Investors Invited for Sailing Film

Vanishing-SailAntigua St John's - Those interested in Antigua's maritime culture, sailing enthusiasts, and supporters of the arts will soon be able to make the transition from interested observer to active patron with just a click of the mouse.

Independent filmmaker Alexis Andrews is in the final stages of filming his documentary, Vanishing Sail: A Caribbean Tradition on the Verge of Extinction, and is extending an invitation to take an active role in its completion by making donations using a new  fundraising medium online. Kickstarter.com is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.

Andrews came up with the idea to invite the public to back Vanishing Sail when he stumbled upon Kickstarter while doing research.

“The site stood out. It had an entirely different approach to fundraising than anything I had seen in the past, and some of the projects on the site were so compelling I found myself having to back a few,"he said.

"I thought why not tell the story of the production of Vanishing Sail and give our future audience a chance to become patrons of the film. Filming is 80 percent complete, so we thought we could have some fun together and give everyone a chance to help us reach our goal.”

The goal is to raise $48,000 on Kickstarter. Patrons who pledge any amount from $15 - $5,000 will be rewarded with a commemorative gift pertaining to the production of Vanishing Sail.

The first six donors who pledge $250 or more will be offered the rare experience of a crew position on one of the Carriacou sloops during the 25th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta & St Barth's West Indies Regatta.

Vanishing Sail’s project page is now live here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/773901300/vanishing-sail

Filmed in the Grenadines, Vanishing Sail tells the story of trading by sail in the West Indies, and follows a community of boat builders in Carriacou who struggle to maintain their tenuous grip on a dying skill.

Through a collection of dramatic sailing scenes, rare archival footage and unprecedented interviews with the last old, Caribbean Sea Captains, Vanishing Sail seeks to preserve the legacy of boatbuilding in the Grenadines, introduced by Scottish settlers in the 19th century and hopes to revive interest in the art form before it expires on the heels of progress.

To follow the story please visit www.vanishingsail.com.

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