Tree Spirit

Tree Spirit is a short film on the planetary ecological crisis and the possibility of human extinction based on the director's interview with Noam Chomsky.
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Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau
Film
Roberts Creek
Canada
1 Team Member

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We are offering a FREE MANDALA or GOD/GODDESS ARTWORK painted by Tibetan Buddhist monks in Dharmsala, the land of his Holiness the Dalai Lama, to whom will refer the most contributors to the campaign!!! Please check updates for further details! 


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with kind gratitude, Tree Spirit Team


TREE SPIRIT TEAM

Dear world community, my name is Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau and I am the director and executive producer of “Tree Spirit”. I am an emerging filmmaker, environmental activist, and political freelance writer. I graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2006, one of the five best art institutions in the United States. I am a student in the MAAPPS program at UBC. MAAPPS is an acronym for Masters in Arts in Asian Pacific Policy Studies. I am the founder of Velvet Root Films, an emerging independent media production team. Our goal is to provide insubordinate, progressive, and unfiltered information about the planetary ecological and politico-economic crisis to our viewers in a radically creative way. With your financial support we will produce our first independent film, “Tree Spirit”.

You are invited to read about my experience interviewing Noam Chomsky on the blog of The Pollination Project, the non-profit organization which gave us our seed funding!

Deepest of gratitude The Pollination Team!!!


http://thepollinationproject.org/2013/05/12/berangere-maia-parizeau-noam-chomsky/

On April 30th 2013, I interviewed Noam Chomsky at Massachusett Institute Technology in Cambridge. Reed Rickert filmed the interview. Reed is a talented filmmaker and the director of The Third Root.  Here is a link to the monive's website:  http://thethirdrootmovie.com/  Reed will be shooting additional HD video images to illustrate the interview descriptions. Here is a link to his stunning demo reel: http://www.vimeo.com/39913934.

“Tree Spirit” will be a 25 -minute documentary film with 4 minutes of original hand-drawn stop motion animation by Sara N. Abtahi. To familiarize yourself with her amazing animation work please visit her website: http://www.sn-abtahi.tumblr.com

Artemis Robison is collaborating with her stunning trip hop music. Your financial contribution will buy the royalties for her song Quickening {Evolution}, fund the composition of original music for the film as well as sound mixing. To familiarize yourself with her extraordinary work please visit: http://www.artemis.fm/

LA's hottest emerging MC, EVeryman, is in collaboration with the Tree Spirit Team with a musical fusion of electronica and hip hop. Your financial contribution will buy the royalties for the awesome song Divine Great feat. J Brave Produced by Sugarpill http://www.soundcloud.com/everyman_music

Poetess Eve Bradford is collaborating with the Tree Spirit Team with a composition of original poetry for the final frame of the film. This poem will also be printed on the Tree Spirit postcards. To familiarize yourself with her fabulous poetry and ritual work please visit her website: http://www.ladyapples.com

Asün Phong is our web master, digital animation artist and graphic design genius. His personal website -Phong.com- is my favourite website ever!!! 

To familiarize yourself with my work...here are a few links.

Memory Theater”, 2006, is a short documentary film based on the true story of my mother who was the sole survivor of a plane accident in 1966. “Memory Theater” was produced on the 40th anniversary of my mother's survival. This film was presented at film festivals and conferences internationally. 

www.imdb.com/video/wab/vi3398500889/

I am the author of Neirika. Poet, art curator and permaculture expert Delvin Solkinson wrote a beautiful foreword for this book. Neirika was published by Lap Lambert, a German research publishing company in 2010. Neirika explores the boundaries of neo-shamanism and ecological consciousness within the context of the planetary ecological crisis. 

Neirika is also the title of a 2-minute video created from images of a performance filmed by Reed rickert in Oakland California in 2005.  The video was produced in 2010 in collaboration with Artemis Robison and the song Seven from her album Auralei. I composed the special effects for Neirika with Max Jitter visual programming language (cycling74.com). Here is a link to the artwork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBsutdrS81g

Your financial support will contribute to the production of innovative independent media dedicated to providing its viewers with unfiltered information in a radically creative form. This is the future of independent media. Together, we are building the possibility of true grassroots democracy based on unfiltered information.



Tree Spirit Budget

$5,400 Directing, videography and editing

$4000 For 4 minutes of original hand-drawn stop motion animation, which requires 8 drawings per second, or 480 drawings per minute

$3000 Executive Producer: The Executive Producer is responsible for all aspects of organization, management and outreach

$2500 Original soundtrack & sound mixing

 $1000 Music royalties

 $360 Original poetry

 $2500 For additional videography to illustrate the interview

$5000 For a custom website and original digital animation

 $120/year for web hosting; $20/year for domain registration

 $1000 Film festival entries

Total: $25,000

$27,000 - Indiegogo Fees = $25,110

 

If we raise more then $25,000, the film will be translated into the 20 most spoken languages.  Further funding will go towards the production of a  2nd and 3rd political documentary film.  The larger goal of Velvet Root Films is to produce a series of independent short political films.



If we reach $12,000 the money will be distributed as follows:

$3000 Stop motion animation

$3000 Direction, production, editing

$1000 Royalties for music

$2000 Videography

$1000 Original music

(We will fundraise further for the website and digital animation)

$1000 Indiegogo Fees

$1000 Rewards, if we have extra money it will go towards applying for film festivals



Indiegogo campaign rewards

**ALL SHIPPING COSTS ARE INCLUDED IN EVERY PACKAGE, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE!** Please keep this in mind when looking at the prices. CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture costs approximately $30 for international shipping.


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HIMALAYA PHOTOGRAPHY


 

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  • $1USD
    FOXY SWOOP

    Download the song Quickening{Evolution}, trip-hop beats by Artemis Robison in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.  “Bay Area trip-hop artist Artemis’ CD, ‘Gravity’, is a sensual blend of daydreamy beats and starry-eyed breaks. Keyboard Magazine called the New York native’s self-described ‘lush, symphonic electronica’ a ‘world-class creation.’. We just call it damn good!” - Bill Picture, SF Examiner

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  • $5USD
    DIGITAL DISCOGRAPHY

    Includes {FOXY SWOOP} + Download the 12-track album Sephyra, trip-hop ambient beats by Artemis, in your choice of high-quality MP3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire + Download of EVeryman's album Speak The Speech, a fusion of electro hip hop music executive produced by Pumpkin. The album features production by Sugarpill, Stephan Jacobs, Connect The Dots, BSTEE, Service Lab, and a collaboration with J Brave of Luminaries + A thank you note on our Facebook page!!!

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  • $10USD
    VELVET ROOT

    Includes {DIGITAL DISCOGRAPHY} + INDIEGOGO-EXCLUSIVE TREE SPIRIT POSTCARD with hand-drawn stop motion animation art by Sara N. Abtahi printed with vegetable based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled papers and printed poetry by Eve Bradford, which will also conclude the documentary film.

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  • $25USD
    MEDIA WING 

    Includes {VELVET ROOT} + Occupy 2nd Edition, Reflections on Class War, Rebellion, and Repression written by Noam Chomsky, featuring cover art by R. Black, photography by Alex Fradkin and Stanley Rogouski, and a “What To Do If You Get Arrested” guide for protestors written by The National Lawyers Guild + Indiegogo-exclusive Tree Spirit bookmark with hand-drawn stop motion animation art by Sara N. Abtahi printed with vegetable based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled papers

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  • $30USD
    INDIA RITUAL GIFT

    I am leaving for India on September 17th 2013 for 3 months. With this perk you will receive a small gift from India! Please consider shipping cost.

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $45USD
    POLITICAL ART LOVERS

    Includes {MEDIA WING} + Indiegogo-exclusive Tree Spirit poster with hand-drawn stop motion animation art by Sara N. Abtahi printed with vegetable based inks on 100% post-consumer recycled papers

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  • $65USD
    LUSH ELECTRO TRIP-HOP

    Includes {MEDIA WING} + A package with 3 CDs by Artemis - Gravity 11 track album; Undone, 7 track album in beautiful Digipack - original artwork and photos; Orbits remixes CD

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    INDIA RITUAL GIFTING

    I am leaving for India on September 17th 2013 for 3 months. With this perk you will receive a gift from India! Please consider shipping cost.

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  • $100USD
    PLANETARY CATALYST

    Includes {POLITICAL ART LOVERS} + YOUR NAME IN THE FILM CREDITS + CoSM Journal of Visionary Culture, Volume 8: Community featuring amazing art, articles and photography by international artists curated by Delvin Solkinson and published by Alex and Allison Grey. The director's photography is showcased in CoSM. CoSM opens up dialogues helping to inform our ability to design, develop and evolve new kinds of community to fit with the unique challenges and opportunities of the modern world.

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  • $125USD
    VELVET ROOT PHILANTHROPIST

    Includes {PLANETARY CATALYST} + A Dream Foreclosed by Laura Gottesdiener + A digital copy of Neirika, Bérangère Maïa Parizeau's first book with indiegogo-exclusive added content. Neirika explores the interconnected boundaries of neo-shamanism and ecological consciousness within the global context of the human ecological crisis.

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  • $250USD
    CRYSTALLINE META-MEDIA

    CRYSTALLINE META-MEDIA: Includes{VELVET ROOT PHILANTHROPIST} + Neirika, Bérangère Maïa Parizeau's first book, signed. Neirika explores the interconnected boundaries of neo-shamanism and ecological consciousness within the global context of the human ecological crisis.

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  • $450USD
    HIMALAYA PHOTOGRAPHY

    Large HD photography by Bérangère Maïa Parizeau of a Drung woman featured in “Tree Spirit”. The Drung valley is located at the foothills of the Himalaya mountains. Drung women born before 1949 have their entire face tattooed. This practice was banned by Mao Zedong in 1949. There were 18 of these woman alive when I visited the region in 2012. There was no road access until 1998. Since 2009, about 50 foreigners have travelled there each year, totalling approximately 200 foreigners by 2012.

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  • $500USD
    TREE SPIRIT DIRECTOR TALK

    I will give a talk in French or English on the global ecological crisis and present the film at a conference or public event anywhere in North America. Your organization will be responsible for round-trip train transportation and accommodation fees. Estimated Delivery: Between September 2014 – January 2016

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  • $600USD
    SPIRIT GATES SERIES

    Spirit Gates 3 X large HD photography series by Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau, numbered and signed + Includes {CRYSTALLINE META-MEDIA}

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  • $675USD
    BODY ART

    Custom abstract tribal tattoo design in the style of the director's self-designed personal tattoo + Includes {MEDIA WING} To receive pictures of my tattoo please email VelvetRoot@gmail.com!

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $800USD
    WONDER CHINA SERIES

    5X large HD Photograph series by Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau, numbered and signed. Five of my favourite photographs, which were taken during my four-month journey in northwestern Yunnan Province, China, summer 2012. This series is composed of landscape photography and portraits. This series of photographs is professional HD quality + Includes {MEDIA WING}

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  • $1,000USD
    TREE SPIRIT DIRECTOR TALK

    I will give a talk in French or English on the global ecological crisis and present the film at a conference or public event anywhere in the world. Your organization will be responsible for round-trip transportation fees and accommodation.

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  • $5,000USD
    VISUAL POETRY

    Surrealist abstract painting by Bérangère Maïa Parizeau. This visual artwork will be composed of figurative elements made with non-toxic acrylic paint on canvas. This will be a special abstract artwork.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $12,000USD
    META-POESIS

    Surrealist abstract painting by Bérangère Maïa N. Parizeau. This visual artwork will be composed of figurative elements made with non-toxic acrylic paint on canvas, inspired by paintings of female figures playing flute in Tang dynasty China. I will make a masterpiece for you!

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  • $25,000USD
    PLANETARY SOULFULNESS

    With this level of support for Velvet Root Media you will be acknowledged in the credits as planetary benefactors and Velvet Root Films philanthropists + Updates on the production process with exclusive pictures and commentary!!!

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