While Kickstarter is perhaps best known as a funding platform for quirky and innovative products, it's also home to hundreds of aspiring TV shows, movies, and documentaries. This week our Kickstarter roundup focuses on 4 outdoor documentaries that are currently seeking funding: Highline, The Monarch Ultra, Ducky Goes Up, and Unsurfed Afganistan!
The Uinta Highline Trail is amazing and this documentary follows 5 hikers (some of whom might look familiar) on their 10-day journey! This documentary focuses on the history of the area, their modern experience, and the stories of each hiker.
Experienced hikers have called the Uinta Highline Trail superior to the John Muir Trail. Yet very few people know about it. It managed to stay under the radar for decades. With permission from the Ashley National Forest, and the Uinta Wasache Cache National Forest, we set out for 10 days in July of 2018 to capture the story of this unknown place. Ten days. Five friends. One trek across Utah's Uinta Highline Trail.
Running from Canada to Mexico to follow the path of migrating monarch butterflies. Epic Run indeed, and all with the goal of raising awareness about the decline of monarch butterflies.
A team of film-makers, runners, and pollinator advocates will be telling the story of the flight of the monarch butterfly seen through the eyes of ultra-runners who will run the same distance of 4,200 km (2,610 miles) from southern Ontario to Mexico in the fall of 2019. The Monarch Ultra is the first attempt to run across North America (Canada, United States and Mexico) in order to raise awareness of monarch butterflies who make the migratory journey every year, and whose populations are in decline.
Any documentary that encourages people to live healthy outdoor lifestyles is good by us. Any documentary that accomplishes this while also highlighting adventurous, inspiring, and quality people like Bob is exceptional. We are excited to see this project come to life!
The goal of Ducky Goes Up is to educate and entertain viewers with Down syndrome and their communities about the relationship between being outside, healthy food, fun and fitness and a healthy and happy life. This is a movie for Bob and his friends with Down syndrome.
Afganistan and surfing. While not an immediately obvious combination, Unsurfed Afganistan is all about sharing passions with people you love.
Unsurfed Afghanistan is a documentary that follows Afridun Amu in his quest to bring joy to his homeland. What better way of doing this than sharing what you love with your people? In Afridun’s case this was tricky. Afridun adores surfing. But Afghanistan has no access to the sea. So how was he going to combine the two?
With the help of experienced (and yes, partially crazy:P) river-surfers we spotted locations no surfboard has ever touched. Ploughing through the risks of agitated streams underneath a calm whitish looking river surface, broken roads, temperature swings and cultural differences, we captured footage that unveils an almost mystical side of Afghanistan.