About the Team
Long-time Kessler Crane Supporters have announced a new project documenting the effects of the Pacific Garbage Patch upon thousands of albatrosses. To find out more about the project, please see below.
From The Filmmaker
Please join our process— this is your chance to empower us and be part of delivering our lyrical and urgent message about the health of our world, to a global audience.
Our goal is to fully own the film when it is released, debt-free and without any investors influencing our decisions with a profit motive. That way, we will be in a position to gift our film to the world by putting it up on the internet for free! Our trailer has had over 3.6 million plays, and our goal is to reach a billion people with the film itself. The next step is up to you!
Please pass this along far and wide, and contribute something if you can, however small. Every donation helps, and there are cool rewards including signed original Chris Jordan photos and other goodies. Many thanks to you all and we can’t wait to share our film with you in 2013!
~with love from Jan and the Midway film team.
About This Project
Midway’s powerful message of beauty and love is poised to reach a global audience.
The MIDWAY film will take the viewer on a stunning visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.
Near the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Midway Island is one of the most remote places on Earth, and the iconic site of a world-changing naval battle. Today Midway is inhabited by a million Laysan albatrosses– magnificent and beautiful seabirds who range over the entire Pacific from their home base on the island. Midway is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of natural wonder and human history, and it also serves as a powerful lens into a shocking environmental tragedy: tens of thousands of albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Returning to the island over several years, our team has witnessed and filmed cycles of birth, life, and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our time. With internationally acclaimed artist Chris Jordan as our guide, our film will walk directly into the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we discover a unexpected doorway to a deeply felt experience of hope, beauty and reverence for the mystery and miracle of our world. Stepping far outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of renewal and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the globe.
Through this KICKSTARTER we hope to finance our two final trips to Midway to complete our filming, including the cost of a remote-controlled helicopter and pilot to film spectacular aerial shots of the island; and the cost of bringing a world-class editor onto our team to help us cut the film together.
We also are seeking additional funding to complete production of the film for release. This includes the cost of the musical score (original composition and studio recording); sound editing and mix-down fees; color correction and title editing; production of multiple versions of the film for release through television, internet, theaters, etc.; translation of the film into multiple languages for international release; creation of educational curriculum materials for teachers; creation of a state-of-the art website and mobile apps with user forums and additional resource materials; and other associated costs to reach a global audience with our message.
We are a team of devoted artists who believe that the mythical story of Midway has the power to break open the hearts and minds of viewers worldwide. Our job is simply to honor this story as it has revealed itself to us, and deliver it to a global audience with the best quality filming, editing, production, and distribution that we can achieve. The process has been transformational to everyone on our team, and we look forward to sharing our results with you in 2013. Thank you for your contribution.
If you would like to contribute, please visit their kickstarter page!