UPDATE: We did it!!!
With a full 6 hours to go, we hit our goal of $50,000 thanks to the amazing support and cheerleading of our growing community!
Thank you for contributing toward the completion of the film and for sharing our campaign with your networks! We are so grateful.
Read about the campaign and how we pulled it off
in Damien's wrapup blog post for The Common Sense Canadian.
If you missed the deadline for contributing to our crowdfunding campaign,
please consider making a donation through our PayPal link.
Don't forget to sign up for our mailing list at fracturedland.com!
We'll keep you up to date on Caleb's work and the progress of the film,
and let you know about opportunities for you to get involved - plus, live and online events!
UPDATE: New perk just added
Wade Davis's 'Sacred Headwaters' book + DVD
The first set of books by Wade Davis sold out, but now as we approach the final hours of our campaign, Wade has graciously offered another 20 copies!
We'll give you the book (signed by Wade) and the DVD of the finished film (signed by Caleb) when you contribute $200 toward the completion of our film. Plus a t-shirt! Plus everything at the $35 perk level!
How to Upgrade Your Perk:
Contribute the full amount to claim the new perk, and then get your other perk refunded by emailing us at fracturedland AT gmail DOT com.
UPDATE: Find more videos on our YouTube channel!
UPDATE: 5 more Zack Embree prints added!
See the full gallery of photos you can select from when
you contribute at the $250 level:
UPDATE: New trailer!
** With new footage, important interviews and an evolving story... **
We are delighted to share with you the latest trailer for our documentary film, Fractured Land, featuring interviews with Naomi Klein, MP Thomas Mulcair, Josh Fox, Maude Barlow, Wade Davis, Lillian Moyer, Terri Brown, Oscar Dennis and other powerful voices!
Fractured Land tells the story of one man’s journey to find balance between the modern world and that which we hold most sacred – water, land, tradition, each other.
Join Caleb Behn and a powerful new wave of leaders challenging a system that threatens to destroy us - seeking sustainable solutions to our voracious energy needs while blazing a new way forward to heal this fractured land.
Our deep thanks,
Damien and Fiona
UPDATE: Caleb Behn and Fractured Land
featured in The Globe & Mail!
"[Fractured Land] follows Caleb Behn, one of B.C.’s bright, emerging native political leaders, as he explores the complex issues surrounding development in the northeast gas patch. That’s where, as the son and grandson of chiefs, he grew up hunting moose, fishing – and watching his community get torn apart by violence, alcohol abuse and poverty.
Mr. Behn, who sports tattoos, a Mohawk haircut and nicely cut suits, says the goal of the film is to shake people awake.
He wants more than anything else to move the debate over oil and gas development away from the confrontational front lines and into the living rooms of the nation. ..."
- Mark Hume, The Globe & Mail, 6 Jan 2013: Fracking issue causes reel buzz
Help us share Caleb's story with the world
and raise awareness about this important issue!
Meet Caleb Behn, a young Dene man from the wilds of northeastern British Columbia "where the mountains meet the plains" and the subject of an exciting documentary-transmedia project called Fractured Land.
An eloquent, inspiring First Nations law student, Caleb is on the front lines of some of the world's biggest hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") operations, amid exquisite boreal wilderness.
We - filmmakers Fiona Rayher and Damien Gillis - have been following Caleb for the past two years, helping tell his story of a land and worldview under attack. And now we're reaching out to our networks to raise funds to complete the film, while building a coalition to support the work of Caleb and others around Western Canada.
>> Check out our rewards to backers of this project in the righthand sidebar!
Our journey has taken us to places of largely unseen beauty - from Caleb's traditional territories, where he’s fished and hunted moose his whole life, to Maori lands in New Zealand, where he sought to learn how Indigenous law could be blended with the current legal system in order to protect our sacred ecosystems.
Now back in Canada, Caleb’s making a lot of noise - touring BC to speak about his experiences and concerns, and applying his legal education toward building bridges across divided communities.
Alongside his Nation, Caleb is part of a new dialogue on sustainable, equitable energy development in Canada.
- HELP US SHARE CALEB'S STORY -
DONATE toward the completion of the film and receive exciting GIFTS, each of which helps tell the story of how we HEAL this 'fractured land.'
“We are in the fight of our lives - this is much bigger than pipelines
or fracking. … And thousands upon thousands of
non-native people are helping us now.
First Nations people are providing the leadership,
but … this time, we’re not going to be alone.”
– Grand Chief Stewart Phillip,
Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs president
Fractured Land isn’t only the story of Caleb; it's also the story of our nation at a crossroads.
As Western Canada’s wealth of forests and rivers are bulldozed for fracking, oil and gas pipelines, massive new dams, mines and Liquefied Natural Gas destined for Asian markets, we have a choice:
Do we continue zooming down this CARBON CORRIDOR... or do we CHANGE COURSE?
We’ve already captured some incredible footage - spectacular scenery, expert interviews, poignant intimate moments and more - and now we’re raising funds to finish the film.
Above, clockwise: The Fractured Land crew has already interviewed Wade Davis, anthropologist, National Geographic explorer-in-residence and author of, most recently, Sacred Headwaters; Naomi Klein, Canadian social activist and acclaimed author of No Logo and Shock Doctrine; Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party, the Official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament; and Josh Fox, Oscar-winning director of Gasland; among many others.
What is crowdfunding?
Crowdfunding (a.k.a. “crowdsourced fundraising”) is a new tool that democratizes how media is funded, produced and distributed by allowing media makers to fund their work using an online platform, like Indiegogo.com or Kickstarter.com, while also building an audience and a movement.
In exchange, backers (a.k.a. those who donate) are rewarded with gifts and other incentives.
With two years under our belt and another year left of production, we're raising the funds to cover the costs of travel, equipment, filming and promotional materials.
Our goals with the Fractured Land crowdfunding campaign:
- To raise money to finish the film (including the purchase of an infrared camera to document invisible gases!);
- To raise awareness of a land and people under increasing threat;
- To raise the level of discourse around energy development beyond Us versus Them, Right versus Left, Jobs versus the Environment, Energy versus Our Future; and
- To raise a ruckus so loud our government and their successors are forced to work toward more sustainable energy solutions.
Ultimately, this campaign is meant to build on the existing solidarity movement and support the work native and non-native people are doing across Canada to bring justice to the land and protect people from poisoned water, soil and air.
Join the movement!
Fractured Land is MORE THAN A FILM, it’s part of a broader MOVEMENT.
And its members a broad coalition of allies – broadcasters, elders, intellectual leaders, organizers, torchbearers in aboriginal and environmental communities, and everyday people just trying to do their best.
JOIN US... as we continue to build a community of likeminded allies to assist Caleb and other First Nations people in protecting their land and growing new economic opportunities for their communities.
Our close-knit team has put together a collection of tempting rewards ("Perks") for financial backers of this project, each item helping to further the themes and storytelling from the film, while also offering solutions for healing this "fractured land."
Once you've completed your donation, we'll send you a message with some questions to help us fulfill your perk request.
>> Full details of each Perk can be found at FracturedLand.com/Rewards.
More than a donation, a call to action
Please help us share Caleb's story by sharing our campaign with your endorsement via email, Facebook, hollering from the rooftops and whispering in people's ears.
After you've perused our rewards and made your contribution:
>> Sign the petition!
Caleb is currently embroiled in a big fight up in Fort Nelson, helping the Fort Nelson First Nation to raise the profile of fracking in their territory, as big corps like Encana (in cahoots with government) push for long-term water licenses that will drain TENS OF BILLION OF LITRES OF FRESH WATER EVERY YEAR from their rivers, lakes and ground.
Some of the region's most important fish-bearing rivers are already being drained, others having dried up from climate change-induced drought conditions. The result: moose and fish populations are in decline.
Raise your voice with the thousands of others who've already signed, petitioning BC Premier Christy Clark: Don't Give Away Our Fresh Water for Fracking.
>> Like Fractured Land on Facebook!
Like us on Facebook and invite your friends to do the same.
>> Send an old fashioned email!
Email your people - family, colleagues, teachers, mentors, community groups, youth camps, conservationists, everyone! - and share which rewards you'd most like to be gifted.
>> Sign up for our newsletter!
Want to be part of the movement to build a future we all deserve?
Sign up for our newsletter to receive periodic messages with exclusive videos, updates from Caleb and the film crew, upcoming community events and ways you can get involved!
>> Join us Jan 9 for a live video chat on #IdleNoMore
Fractured Land filmmaker Damien Gillis moderates a lively discussion among a diverse panel of activists, industry experts and leaders from around Canada.
The topic of the conversation will centre on how the Idle No More movement can serve as a bridge toward empowering native and non-native people to advocate for more sustainable, equitable energy development.
More details posted soon!
>> Thanks for joining us at the Dec 11 GEN WHY MEDIA event!
Fractured Land co-director Damien Gillis appeared at GEN WHY MEDIA's recent Bring Your Boomers event for an inter-generational dialogue about Canada's emerging carbon corridor - a sophisticated web of hydrocarbon energy development spanning Western Canada.
Produced by GEN WHY MEDIA in association with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the event features "living room conversations” with participants from different generations reflecting on BC’s industrial web of fracking, pipelines, LNG plants, tankers, mines, dams and the Tar Sands. Joining Damien (Y'er) were Ben Parfitt (X'er), Karen Cooling (Boomer) and 10-year-old performer and environmental crusader Ta'Kaiya Blaney (Z'er) in a conversation moderated by Marc Lee.
Founded by Fractured Land co-director Fiona Rayher and her partner Tara Mahoney, GEN WHY MEDIA is a collective of Generation Y media makers focused on youth civic engagement and building .
Click through for more details:
Caleb is a truly inspiring leader, taking on the big issues of our time. Join us as we tell his story and ours. We need you. Let's get to work!
Fractured Land is produced by Two Islands Films Ltd in association with GEN WHY MEDIA.
Great thanks to our generous media sponsor, TheTyee.ca.