Ten years in the making, Mark Kitchell’s epic film A Fierce Green Fire is coming home. We’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to carry us the last mile and we invite you to join us. Please have a look at: Kickstarter Campaign
A Fierce Green Fire is the first big-picture history of environmentalism – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years worldwide; people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization – the film explores struggles to save nature against the destructive impact of humanity. It’s about the battle for a living planet.
Now, thanks to a grant from Sundance Documentary Fund, final editing has begun and we’re shooting interviews with Paul Hawken, Stewart Brand and others. Plans are to “lock picture” (finish creative work) by the end of June.
So the $50,000 we hope to raise via Kickstarter is crucial to finishing the film. The funds will be used for:
— keeping editor Ken Schneider working for 6-8 weeks finishing a fine-cut
— sending a colleague to Brazil to film the last interviews — with Marina Silva, environmental hero and presidential candidate
— and with Mary Allegretti, the anthropologist who discovered and worked with Chico Mendes
— archival research and mastering, paying the rest of the Fierce Green team
— and other expenses like travel to Hot Docs Forum, a premier pitching event.
Kickstarter is a cool way to support films, crowd-funding via the internet. We set a goal and time: $50,000 in 40 days. You pledge whatever you wish; all it takes is a click. If we make it, your pledges are redeemed. If not, nada. Our Kickstarter page has a hot new trailer, plus rewards for various levels of support. The Fierce Green team is also releasing daily bites from the interviews: Bill McKibben on the movement’s difficulty with climate change; Paul Watson on the first time Greenpeace confronted whalers; and fifty still to come — follow us over the next month. Here are links to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. There’s lots more information about the film, the story, and who’s in it on our website: www.afiercegreenfire.com.
Please go to Kickstarter Campaign and pledge whatever you can. Everything helps and it’s gonna take a lot of love. If you want to make a tax-deductible donation, our 501(c)3 sponsor is the San Francisco Film Society. Make a check payable to them and send it to us at 1016 Lincoln Blvd #10, San Francisco CA 94129. Post A Fierce Green Fire on your Facebook page and send a message to your friends. Better yet, forward this email to twenty people you think would be interested. We want to go viral. We’re also building a list for outreach when the film releases. So this is a good time to join our network. Please help us spread the word!
I’m worried about stalling a month from the finish line, having years of work come to a crashing halt. With your help this exciting and important film will premiere at Sundance next January and go on to great success – inspiring, rallying and educating millions of people all over the world, moving the movement forward.
Join us! Be fierce!
Mark Kitchell & the Fierce Green Team
mark (at) afiercegreenfire.com
1016 Lincoln Blvd #10, San Francisco CA 94129
Filmmaker Mark Kitchell