I’m back in the states. It’s a strange feeling of comfort and stress amalgamated together in a flood of emotion that I can’t completely process. I feel like I have experienced several lifetimes worth of electrically charged moments–dizzying highs and deep, dark lows. In those moments, survival was paramount in my mind, not reflection or appreciation. I was in a constant battle with high blood sugar, while trying to avoid lows, while trying to decipher the difference between glucose fluctuations and altitude illness. Kilimanjaro is not a technically severe mountain but it makes up for a lack of steepness with it’s unrelenting scale.

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Now, after it has all passed and I have time to process photos and video, I am looking back, refining the gold, sifting through the mud and separating the brilliance that only days ago just felt like gritty little stones in my shoes.

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I can tell you that some of the photos and video came out really nice–and I am looking forward to showing you that in the upcoming weeks. My to-do list is looming large and in short, I can’t plan the film tour, launch my upcoming project for 2014, schedule venues for screenings or do much else until the Project365 documentary is first funded, and secondly completed.

I know that it probably gets old hearing me beg for funding. I know I feel like a bit of panhandler always asking for help. Commercial films cost millions to make. I am proud to have made this film on a shoestring budget, because quite honestly, it doesnt suck. It’s not the greatest thing to ever grace motion picture history, but it’s better than you’d expect from a rank amateur who taught himself how to shoot images and video with coaching from friends–and used the same meticulous process to edit the film together–in a year and a half.

Project 365 Documentary (trailer) from Living Vertical on Vimeo.

At the end of the day, I can tell you how great the film is–but it won’t ever get completed unless it gets funded. Right now we are just over 60% of the way there thanks to amazing generosity of our supporters–58 of you, to be exact. If we fail to make 100% of our goal we don’t lose all the money raised, but we do get charged a penalty which sets us back even further from our goal. Thats just the way the crowdfunding game goes.

We have almost 2000 people on our facebook–people who may think that their sharing our funding campaign wont make a difference. Maybe they have only a little to give and think that its not enough to be worth it. Think of it this way–if I asked you to pick me up at the airport would you spend 5 or 10 bucks in gas to give me a ride? Or if I was visiting would you want to buy me a beer (I don’t drink beer so it would have to be a diet coke!) If you didn’t immediately say no to these questions, please know that every little bit matters–because it leads the way for others.

Give what you can, and tell people that you did and that it’s worth their little bit too. This isn’t a big budget picture and most people wouldn’t think twice about helping Leonardo DiCaprio or Zack Galifianakis make a yacht payment by buying a ticket for a couple hours of entertainment. So help a starving artist on a mission. I can handle being hungry, but without the support of our community, the mission will suffer–and that is the primary concern.

Give what you can, and tell a friend. We can make it happen!