We’re still flying! And new Midway film teaser…

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Dear supporters of Midway:

Thank you from deep in our hearts for all the support and comments and well-wishes. Midway has been shouldering the blustery winds of film post-production, taking its inspiration from the albatrosses’ winged perseverance through all that man and nature send their way.

We are proud to announce that a work-in-progress version of the film screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival last week, and had several edifying showings over the course of the festival. Co-directors Jordan and Emiliani are now back to work polishing a final version of our film. Our new goal: another festival premiere in early 2014.

In the meantime, if you haven’t already, please check out the new film teaser created for TIFF at www.midwayfilm.com.

It’s been a long flight, but Midway is closer than ever…and we are so grateful you are with us on this journey.

In deep appreciation,
the Midway film team

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MERCI, THANK YOU, GRACIAS, OBRIGADO

Dear friends and supporters of MIDWAY,

I’m just back from a day of filming on Midway Atoll– wind whipping off the water at Midway’s South Beach, and hundreds of young albatrosses taking off out to sea for the first time. We lined up our telephoto lens on a popular bird runway (a gap between the bushes that lets the fledglings get a running start) and got a smorgasbord of gorgeous shots in ultra-slow-motion: wings pumping, eyes focused like ninjas, sand flying off their sprinting feet, wide images with the breaking surf in the background, closeups of faces and feathers in the wind, long follow shots of birds flying way out to sea, plus a few hilarious wipeouts and face-plants in the sand. We are going to be able to cut together an incredible fledging sequence, as these are the albatrosses who are are making it, surviving and thriving despite the scourge of plastic that pollutes their stomachs and our world.

And here’s the coolest part of all: it was YOU who made it possible for us to be here to film this magnificent sight. Wow! What a privilege! And we’re bringing it back to share with the whole world. Thank you all so incredibly much; you will not be disappointed!

With hugs and love from Midway Island,

~cj

 

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Plastic Beach / Kickstarter Call to Action

Hello everyone and thank you so much for your support.

We wanted to share with you this disturbing video captured by our team on Midway. A beach “cleanup” quickly reveals both the real magnitude of the plastic pollution problem and the shocking fact that we humans are also eating plastic junk, not only figuratively, but quite literally as well.

**CALL TO ACTION** Over 1,200 donors have pledged close to $80,000 to help fund our film. Thank you so much!!

With only 5 days to go (!!) it is critical to enlist more donors as soon as possible! Please visit our Kikstarter and share the link with your networks(on facebook, by email, etc)

http://kck.st/LGdTxs

We really need a final push to reach our goal! Your help is essential to us. Thank you so much!!

The Midway Team

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KICKSTARTER update!

Dear friends,

We are absolutely thrilled that we just hit our 20% mark on our Kickstarter campaign – THANK YOU!!! – Every dollar counts, please spread the word & help us keep the momentum going so we may make our goal!

kickstarter.com/projects/midwayfilm/join-the-midway-film-project

We’ve also added a couple of other ways you can contribute… via Paypal

And via check to the following address:

Midway Film
c/o Possibility Entertainment LLC
P.O. Box 1424 – NY, NY 10276

 

We are also extremely grateful by the traffic that the trailer is getting. A week ago today, was one of the highest views we’ve had in a single day. 108,000 people watched it on that Monday.  And in total, 3.8 million people have tuned in. It’s wonderful to see how this story is resonating with people from all over the world.

http://vimeo.com/25563376

 

Our team is in the process of getting ready for the next Midway expedition. We will be on the island from June 28th to July 5th.  This is the time of the year when the Albatrosses fledge the island…  and as we know and experienced in the past, many of them don’t make it.

We will once again be bringing a camera that has the ability to capture stunning ultra slow motion, as can be seen in some of the new footage in our trailer.

www.MidwayFilm.com

 

Please stay tuned and keep sharing the trailer and the Kickstarter link so that we can get this film made!!   Thank you for joining us on this journey.

 

With love and gratitude,

The Midway film team.

 

kickstarter.com/projects/midwayfilm/join-the-midway-film-project

 

 

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KICKSTARTER Launched! Please join the Midway Film project.

Dear friends of the Midway Film Project,

Today our team is excited to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Midway film. Please join our process— this is your chance to empower us to deliver our lyrical and urgent message about the health of our world, to a global audience.

Our goal is to fully own the film when it is released, debt-free and without any investors influencing our decisions with a profit motive. That way, we will be in a position to gift our film to the world by putting it up on the internet for free! Right now our trailer is being watched by more than 100,000 people per day, and we think we can reach a billion people with the film itself. The next step is up to you!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/midwayfilm/join-the-midway-film-project

Please pass this along far and wide, and contribute something if you can, however small. Every donation helps, and there are cool rewards including signed original CJ photos and other goodies. Many thanks to all, and we can’t wait to share our film with you in 2013!

~with love from chris jordan and the Midway film team.

 

 

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MIDWAY – April 2012 – Miguel update

Dear friends,

Our team just returned from another exhausting and richly rewarding trip to Midway. This time we brought with us the new RED Epic camera, and our albatross friends brought us stunning visual gifts as we recorded their takeoff runs, water-skimming glides, soarings, and feedings, all in gorgeous ultra slow motion.

One of our first stops on the island was to check up on our little friend Miguel who we witnessed hatch back in February. When we left the island last time, Miguel was looking weak and was having trouble standing up to receive his feedings, so our hopes for the little guy were not high.

Here is an update on what we found when we arrived at his nest:

 

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MIDWAY V – Junk food V

Chris Jordan and the team work to remove a length of fishing line from an adult Albatross and her chick on Midway Island. Later it was discovered that it looked more like dental floss.

 

 

Video: Jan Vozenilek and Joe Schweers

Sound: Jim Hurst
http://www.MidwayFilm.com
BLOG: http://www.MidwayJourney.com

 

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MIDWAY V – Chicks everywhere

Here is another short video with Chris Jordan, showing the astonishing abundance of bird life on Midway Island.

 

http://www.MidwayFilm.com
BLOG: http://www.MidwayJourney.com

Video by Jan Vozenilek

Music by: Graham Ord featuring Tim Stewart
Chief – from the album Waiting
http:///www.GrahamOrd.com

 

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MIDWAY V – Miguel update 3

An update from Midway Island about our little baby Albatross friend Miguel.

http://www.MidwayFilm.com

BLOG: http://www.MidwayJourney.com

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MIDWAY V – Miguel update 2

An update from Midway Island about our little baby Albatross friend Miguel.

 

http://www.MidwayFilm.com
BLOG: http://www.MidwayJourney.com

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