Documentary - Man fasts 49 Days to find truth

$2,950 of $10k goal

Raised by 33 people in 61 months
Mark Matthews   HAIKU, HI

Be a part of the TREE Team!

We all have JOURNEYS to take in life and some of the most powerful kind are the ones we choose for ourselves. We are telling the story of one man's journey that we can all take together... and we need you HELP. 

Participate with us in telling Neil's story and help show the world what powerful changes can result when one seeks true powerful change in his/her life.

Give what you can and together we'll help Neil face the difficult task ahead, and join him on his quest as he faces one of the most challenging ordeals of his life.

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About the Film

TREE follows the story of Neil Crummett, writer/poet, who, in an attempt to solve a personal crisis of purpose, has traveled to the island of Maui to confront everything he has ever believed about himself and the nature of being.  Desperate for redemption from a dissolute past, Neil has chosen to embark upon a perilous 49 day fast to learn about himself, human consciousness, and the nature of enlightenment.  

Neil will sit with teachers, priests, sages, shamans, physicians, scientists, seers, and healers from various religious, spiritual, medical, and scientific modalities as they weave a tapestry of concepts to help him on his path.  Neil's physiology and brain patterns will be measured as he quests toward spiritual awakening.

Above all TREE is a human story filled with triumphs and failures; a laugh at ourselves exploration that aims to answer the question of who we might become if we step outside what is comfortable, listen to what is within us, and ride the winds of uncertainty in search of a better self.

TREE is a story in which you will cheer, hope, dream, and cry...

...and most surely... laugh.

... it is a human story after-all.

Why We are Telling This Story

TREE tells one of the oldest and greatest stories ever told: a rite of passage tale, the story of a man forever changed by a journey he must take.  Yes, TREE is a story about a man who fasts; yes, it is a story about a man looking for himself and exploring the concept of enlightenment, but further, it is a story about a man who risks everything to seek true and powerful change, to look for a better way in his life.

I have always championed the story of self-transformation, of metamorphosis, people reaching toward a higher level of self.  It's a story we should never stop telling ourselves.  It's a story we should never stop creating in ourselves.

This is precisely why I am helping tell his story, because it is each and every one of our story. To whatever end, I believe it will inspire countless people to look for the place within themselves that encourage them to make better choices and lead with their hearts

Where You Come In

Neil's fast begins in September and there is still much to do.

In addition to our time we have been pleased to contribute any financial resources we have toward this project. The task, is of course, immense and for this story to truly get its due.  We need your help.

We need $40,000 to set up proper medical monitoring and testing, to fly, house, and transport the crew and all our invited experts, and to pay for for the massive amount of tapes, hard drive space, batteries, lighting, and other equipment costs.

Every step of the way you will receive updates into the progress of the film and what is happening to Neil.

For more information visit us at: treethefilm.com

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We welcome all feedback and suggestions.  The more people involved, the more intricate the journey will be.

REWARD LEVELS!!!!!

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You are on the team! Welcome! We are already sending you our fondest gratitude! It really does count and we are humbled you would take the time. Please continue to spread the word, and we'll continue to keep you updated

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The above and you will be listed on our website as a Conscious Supporter.

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Free digital download of the soundtrack upon release and Conscious Supporter credit

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Free digital download of soundtrack. Free CD from sound designer Roar Olsen featuring relaxing ambient mixes of Humback Whales, human voices, and instrumentation. Conscious Supporter Credit.

donate $35 OR MORE

You will receive a free digital download of the movie, a digital download of the soundtrack, and Conscious Supporter credit.

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A hard copy of the DVD, a digital download of the soundtrack , a Thank You credit in the credit roll and Conscious Supporter Credit.

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An original 2 minute ukulele song written just for you from producer Mark Matthews to be filmed and posted. A hard copy of the DVD, a digital download of the soundtrack , a Thank You credit in the credit roll and Conscious Supporter Credit.

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Hard copy of DVD, hard copy of soundtrack, Signed poster, Thank you credit, and Conscious Supporter credit on website.

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A pre-release of Neil's latest novel "Despair: A Love Story" as a digital download. Hard copy of DVD, hard copy of soundtrack, Signed poster, Thank you credit, and Conscious Supporter credit on website.

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2 tickets to either the Maui, New York, and Portland premieres, signed hard copy of DVD, hard copy of soundtrack, Signed poster, Thank you credit, Conscious Supporter credit on website.

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Phone conversation with Neil or the Director. "Special thanks" credit in credit roll and on IMDB, 2 tickets to the Maui, New York, and Portland premieres, signed hard copy of DVD, hard copy of soundtrack, signed poster, Conscious Supporter credit on website.

Donate $1,000 OR MORE

Personalized poem written by Neil while under tree, phone conversation with Neil, Director, or Producer, "Special Thanks" credit in credit roll and on IMDB. 4 tickets to Maui, New York, and Portland premieres (transferable), signed hard copy of DVD, hard copy of soundtrack, signed poster, Conscious Supporter credit on website

Donate $5,000 OR MORE

"Executive Producer" credit in credit roll and on IMDB. Personalized poem, phone conversation, 4 tickets to Maui, New York, and Portland premieres, signed copy of DVD, soundtrack, featured website credit.

Donate $5,000 OR MORE

- Up to a week of high class sound design and/or mix in Roar Skau Olsen's design studio in Denmark (value: approx 1150 $ a day) http://tonemasters.dk/ (recipient resposible for housing and travel), 4 tickets to Maui, New York, and Portland premieres, signed copy of DVD, soundtrack, featured website credit.

Donate $10,000 OR MORE

"Executive Producer" Credit. Opportunity to come and speak with Neil as he sits under the tree, Personalized poem, opportunity to speak to a teacher after he sits under the tree. 4 tickets to the Maui,New York, and Portland premieres, signed copy of DVD, soundtrack, featured website credit.

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Update 5
21 months ago
Also... was just informed the video was password protected. It has been removed and is available now https://vimeo.com/54998981

And, as always, you can see our teaser trailer here http://treethefilm.com
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Update 4
21 months ago
Hi all. It's been some time since we've connected on this. I humbly apologize for the distance here. It is important to me to bring you all in and back up-to-date with a better system of communication than we've had.

To start, I want to assure you that this project still rolls forward, though it has evolved quite a bit. I have learned much more as both a filmmaker and a seeker and this has shifted much of the conversation of this piece.

I also want to assure you that the promised perks are still attached to this project and once completed you are still entitled to what your pledge purchased.

Since the time of shooting I flew and visited editor Bill Haugse (editor of Hoop Dreams) and got him excited about editing this together. As Bill is a consummate editor and an Oscar nominee, he came at a price... a discounted one for sure, but a price nonetheless. His offer was to the tune of $20,000. So I thought, sure, we'll surmount this hurdle just as we surmounted all others. I scraped some money out of my savings and hired him to cut a trailer to shop around in order to raise more money. At this point I should also mention the project, which owes a great debt of service to it's Cinematographer and Sound Operator, also owes them an agreed deferred amount. So in addition to raising his rate, they would be raised (first and foremost), as well. Bill cut this trailer together https://vimeo.com/54998981. And, well, I didn't like it, though admittedly some of it's merits has grown on me over time, he still didn't feel like the right fit.

Additionally, deep down, I had the nagging feeling that I wasn't exactly sure what we accomplished with this project and in regards to Neil's life. An empty confusion set in and weighed on me. I sought to get an update from Neil, but he expressed that he did not want to disclose, which confused me further. In the meantime, I was learning about personal emotional and mental maintenance that has led to deeper sense of what journeys in life truly require of us. I look back at the journey and feel that maybe the lessons learned were more secondary than primary... and truthfully, more cautionary than perhaps inspiring.

So now, I sit behind the computer editing it together myself, distilling what happened and piecing together a narrative that evolves as I evolve.
That's where we are now. I haven't forgotten about you.

More to come.

Still operating out of http://treethefilm.com and https://www.facebook.com/treethefilm
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Update 3
51 months ago
We did it! 49 days! Such a wild ride!

Thanks again for all your support. Here is a trailer of the footage.

https://vimeo.com/42974620



Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Now onto post production... and more fabulous fundraising. :)

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Update 2
52 months ago
Hey team!

That's right! Neil has been meditating under a tree while fasting from food for 46 days now. What an amazing transformative experience this has been. I am beside myself with excitement. I am very proud of our little project that could. Next we go into the arduous editing routine, but with excitement. In addition to throwing every last penny I have at this thing, we continue to raise money here: http://www.gofundme.com/treethefilm

Like us here: https://www.facebook.com/treethefilm

All updates and press here: http://treethefilm.com/

You MUST READ NEILS BLOG: http://treethefilm.com/category/neils_blog/
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Mark Matthews
61 months ago

Donating. This way we can get started shooting as we continue to raise funds :) I'll make it clearer in the description

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Kirsten
61 months ago

Let´s make it happen! I want to continue supporting, but am unclear about whether I´m pledging or donating on the new site.

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$2,950 of $10k goal

Raised by 33 people in 61 months
Created August 14, 2011
JM
$100
Josh & Rachel Matthews
51 months ago

Good luck!!

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MB
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Matthew Ivan Bennett
51 months ago

I can't wait.

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Danielle Alegre Fauske
52 months ago

You inspire the shit out of me.

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Erik Carlson
52 months ago

It's a hell of a thing, man. Looking forward to meeting you again when you come out the other side.

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Martin
53 months ago

Dude, So stoked and proud of you! Keep up the great work!

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53 months ago
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Mizzle
53 months ago

Happy to help. Proud of you

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56 months ago

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Mark Matthews
61 months ago

Donating. This way we can get started shooting as we continue to raise funds :) I'll make it clearer in the description

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Kirsten
61 months ago

Let´s make it happen! I want to continue supporting, but am unclear about whether I´m pledging or donating on the new site.

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