Please help us reach our stretch goal in The Tar Sands Reporting Project Kickstarter campaign
Go deep into peoples' lives: First Nations, environmentalists, academics, those impacted by pollution from the tar sands, those profiting personally from its economic benefits.
Visit oil workers and environmentalists in their homes and capture the conversations taking place over dinner tables and to tell these stories to our audience.
Provide an ongoing record of the challenges environmental groups are facing as they battle tar sands projects and the changes the Canadian government undergoes in its determination to get Canada's bitumen to Asian and U.S. markets.
- Explore tar sands water pollution's affects on communities and families and look at what industry is doing to mitigate this.
The more funds we can raise, the better we can make these stories.
New to Kickstarter? Here's how the process works.
A person who supports a project is called a "backer." The process of giving money to the project is called a "pledge." In return for your pledge, we (the creators of the campaign) are able to offer "rewards," depending on the amount you pledge.
We're deeply grateful for support at whatever level is right for you.
Pledge $25 and get a signed copy of Extract, our book on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline controversy.
You can also pledge $50 to receive a Tar Sands Reporting Project T-shirt.
Pledge $350 or more and receive a print of Zack Embree's iconic photo from the 2013 Healing Walk in Fort McMurray.
Get a special print of this photograph of the Spirit Bear of the Great Bear Rainforest when you pledge $500 or more.
Risks and challenges
Everything's harder in practice than it is in theory when it comes to creating great reporting.
These are stories unfolding out in the real world. Nothing is scripted, and anything can happen. This can turn out to be a really beautiful and amazing thing, but also a really trying, difficult and sometimes dangerous thing. We appreciate your patience and support through the year.
In traveling to the tar sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta, and in Northern BC along pipeline routes, it's bitter cold in winter, and conditions are unpredictable. This can make everything much harder.
Another challenge at this point is funding for completing the film we've started and would like to complete. We set our Kickstarter goal to cover the bare minimum of getting us back to the tar sands and to Northern B.C. and through a year of reporting and writing. It will NOT cover costs such as paying to have the film completed, or paying for short videos we really need to do along with the written stories.
So -- all funds beyond our goal will help greatly! They'll go toward film and video so we can craft the story in moving pictures, too, and get it out to the world.
Thank you for believing in this project and for being a part of telling this very important story.