It’s what I’ve been waiting for – I’m Canadian and I can finally ‘#Kickit’ 100% Canadian!
Today, Kickstarter officially opened their crowdfunding platform to allow Canadian Creators to connect their own Canadian accounts to their projects. Canadians can finally REALLY Kick It!
In the past, as I had done with my 1st feature film and 1st Kickstarter project, One Night in Seattle and the Race to Sundance, I had to find a US partner for the Amazon Accounts end of the project. I could start the project, be the owner of the project, design the project and the project could even be ‘from’ Canada, but all the background financial information had to be arranged with a US counterpart – at that time, Kickstarter was using Amazon Accounts in the background to handle all the pledges and the final funds transfer, which can only handle US accounts.
I took a risk back then with a US Facebook friend and, well, the rest is history. We rallied up a Kickstarter Team of backers and successfully raised over $16,000 to complete a director’s edit of my 1st feature film One Night in Seattle as an emerging Canadian Filmmaker, in time to submit to the Sundance Film Festival. The film is now starting the film festival circuit and I am proud to announce that we are on the short list to screen in my hometown at the Calgary International Film Festival this September! Bringing it HOME!
With that amazing experience under our belts, I have been working towards the launch of my next
Kickstarter Project, Overland and Outposts, which is an experimental, private series (not for broadcast) is planned to co-launch with Kickstater,
Canada in my hometown, Calgary, Alberta, Canada on September 9, 2013.
Overland and Outposts is based on a True Story – my true story about how obsession led to near death and wayward enlightenment – a 7 year journey, impossible to stop, impossible to forget. The series explores Indie Film, the Dakar Rally, Solo Travel, and Vision Quests and opens the door to my creative process throughout the entire editing process via the private series and live Google+ Hangouts for ongoing feedback and Q&A as each of the 26 episodes are crafted and released to my Kickstarter Team.
As with my 1st feature dramatic film, One Night in Seattle, I am only looking to raise funds to complete the edit. I have the content captured and just need the gift of time to pull it all together, and I will take my Kickstarters on a private expedition with me, back to where it all started for this Canadian Film Girl, and wrap a 2nd film project that has been 8 years in the making.
I can’t wait to share another journey with you. I know where we are headed and I hope you are as excited as I am about a group about to Kick It, in true Canadian style!