Please contribute important production funding for the industrial hemp documentary BRINGING IT HOME being produced and directed by Blaire Johnson & Linda Booker. (view longer work-in-progress trailer)
What We Need & What You Get
We accomplished a lot last year, thanks to our first IndieGoGo campaign and the help of many of our friends and supporters, but now we need funding to complete important interviews and get us to the next phase of production. Your donation will help fund travel, crew, equipment, transcribing and editing. You can help us reach our goal of $20,000 with this campaign and get us closer to meeting our total budget of $200,000.
Every contribution, whether it’s 5 or 500 dollars, or just your time to tell others about Bringing It Home, is helping us get closer to our goal. We know we can’t complete this film and get it out in the world without your help. We’re very grateful you’re joining the Bringing It Home crew and supporting independent filmmaking!
Your contribution means so much. It’s your support and encouragement that drives us to get this documentary made. In addition to our heartfelt thanks, depending on your support you can receive some great hemp product samples like Dr. Bronner's Magic soaps, salad dressings from GOOD Oil, our postcards, posters and DVD(s) of our film when completed!
Bringing It Home can do for hemp, what documentaries like Food Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth did in starting a global dialogue on other important issues.
Industrial hemp varieties are non-psychoactive Cannabis Sativa L plants grown for their seeds, oil fiber and woody core. Today 31 other industrialized nations recognize the difference between industrial hemp and marijuana and are reaping the benefits of growing and exporting it, especially now that American consumers are purchasing an estimated $419 million in hemp products annually and that number continues to grow. Currently U.S. federal law prohibits its farming and the national 2011 Industrial Hemp Farming Act would change its classification as a drug.
Legalizing hemp farming in the U.S. can create jobs, help our farmers and economy, improve health and energy efficiency of buildings, supplement nutrition and foster greener more sustainable industries. On the global scale, industrial hemp can play a role in reducing CO2 levels and improving the environment.
Bringing It Home asks the question, “If one plant can do all these amazing things then shouldn’t the American people be allowed to decide if it should be grown here?”
Health experts like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Oz are endorsing the benefits of hemp foods, auto manufacturers are using industrial hemp in their panels, hemp building products are entering the U.S. and the nation's number one natural soap company uses hemp oil. The time is right for this film to reach everyone from parents concerned about their children's health, American farmers searching for alternative money-making crops, to industry leaders and lawmakers.
The Film and Progress to date: Production began late 2010 after reading a USA Today article about Anthony Brenner, a North Carolina home designer and the nation's first home completed using Hemcrete (a mixture of hemp shiv, lime binder and water) that he built for Asheville’s former mayor and his wife. His young daughter's genetic disorder and sensitivity to chemicals inspired his company’s mission to find the healthiest building materials, leading Brenner to hempcrete and its non-toxic, insulating and mildew/pest/fire-resistant qualities for construction. But he soon discovered one huge drawback -- industrial hemp is currently illegal to grow in the United States -- so it must be imported, despite the fact that it once was a thriving crop in America.
In Bringing It Home we’re telling the story of hemp: past, present and future. Hemp has a long and fascinating history of uses primarily in textiles, oil, paper and rope. Then in the 20th century innovators like Henry Ford started seeing it’s potential for bio-plastics and fuel and Europeans began using it for building and insulation.
We have completed interviews with hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe including Europe, South Africa and Canada in addition to interviews and footage we’ve filmed in the U.K, Washington D.C., San Francisco and North Carolina. We are aiming for a “short feature” length of 40-60 minutes when completed.
More funding is needed as we advance to future stages of production. The treatment for the documentary includes a narrator and animation/graphics. Other upcoming major expenses include additional cinematography, editing, insurance, legal fees, producing/directing, marketing, music rights and scoring, post-production, distribution/outreach, festival entry fees and more.
Other Ways You Can Help
Please help us connect to others and encourage your friends to learn about hemp and contribute to our film project. Join us on facebook, twitter and visit our website http://www.bringingithomemovie.com where you can view a preview and find links to more information about industrial hemp.