14 Jun

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

 

 

27 Jan

MIDWAY V : pre-trip check-in

Dear Friends,

Here we go again, schlepping a small mountain of photo/video/sound recording gear back out to remote postage-stamp-sized Midway Island that has captured our hearts and imaginations in its powerful vortex. This time, if all goes well, we will witness and film a beautiful sight: the hatching of 300,000 baby albatrosses from their eggs. The adult albatrosses lay their eggs right on the ground, and as you know, they have no fear of humans, so we will be able to watch the little silver fluff balls emerging from their eggs from super close up. We are decked out with high-resolution camera and film gear with close-focus lenses, and lots of umbrellas and warm clothes, as the weather on Midway this time of year is stormy, wet, and cold.

Funding-wise, for this leg of the journey we are grateful to Koerner Camera in Seattle, the Compton Family Foundation in California, the Pax Natura Foundation in Salt Lake City and Aqua Hotels in Honolulu.  And as always, big love for the fab peeps at the US Fish and Wildlife Service on the island, all of whom have gone far above and beyond with their kind support of our vision.

Our A-team this trip includes Midway veterans Jan Vozenilek (Director of Photography for the film), Joe Schweers (Lead Camera and wildlife cinematography specialist), Jim Hurst (sound engineer, jib-arm expert, camera tech, and MacGyver-of-all-trades), Victoria Jordan (team poet, line producer, and my indispensable companion and soul mate).

We’ll be on the island Feb 2-16, and we plan on making lots of short behind-the-scenes videos to share with you during this trip, so stay tuned. Wish us luck, and looking forward to checking in from Midway!

~CJ

 

 

 

30 Mar

MIDWAY JOURNEY III – Open Hearts, Broken Hearts

It’s the mid-point of our current journey and Chris Jordan checks in from an albatross-covered field on Midway Atoll to share the abundant sights and sounds, as well as the realization that all albatross chicks here likely have plastic in their bellies.

16 Mar

MIDWAY JOURNEY – Education Outreach

Chris Jordan and Jan Vozenilek share their experiences on Midway with students at Penticton Secondary School in British Columbia – Canada, and announce that Emily Chartrand, a grade 11 student, will be joining the expedition on their next journey to Midway Atoll in March 2011.

Working with Emily, the Midway Team is expanding its education outreach program, to connect with high school students in Canada and the United States. Starting on Sunday March 20th, Emily will be providing daily reports on her blog:

http://emilysmidwayjourney.blogspot.com/

Video by: CHBC – Global TV – Kelowna, BC
Reporter: April Lawrence

17 Oct

MIDWAY JOURNEY II – Bottle Caps

John Klavitter, the acting manager of the Midway Atoll National Wildlife refuge has spent almost 9 years on Midway Island. In this short film, he not only takes a closer look inside one of the dead chicks, but also shares his personal views and connection to the Albatross.

Camera and editing: Jan Vozenilek
Sound: Joe Schweers
Music: Christen Lien

16 Jul

MIDWAY JOURNEY II – Kaleidoscope, a poem by Victoria Sloan Jordan

In this poetic offering, a plastic filled bird carcass becomes a symbol for awakening.

Filmed and edited by Jan Vozenilek

Music by Christen Lien

14 Jul

MIDWAY JOURNEY II – Harbor Trap

Young albatrosses making their first foray out to sea can become waterlogged and exhausted, drifting back to the beach to rest and dry out. This disturbing video shows the plight of those unlucky enough to become trapped by the high metal retaining walls in Midway’s harbor. The doomed birds drown in an entanglement of dead birds and plastic trash.

Filmed and edited by Jan Vozenilek
Narrated by Chris Jordan
Written by Victoria Sloan Jordan
Music by Christen Lien

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