The StoryMashing adventure with real world issues, STAND will take you into the heart of the largest temperate rainforest on the planet—the Great Bear in British Columbia, Canada. Hung on the skeleton of a good ol' fashioned adventure undertaken by a group of surfers, the potential effects of introducing super tankers to these pristine waters will be articulated. Featuring Norm Hann's 350km standup paddleboard (SUP) expedition through the mystical archepelago of Haida Gwaii, a class of Heiltsuk students building their own SUP boards from locally sourced red cedar and the powerful surfing and connection to the West Coast of Raph Bruhwiler, the landscape and people of the coast will be illuminated.
For more information, visit the website www.standfilm.com
The ThreatIf the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline goes ahead, super tankers carrying ten times the amount of oil spilled in the Exxon Valdez, will be plying the pristine waters of the Great Bear Rainforest, past Haida Gwaii, and across the Pacific to Asia. Recognized as some of the most dangerous navigable waters in the world, an oil spill in this region would destroy an entire marine and terrestrial ecosystem and directly affect the livelihoods of the first nation communities that have lived on the coast for over 10,000 years. Furthermore, a spill would ruin the fisheries and tourism industries that reliably provide employment to 45,000 people annually.
STAND will highlight the beauty of the landscape and the deep connection to the land and animals that the people of the West Coast have in order to increase awareness of what is at stake whilst encouraging audiences to get outside and connect with the natural world in their own way.
What We Need & What You GetAll funds raised will go towards post production costs that include editing, music rights, animation, sound design, etc. We have already shot most of the film meaning your contribution will be used to finish this film so others can discover this pristine part of the world for themselves. You may notice that we do have some sponsors, but as is evidenced by this campaign, we have yet to raise the funds we hoped to in order to do this story justice. This is a passion project with everybody involved pouring their own time, energy and finances into the preservation of wild places. We love the west coast and know that we share this sentiment with nearly every person who has spent time on it.
Your pledge will be rewarded with some great "perks" that we have listed on the right. While we are pretty excited about our "perks" we ask you to consider any amount you might offer as a contribution to protecting this region and supporting independent film.
Other Ways You Can HelpPlease share a link to this project with any and all of your friends by clicking one of the links below the video at the top of the page. Spreading the word not only helps our campaign but also raises awareness about the Northern Gateway Pipeline and proposed tanker route. Share a second link next week. After all, our main goal is to bring this issue into the collective consciousness. Please and Thank you. Share this on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and everywhere else you can think of.
We encourage any businesses interested in partnering with us on this project to please contact us at email@example.com. We would love to discuss further the opportunties we can provide for business, large or small.
HOW INDIEGOGO WORKS
Indiegogo is an internet platform which enables projects to accept online financial contributions. The principle on which crowdfunding rests is that it is possible to raise sizeable amounts of funds through a very large number of people donating small amounts of money.
You decide how much you want to pledge and choose an associated perk. When our campaign ends, IndieGoGo takes a 4% fee off the money we’ve raised. If we don't reach our goal, the fee is 9% (which is why it's very important that we reach our goal). Another 3% goes to maney transfer fees. Every other dollar goes straight into finishing this film.
We will do our best to get your rewards to you in a timely manner. The film is slated for an April 2013 release, and we will work towards sending out the rewards sometime after we have secured our DVD production.
Here are some questions I have been getting last week so I thought I would reply here:
Why are we using Indiegogo and not Kickstarter?
-We are Canadian. Kickstarter requires an American bank account, which we do not have. IndieGoGo runs on the same principles but is open to everyone.
When does the film come out?
-April 2013. The World Premiere is tentatively slated for Vancouver, B.C.
I donated last time (April), why are you doing another one?
-Our previous attempt at IndieGoGo was with a fixed funding campaign and we didn't reach our goal. Nobody was charged for their contribution. Hopefully you are keen as ever on the project and issue and are willing to support. This campaign will go through no matter what!
What happens if you don’t raise all the financing?
-We will continue to the push to finish the film on time, while seeking other avenues of financial assistance/sponsorship.
What happens if you raise more than $25k?
-If the fundraising goes really well and we raise more money than our goal, all extra funds will be put directly into polishing the finished product of the film and promotion of the project. Everything will be valued, and nothing will be wasted.
Who is on the production team?
-Anthony Bonello and Nicolas Teichrob are the creators of STAND. Together they produce, direct, film, and edit the stories that will be told. Many other artists are providing their skills and assistance and we are hugely thankful for their continued support. You can meet the crew at www.standfilm.com/crew