Educate – Be Active – Be the Solution
Agenda5:00 p.m. Cocktails5:15 p.m.5:30 p.m. Welcome and Introductions Presentation: Our State – Florida The Problem Our Health – Our Eco System – Our Economy Call to Action – Why you are Here? • Michael Nash Background and Climate Refugees Troubled Paradise • What I have learned since I arrived • Synopsis • Creative Team Ways to Participate
Florida As of 2015 Florida is the 3rd largest state after California and Texas Coastline — 1,197 Statute Miles Beaches — 663 Miles Florida has more than 11,000 miles of rivers, streams & waterways Largest Lake — Lake Okeechobee is 700 square miles (the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the contiguous United States) By 2030, six million more residents will call Florida home. Florida’s 2015 population included 20.27 million residents Visitors to Florida in 2015 reached an all-time high of 105 million – spent $89.1B OUR STATE
The Problem An unprecedented crisis is unfolding on the coasts of Florida Discharges of contaminated water from Lake Okeechobee have triggered widespread algae blooms. Some of this algae is toxic The epicenter of slime is the waterways branching from the St. Lucie River near Stuart, a rich estuary contaminated by a steady flow of foul, nutrient-laden water from Lake Okeechobee. Marinas, waterfront homes and beaches near the St. Lucie Inlet have been hit by waves of rank, green gooey slime. Federal managers of the lake have been protecting its aging dike, as well as nearby sugar cane operations and communities, from disastrous flooding by flushing torrents of lake water into the Treasure Coast's St. Lucie River, portions of Indian River and the Caloosahatchee River State agencies and local conservation groups have acknowledged that stopping the Indian River's cycles of harmful algae will involve a long battle to reverse decades of injury from pollution. After foul-smelling slime closed two ocean beaches, the Governor declared a state of emergency.
OUR HEALTH ~ OUR ECOSYSTEM ~ OUR ECOMONY The lake water contains fertile chemicals of sewage, fertilizer and storm water, feeding an explosive growth of algae that has washed ashore as rotting ooze at pricey waterfronts and popular beaches harming and killing brown pelicans, bottlenose dolphins, many species of fish and manatees. Toxicity is a major issue of concern because the algae blooms produce toxins that can cause sickness in humans if they touch, or even breathe near, the green water. Respiratory issues have been reported by some residents who live near the blue-green algae. Longer term links to neurological diseases are even more alarming This is not only a major health concern, it is an ecological and economic crisis for every living being in the state of Florida Jobs are at stake – tourism is at stake and our health hangs in the balance
Our Health Our Economy Our Ecosystem
Climate RefugeesCLIMATE REFUGEES is a documentary that uncovers theunbelievable plight of people around the world displaced byclimatically induced environmental disasters. The documentaryilluminates for the first time the human face of climate change ascivilization now finds itself facing the confluence of overpopulation,lack of resources and a changing climate. Traveling the world andinterviewing several of the 25 million climate refugees now on therun, along with scholars, politicians and the like, CLIMATEREFUGEES brings to light the heart-wrenching truth of what isquickly becoming mankind’s greatest challenge.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvTzTr4lrCY
Troubled Paradise Troubled Paradise is a documentary film that will investigate the massive toxic algae bloom that is devastating the beaches and waterways of Florida's Atlantic and Gulf coasts endangering the health of humans and wildlife, and threatening the region's tourist economy. This film will examine the facts, address the current problems, and outline the solutions moving forward.
Synopsis With the help of many south Florida residents, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Michael Nash, who grew up on nearby Hutchinson Island and the Indian River, is coming home to help illuminate this crisis and offer solutions. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key experts—scientists, professors, fishermen, farmers, ranchers, government officials, and victims—Troubled Paradise will bring clarity to the killer discharge destroying the rivers, lakes, lagoons, bays, and oceans of Florida. The film's story line will be solution-based, with a blueprint, next-steps-forward approach.
What I Have Learned in the Past Few Days … Lot of opinions – lot of complexity Mike – these are quick notes from Natural flow of water – south to everglades our call the other day just to start to capture thoughts … 1928 Hurricane – reserve around Lake Okeechoobee Everyone needs to “bleed a little” to fix problem Ranchers, golf courses, groves, agriculture, septics $50M Government spend – sitting there doing nothing 25% of sea grass in Fort Pierce and Stuart is dead Not only a major health concern, it is an ecological and economic crisis for every living being in the state of Florida
Creative TeamMichael Nash Films created by the award-winning filmmakers, talent, andProducer/Director/Writer crew involved in Troubled Paradise have been nominated and won multiple Emmys and Academy Awards. They haveStephen Nemeth been a huge force in the large film festival market, earningExecutive Producer top awards at Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto. Their films and TV projects have been screened across the globe, in theaters, on television networks, at universities, to governmental leaders, and via Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon.
Ways to Participate 1. Be one of 5 Key Executive Producers of the film and initial equity investor by contributing $25K or more. Limited to the first five contributors. As of today we have four spots left. 2. Become a key equity investor and sponsor of the film: $10K +. 3. Contribute through our crowd-funding platform sponsored by EBB: Educate – Be Active – Be the Solution.
Raise The film is looking to raise $300,000 to produce the film. The total raise will come from investors, private and corporate donations, and a crowd-funding platform. Equity investors will be paid their initial investment plus 10%; they will be first monies paid out from revenue. Once they are repaid their investment plus 10%, the investors will participate in up to 50% of the back end. (The actual percentage will be based on how much of the total raise comes from investors.) If 100% of the total raise of the film is from investors, they would receive 50% of the equity position of revenue generated from the film's theatric, television, and digital distribution. Note: Equity investors should consult with their accountant for information on Section 181 of the IRS Tax Code extended for 2016. Put simply Section 181 states that investment in a motion picture shot in the US is tax deductible for the investor in the same year invested.
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