Kharma Bums – A Cultural Adventure
In February of 2013 a team made up of four friends embarked on a journey of epic proportions. The team traveled to Allahabad, India for the Kumbh Mela festival, the largest gathering of human beings ever recorded. This auspicious gathering occurs once every twelve years and draws over 100 million pilgrims. By bathing at the confluence of India’s holiest, yet most polluted rivers , pilgrims seek to cleanse their karma in order to bypass reincarnation.
The Ganges (Ganga) – India’s most sacred river, originates in the pristine Himalayas, flows 1,500 miles across the Indian countryside and sustains millions of people. In the process it becomes one of the five most polluted rivers in the world.
Our objective was to attend the festival, walk with the masses, connect with the culture, and feel the power of one of the world's "purest" paths to enlightenment. To do this we decided that we needed to fully experience life on the Ganges both at the festival and downriver. We embarked on a 140 mile Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP) journey down the Ganges from the Kumbh Mela to India’s most sacred city, Varanasi.
Our Documentary “Kharma Bums,” will follow this four-week cultural journey of ups and downs, music and noise, dancing and splashing, as we uncover the beauties and realities of this sacred river.
• The Producers
Jeremiah Kent is a Los Angeles based Filmmaker and Cinematographer. He has been working on film sets since 1999. He met Co-Producer Ryan Salm on the banks of Lake Malawi in 2010, while traveling on a fourteen-month voyage around the world.
Ryan Salm is a Lake Tahoe based Travel/Adventure Photographer. This adventure was Ryan’s brainchild, seeded from pictures he saw in his dad’s National Geographic magazines growing up.
What We Need & What You Get
So here’s the skinny: The documentary has been shot, and we have over thirty hours of beautiful footage, but we are lacking the funds to bring it to fruition. As of now, we have received NO funding for the documentary. This has been an entirely out of pocket venture. We had amazing sponsors that provided us with boards, food, and footwear, and now what we need is money.
With $25,000 we can bring this remarkable documentary to life.
Here is a breakdown of our costs
Camera/Editing Equipment $1500
Graphic Design $1000
Visual Effects $1000
Trip Expenses $2000
Festival Fees $1000
Indiegogo Fees $2500
Misc. $2000 (website, writing, voice over, song rights, incentives)
We genuinely believe we can achieve this goal, and in turn bring you and everyone out there an artistic and inspirational piece of work that goes far beyond the $25,000 budget.
In return for your contribution to the project we are offering a handful of awesome incentives, which are featured on the right hand side of the page. They include invites to the premier, digital downloads of the film, screen credit, photography, and my personal favorite… The Limited Edition “Surf The Ganga” Trucker Hat!
So please spread the word! Even if you yourself can’t contribute, you can be a part of this by simply passing it along. Our vision is that Kharma Bums will be the beginning of a whole series of extraordinary projects. In order to achieve this we need to connect with people who share our vision and can join us in making this film possible.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project.
Please feel free to check out our work and collaborations:
ThunderLush Production –www.thunderlush.com
Ryan Salm Photography –www.ryansalmphotography.photoshelter.com
Jeremiah Kent Photography –www.jeremiahkent.photoshelter.com
Also thank you to our sponsors so far!