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Filming Mexican Free Tailed Bats in Texas

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Raised by 34 people in 1 month
Created May 26, 2019
The Wild Lens Collective
on behalf of Matthew Podolsky
Bats in North America are disappearing at an alarming rate, while human beings have yet to recognize their great contribution and significance in our communal habitat. These fascinating mammals are crucial to the healthy equilibrium of our ecosystem. This film will bring to life the struggle for the survival of bats, especially with regards to White Nose Syndrome, the mysterious disease that has killed up to seven million bats in North America.

The fungus that causes White Nose Syndrome has just been detected in Bracken Cave outside of San Antonio, Texas, which is home to the largest bat colony on the continent.

I began the process of making the film in 2013, and made a short film about a healthy bat colony of a quarter million Mexican Free-Tailed bats that live under a freeway outside of Sacramento, California. You can watch a teaser about the film below.



After screening the short film in festivals, and teaming up with The Wild Lens Collective , I decided it was time to continue and make a comprehensive, feature documentary that focuses on these issues.

We need funds to film on location in Texas and will use the funds raised to pay for permits, travel, equipment and crew expenses for one week in July 2019. Be part of the endeavor to continue filming stories about bats across North America by making a donation today.

The Wild Lens Collective is a 501(c)3 organization and is the fiscal sponsor of The Invisible Mammal.

We deeply appreciate your support! 

For more information about the film, visit: http://www.theinvisiblemammal.com/
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First and foremost, I am so humbled by the generosity of my community in support of this film! We had a great time at the bat house parties (thank you to Bahar, David and Katie, and Monique and Jeff for hosting), and look forward to organizing more parties once we get back from filming in August. I have a few leads for hosts, but I am open to suggestions. Have bat film, will travel!

Secondly, we're in pretty good shape with funding to film in Texas. Melyssa and I will arrive in San Antonio on July 28 and stay for 1 week. Here is our production schedule:

July 28 - arrive in San Antonio

July 29 & 30 - film the emergence of 20 million bats (a.k.a. "Batnado") at Bracken Cave; interview Fran Hutchins, avid caver and manager of Bracken Cave

July 31 - drive to Austin and get settled

August 1 - interview Merlin Tuttle and film the emergence at Congress Avenue Bridge

August 2 - visit Austin Bat Refuge and film Congress Avenue Bridge

August 3 - return to San Francisco

We'll be posting updates from the road, here and on The Invisible Mammal Facebook page, so make sure to follow us there too:

https://www.facebook.com/theinvisiblemammal/

Thank you to all of you who've supported us and shared the campaign in your networks. Your support is so important and I'm so happy to have you on this journey! We can't do it without you!

Fly high and reach the sky!
Kristin
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Dear supporters,

Thank you so much for your early support during our first three bat house parties. Your support will cover the costs of hiring a cinematographer for 2 days in Texas (plus his gear), and rental of additional camera and sound equipment.

While we have our big ticket costs covered, we still need a bit more funding to cover additional expenses related to filming on location (airfare, car rental, food and shipping). I won't have time to do any more house parties before I leave on July 23, but the campaign page will stay open. We would appreciate your additional support by sharing this campaign page on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and among all your personal networks with people who care about bats in North America and telling their story at this crucial time, and who would want to become part of this film project. The easy-to-remember link is

http://tinyurl.com/texasbats

Thank you again for being early supporters of The Invisible Mammal and helping this film take flight!

Love,
Kristin
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Amazing event tonight at David and Katie's house in San Francisco. We are so deeply appreciative of this outpouring of support at this early stage in our project. Stay tuned to this page for updates from Texas, and future events. We're having a great time sharing the bat love! If you'd like to host your own bat party, please send me a message!

Don't forget to follow The Invisible Mammal on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/theinvisiblemammal/

THANK YOU!

Kristin
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We are hosting our second Bat House Party tonight (7/11/19) in San Francisco, and our third party will take place tomorrow in San Rafael (7/12/19). The fundraising campaign for our trip to Texas is going well! We deeply appreciate all of the donations that have come in so far. Your support will cover the costs of hiring and supporting a crew, plus equipment rentals, to film at Bracken Cave and at Congress Avenue Bridge. Please follow The Invisible Mammal on Facebook to stay up to date:

https://www.facebook.com/theinvisiblemammal/

Please message me to learn how to host your own bat house party!

I'll be sharing updates from the road. Looking forward to seeing some of you tonight in San Francisco!
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Raised by 34 people in 1 month
Created May 26, 2019
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on behalf of Matthew Podolsky
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