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Produce 10 professional videos for 10 small but mighty Bay Area nonprofits
Beverly Pitzer
San Francisco, California
United States
3 Team Members

Introducing the 

Tree Ring Film Fund

These San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits are affecting huge positive change on very small budgets. A well produced video will help them to share their story, extend their reach, and achieve their goals; however, the cost of a professionally produced video is often inaccessible to small organizations. To change this, Tree Ring Productions is launching the first Tree Ring Film Fund, a way for all of us to pitch in and fund ten videos for ten Bay Area changemakers.

Meet the Tree Ring Changemakers

  1. 350 Bay Area - Stop Fracking
  2. Bay Localize
  3. Community Living Campaign
  4. Just One Tree
  5. Local Clean Energy Allicance
  6. Pathways to Resilience
  7. PeaceTones
  8. RE-volv
  9. Shaping San Francisco
  10. Transition US

Each organization has met the following Tree Ring Film Fund criteria:

  • Based in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Is a for public benefit organization
  • Has 5 or fewer full time staff members
  • Has a project goal that a video will help them to achieve
  • Alignment with Tree Ring's social and environmental values

To learn more about these organizations, check out the Tree Ring Changemaker page.

What We Need & What You Get

  • This is a fixed funding campaign, so we must meet the $20,000 goal. We are all in this together. Either 10 videos will be produced, or zero videos are produced. Your contribution is refunded if we don't meet our goal. We all want to meet this goal!
  • This money will cover the cost of making 10 three-minute videos. The production costs are at least $3000 for each video. This includes goal setting, script writing, pre-production, film shoot, and editing.  
  • Tree Ring Productions is donating a third of the cost per video and looking to you, our community, to crowdfund the remaining $2000 per video. 
  • For your donation, you get to choose from a list of exciting perks! These include an exclusive film screening event, punk piano party, video strategy session, homemade prayer flags, and more!

The Impact

"Tree Ring Productions is walking the talk. We are happy to be partnering with them, an organization that knows where investment needs to happen in a community and creates the space for access to that resource. The Tree Ring Film Fund is that resource for our small but mighty organization."

-- Corrine Van Hook, Communications & Outreach Manager of Oakland-based nonprofit, Bay Localize.

Your contribution will make it possible for:

  • 350 Bay Area to tell the truth about Fracking in California, so we can stop it
  • Bay Localize to further empower youth to map their future, learning and mapping assets in their community that help them to live healthier and earn a good living.
  • The Community Living Campaign to get the word out to seniors and people with disabilities about programs that will help to reduce isolation and reweave community
  • Just One Tree to raise funds to plant 12,000 lemon trees in San Francisco
  • The Local Clean Energy Alliance to get the word out about community choice energy and how it will bring quality clean energy jobs to Oakland
  • Pathways to Resilience to tell a new story about community regeneration and how men and women who have been incarcerated are learning new skills in permaculture that lead to good paying jobs to help them and their families reintegrate into society
  • PeaceTones to further the careers of musicians in developing countries 
  • RE-volv to extend their reach in educating communities about solar energy while also getting donations for their revolving solar fund
  • Shaping San Francisco to continue addressing public amnesia, so the stories of the past can help us to learn and inform the present and future.
  • Transition US to inspire local resilience in the face of global issues like climate change, resource scarcity, and economic uncertainty
  • Ten fruit tree to be planted in California school orchards, bringing opportunities for learning, care and nourishment to scores of school children 
  • Tree Ring Productions to create films with meaning and heart

Community Living Campaign Has an Active Community of Connectors!

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if a donation is not possible at this time, you can still totally help by:

  • Sharing our video & campaign with your friends & joining the Tree Ring Film Fund chatter on social media
  • Liking us on Facebook
  • Following us on Twitter @treeringprod   #treeringfilmfund
  • Using IndieGoGo's share tools to spread the word about this campaign

Chris Carlsson & Lisaruth Elliott from Shaping San Francisco

About Tree Ring Productions

Tree Ring Productions is a social enterprise committed to telling the stories of courageous people and organizations that are challenging the status quo and helping to make a positive difference in the world. We know the power of filmmaking to amplify a message and to extend reach. We want to use our skills to create compelling videos with a positive impact. Tree Ring Productions was founded in the Fall of 2012 by Beverly Markiewicz. Beverly cares deeply about social and environmental issues and sees filmmaking as a way to engage and collaborate with others to inspire positive action.

Photo (left to right): Jenny McAllister, Reuben Maness, Beverly Markiewicz 

  • These 10 videos will be produced by Bay Area filmmakers Reuben Maness, Jenny McAllister, and Beverly Markiewicz
  • Together, they have over 30 years of film and media experience

  • Reuben Maness is a producer, writer, videographer, and musician. He has 15 years experience creating stories that capture and delight for television and video. As a producer for CBS television in San Francisco, Reuben produced stories about people, places, and travel for the program “Eye on the Bay.” This and other jobs have taken him to the tops of Alaskan glaciers, to the triple-digit depths of Death Valley, to Peru, the Bahamas, and countless locations in between. For several years, Reuben has freelanced as a “one man production company,” able to produce, shoot, edit, write, and score (sometimes all at once), creating killer videos for companies like Control4, Roku, TiVo, and Best Buddies International. When he’s not working, Reuben can be found playing a battered but beloved upright piano in his living room in North Oakland.
  • Jenny McAllister is an emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker with more than 10 years of experience producing programming for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and PBS.  Her work has lead her to Siberia, Abu Dhabi and most recently China’s yellow mountains.  But no matter where work takes her, her number one passion is great storytelling.  Jenny believes a great story can change the world, and it was this belief that lead her to take a role as Video Manager for Kiva Microfunds, the world’s first and largest microfinance lending platform.  While there, she created videos telling the inspiring stories of the people behind the loans.  Jenny lives in San Francisco with her husband and her newest production – her daughter, Mae.
  • Beverly Markiewicz is a filmmaker with a passion for planting trees. In 2012, Beverly founded Tree Ring Productions in order to share stories of positive growth and change in our community and to honor each project with a tree planted near or far. Prior to Tree Ring Productions, Beverly spent sixteen years designing education programs and classes helping organizations to embrace new technology. Beverly has a B.S. in Marketing from Virginia Tech and studied documentary filmmaking at San Francisco School of Digital Film, San Francisco Film Society, and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC). In 2009, Beverly completed the Permaculture Design Certification Course through the Urban Permaculture Institute of San Francisco and notes this program as a significant turning point for integrating her passion for earth care, social justice, and sustainable livelihood. Beverly is currently growing kale and cabbage in a little patch of grass in Potrero Hill.

Planting Trees One Story at a Time

For each video project we complete, a tree is planted and cared for in a California school orchard. To plant the trees, we partner with Ukiah-based nonprofit, Common Vision. Upon successful funding of this campaign, 10 trees will be planted and cared for in California school orchards.

Comice Pear planted in September 2013 to honor Lisaruth's Lovin' from the Oven Video

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This campaign ended on February 14, 2014
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  • $14USD
    Be My Tree Heart

    Now is your chance to "leave your heart in San Francisco" with a message from you hung on a tree in the city by the bay. This may include a message to your Valentine, an expression of gratitude, or your initials. You will receive a photograph of your heart message on the tree. Your heart and energy will take the Tree Ring Film Fund successfully to the Feb 14 finish line! Join us and Be Our Tree Heart.

    33 claimed
  • $25USD
    Seed Sower

    Personal Thank You email from Tree Ring Productions and recognition on Tree Ring's web wall of supporters

    16 claimed
  • $50USD
    Redwood Rockstar

    Join Tree Ring Productions and the Film Fund Changemakers for a special screening event and reception. Be among the very first to view these films for positive change! For those not in the Bay Area, you will receive a code for early preview and an exclusive behind the scenes video. You will also receive Seed Sower perks.

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014

    Fruit Tree Famous

    For each video project, a fruit tree is planted in a California school orchard (in collaboration with the nonprofit, Common Vision). With your donation, you are providing the funds to plant, irrigate, and care for this tree. After the tree planting, you will be honored and recognized as the tree sponsor and receive a photo of the tree you helped bring into the world. You will also receive Seed Sower and Redwood Rockstar perks.

    10 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $108USD
    Auspicious Orchard

    Join in the heart of this movement. Receive your own set of prayer flags, handmade with gratitude and love by Tree Ring and Friends. You will also receive Seed Sower and Redwood Rockstar perks.

    13 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $225USD
    Evergreen Excellence

    Special dedication and recognition during the Film Screening event and Behind the Scenes Video. Plus Seed Sower, Redwood Rockstar, and Auspicious Orchard benefits.

    2 out of 20 claimed
  • $500USD
    Throw a Punk Piano Party

    You and 10 of your friends get to schedule and attend a private music event! This is an evening of Punk Piano in San Francisco or Oakland, performed by our very own Reuben Maness (aka Reuben Rye). You will also receive Seed Sower and Redwood Rockstar perks. (To be scheduled between April and August 2014)

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    Host a Video Strategy Session

    Ready to plan your own video media strategy? You and 10 colleagues get to participate in a 2 hour interactive workshop facilitated by our very own Beverly Markiewicz. You will also receive Seed Sower and Redwood Rockstar perks. (To be scheduled between April and August 2014)

    2 out of 2 claimed
  • $2,000USD
    Changemaker Champion

    Sponsor the full video for a Tree Ring Changemaker. Receive behind the scenes updates, producer credit, and 2 skype sessions with the filmmaker. You'll also enjoy a Bay Area lunch with filmmakers and changemaker organization's representative. You will also receive Seed Sower, Redwood Rockstar, Auspicious Orchard, and Evergreen Excellence perks.

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  • $10,000USD
    Sequoia's Circle

    In addition to an exclusive film screening event with special dedication, a tree planted in your honor, prayer flags, punk piano party, and video strategy session, you will also receive a special dinner in San Francisco for you and 5 friends, prepared with care using mostly Northern California/ Bay Area ingredients.

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