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Change your mind,

Change the world.

PERMACULTURE
THE DOCUMENTARY

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$33,852

TOTAL FUNDS RAISED
Our Goal: 100K
Stage 1
Equipment
Stage 2
Equip & Research
Current Goal $20,000
Stage 3
TASMANIA Production
Stage 4
Post Production
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With the Corona Virus putting the world on hold, Regina and I decided to help other grow food while in lockdown and are creating a 5 part mini-series all about HOW TO GROW FOOD FROM SCRATCH by using the basics of  Permaculture Design and harnessing nature.

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Why we need your support?


When it comes to making a large film, a first impulse is to look for investment from the mainstream outlets; Netflix, Free to Air Networks, On-Domand and film distributors. The problem facing these avenues is that they all have contractual agreements where you sell the rights of the film. If you sold the rights to air on Netflix for instance, you would not be able to show the film anywhere else other than Netflix. Another problem that occurs is, once the rights are sold, the original concept of the film is often changed and moulded for sales and demographics. Distribution is about turning a profit, to appeal to a specific target audience and often at the expense of the film's original concept. So, to keep the concept of this film true, we figured the best way to keep full creative control is to fund it independantly. We are serious about inspiring people to change the world and the importance of this film isn't about turning a profit, it's about giving people the freedom to have access to what Permaculture offers. A practical solution to the problems we face and to give people the freedom to create the world they want to live in. We have decided to make this film independently so that it has no limitations of where, what or how the film is distributed and to have complete creative control over the integrity of the project. This is why we need your support. We aren't going to lie, making a film is a very complex and often a mis-understood process. To give you an idea, 1 minute of an average docuemntary film will cost about $20,000. This excludes any distribution and advertising. But hey, this film isn't being funded for profit, so we have reduced the costs down to what it takes to make the best quality film we can make. Sure, we could reduce the budget to a $20,000 film, but it's important to onot only us, but for you, the audience, to also enjoy the film and make it not only a film with a message, but an inspiring experience and these things unfortunately don't come cheap. Music, editing and cinematogeprahy are the nuts and bolts of what bring a film to the next level and on a personal level, we don't want to stint on these things to just produce a film. We figure if we are going to do it, we have to do it once and do it right. So, we've worked out that if we can reach $100,000 AU we can achieve our goals and create a film that will be one of the most truly beautiful, inspiring and moving films that can really change the world for the better. If you'd like to help make this project, please donate - HERE Once we've raised enough funds to cover the cost to make the film, and created it, we plan to release this film free to stream online.




What you get in return?


We want to make a film that gives you the tools and understanding of what Permaculture offers, so you can make a difference in your own way. We believe it's everyday people who will make the biggest impact and providing those tools will allow us to work together to make a difference.
This approach to making a film has never really been done before. Crowdfunding is nothing new, but making a film solely for the purpose to empower people is. It is unique because it offers everyone the ability to do something wherever they are across the globe. As we begin exploring characters and concepts for the film, we'll also be sharing these through a series of short films that will be available to stream online. On top of that, you will be a acredited as a supporter of the film in the credits and have access to exclusive video content. I will release more on this as the project takes form.




What is the film about?


What if the way to stop the destruction of the world isn’t so much about what we do, but more importantly, its how we think? Permaculture The Documentary is a 60 minute film that explores how a design system created by two Australians in the 1970's can hold the key for us all to live truly sustainably. Uncovering the fundementals of all life on earth and what lead us to the unprecidented events that threaten our modern way of life; discover how Permaculture's approach to living and thinking not only has the ability to provide us with the tools to live sustainably, but can reconnect us to the things that are truly important in life. Inspired by the design system Permaculture, invented by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970’s, this film explores how we all hold the power to reshape our future. Told through a blend of inspiring narratives, this film is set to empower and motivate a new generation of thinkers to create the world they want to live in.




Why are we making this film?


A few years ago we came up with the idea to make a film about Permauclture, because of so many of the problems we were facing with climate change left us feeling helpless. So many of the documentaries we watched talked about the problems, but left us without any real solutions for the future. This motivated us to make a film that would empower and inspire people and offer positive solutions that would work towards a sustainable future. This path ultimately lead us to Permaculture, where the idea of working with nature and designing it into our culture could create sustainable perminant culture - and this approach offered solutions to so many of the problems we were facing.

We had a look around at what else was out there and were suprised to find that, although there were films about Permaculture, there were no films that indentified this idea of working with nature - so we decided to create a film that truelly captures the essense of Permaculture and reconnect people to nature. Filmmakers Craig Clitheroe and Geoffrey Clitheroe release their first video to crowdfund the documentary.




What is Permaculture?


Permaculture can be seen as the most sustainable design system in the world. “A sustainable system is any system that produces more energy than it does to produce and maintain it.” – Bill Mollison


Permaculture is a creative design process that mimics the patterns and relationships found in nature and applies these concepts to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, technology, health, education and economics.

By mimicking the patterns in nature, we can create completely sustainable systems that not only benefits the environment, but benefits ‘us’ as people. Resources are respected and used in the most efficient and fair way that works within the laws of nature.

This way of thinking about the world isn’t new. Indigenous people connected to the land, in this way, but what Permaculture does is it takes those core values and ethics of; Care of Earth, Care of People and Fair Share and brings them into the ideals of the modern world. As these ideas developed, thinking tools have been created, drawn from past cultures that lived sustainably and re-implemented through principles that allow wholisitic design that is universal to any system anywhere around the world to become sustainable. It’s an integrated way of thinking about nature that allows us to live completely sustainably.

As an example when we look at a forest; a forest doesn’t require any external resources such as fertilisers, herbicides and water to thrive and yet, in modern agriculture we require all of these resources to grow food. So, if we want to grow as efficiently and abundantly as possible, why don’t we grow our food like a forest – So it becomes self sufficient, produces food and requires very little in put to thrive?

"The techniques and strategies used vary widely depending on the location, climatic conditions and resources that are available, but the foundations to this wholistic approach remain constant. Permaculture helps you become more resilient in an era of change."
- David Holmgren





 

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Our mission

Our mission is to create a film that empowers ordinary people to be able live sustainably where ever they are. By understanding how nature works, we can change our minds and change the world for the better.

It sounds big, but I truly believe that it is everyday people who will make the biggest impact. This is why we plan to release this film free to stream online, so that its message is available to everyone.

If we can reach our goal of raising $100,000 AU, then this film will be available all around the world, completely free to view online.

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