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A documentary feature and a series of shorts exploring the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. A Fractured Atlas Fiscally Sponsored Campaign.
Redwood Planet Media
McKinleyville, California
United States
4 Team Members

Fecotopia: From Water Closet to Watershed

Hi, we're Alan, Ben and Katy of Redwood Planet Media and we are starting a nonprofit media company on California's North coast. Through web journalism, documentary features and short films, we will be covering the natural history, sustainability, sociology and human welfare issues in our region and beyond. We're located in the heart of Humboldt County, a land rich in natural treasures, idiosyncratic culture, and enterprising minds working on solutions to the problems of the 21st century. We're excited about sharing deep explorations of our mostly overlooked region, and we're excited about our first feature film project, Fecotopia: From Water Closet to Watershed. But we need your help.

We need to raise $4500 to get our company off the ground. This will provide the funds we need to start turning our existing footage into short films about the region’s wildlife and the hard drive space we need to keep filming. Alan and Ben are donating the use of their digital cinema cameras to the company, but our documentary projects require much more drive space than any of us have on hand, and we’ll need a professional solution. By raising over $1000 dollars, we will fulfill the requirement of our fiscal sponsor to begin applying for foundation and government grants that will build upon the donations we receive from the public and help us produce in-depth and high quality documentaries. In exchange for your support, we’re offering digital media and limited edition prints from our archives. Any amount you can give is appreciated and will build toward delivering our local wonders and curiosities to the world.

The Story

Fecotopia tells the story of a community in rural California that found a way to turn human waste into a valuable asset for the environment and the community. Three decades ago, the town of Arcata reclaimed a condemned landfill and abandoned log pond to create the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary; a sewage treatment plant like none before it. The wetland plants and microorganisms used in the treatment process support a vibrant ecosystem of fish, amphibians, insects and rodents, which draw in an extraordinary abundance of bird life; In all, the marsh hosts over 350 species of birds and mammals throughout the year. By following the stories of the animals that live at the marsh, the people who enjoy it, and the history, science and forward-thinking behind the project that created an irreplaceable asset for the region, Fecotopia stands against the misconception that investing in the environment is taking away from humanity.

Future Fundraising Goals

This is the first campaign in a multi-phase process. By contributing to this first phase we can apply for grants as we begin filming. During production we will be seeking donations and grants so that Ben, Alan and Katy can devote themselves full-time to the creation of this film and a companion series of documentary shorts about the animals of Arcata Marsh. During post-production we will have another campaign to help with the costs of video editing, equipment, and touring our film in festivals around the world.

Perks and Their Fulfillment

We are hoping to have the perks ready and out to our great donors two months after this first campaign ends. If there are any issues with production or mailing, we will let you know. Transparency is very important to us, so we will be keeping a production journal on our website updated regularly. After all, everyone likes to see what the money they give is actually doing.

How Else Can You Help?

  • Share our project on social networks! Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Vimeo and Flickr.
  • If you yourself need help with fundraising, you can join Fractured Atlas at a discount by using the code FS9139. FA will donate $50 to our project for the referral.
  • Tell your friends that are interested in wildlife documentaries, community health, sustainable infrastructure, or if they just love animals as much as we do.

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$4,500 USD goal
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This campaign ended on December 28, 2013
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  • $1USD
    Marsh Wren

    Our appreciation! We know that every little bit can count, and we thank you for that little bit you can spare. (fully tax-deductible)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $5USD
    Marbled Godwit

    Hi-res digital desktop wallpaper. Choose a desktop wallpaper image from Arcata Marsh, shot by our own Alan Peterson. Three screen ratios to choose from for all your devices – 2:3, 16:9 and 16:10. (fully tax-deductible)

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $10USD
    Snowy Egret

    All the above + Shout-out on our website. The wallpaper, plus your name on our contributors page on redwoodplanet.org. (fully tax-deductible)

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $25USD
    Western Barn Owl

    All the above + HD digital download of upcoming short film. All the above, plus a digital download of a short film already in production following the lives of the White-tailed Kites at Arcata Marsh. This film will tour in festivals throughout the US, but you'll get to see it before anyone else. (fully tax-deductible)

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $50USD
    Northern Harrier

    All the above + First Edition Movie Poster. All the above, plus a 20-inch by 30-inch print of our Fecotopia movie poster. (amount over $12 is tax-deductible)

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $100USD
    Red-shouldered Hawk

    All the above + Limited Edition Print. All the above, plus a high quality 18-inch by 12-inch print of one of Redwood Planet Media’s photos of the week by Alan Peterson or Ben Jacob (see our website for the selection). (amount over $16 is tax-deductible)

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $200USD

    All the above + Special Thanks Credit. Receive a “Special Thanks” credit in the short film following the lives of the White-tailed Kites at Arcata Marsh, which will tour independently of the final version of Fecotopia. Includes all of the above perks as well. (amount over $16 is tax-deductible)

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Great Blue Heron

    All the above + Limited Edition 20-inch by 30-inch Mounted Canvas Print. All of the above, plus a limited edition 20-inch by 30-inch nature photo print on canvas, mounted and ready to hang on your wall and signed by the artist. Choose from one of three images. (amount over $87 is tax-deductible)

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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