How to: Save the Rainforest - An Adventure Documentary

A documentary following Jules and Jack through South America, helping replant the forest and interviewing those working to save it along the way.
Jack Wagner
Glen Ellen, California
United States
1 Team Member
Video from Jules' trip to the Rainforest in Ecuador:

Pre-Production Updates:

* We got word back from our "award winning director" friend stating that if we raise the funds he is interested in editing/"Directing" our film. If we get it done in a timely matter we can have the film ready for the Sonoma International Film Festival.

* We also got word back from a high-level associate of the Amazon Herb Company offering us all the contacts we'll need to meet with the tribes, and plenty of video to add to our film.

Funding Update: We have doubled our initial $10 contribution FOUR TIMES!!! We need to double our funds 7 more times in order to meet our goal. The next doubling will bring us to $320. (then $640, then $1,280, then $2,560, then $5,120, then $10,240, then $20,480 to make our goal!!!).

How To: Save the Rainforest

An Adventure Documentary, following Jack and Jules through South American, visiting sites that follow a 4-Solution Plan for the Rainforest:

* Replanting Deforested Areas in Costa Rica,

* Interviewing Tribes that have won land rights and sustained their land by harvesting herbs and high nutrition food,

* Interviewing Greenpeace of Brazil about their efforts protecting the remaining Rainforest,

* Interviewing Rand Paul in D.C. about Legalizing Hemp in the United States as a cheap alternative to Rainforest pulp,

Along the way we will interview locals, visit Antarctica to tie the film to its Global Connection, maybe even visit Haiti on the way back up to show a Country that has been complete deforested.

We will also capture as much of the nature beauty of the Rainforest as we can.

Jack and Jules

A bit about us:

  • Jack is currently a Farmer and Musician in Sonoma County. He worked for 5 years in the Video Game Industry, and studied English and Political Science in College. He currently volunteers for the Public Banking Institute and the Green Party of Sonoma County performing community organizing.
  • Jack has travelled through Asia and Europe, lived in Mexico and the U.K. and spent seven months in seven states for the Ron Paul 2012 Campaign. 
  • Jack's Couchsurfing Profile:

  • Jules is a Musician from San Francisco, who recently graduated from SF State with a B.A. in Music.
  • Jules recently visited the Amazonia region of Equador to film video on a trip to visit his band-mate's friends and family.
  • Jules is has a genuine, engaging, character. He is inspired by the culture and music of South America.

Let's Make this Film Together!

In order to complete this project:

  • We need $20,000: This includes cameras, hard drives, and travel equipments. Flights to Costa Rica, and back to the U.S. from Brazil, funds to pay for the forest we are going to plant, funds to by a car, expenses for travelling around the continent, travel through the Darien Gap, travel to Antarctica, and staying in D.C. to interview Congressmen on Hemp.
  • For $10,000 we will Credit up to 3 Producers, for $3,000 you can decide what we do with our car upon leaving South America, for $1,000 up to two people can name the forests we plant, and for $100 two-hundred people can send up stickers of flags from their city, state or country to put on our car (showing the global impact of this issue).
  • $20,000 is the minimum we need to feel conformable leaving for the 6-8 weeks this trip will take. If we make less than that you get your money back!

Global Impact

By making this film, we hope to inspire action from the rest of the world;

  • This film will document, with a bias toward what will actually help save the rainforest, the efforts of active groups working to protect our environment. By doing so we will give people legitimate causes to support, increasing over-all donations and participation.
  • Likewise, the model for the Amazon can be used to protect Rainforests in Africa and South-East Asia.

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can't contribute money you can help by doing the following:

  • Share this campaign on social media and with friends through email;
  • Call your Congressional Representative and ask them to support the legalization of Industrial Hemp,
  • Sign Petitions at

And as always, be good to each other.

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  • $20USD
    Weekly Updates/Photos

    We'll put together a weekly email with some video and photos from along the way. You will have to send us a working email address.

    2 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $33USD
    Happy 33rd Birthday Jack!

    10/29 is Jack's 33rd Birthday. Help send him and his friend Jules on the most epic journey to save the Rainforest.

    2 out of 33 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Put Flag Sticker on our Car

    Send us a sticker of a flag of your City, State, Country, or community organization (within reason) for us to put on our car, showing the international impact of this issue. Once we buy our car and slap the stickers on we will upload a picture for all to see!

    3 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $500USD
    Associate Producer Credit

    You will receive an Associate Producer Credit.

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    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $707USD
    Noma Pride

    Who has enough pride to put Noma on the Map?

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  • $1,000USD
    Name the Forest we Plant

    A forest through La Reserva costs $1,000, and they let you name it (putting up a sign), if you pay for it, you name it (within reason), we'll include the signs in the film and upload a picture after we plant the forests.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $3,000USD
    Decide what we do with the car

    When we leave from Brazil we won't need our car any more, if you pay for the Car you decide what we do with it (within reason).

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    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $10,000USD
    Producer Credit

    We will award up to 3 Producer Credits to those who give $10,000.

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