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Film update – perks have been shipped & we’re in the edit!

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A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the Rubber Jellyfish fundraising campaigns through Indiegogo and Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF).  The DAF campaign is still running but the Indiegogo campaign is now closed all all perks have been mailed out (please let us know if you ordered a perk package but have not received it).  It was so much fun putting the perk packages together and it’s been awesome getting emails from a few people who have received them 🙂  We included items in the perk packages that would help the overwhelming issue of ocean plastification.  Most notably, a set of beeswax wraps (environmentally friendly clingfilm alternative) which people are loving!  (and so do we!).

We conducted candid ‘on the street’ style interviews with local Surfer’s Paradise patrons recently, including these two lovely meter maids. The one on the left turned out to be a very knowledgable Brazilian vet!

With the generous donations we have received so far, we have been able to bring aboard a fantastic editor named Adam with experience working on a number of high profile television series in the UK.  More than that, though, we chose Adam (after receiving interest from over 30 professional screen editors) because of his positive attitude and humble, happy spirit.   We are so excited to watch him bring our footage to life.  It has been over three years now since we first started filming so he has a big task ahead of him!

We are moving steadily now toward the finish line with the goal of completing the film by August, 2017.  Stay tuned!

Again, the DAF campaign is still running if you would like to get in on it – especially now that the Australian end of financial year is looming.  All contributions made through DAF are tax deductible and will help us pay for services and the acquisition of media needed to complete the film.  As a small gesture of thanks, we will acknowledge you in the film’s credits!

Accepted into the Documentary Australia Foundation

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Big news for the Rubber Jellyfish film!

I am pleased to announce that my film about the effects of balloon litter on endangered sea turtle populations has been accepted into the Documentary Australia Foundation!

The Documentary Australia Foundation is a private philanthropic initiative that aims to inspire and nurture partnerships between philanthropic grantmakers, not for profits and documentary film makers. Click here to view our DAF campaign and learn more about the film and its conservation importance.

The great thing about being accepted into DAF is it means that all donations over $2 are tax deductible!  The downside is that we are not allowed to offer any additional perks (aside from thanking you in the film’s credits).  For those of you that may like to donate but aren’t necessarily worried about the tax benefit, we have also set up a Paypal account.  All donations through Paypal of $30AU or more will receive a free digital download of the completed film.

Why are we seeking financial assistance? So far, the film has been self funded by the film maker. We have come a long way on our own but an inflow of cash will help get us where we need to be.

Our funding goal of $20,000 will cover all of our finishing costs – editing, purchasing of music, and legal fees!  Please view our donations page for an update on where we are at with our goal.

It’s an exciting time for us here on the Rubber Jellyfish team. Our film will expose the balloon industry for 30 years of misrepresenting science and leading consumers to believe that balloons are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. We would be so grateful for your contribution which will help bring this issue into the limelight and give our world’s sea turtles a severely needed helping hand.