Our Teaser Video Kickstarter!

16 Jul

Life is full of many adventures if you are willing to seek them out. Here, in Russia we have been trying to investigate life, unfiltered and genuine in all its ugliness and beauty. In Siberia we spent some time in Baikalsk. Our time there ended in a rather educational misadventure: Christine, Dimitry and I were arrested while trying to obtain some needed footage of the paper mill there. It was our mistake: UNESCO was to arrive the next day to investigate pollution of Lake Baikal by the mill, and everyone was on a heightened watch for ‘eco terrorists and eco terrorist journalists.’ Woops. Given the 40 year history of environmental protests to close the mill, it is no surprise that everyone was on edge. Before you ask, don’t worry. We are fine! We had to give up all our footage, but despite the worrisome start the experience ended on a positive note. We made friends in the local police department and in the factory management. There is even hope that we will be able to return for an inside tour.

For today, Christine and I are back in Krasnouralsk to visit Vasiliy again with our friend Sveta to help us out. Today is Metallurgy Day, one of the biggest holidays in the Ural region because of the dependence on metal related industries. It is commonly celebrated by all mining and smelting towns around here and is quite a big deal. Parades, bands, parties, and games. Oh, and don’t worry, we also went mushroom hunting this morning. More on all of this later.

At this moment I would like to announce that we have launched our Kickstarter campaign and released the first of a few teaser videos. Please read the information on the kickstarter page for the what and why.

Links to our teaser video on Kickstarter

Christine and I really can’t express enough gratitude to everyone who has helped us with the project up to this point. With all that has already been given to help tell this story, it would be a shame to let it go to waste. So please, tell everyone you know about what we are doing! Every word passed on to new ears helps. Also, look forward to some posts elaborating on the killer items we will be making for you! It is borderline immature how excited we are about them. Maybe that just means we are crazy, but it could also mean they are as great as we think they are!

4 Responses to “Our Teaser Video Kickstarter!”

  1. Rachel July 18, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    Hey, just found out about your project from a friend, and I was like “I know that girl!” I’m excited to see the finished product and jealous of your adventures. Great job on the promo video too!

  2. Gramma Gail July 20, 2011 at 5:03 am #

    Josh,
    So glad you have your wonderful ways and winning smile. It must have helped in this situation and in becoming friends with the police and factory management. Assuming that you had all of your hard earned footage returned to you in tact!?
    The teaser video is good. Hope lots of people watch it and get inspired to donate to the fundraising with Kickstarter. They sound like an extremely interesting group to have connected with for your project.

    • Christine Armbruster July 20, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      Hello Gramma! Sadly, we had to give up that footage completely as part of our exchange to get out without further trouble. But, I think we are going back. Anyhow, thank you so much for everything! We are working on some more posts today so we will be in touch!

      Btw this is from Josh. I accidentally posted it from Christine’s account

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