Midway’s powerful message of beauty and love is poised to reach a global audience.
The MIDWAY film will take the viewer on a stunning visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy.
Near the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Midway Island is one of the most remote places on Earth, and the iconic site of a world-changing naval battle. Today Midway is inhabited by a million Laysan albatrosses– magnificent and beautiful seabirds who range over the entire Pacific from their home base on the island. Midway is a multi-layered kaleidoscope of natural wonder and human history, and it also serves as a powerful lens into a shocking environmental tragedy: tens of thousands of albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the Pacific Garbage Patch.
Returning to the island over several years, our team has witnessed and filmed cycles of birth, life, and death of these birds as a multi-layered metaphor for our time. With internationally acclaimed artist Chris Jordan as our guide, our film will walk directly into the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy—and our own complicity—head on. And in this process, we discover a unexpected doorway to a deeply felt experience of hope, beauty and reverence for the mystery and miracle of our world. Stepping far outside the stylistic templates of traditional environmental or documentary films, MIDWAY will take viewers on a lyrical guided tour into the depths of their own spirits, delivering a profound message of renewal and love that is already reaching an audience of millions of people around the globe.
Please join our story
Through this KICKSTARTER we hope to finance our two final trips to Midway to complete our filming, including the cost of a remote-controlled helicopter and pilot to film spectacular aerial shots of the island; and the cost of bringing a world-class editor onto our team to help us cut the film together.
We also are seeking additional funding to complete production of the film for release. This includes the cost of the musical score (original composition and studio recording); sound editing and mix-down fees; color correction and title editing; production of multiple versions of the film for release through television, internet, theaters, etc.; translation of the film into multiple languages for international release; creation of educational curriculum materials for teachers; creation of a state-of-the art website and mobile apps with user forums and additional resource materials; and other associated costs to reach a global audience with our message.
Every contribution helps, however small!
We are a team of devoted artists who believe that the mythical story of Midway has the power to break open the hearts and minds of viewers worldwide. Our job is simply to honor this story as it has revealed itself to us, and deliver it to a global audience with the best quality filming, editing, production, and distribution that we can achieve. The process has been transformational to everyone on our team, and we look forward to sharing our results with you in 2013. Thank you for your contribution.
~with big smiles from chris jordan and the Midway team.
FRANCAIS: Le projet de long métrage MIDWAY entraîne les spectateurs dans un voyage visuellement puissant et mystérieux sur une île du coeur du Pacifique. L’enjeu de l’exploration est grand: Midway, cette île pourtant si magnifique, est entourée par le Pacific Gyre, un continent de déchets mettant en danger les espèces vivantes. Appréciez la beauté du monde et aidez nous à la préserver. Partagez Midway, le symbole d’un nouveau débat allant bien au delà d’une petite île et veuillez soutenir notre projet qui ne saura être fait sans votre participation. Grâce à cette générosité, rendons ensemble le monde un meilleur endroit pour tout êtres vivants.
Nous sommes fortement reconnaissants de votre engagement.
PORTUGUÊS: MIDWAY é um projeto cinematográfico que leva sua audiência a uma poderosa jornada visual, dentro do coração de uma tragédia ambiental incrivelmente simbólica. Por favor nos ajude a compartilhar MIDWAY com o mundo ao fazer uma doação para nosso projeto cinematográfico. Nós fazemos uma reverência em sinal de gratidão por toda sua gentileza e interesse em fazer do mundo um lugar melhor para todos os seres vivos.
ESPAÑOL: MIDWAY es un proyecto cinematográfico que lleva a su audiencia en un intenso viaje visual al centro de una asombrosa tragedia ambiental. Por favor ayúdanos a dar a conocer MIDWAY al mundo por medio de tus donaciones para nuestro proyecto cinematográfico. Agradecemos tu bondad e interés para convertir el mundo en un mejor lugar para todos los seres.
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A bit about our MIDWAY team:
CHRIS JORDAN – DIRECTOR
Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist. His images explore contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective unconscious. Edge-walking the lines between art and activism, beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his haunting works ask us to look both inward and outward at the traumatized landscape of our collective choices. Jordan’s multi-award winning work reaches an increasingly broad audience through his exhibitions, books, website, interviews on radio and television, and speaking engagements and school visits all over the world.
TERRY TEMPEST WILLIAMS – NARRATOR/WRITER
Internationally known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge – An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger – Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red – Passion and Patience in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her newest book Mosaic: Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. In 2006, Ms. Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks.
SABINE EMILIANI – EDITOR
Sabine Emiliani’s documentary editing has garnered accolades from Sundance to Cannes to the Academy Awards. Ms. Emiliani’s 2006 Oscar-winning documentary, “March of the Penguins,” earned critical and commercial success, including over $127 million at the box office alone. Ms. Emiliani’s work has won the prestigious American Cinema Editors Award for “Best Editing for a Documentary” as well as numerous “Best Documentary Film” awards worldwide.
STEPHANIE LEVY – PRODUCER
Stephanie is an internationally recognized award winning producer. She recently produced the independent feature film, David, winner of many prestigious awards, including: the Ecumenical Prize at the Montreal World Film Festival, Special Jury Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival. Stephanie is a committed animal advocate, developing community educational outreach programs, and producing short films and PSAs designed to raise awareness towards the compassionate treatment of animals. Her nurturing and empathetic nature combined with considerable business savvy and experience, brings a focused and sharp eye to every project she undertakes.
Stephanie is so pleased to be part of the MIDWAY team, a visual feature length journey into the alarmingly sad effect of plastic garbage in the Pacific Ocean. She bows in gratitude daily.
JAN VOZENILEK – DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Jan is a multi-talented cinematographer and photographer, and founder of Copper Sky Productions based in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Established in 1998, his film production company has created numerous short documentaries, travel films and corporate promos for an array of clients worldwide. Jan’s passions include environmental education and telling extraordinary stories that bring together people, nature, cinematic beauty, and history.
ROB MATHES – COMPOSER
Rob Mathes is an arranger/composer, nationally renowned music producer / director and a performer. Rob has produced recordings by Rod Stewart, Bettye Lavette, Carly Simon, Vanessa Williams, and the young bands Panic at The Disco and The Young Veins. In the past year he has produced two records for Sting; 2010’s Symphonicities, and Live In Berlin, and arranged much of the music for Sting’s Symphonicity Tour with the Royal Philharmonic, serving as that tour’s Music Producer/Director. He also produced half of the new Matthew Morrison record, the star of the TV show Glee, including duets with Sir Elton John and Gwyneth Paltrow.
JIM HURST – SOUND ENGINEER AND CAMERA ASSISTANT
Jim is a photographer, cinematographer and sound recordist. His recent credits include the award-winning film Bag It, the National Geographic Adventure series First Ascent, and the controversial film Schooling the World.
JOE SCHWEERS – CINEMATOGRAPHER
Joe has been involved in the film industry for several years as a cinematographer and editor on many projects, primarily music videos and documentaries. He studied at the Art Institute of Vancouver and graduated with honors. He spent many years of his childhood growing up in the forest behind his house, and now, with a strong passion for nature and wildlife, he faces each project with an honest and curious eye, always striving to present truth with his lens. Joe enjoys studying and practicing film making techniques as well as figuring out a few new ones and taking them to the field to test them out. He often uses this as an excuse to stop everything and to get outside. From each new project and experience, he takes in valuable information on the art of film making and the little things that make the world such a beautiful and wonderful place.
MANUEL MAQUEDA – TRANSMEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHER
Manuel Maqueda is a journalist, a photographer, a veteran new media explorer and a writer and a lecturer on environmental strategy and transformations of human communication. He is involved in several leading web and media initiatives around the world, such as BlooSee, and is a co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
VICTORIA SLOAN JORDAN – ASSOCIATE PRODUCER / ASSISTANT
Victoria is the associate producer and assistant for the Midway Film project, handling tasks such as travel logistics, assembling budgets, and grant writing. Victoria is also a poet whose work has appeared in various venues, including Callaloo and The North American Review, and was recently featured on KUOW.org. Her poetry has enhanced the Midway Film blog (www.midwayjourney.com) and she continues to write pieces for the upcoming mobile app and book projects.