Kelowna filmmaker Carey Missler says the next week will determine whether his full length feature movie called The Paddler will be able to be completed.
Missler has been shooting The Paddler for the past year, looking at water conservation by following the journey of Bob Purdy, the Kelowna man who has been on his stand up paddle board every day for over 1,300 days.
To complete the film and secure enough money for a distribution deal, Missler has gone to a Kickstarter campaign trying to raise enough money to finish the movie.
The campaign has set a goal of raising $9,000 by Sept. 22. The money will be used to complete the film and secure its distribution.
“The movie will not go on if we don’t receive the funding,” said Missler. “We need it to complete the film.”
So far 71 people have made donations totaling over $5,500 and with just more than a week to the close of the Kickstarter campaign, Missler and Purdy appear close to getting the necessary funding to complete the project.
It began about a year ago when Missler was drawn to Purdy’s goal of raising awareness to change the way we live on the planet by paddle-boarding every day. Purdy has been going for more than three years now and Missler is digging into the issues surrounding water and conservation.
The film explores the issues through Purdy and other interviews with subjects such as well known native artist Roy Vickers as well as well known Canadian surfers and more.
“It talks about the importance of water on the planet,” said Purdy. “Carey has assembled an incredible crew and we have so much we want to share. It takes an incredible amount of money to make movie of this calibre.”
Missler has negotiated a distribution deal but the funds from the Kickstarter campaign will seal the deal. If the $9,000 isn’t raised, the movie makers won’t receive any of the funds donated.
The campaign closes Sept. 22.
You can donate at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thepaddlermovie/the-paddler-movie