The Next Big Project from Reel Thing! – by Rebecca Mayer

As some of you may already know, our team at Reel Thing Productions (BAG IT) has begun working on a new documentary film, Uranium Drive-In.

Next week Judy and Suzan will be headed to Toronto for the Hot Docs Pitch Fest, which is an international event where distributors, broadcast stations, and film acquisition companies gather. We hope to get seed money for the film after our presentation at the festival (they will have only 7 minutes to show our trailer and talk about the film!) It is exciting…we’ll be ‘pitching’ the film to an audience of 450 people! Our team is only one of seven American films invited to participate.

In a nutshell, Uranium Drive-In focuses on the families that live within a 40-mile radius of a proposed uranium mill, the first to be built in the US in 25 years, which is not far from Telluride. Some folks are for the mill, some are opposed, and our film gives voice to the people who live in this area and how they feel about this issue. We don’t take a position on uranium or mining, but hope to create a dialogue about energy and extractive processes on a larger scale. The film will be a character study and human interest story.

We are thrilled to have Ben Knight, of Felt Soul Media, on board as Director of Photography on the film.  His previous films, Red Gold and Eastern Rises, are beautifully rendered and visually stunning.  We hope you’ll think the same of Uranium Drive-In.

We’ve joined a campaign called KICKSTARTER that helps organizations raise small amounts of money to get their projects off the ground.  Please join our campaign with a donation to our project. You can make a donation of any amount, from $5 to $5000. Our goal for this campaign is $5,000.  This will be seed money to get the project off the ground in the grassroots fashion we believe in.

We have 30 days left to reach our goal and we are halfway there.  If everyone who reads the blog donates $5, we would get there in no time – any donation amount will be much appreciated! And we have some cool gifts for you at almost every level. For instance, for a $100 donation you get a packet of hand-picked sage, and a box of homemade ‘yellow cake’ mix…for eating of course, and a Bag It DVD.

Thank you for considering a contribution to this exciting new project. We are so grateful for all of the support we have received with Bag It and hope we can continue to make important films of merit.

With Gratitude, The Reel Thing Team

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Bag It is a documentary film following the world wide use of plastic bags, plastic's impact on the environment and human health.
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2 Responses to The Next Big Project from Reel Thing! – by Rebecca Mayer

  1. The Edge says:

    I suggest talking with Navajo people. Long time uranium mining problems and a recent court decision will allow more uranium mining, this time in-situ uranium mining. Worth putting in the film.

    • bagitmovie says:

      Thanks Joe. We’ve done quite a bit of research on the Navajo and their history with uranium mining. We are focusing specifically on our corner of southwest Colorado, but we will definitely tie in larger stories like that of the Navajo. Hope you enjoy the film when it comes out!

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