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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.

Shawna Sundance Pass

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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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

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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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2013 Sundance | Which Way is the Front Line From Here? Film Summary

Film thoughts off the top of my head and from my heart – the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

I have to say that right off the opening, the film struck a cord.

“Photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was always searching for the humanity within wartime conflict… [not] simply looking for the action; instead, [he] chose to focus on the many small moments that make war real… [with] compassion and intense curiosity about the human spirit.”

Managing to sneak into the premiere screening of the documentary film, “Which Way is the Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington” was the first miraculous feat – I was #76 in the wait list line for a theatre where typically only 36 will be admitted after festival Pass and Ticket Holders have been seated.

Being a premiere, the film was opened by New York-based writer and journalist Sebastian Junger, not only the director of the film, but one of Tim’s war photojournalist and film colleagues and close friend.

These men have been at the front lines, capturing the real story and in Libya in 2011, one didn’t make it home.

The film captures the beauty of Tim’s tireless compassion coupled with his inability to not just stand behind the lens in moments of crisis and in moments of pure, real humanity.

The Unique Vision of Tim Hetherington : Photos on CNN

In one scene, Tim steps out of the adrenaline of war, making time to take portraits of a few children living in these active war zones. He pulls out his tripod, sets up a medium format box camera and engages with the heart and spirit of the children. The result? Nothing less than something simply beautiful.

A rebel commander orders the execution of the only doctor in the rebel’s make-shift clinic in a beer factory. Tim steps in, risks his own life, steps out from behind his camera and negotiates for the native doctor’s life. The doctor is set free and is back to treating war patients in minutes.

Covering the US platoon in Afghanistan while everyone was getting much needed sleep, Tim was working, capturing the soldiers – the men at rest. What he captured was what no other photojournalist had; the platoon of men, young men – vunerable and peaceful at sleep – on the front lines in the middle of a war. This collection of photography defines Tim’s overall vision and his truth about the nature of war – that there is another side, a very real human side, on both sides of the front line.

Sleeping Soldiers

I left the film with an intense understanding of my own work and my innate need to capture the stories I see – what I see and the inability to separate myself from the story.

Tim was driven to understand the truth of war and to share that which he saw – which most never see. He slowed down long enough to see the people behind the guns, the walls and the front lines. He could not separate himself from their stories, he was a part of their story. Observation did not register with him – only immersion – only then did he feel he could honestly understand and tell the stories, find the truth behind the war.

What did he find? That the truth about combat was not just about war and fighting.

Tim revealed and captured a deeper truth about human spirit and the unparalleled brotherhood that forms between strangers in the worlds most hostile of environments – regardless of where they are from, these moments bind them together, forever, in an unspoken understanding – until now.

Worth the watch in my books.

Shawna.


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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in FilmLOG

 

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DakarLOG – Rally Tunisia Libya 2009 invite | Miracle

April 19, 2009 – 9:00am – Marseille, France

Writing this, the time and location, it all seems a little too unreal.  Just one week ago, I had a completely  different week planned for myself.  One of reflection, redirection and a new beginning.  One that would put me on the road to my parent’s cabin in British Columbia’s Kootney Lake for a few weeks.  One that was to turn me and my film career (if you could call it that just yet) from the off-road adventures of “Chasing the Desert” – which had become more like a black comedy of sorts – and back in to the writers seat for a while, to dream of a few new beginnings and hack at a few of the old ones…  Time to start over again, time to start fresh.

That lasted all of 24 hours, as all my grand plans seem to these days, right up till  3pm on Easter Sunday…  Sitting on the beach at Crab Park, Vancouver, just outside my Gastown loft, another call to adventure – actually something larger than that, dropped into my iPhone from France, beckoning me back overseas, back into action, offering me up my one last shot at recovering from an unpredictable and unfortunate turn of events back in January of 2008.

On January 4th, 2008, an event, a story…  a dream I risked far to much on an idea of an experience and that experience ended up becoming far different than I could ever have expected.  Fact is, the event never ended up happening.  The event was the legendary Dakar Rally, a 15 day, 5000KM endurance and navigation rally race through Europe and Northern Africa.  But on January 4th and 12 noon, the rally became more than a legend – it wrote history.  12 hours prior to the start of it’s 30th edition, the race organizers cancelled the entire rally after a series of terrorist actions in Mauritania the week before which culminated with deaths of French tourists over the Christmas holiday.

The famous Paris-Dakar Rally had become the flagship of off-road rallies for professional and amateur racer and everyone stood that day, lost.

I stood there that day lost and broken, and literally broke.  I, like many of the competitors, gave everything to be in the rally even just once in a lifetime, to be a part of this seemingly unstoppable event that many only dream of setting foot inside of.  Like the Titanic, this event sank and not all had access to lifeboats to make it ashore.  A part in all of us died that day.  Not just a childhood dream, but a belief that anything is possible… that if one is strong enough, courageous enough, give enough, one can live a dream.

We all risked more than most would to get there and like in that nightmare poker game, all saw it swiftly disappear when the cards hit the table on the first hand.  I alone was out my day job, roughly $50,000, 8 months of production and no way to get home to Canada.  I’m an independent filmmaker, this was to be my first documentary that I was self funding at that point and my insurance didn’t cover an event cancellation – no one’s did.  I am still one of the lucky ones with only bankruptcy staring at me on the near horizon…

Jump ahead 6 months…

I guess I am a little crazy, or so I thought at Easter, but a competing race organization to the Dakar Rally contacted me to assist them in securing a North American broadcaster to air their daily race summaries and to introduce their 10 day rally in Tunisia and Libya to a North American audience.  Basically what I have been fighting so hard and long to do with the Dakar Rally for 2 and a half years now.  This offer was different.  They turned the tables and instead of the 20,000 Euro entry fees and the 20,000 Euro license and rights fees, this organization had just invited me out AND offered both my footage and their footage for free – no cost.  A bit of a shocker on Easter afternoon (I am starting to like the Easter Bunny for more than the rice-crispy-chocolate treat in bunny form) – and a lot unexpected as I would have to be on a plane in 4 days to France to catch the boat…

So, do I give up everything again?  Risk my own sanity again?  Walkaway from my family who I was going to meet at the lake?  My friends who I had committed to plans with?  Myself and this so called life I keep trying to wrangle up and set on a sane course?  Will things wait for me this time when before they slipped through my fingers?  What will 3 weeks from my life look like this time, especially since I seem to be in a vortex of very odd occurrences as it is?

One thing it did mean – ok, 2 things…

#1: I will have the professional footage I need to complete an amazing documentary on my own personal journey chasing the Dakar Rally  AND have more than enough for an incredible episodic pilot that would lead up to both the Moroccan Rally AND the Dakar 2010 Rally to sell to a North American broadcaster.

#2: Originally, before the documentary was even conceived, I was just writing a feature dramatic film with the rally event as a backdrop to a brother story.  All I initially wanted was to participate in the rally to write the most realistic action sport adventure script possible…

This Easter egg….  this Easter Miracle…  just put me back in the driver’s seat and into the heart of the African desert and into the heart of an endurance and navigation rally.  This means that at the end of the most trying and difficult creative, financial, personal and professional journey I have ever taken to this point in my life…  I am given back more than just my first little dream when I thought it was long lost.  I am given the chance to finish my dramatic feature film script that I started over 2 and a half years ago…  and, I am given the chance to give back.

So, what did I do?  I put everything on the line again.  My day job, friends, family, my health…  my life.  Of course this time I called everyone before hand because this would have to be something I can share and celebrate on my return.  It’s no longer my journey – me, my family and friends have all invested to much to date and this is my last shot at finding an end to a story long over due.

That little dream I watched die away on January 4th, 2008, has come back to life.  It looks a little different, but it feels right.  I think there is something exciting we can do with this.  For me, my project and for the desert.  I may be filing for bankruptcy this week (funny to do from France), but all my work and what I ultimately envisioned, still has a fighting chance…

The boat to Tunisia leaves tomorrow from the Port in Marseille.  I am sitting in my hotel recovering from a fever break at 39 degrees celcius just a day ago in the Frankfurt Airport, but I am recovering, charging my batteries and holding onto the hope that this time – it’s the right time for this little story of mine.

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Shawna

 

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DakarREEL – CFG LIVE in Morocco | Map Film-bites

Shawna Cox | CFG is…  on Facebook.  “Be my friend – and HANG ON!” for photos of Baja 500, 1000, The Dakar Rally and every ADVENTURE inbetween and behind the scenes… 

Indie and Adventure Filming and Event info?  Join the Canadian Film Girl | CFG Facebook Fan Page

2008 Dakar Rally Race Route, Morocco, October 2008: Making of “Chasing the Desert”…  

Escaping Flash floods, desert nights, Canadian Girls racing hidden trails, deep inside the ‘Medina’ of Marrakech, hot diggity scarabs and a wee-bit-of night dune driving (and running the battery down…)??

–>>  “Where’s Shawna on the map?”

http://racetrackinginternational.com/tracking/shawna.php?raceID=8

–>>  Shawna’s Video Diary:
http://racetrackinginternational.com/multimedia/shaunacoxmedia.php

 

Canadian Film Girl | CFG, Shawna Cox

Canadian Film Girl | CFG, Shawna Cox

 

Who knew I would ever sit in the middle of the desert at night and be filming, editing and uploading daily film-bites.  1 HDV camera, 2 VIO-POV 1 car cams, 1 Mac laptop, 1 Iritrack GPS tracker, 1 crazy group of Canadians, 1 4×4, and 1 satellite way up in the sky (@ 7 euros a megabite, I might add = $200 + per 2 minute video)

where in the world is CFG....

where in the world is CFG....

I am on my last two days on the trail after a whirlwind 2 days in Cannes, France for the MIPCOM film market, then a midnight flight to Marrakech, Morocco.  I am currently on day 6???  …I think, and will be touching ground in Madrid, London, Toronto and finally home to Vancouver by next monday.  
I have been racing around Morocco, chasing Mark Miller’s Dakar Rally past  (Mark ends up in Morocco basically just as I leave…  timing) for the background for the 2009 Dakar Rally Documentary – the old Dakar Rally trail.  
I currently have a live map following our journey (the same iritrack as used on Dakar for the racers) as well as daily 2 minute film bites.  IRC stepped up to the plate to embed media into their live race maps – this is the first test.  
The tracker didn’t get started until 2 days into the trip, but the videos have been going well – uploading via satilite from the middle of the desert…  who knew.  (Rob!  what happened to video # 002 ??? 😉  

Thanks for keeping up with me, hot on the trail of Mark Miller (Team Volkswagen) and the 2009 Dakar Rally…    www.dakar.com

Good night from afar.

S
 
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Posted by on October 21, 2008 in DakarLOG, EventLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG

 

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Morocco Transmission #4 – Full Moon

Oct 14, 2008 – Day 4 chasing the desert.

A full moon in Morocco tonight. There’s more to tell. More to this story. There’s more to tell. More to this story. That is in my blackbook. I will publish that when I am home. Funny thing how I set out to capture one story. Not so funny thing how it all unfolds into a story that I am wish I could escape from. Chasing the Dakar Rally seems like a walk in the park over navigating this trip I’m on. I wish I could wake up from this.

10 day trip to Morocco to trace the steps of past Dakar Rally legends – Daily Satellite uploads and Live GPS tracking.

Day 4: Night Desert driving and sleeping on a dune.

sample opening footage for the Dakar Rally Documentary Project

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2008 in BlackBOOKS, DakarLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG

 

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DakarLOG – Pat’s 2008 Morocco Trek Log 03 | Route

pat trahan Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 10:22 PM
Reply-To: pat trahan
To: shawna cox
Hi Shawna, cool for the room, I think you will like it!! :)Ok here a little bit about our route.. I am still working on the coordinates. But it is very flexible.. We can change it at any moment!! it is a proposed route!
13 – Arrival Patrick – Marrak. Get stuff ready – Riad
14 – Arrival Shawna – night in marrak – Riad
15 – Day in Marrak – Going to Rally rose des sables – Night in Bivouac of organisation
16 – Going to a CP to film continue Liason North – lots of KM – Night in small village
17 – Going on the Dakar route – Night on Bivouac
18 – Sand dunes in Erfoud – Bivouac in the big Dunes – Camel Trek
19 – Going South on the Dakar route – Night in Small Village
20 – Going south to Agadir – Night at my friend Surf Camp
21 – Day at the beach surf lesson, going to Marrak – Night in Marrak
22 – Day in Marrak – bring back 4×4 – transfer to aeroportI will send you more detail on a map once I am done…
Do you need cofee in the morning?
Are you alergic to any food?
Do you like wine, Pastis, hihi. Just checking.
Bring emodium, tylenol, etc

Talk to you soon

P

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shawna cox  Mon, Oct 6, 2008 at 10:56 PM
To: pat trahan
are we close to the fossil pit / rock pit Mark Miller mentioned?  🙂  I like fossils….  🙂  Want to go there…. 😦

All looks good – are we camping in the small villages? What’s the accommodation like there – home stays? $$?  desert camping is cool still too.
What’s ‘Pastis’?  Coffee would be good, but not neccessary – NOT TIM HORTONS!  HA!
No allergies – Just not a lot of Dairy or sweet things.  Looking forward to good staples of camping and the desert and Morocco.  Nothing super fancy – simpler is better for me.  Wine is good, but not a lot as I can react to the sulfides – what ever Moroccans drink.
Map will be cool to post on the blog!
woo!
s
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pat trahan <rallyedakar@yahoo.ca> Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:59 AM
To: shawna cox
Yes we will go to the fossil pit!  In the small village we either will have to get a cheap hostel, 10 euro per niight or go further. I never camp near villages. But if you like bivouac that is good too. We stop at the village get the food and drink and go out in the desert! I prefer that.
You will have the time of your life, I hope you will like the desert as much as I love it!!
I can’t wait.
It will be very simple for camping because I cant bring much in my luggage and we cannot buy camping equipment there.
Talk to you soonPat
 
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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in DakarLOG, FilmLOG, TravelLOG

 

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