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A Film about Climate -- and Change
Kate Kressmann-Kehoe
Rochester, New York
United States
1 Team Member

COMFORT ZONE is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television and donations are tax-deductible.

COMFORT ZONE is almost ready for distribution, but we need your help!

The film has been almost six years in the making, and now we are weeks away from being able to release it. But we need YOUR help to make it over the line.

Comfort Zone makes a global crisis into a personal issue. The film strikes a nerve whether or not you accept that climate change is real, whether or not you believe that human beings are responsible. The filmmakers, once the documenters, became the documented. The film is grappling with powerful questions that we ourselves could not skirt, and that all of us will need to confront.

The filming is complete. The editing is complete. People are asking us for the film. But we can't take the final steps without you. And your donation will be tax-deductible, because Comfort Zone is fiscally sponsored by New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT), a 501(c)(3) organization.

What people are telling us about the film

"I really loved Comfort Zone. It was an honest, brave and disarming entry point to thinking about a subject that terrifies me. I'll recommend it to everyone I know."
David , 37, Artist / father of 2

"I live in Los Angeles, but seeing how climate change will affect Rochester has made me understand better how my home will be affected, and helps me ask the important questions."
Julie, 63, Psychology lecturer

"When you know about climate change, but you don't know what to do next, this is the film to watch."
Bridget, 34, English teacher

"You've got a great thing here. I'm visually engaged, it makes me think, it makes me laugh, and on a personal level I can relate."
Allison, 38, Painter

"The first thirty minutes of “Comfort Zone” gave me the impulse to jump up, run out of the room, and save the world."
Anna, 12, Student

This film broke down the issue of global warming into a physical reality whereas before it had felt more like an ethereal doomsday. It gave me a starting point for maybe one of the biggest conversations of my generation. 
Isaac, 25, creative director

What is the Money For?

Your tax-deductible donation will go to finishing the film professionally, including: 

  • Voice-over recording and audio mix in a professional studio
  • Giving the film a professional musical score
  • Buying rights to selected images and footage from outside sources
  • Working with an entertainment lawyer
  • Professional animation
  • Film festival application fees


Photo of Andy Ryckaert

Our custom professional score is being written by local musician and composer Andy Ryckaert. We are thrilled to be working with such a talented and accomplished artist.


 Blue on Blue Recording Studio logoAnother Rochester-based musician, Marc Webster, is ready to engineer the final audio mix. His studio—Blue on Blue Recording Studio—is providing us with a professional venue for recording voice-over, with the invaluable help of voice coach Stefan Cohen.

The film will have a robust screening schedule in the Upstate New York area, but we want to take this film global. We will be submitting to key festivals all over the US and overseas. If you help us with a donation, you are increasing the chances the film will have a high profile screening in your area (e.g., Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Vancouver, Portales).

What Can You Do?

Help us reach our goal! We know this film is tapping into something special and we can’t wait to share it. There are many different levels at which you can contribute. Every dollar is huge help, and donations are tax-deductible.

Whether you can support the film financially or not you can help us by spreading the word. 

Talk one-on-one about the film to just one friend who values your opinion and might be able to help us financially.

Share the news with larger community about this campaign via Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

TELL your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, students about this campaign and share this page Indiegogo.com/LocalClimateChangeMovie

SHARE through Twitter

SHARE it through Facebook , and Like our Comfort Zone Facebook page to get updates on the campaign as it progresses. 

If you believe that humanity is facing a crisis, and that we have the tools to address it, but only if we pull together, please help us get the message out.

Who We Are

We are three independent filmmakers with full-time jobs. We have known each other for many years through the Rochester area filmmaker's networking group "The Rochester Film Lab". This is our first joint project, and work on the film began in January 2007.

Kate Kressmann-Kehoe

Kate Kressmann-KehoeAfter many years working in marketing and marketing research, Kate has turned her energy to making films. She has worked on documentaries independently as well as with WXXI in Rochester and Harvard Business School Publishing in Cambridge MA. She has two children.

 “I decided to make the film because fears about the effects of climate change were keeping me awake. I needed to know -- is this for real? Immediately after starting the project I felt better. Not because I was hearing good news, but because I was doing something about it. ”

Sean P. Donnelly

Sean P. DonnellySean is an engineer by background and by trade. He has been making films since 1998, including the short films Bird Hunters and A Voice From the Lantern.

 “After I saw An Inconvenient Truth I decided to go green. I  signed up for wind power, switched to reusable grocery bags, and bought some compact fluorescents. I fully accepted the seriousness of global warming, and yet my motivation for change had run its course in a few weeks resulting in only minor changes. I suspected that far greater changes would be required but how much greater? It frustrated me that my life seemed to be set up so that individually there was little I could do to address the 'climate crisis.' How much more could we do, should we do? If the problem was so serious, how come nothing much was being done?”

Dave Danesh

Dave DaneshIn addition to twenty years as a management consultant Dave has been making films since 1998. He has written and directed his own films (The Road Not Taken), and photographed, edited and produced narrative features (Jesus Freak, The little Death, and How to Make Movies at Home). Many of these films have been screened and won awards at prestigious film festivals (Los Angeles IFP, Atlanta, Santa Fe and Tallgrass to name a few).

 “I had a general understanding of what scientists called global warming, but its implications had not touched my everyday life until I started making this film. I continue to clarify my relationship with the earth--and my daily life and actions now reflect this new understanding. If the people on this planet need to change the way they live, how will they? I believe this is the burning question of our time.”

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