Vancouver filmmakers aim at trying to define the arts festival Burning Man (in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada) by making a documentary following a free spirited 21 year old and his two 60 year old parents on their trip to Burning Man. Yes, his parents.
After a successful $10,000 pledged Kickstarter campaign, the Vancouver based crew of the upcoming documentary “Taking My Parents to Burning Man” has been in a frustrating battle with Amazon payments and find themselves unable to receive the payments from their crowd funding success. Kickstarter’s website states that in order to start a campaign, you either need to be an American citizen or have an American address. With dual US/Canadian citizenship, director Bryant Boesen felt there would be no issues acquiring the funds raised. Unfortunately, when the campaign was finished and the team’s fundraising goal was met, the crew was shocked to not receive their funds, and began dealing with Amazon payments (affiliated with Kickstarter) to figure out a solution.
The crew then experienced a disappointing back and forth between Kickstarter and Amazon payments, which caused Boesen to undertake a month long battle between the two companies. As of August 20, the filmmakers were informed that the pledged payments will expire soon and that the only way they can see the funds is if Boesen can get an American passport or driver’s license in time. Unfortunately the minimum waiting time to receive these documents extends the period in which the filmmakers would be able to receive the pledged funds.
Now they have decided to start with an IndieGoGo campaign, which they hope can have the original funders repledge as well as possibly some new funders. The campaign can be found at http://www.indiegogo.com/takingmyparentstoburningman. The campaign is close to its goal of $10,000 .
They’v released a trailer for their documentary.