Seeking to honor one of the most popular scientists in the world, New York City producers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg have hit Kickstarter to raise $650,000 for a new documentary dedicated to Bill Nye.
While sharing details about the project, the duo wrote:
“Bill Nye is on a quest to change the world, and we want you to be part of it! Once the host of a popular kid’s show, Bill is about to take off his “Science Guy” lab coat and battle the naysayers to create a more scientifically literate and engaged universe. We’re going to make a film about it. A film for science. A film for the cosmos. The full access, exclusive film about Bill Nye.
“We’re documentary filmmakers, but we’re also hardcore Bill Nye fans who spent our middle school years learning about the ecosystem and the color spectrum from his trusty VHS tapes. Bill’s passion and enthusiasm stayed with us, and when we got older, we started making films about science and technology. When we learned that Bill Nye was doing something new, working outside of the classroom to champion science and space exploration and the fight against climate change, we knew we had to make this documentary.
“So we did our homework and learned everything we could about Bill. We gathered a great team, including Academy Award-winning producer Seth Gordon, and we created a plan for a documentary that will offer an all access backstage pass to Bill’s epic quest to change the world. Then, we shared our vision with Bill, who not only said yes but opened up his life to us. We’re still a little giddy. It’s awesome!
“With Bill on board, we’re ready to start following Bill as he tours the globe, advocates for space policy in Washington DC, launches a satellite, hangs out with Neil deGrasse Tyson, debates climate change deniers, and attempts to fill the big shoes of his former mentor and friend Carl Sagan — all at a time when science is under attack.”
Revealing why they decided to go with Kickstarter for the funds, Alvarado and Sussberg explained:
“The pieces are all falling in to place, but we need one last boost to make this film happen. We need your support. We need to raise the funds to travel with Bill, buy plane tickets and crash in cheap hotels. We need to find and license the best moments from Bill’s storied career in television — including Bill Nye The Science Guy, as well as the lesser known classics like Bill’s Basement and Almost Live!
“Then, we need to hire an amazing team for post-production, including an editor, sound designer, animator, composer and colorist. Finally, we need to send it to film festivals and get it out into the world.
“So we are turning to you, people of the internet…. People who grew up on Bill Nye… People who care about science and knowledge and bow ties. If you get on board with this crazy mission, we will make the ultimate documentary about Bill Nye, and science will finally rule (again)!
“Carl Sagan once said, ‘Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.’ We know that right here in front of us, there is a great story waiting to be known. If you jump on board and support this film, we promise to give it everything we’ve got. Our hearts, blood, sweat and tears. We will not rest until we’ve made something incredible — the ultimate film about Bill Nye.
As Bill says, ‘Let’s change the world!’
Backers of the project will receive various rewards, including exclusive updates from the road and even party with Nye in New York. The producers will be shooting the film from now until fall of 2016. They will begin to edit the footage this December and they hope to have the film finished and ready to apply to festivals in 2017.
The campaign is set to close on August 13th.
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