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Overland and Outposts : Kickstarter Canada

It’s what I’ve been waiting for – I’m Canadian and I can finally ‘#Kickit’ 100% Canadian!

Canadian Kickstarter

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.

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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.

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Overland and Outposts is based on a True Storymy 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.

Overland and Outposts on Kickstarter Canada

Overland and Outposts on Kickstarter Canada

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!

KICK-IT!  ~Shawna

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in FilmLOG, ShawnaLOG

 

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Film Poster : 2013 Summer concept

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Posted by on July 13, 2013 in FilmLOG

 

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2013 Film Festival Poster | concept 3

2013 Film Festival Poster, concept 3 for One Night in Seattle, the feature film.

2013 Film Festival Poster, concept 3 for One Night in Seattle, the feature film.

 

My rough concept for our 2013 Film Festival Posters for One Night in Seattle, the feature film!

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2013 in FilmLOG, One Night in Seattle

 

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NY Banksy War – Day One | Travel Log

Home was a hidden lakefront prairie paradise for a fledgling explorer – it’s now a golf course suburb. I’ve erased that place from the map of my mind and settled it’s shores in childhood fantasy – somewhere that never really existed – except in my mind.

I’m calling this the ‘NY Banksy War’ trip and I’ll let you in on a few secrets.

War.

I am in NY to meet Oscar nominated filmmaker, author of War, and war journalist, Sebastian Junger, who’s film I saw at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. I followed my gut to find him here. He has bunkered inside the worst war zone in Afghanistan and recommended my stay at Carlton Arms. I think I can trust him.

Keys.

New York’s Gramercy district opens with 3 keys in my hand. One to the front door of a derelict gem-of-an-art hotel that most never would know about. The second opens my shared-bath closet-of-a-room inside an art crawl of a dream. The third key is to a second lock I don’t put on my door.

Banksy.

“Banksy stays here.” It’s true. An art project of it’s own right – live-in artists, live-in cat – real edgy and definitely not a pre-fabed hotel-of-a-box that every city guilts showcasing. My room, 15b is right on the stairwell that the now infamous graffiti artist, Banksy took paint to the walls leaving his own dreams behind before the world claimed his guerrilla strokes of genius.

In a city that never sleeps, I slept 17 hours in a city where I typically indulge in melatonin and ear plugs. I slept without aid and woke to a note under my door – an art note – a Banksy mouse. Could it be? Real? I <;3 NY more than ever right now.

Outpost.

Cafe OST, hideout hydration outpost found on a wander in November is within wander distance from 15b. I afternoon with cappuccino and reward today's writings with house wine après 5 o’clock. This muted cafe anchors remote and reclusive life – a hip hidden place 'not to be seen'. My kinda place.

The lights change in the street and sky. Brick walkups, apartment blocks light up as owners return from another New York work day. I'm camped across the street, watch the locals on the sidewalk, taxis drop offs and pick ups – everyone makes their way home tonight.

I think about dinner. Who will be my host for eats before I set off to meet Sebastian for the first time – late drinks at his pub The Half King – if his schedule allows.

Partner in Crime.

I return to find another Banksy note and a graffiti spray can outside 15b! Ok, WHO is leaving secret notes and enabling me to commit an illegal act of art!? Banksy?!? What’s a girl to do tonight in NY with a spray can? Find a partner in crime. Hell yes.

Hello New York. Hello Bansky. I'm wide awake. I love you.

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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in TravelLOG

 

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2013 Sundance Film Festival – Officially Unofficial

Through hell and high water we made it to Sundance and we hosted a VERY unofficial, private screening of One Night in Seattle, with one of our Film Team members of the Kickstarter Producers, Andy Stanislav at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival!

2 films stood out  – after I got over the dream-like sensation of actually walking around at the Sundance Film Festival after so many years of wondering if I would ever be able to finish the film…

2 Documentaries moved my heart and made me follow their journey after the films finished…

Which Way is the Front Line From Here – The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington, a film by Sebastian Junger

and

The Moo Man, a film by Andy Heathcote

Do your research, find these films and…follow your heart.

See you soon at the next destination!!

~Shawna

Unofficially Official

Canadian Film Girl at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2013 in EventLOG, One Night in Seattle

 

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Film Music Download

You asked for it!

The talent behind the songs, Arran Fisher, of my home town, Calgary Canada, has created a little playlist for download, just for you, right here!!

A few lucky friends, crew, Kickstarters have been privy to one of two private screenings of the Director’s Edit of my first feature film, One Night in Seattle and all ask about where to find the music from the film!

Click Here –> Music from One Night in Seattle

Hope you are all still floating around in the dream world with me!! Woot!!

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~Shawna

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in FilmLOG, LogBOOKS

 

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Balance

I have come to not believe in, but rather have faith in, the balance of nature – or is the nature of balance.

My film girl world just had a sky rocketing event – which oddly delivered a bottoming out event at The Cubicle, The Day Gig.

Is this just the nature of things, balancing out? Is it a message hit on the tails of something more destined? Is it just human emotions and confusion with very synchronistic timing?

Either way, it puts the world into perspective. On many levels. Relationships. Legacy. Simple love of life and what it truely means to live with love in the minds eye.

Either way, I sit at Starbucks, settling into what shift in course to make, to take and to accept.

Funny thing, the Universe is. Seems to know Exacty where and when to poke you with it’s mischievious life shift stick.

I smile, because I finally trust that it knows what’s best for me. I smile because I feel I am finally truely starting to not only talk, but listen to it’s beautiful language. Love. Life. Light.

Have an amazing day – where ever you are in the universe. You aren’t alone – ever.

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Posted by on June 14, 2012 in ShawnaLOG, SherpaGURUS

 

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