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.
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.