources Council). The chart is a standard for training television directors.
For the past two years Shayne has been documenting the life of Jason Hiltz - a Medical Marijuana patient, horticulturalist and activist. Jason is an expert on the subject of marijuana and a great asset in finding key people to interview for the documentary.
The Story of Jason Hiltz:
A brutal car accident leaves Jason with a chronic pain scenario. Doctors prescribe him a witches brew of drugs which leave him living in a zombie-like state. Jason has receives no relief from the pain and his sleep pattern is wearing on him.
By fate, an old friend tells Jason he should try marijuana for the pain. He shrugs the suggestion off, but his friend insists that this is an option. He tries it and for the first night in almost two years he sleeps.
Now the challenge begins. Jason can’t find a doctor who will prescribe medicinal marijuana. After much tenacity he gets a prescription, but is now faced with the problem of where to buy it. He relies on his past life as a horticulturalist and begins to grow his own medicine.
Medicinal marijuana allows Jason to live a healthy and functional life today. We follow Jason as he shares what he has discovered. We investigate the challenges, calling into question and reveal the struggles associated with the decisions made to keep medical marijuana out of reach for those who need it. We investigate the challenges faced by those in need of medical marijuana as they struggle against decisions made to keep it from them.
What We Need & What You Get
We have several hours of HD video shot in a marijuana garden as well as some interviews. We need more interviews and more points of view from experts in policy making, industry, medical fields, law enforcement, and even the criminal world in order to paint a clear picture of the issues of all stakeholders.
We will try and do this as economically as we can while still telling the story and still creating a high quality film. We will find people to work with us that believe in the project and therefore give us a better price on labour and equipment.
I feel compelled to tell this story because I think it is an important topic that can help sick people, people in pain, and hopefully bring an end to unnecessary incarceration. I hope that it will appeal to the talented people I approach to work on it as well.
We are planning on raising approximately $75,000 through various campaigns. The money will be used in the following areas:
Hire a professional documentary crew for 10 days.
We want to shoot on the best camera we can afford - a RED or a good HD Sony (F-900 or F3 etc.)
We’ll also need some lights and sound recording gear for 10 days
Raw stock HDCAM tapes, SD cards, hard drives.
Meals and travel to locations.Post production - Picture edit for 15 days + post sound mix and music and an HDCAM layback, DVD and web encode of the finished movie.
E and O Insurance (this is required if we want to broadcast the doc).
A website will be required to promote the finished film.
With the money we raise here we will shoot as much as we can - if needed, we will raise additional funds to complete the production either through a separate Indiegogo campaign or by other means.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help to get the word out about our project by using the share tools and telling your friends about this campaign.
Other Ways You Can Help
1. Make a donation then pledge to invite 10 others to do the same.
2. Share our Indiegogo link on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Google+, Tumblr, Linkdin and anywhere else you can think of.
3. Talk to people in your specific network of people and let them know about “Bad Seed” and our fundraiser.
PLEASE NOTE: ANY AMOUNT HELPS to get us closer to the goal. We thank you for spreading the word.