Ignite 'The Spark' A Groundbreaking Documentary

What drives people to make a significant change in the world? The Spark is a social action film about going from passive observer to participant #IgniteTheSpark
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The Spark Team
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
10 Team Members
Ignite 'The Spark' A Groundbreaking Documentary is a sponsored project of the International Documentary Association.

CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!! For more details check below.

We’ve added 3 new perks :
$50 – Toroflux + digital Download
$1500 Dinner w/ Majora Carter
$10,000 Bring Majora Carter to your Community

At the dawn of the 21st century, America’s spiraling energy consumption hijacks our democracy and gambles our planet’s future. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans live in poverty, while our government stalls behind party lines. How can we break the cycle?

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The Spark | The Film

Click here to watch the trailer for The Spark

The Spark is an upcoming documentary film that shows a blueprint for realistic, immediate solutions. We follow two radical innovators working on two very different projects with one shared goal of a healthy, fair and honest future. The Spark, is about transforming from passive observer to participant in the world around us.

The film is a tribute to the audacious thinking and radical community empowerment that is so desperately needed in response to economic, social and environmental degradation. More than a profile of one inspired collaboration, the film will direct audiences to an online database where hundreds of different projects can find the same kinds of unexpected connections.

The Spark follows Ian’s journey and intimately profiles the daily struggles of Open Source Ecology and Our School at Blair Grocery, ultimately culminating with Nat’s students traveling to Marcin’s farm to build a tractor they can bring home to the 9th Ward to create lasting solutions.

Why We Need You | The Campaign

The Spark needs your help to ignite change around the world! Crowdfunding is a revolutionary tool that allows artist and innovators to connect with the people that really matter, you! Small contributions add up to make a big impact when we work together. Financing an independent documentary the traditional way often is faced with many roadblocks. Documentary films like The Spark typically don't get funded by financing institutions or Hollywood. Why? Studios say documentaries don't make big profits. This means great documentaries go unseen.

The Spark turned to IndieGoGo to help fund the final phases of production. We believe people power can #IgniteTheSpark. Reaching our goal of $49,670 will allow us to complete the film, including the filming of the tractor build as well as post-production tasks including editing, sound, music, animation, and shipping a finished copy off to South by Southwest.

”We are offering a variety of rewards for our backers, including access to exclusive behind-the-scenes video updates, digital downloads and DVDs of the finished film, tickets to our premieres, kits for farmers, kits for makers, and more! We have extra special rewards for high-level backers, including your name in the credits, and an invitation to the film’s tractor build!

Email this post to everyone who may be interested and share it online through social media. It is Ian’s initiative to fund The Spark, including the tractor itself, entirely with support from the community.

We are very excited to be partnering with the International Documentary Association and IndieGoGo to make this campaign possible. As a result of our IDA partnership, your donation to The Spark is tax-deductible!

#IGNITETHESPARK

 

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski

Marcin | The Engineer

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski is the founder of Open Source Ecology, a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters working together to build the Global Village Construction Set. The GVCS is a plan to redesign the world’s most important machines so that they can be built by anyone, using common tools and materials. Marcin’s team of engineers design and test these machines day and night, and then release the plans over the internet for free.

 

Nat Turner Our School at Blair Grocery

Nat | The Teacher

Nat Turner is the founder of Our School at Blair Grocery, a youth education center in the Katrina-ravaged 9th Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana. The school is empowering at-risk youth to take leadership roles in local, sustainable agriculture, and to transform New Orleans into a city without hunger. Nat’s students have gone from dealing drugs to growing vegetables, and are running a successful produce business while studying for their G.E.D.’s

 

Ian Midgley

Ian | The Filmmaker

Ian Midgley travelled across the country for a year and a half, filming underground activists. After meeting almost a hundred people contributing to incredibly diverse projects, Ian was particularly moved by the stories of Marcin and Nat. As he followed their journeys through triumph and tragedy, Ian began working to bring their two initiatives together.

 

Nat Turner Our School at Blair Grocery

Dr. Marcin Jakubowski Open Source Ecology

 What You Get | The Perks 

We've teamed up with amazing sponsors to bring you eco-friendly and sustainabile perks!

Our Sponsors

 

Our Budget

Production Costs

$27,100 - Editing, color correction and finishing

$4,000 -  (66% of our Graphics budget)

$4,000 - (66% of our Sound budget)

$100 - SXSW submission fee

Campaign / Rewards Costs

$3,000 - Premiere parties

$600 - DVDs

$1,000 Merch

Production + Campaign

= $39,800

+ 20% Crew Living Wages

= $47,760

+ 4% IndieGoGo fee

= $49,670

As you can see, we’ve only included ⅔ of our Graphics and Sound budgets for this campaign in order to keep the total down. If your contributions exceed our goal, the extra money will first go toward the remaining portions of these budgets. Any additional funds will be used to cover any unforeseen expenses, as well as improving our backer rewards!

By contributing to this film, you will be giving a voice to these two inspiring leaders and their incredibly vital projects. Your contribution will show the whole world that the time has come for an unprecedented effort towards a sustainable future for our planet. The film is just the beginning of what The Spark will achieve, and it can’t happen without YOU!

We invite you to check out the details of our rewards, and use the buttons below to share this campaign with your friends.

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Thanks a million,

The Spark Team

 

The Spark Team

 

 

TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION
Your donation is tax deductible!!! THE SPARK is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of THE SPARK are payable to IDA and are tax deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. The value of goods and services being offered is noted under each donation level. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out. 

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    Sparkler

    Contributing $10 or more to The Spark will show everyone around the world that you support the sustainability movement! You'll be Igniting The Spark to reach our goal and you'll be entered into a giveaway sweepstakes that includes one of our Survival Kits, a ticket to our premiere, your name on our website as a sparkler, and you'll be added to our mailing list. (fully tax-deductible)

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  • $25USD
    Groundbreaker

    Receive a digital download of The Spark and a personalized "Thank You Card" from Dir. Ian Midgley! Let's make his arm tired. Anything else you want him to do? Just kidding! You'll be entered into a giveaway sweepstakes that includes one of our Survival Kits, a ticket to our premiere. (amount over $8 is tax-deductible)

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  • $40USD
    Seed Planter

    Contribution of $40 gets you The Double Feature, a digital download of The Spark AND the feature documentary Occupy Love. You'll also get a packet of seed bombs to start your own guerrilla gardening project . *PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE! Thanks for supporting Independent Filmmakers! * (Occupy Love is available online and is EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS PERK ONLY!) (amount over $16 is tax-deductible)

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    Farmer Tee

    Get this special Limited Edition T-Shirt made by Rethink Fabrics and a collectible DVD. You'll be entered into a giveaway sweepstakes that includes one of our Survival Kits, and a ticket to our premiere. (amount over $44 is tax-deductible)

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    Scientist [ToroFlux Special]

    The toroflux is also very tactile (slightly addictive to play with!) and interactive - you can put your hands through it and run it safely along your arms (bare arms work best) and pass them from arm to another, or one person to another just for fun or in a dance. Running it along a flexible tube (e.g. an extension cord) makes it look like a metallic soap bubble and is an intriguing way to observe interlocking strands of metal in motion. + Digital Download + Entry in the sweepstakes! (amount over $28 is tax-deductible)

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    Farmer's Market

    Contributing $40? Great! Get the limited Spark edition poster designed by world famous New Orleans artist, Frenchy. Check him out he's rad! [frenchylive.com] You'll also receive a limited edition T- shirt, a Thank You post card, and a digital download of The Spark. You'll be entered into a giveaway sweepstakes that includes one of our Survival Kits, and a ticket to our premiere. (amount over $50 is tax-deductible)

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    Eco Survival Kit

    *Promotional Kit by Our Sponsors* If you are an urban or rural survivalist snag our best perk! Included in the limited edition kit: On the go reusable wooden utensils from Aspenwares, a metal canteen (to be carried on belt), a Hankybook handkerchief for drying hands, wiping mouth, and safeguarding against sniffles -- all in a convenient bag. You'll also receive our limited edition T-shirt and a collectible DVD of The Spark! Checkout more info about our local Eco-sponsors in our pitch! (amount over $44 is tax-deductible)

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  • $250USD
    My RoBot

    Assembly Required - The Spark Team will build you your very own cardboard RoBot! We will bust out our sharpest pair of scissors and biggest roll of tape to make you a masterpiece. Sizes range in S, M, L. You will receive one free ticket to our premiere in Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, or New York (Flight Not Included) (amount over $15 is tax-deductible)

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    DIY Maker

    Contributing $500 gets you a "special thanks" credit at the end of the film and personal thank you call from the director and producers of The Spark. Add on a ticket to one of our premiere's and after party... PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE! (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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  • $1,000USD
    Tractor Builder

    You're invited to the tractor build In Missouri this July. Spend two days at FACTOR E FARM in Missouri with The Spark Team and Open Source Ecology! Get a hands on experience working Marcin Jakubowski on building the latest version of the Life Trac. (Travel not included) Get a "Special Thanks" in the ending credits of the film, you're invited to our premiere party in Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, or New York. (Travel and lodging not included) PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE! (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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    Dinner with Majora Carter

    You and a guest can sit down for an one on one dinner Majora Carter in NYC. Majora Carter is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Majora Carter brought MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the Bronx where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Space” found elsewhere today. It drew residents and visitors together in creative collaborations. Travel Not Included. (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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    Associate Producer Credit

    You will get a "Associate Producer" credit in the ending credits of the film. You're invited to the tractor build In Missouri this July with The Spark Team and Open Source Ecology! (Travel and lodging not included) Receive a personal phone call from Dir. Ian Midgley. And... You're invited to our premiere party in Los Angeles, Detroit, New Orleans, or New York. PLUS ALL OF THE ABOVE! Not a bad deal, huh? (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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    Bring Majora to Your Community

    You will receive an Associate Producer credit and Majora will come speak to your community, business, or school. Majora is an internationally renowned urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. Majora brought MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab (digital fabrication laboratory) to the Bronx where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Space” found elsewhere today. It drew residents and visitors together in creative collaborations. (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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    Executive Producer Credit

    You will get an "Executive Producer" credit in the ending credits of the film. We will consider you a real part of the Spark team - You'll get to see edits and cuts early, give feedback. You're also invited to the tractor build In Missouri this July with The Spark Team and Open Source Ecology! (Travel and lodging not included). And of course, all the incentives above. (amount over $264 is tax-deductible)

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