Ascending India

Ascending India - an update on the documentary

Ascending India - an update on the documentary

What started as a conversation at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor, then turned into a series of shoots in Kentucky and Michigan, then was spun on its head with VISA travel issues, now sits contained as a series of zeroes and ones on a hard drive that is the size of my hand. I've been plugging away at the massive undertaking that is editing a feature-length documentary film, and there is still plenty of work to be done.

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Fstoppers Post: Thinking Of Crowdfunding Your Next Video Project? Learn From My Failed Attempt

During its 30-day run, and weeks of planning that went into it beforehand, I got my own crash course in fundraising and marketing while trying to raise $10,000 through Kickstarter for the Ascending India project. I’ll share what I learned in this article.

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Ascending India: The Documentary That Almost Didn't Happen

The documentary project Ascending India that I had been working on for the past 6 months, and spent countless hours planning, fundraising, hosting a kickstarter, shooting clips for, and preparing to travel to India to complete? I was denied entry into the country, and a film that would stand to benefit the country of India was almost ruined from their own actions. I share my story inside.

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Fstoppers Post: Why I Quit My Job To Do What I Love, And Why You Should Too

I just quit my full time job of six years as a video producer at a local college. A decent salary, good benefits, and the security that came with it… all gone. I’m now focusing on my dream project called Ascending India and I might go broke trying to make it. In this article I wrote for Fstoppers, I discuss why I made this decision, and how others can make it happen too.

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Ascending India, A Documentary Film Project

About a year ago, I met with an climber friend of mine who happens to be originally from India. He pitched to me the idea of creating a film that highlighted the climbing areas in India. That seed grew, and eventually sprouted into a story about his quest to bring greater awareness and access to the rock climbing scene in India.

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