Hi, we are Dana Richardson & Sarah Zentz, co-founders of DANA & SARAH FILMS, an independent film production company based in Big Sur, CA. For over 5 years, we have produced and directed award winning documentaries that present vital perspectives rarely seen in mainstream media. BACK TO EDEN (2011) tells the story of an organic gardener and his revolutionary approach to growing food. The film continues to receive critical-acclaim and has garnered the interest of over 2 million viewers in 210 countries. RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER (2009) follows an international jewelry mining and recycling project which is still traversing the globe. Our production company's mission is to ignite positive social change by empowering people with sustainable solutions through films.
We invite you to join us in our second Indiegogo crowd funder to complete GOSHEN (2014), a documentary that will reveal the awe, wonder and beauty of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe and their superfood diet. We have spent the last year filming in extremely remote locations and interviewing an extraordinary cast of characters. Together, with your help, we will finish this film in 2014 and share the remarkable story of the most indigenous tribe in North America!
GOSHEN is a documentary feature sharing the remarkable story of the indigenous Tarahumara tribe who are renowned for their incredible long distance running endurance. Isolated in the remote depths of the Copper Canyons, Mexico, the Tarahumara’s prevention of the top 3 modern diseases - type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease -- is linked to their diet and active lifestyle. GOSHEN unveils the mystery of how to establish healthy, sustainable communities that can survive, even thrive, despite the global increases in famine and diseases.
The film follows an unbelievable journey into seed banks, the endurance of runners, and the lives of the Tarahumara, who strive to conserve their sacred seed ancestry and preserve their traditional culture. Entertaining and engaging, GOSHEN will inspire YOU to be part of an ancient yet innovative movement dedicated to safeguarding our world’s health and future.
Our goal is to complete production of GOSHEN in 2014. After one year of filming, production is 75% complete. The funds we raise will go directly towards filming the final interviews of our extraordinary cast. Reaching our goal will allow us to pay for travel and filming costs. Our funding goal of $20,000 is considerably less than the total cost for completing our film.
If we exceed our goal, any additional funding will go towards our budget for post-production -- editing, sound designing, color-corrections, bringing on musicians for a high-quality original soundtrack, and towards distribution of GOSHEN.
Your donations are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE.
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS of our extraordinary CAST OF CHARACTERS:
Christopher McDougall; Author of Born to Run
- Will Harlan; Founder of Barefoot Farm & Barefoot Seeds
- Dr. Daniel Lieberman; Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University
- Dr. Maria Teresa-Cerqueira; Chief of Pan American Health Organization
Dr. Phil Maffetone; Author of The Big Book of Health & Fitness
- Dr. Mark Cucuzzella; Executive Director of the Natural Running Center
- Dr. Wayne Coates, Author of CHIA: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood
- Suzanne Ashworth; Author of Seed to Seed
Creating independent films is always a huge challenge, from financing to distribution, but we are committed to finishing GOSHEN in a timely manner, and this is why we’re asking for your help.
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Here is a closer look at some of the rewards we are offering you for your pledge!
XERO SHOES KIT: For a $30 pledge, you will receive A DO-IT-YOURSELF XERO SHOES KIT. Xero Shoes were inspired by the huaraches sandals worn by the Tarahumara and this kit gives you all the tools to make your own custom pair of powerhouse huaraches in just minutes. Walk, run, hike, do yoga, have FUN! Match five fun sole colors with one of 22 cool laces for a style that's your very own.
PEPPER SEED KIT: For a $40 pledge, you will receive ONE HOT MAMA’S PEPPERS & CHILES KIT from Humble Seed. Ten different varieties of non-GMO and non-hybrid seeds, including certified organic and heirloom seeds, are packaged in re-sealable Mylar bags, making planting now or later a great convenience. Seed varieties range from the mild bell pepper to the hot habanero. XERO SHOES: For a $50 pledge, you will receive ONE PAIR of SENSORI VENTURE, a ready to wear barefoot sandal from Xero Shoes. “Just slip ‘em on your foot and off you go.” Xero Shoes are a modern spin on the traditional barefoot running sandal — durable, stylish and affordable — and so lightweight it’s like you’re not wearing anything. Yet, you get a strong layer of protection, your feet and legs work the way nature intended, your posture can naturally realign, and you awaken your senses and stimulate your brain as you "Feel The World." And, you get a 5,000 mile warranty.
SEED SAVER KIT: For a $55 pledge, you will receive ONE SEED SAVER KIT from Seeds of Change. A great tool for serious gardeners, this seed saver kit includes all you need to collect and store your seeds. Air tight tins, seed envelopes, labels, and an attractive design will make saving and trading seeds easy. Additionally, you will receive ONE PACKET of HEIRLOOM SEEDS! CHIA SEEDS BUNDLE: For a $65 pledge, you will receive a CHIA SEEDS BUNDLE that includes a wide variety of chia seeds and recipes that help you incorporate the superfood chia into your diet. This bundle includes ONE of EACH of the following products:
Bob’s Red Mill offers delicious and nutritious seeds in a 16 oz bag that can be eaten right out of the bag, in cereals and used for baking. They can also keep your heart healthy and cholesterol under control. Chia\Vie adds ground chia seeds in a fruit smoothie for natural energy and balanced nutrition. The Chia Co conveniently packs single serving shots of black Chia seed that are perfect when you are on the go! Terroir Seeds offers organic Tarahumara Chia seed packets, producing a rare plant that you can grow in your garden. No Meat Athlete offers his first downloadable cookbook titled Fuel Your Run with Pinole & Chia. The cookbook is a collection of recipes based on two ingredients—pinole and chia—the foods eaten by the Tarahumara tribe of super-athlete endurance runners.BACK TO EDEN + GOSHEN DVD: For a $75 pledge, you will receive both of Dana & Sarah Films documentary features. Combined, the films will fully equip you with the skills to establish healthy, sustainable food systems and communities that can survive, even thrive, in harsh conditions. Additionally, you will receive ONE PACKET of rare heirloom Tarahumara White Seeded SUNFLOWER SEEDS from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company, Seed Savers Exchange, or Seeds of Change. Traditionally grown by the Tarahumara for their edible white seeds, plants produce 8-10 inch golden yellow flowers.
LUNA SANDALS: For an $80 pledge, you will receive ONE PAIR of THE VENADO (Deer en Español) minimalist sandals handcrafted by Luna Sandals in Seattle. This sandal, with a Vibram sole, is lightweight, comfortable and is great for running or walking on paved surfaces and moderate trails. Barefoot Ted, Founder of Luna Sandals, is donating 1% of their online revenue to the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon.
SOLAR SUNBELL LAMP & CHARGER: For a $100 pledge, you will receive ONE SUNBELL SOLAR LAMP & MOBILE CHARGER from BR!GHT Products. For running, hiking, and backpacking in uncharted terrain, this off-the-grid product is an innovative all-in-one lamp, flashlight, and device charger.VIVOBAREFOOT SANDAL: For a $105 pledge, you will receive one PAIR OF ULYSSES SANDAL from VIVOBAREFOOT. Inspired by the huarache, the ULYSSES sandal is a classic reborn - we have taken a design used over millennia and simply improved it. When ancient wisdom meets modern shoe making and materials, an evolution that captures the essence of summer style is born. The ULYSSES brings barefoot functionality to the free toe summer movement.
ARK SEED KIT: For a $250 pledge, you will receive an ALL-IN-ONE ARK SEED KIT, comprised of 70 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herb seeds from ARK Seed Kits. All ARK seeds are heirloom. Each type is labeled and sealed separately, for ease of use and longevity. The kit comes in a self-sealed container that is designed for long storage and ease of use. With the ARK container you can access seeds and still seal it back up when you are done. This ensures your seeds last for years.SEED SCHOOL TUITION: For a $500 pledge, you will receive FREE TUITION ($600 value) to an upcoming Seed School course at Native Seeds/SEARCH in Tucson, AZ (April or September). Seed School is a groundbreaking, six-day educational course that trains people from all walks of life to build local seed systems rooted in the ancient tradition of seed saving. Practiced by farmers and gardeners for thousands of years, seed saving strengthens food security at the community level, empowering people to reclaim control over their food supply. Students walk away from this innovative learning experience with the knowledge and inspiration to start their own independent seed initiatives, such as community seed libraries and exchanges, seed growers cooperatives, heirloom seed businesses, and participatory plant breeding projects. Seed School is designed to offer a comprehensive yet accessible overview of the science, business, and craft of seeds. Appropriate for teens and adults at all skill levels, this course is for gardeners, farmers, chefs, entrepreneurs, NGOs, activists, policymakers and anyone interested in turning the tide on the industrialization of our food system. Since September 2010, almost 400 students have graduated from the course. SURPRISE BUNDLE + MEET THE FILMMAKERS: For a $1,000 pledge or more, we invite you to join a SKYPE video call with the filmmakers who are excited to share insight behind the making of GOSHEN and BACK TO EDEN! You will also receive a surprise bundle including our best selection of seeds, gifts from Native Seeds/SEARCH, Tarahumara crafts, chia seeds, and many more special perks! Plus, your name will be included in the END CREDITS in GOSHEN.We are excited about giving these fun perks for your donations and are eager to deliver these perks promptly according to their estimated delivery dates.
Dana Richardson; Cinematographer, Director, Producer, Editor
Dana is a California-based filmmaker with over five years of experience directing and producing documentary films. Dana received her BFA in Video from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. In 2013, she co-founded Dana & Sarah Films, an independent film production company.
Sarah Zentz; Director, Producer, Sound Recordist, Sound Editor
Sarah received her BFA in New Media from Millersville University in 2008. In addition to recording and editing sound, Sarah manages marketing, web design and graphic design for Dana & Sarah Films.
Most recently, Dana & Sarah directed and produced BACK TO EDEN (2011) which has broadcast on Amazing Discoveries, winner of the “PRAISED” award in the international Green Unplugged Film Festival (2013), was an official selection in The Awareness Film Festival (2012), and continues to receive critical-acclaim globally. RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER (2009) premiered at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC and is still exhibited at universities around the world. Currently, the duo is working from Dana & Sarah Films studio in Big Sur, CA.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our film and for supporting the production of Goshen! There are still many adventures to come so please stay tuned!
*ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE, thanks to our fiscal sponsor!
From the Heart Productions 501 c(3) non-profit organization receives 5% of all donations towards: helping fund, advise and support films like GOSHEN, that are unique and make a contribution to society, since 1992.