04-29-2012 Posted a video on "Updates Tab."
04-25-2012 New updates, including a video. Click the "updates" tab...but you already knew that, eh?
Halfway point! Please link this campaign in emails to your friends and family!
04-14-2012 We have added a video sample of Jill's work on the PBS series "Water's Journey" - Click updates tab.
03-15-2012: We have added a video to the updates tab!
This is the most important thing I have ever done in my life and I need your help. For the first time in history, fresh water has become a finite resource. Many experts agree that, without significant changes in water policy, wars of the 21st century may be fought, not over oil, but for control of clean water. We Are Water is an imaginative, entertaining, and enlightening documentary project, illustrating the fragile relationship between our planet’s endangered fresh water resources, and the ever increasing needs of our expanding population.
As an extreme explorer and technical cave diver I get a unique view inside our planet's circulatory system. We Are Water guides you right into the heart of the planet, swimming through the underground arteries that are the source of all life on earth. From deep underwater caves to the bountiful Great Lakes of my ancestral home, I'll share fantastic expeditions on, above, and inside the planet.
We Are Water balances narrative documentary with adventure filmmaking. While educating the audience about how each of us is intertwined with our local water supplies, this film provides a glimpse at my remarkable life that blossomed from a shy, young Canadian graphic artist into one of the top technical divers in the world. Through my spirit of discovery, I want to bring a compelling message to educate, inform and inspire audiences to be better caretakers of the each other, and the planet.
The film will entice viewers with the natural beauty of our watery world, challenging them to make simple changes to protect and preserve the earth’s clean water.
We Are Water is proposed as a multi-platform, transmedia educational project. We intend to present the documentary at film festivals, seek broadcast and/or theatrical distribution, and bring We Are Water to thought leaders in the community.
Augmenting traditional distribution, we will present We Are Water on outdoor screens at the banks and shores of the very bodies of water that are threatened and worth protecting. We will also present the film in urban areas, where underprivileged and underrepresented young people have few opportunities for water recreation and little understanding of where their water comes from. Reaching into classrooms, community groups, churches and campgrounds, we intend to create an inclusive viral outreach and marketing program that empowers thought leaders to share the film and its educational components.
A complementary website will support the film with additional resources, curriculum support materials and behind the scenes stories. A gallery of fine art photography will be available for exhibit to support inspirational speaking engagements.
What We Need & What You Get
For the past two years my husband Robert McClellan and I have self-funded the production of We Are Water. We've been shooting for production and traveling to Canada, Europe, Australia and around the Eastern United States making speaking presentations to small and large audiences. We've presented in barns, homes, schools, conventional halls and theaters. Now we need your help to complete the production of the film and start the road show that will bring We Are Water to a larger audience. One hundred percent of your donation will support the direct costs of film production and editing, web development and distribution.
Check out the "Gallery" tab to see some of the amazing dive watches and computers that SUUNTO has so generously made available for our backers. And click the "Updates" tab regularly to see this project's progress.
Other Ways You Can Help
Share this link with friends and colleagues to spread the message. Go to our website www.WeAreWaterProject.com and learn more about where water comes from, how we pollute it and how we can protect it for future generations.
Learn more about Jill at www.IntoThePlanet.com
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