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Ben Albert and Cal Dewitt canoe through Waubesa Wetlands in an upcoming nature film

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the film! We are in the final stages of editing and post-production with an ambitious goal of completing the film by Fall 2024. We want to raise $5,000 to cover our remaining production costs and bring the film to its full potential without sacrificing quality or creative freedom (last updated 5/7/24).

Incentive: With prior consent, any donation over $50 will be credited in the film under “Supported by”.

Fees: For every contribution, there is a (optional) 2.9% + 30¢ credit card processing fee and 1% platform fee. By covering these fees for us, you ensure that 100% of your donation goes to the project. For larger donations, we will happily accept checks or other forms of payment to avoid fees. Please contact us for details. 

Note: Unlike other funding platforms, we do not need to reach our goal to utilize the funds. Any and all contributions will go a long way. Your donations are not tax-deductible. 

Why support our film

In the spring of 2020, Cal DeWitt asked his 19-year-old grandson, Ben Albert, if he could make a film about the wetland in Cal's backyard. For the last three years, Ben has dedicated his time and passion to filming, conceptualizing, and editing his first feature-length documentary. Having spent hundreds of hours in the field, and even longer in the editing room, this project has been a massive undertaking and learning experience for everyone involved.

Our film is about as independent as it gets; from inventing DIY underwater camera techniques to collaborating with local creatives, we strive to make the highest quality film possible with limited resources. This project has been made possible by the generous donation of time and funding from friends, family, and local environmental organizations. 

DIY underwater camera at Waubesa Wetlands to capture wildlife and nature for an environmental documentary.
 Young filmmaker hauls canoe while filming for the upcoming nature documentary “An Invitation to Wonder: Waubesa Wetlands”

As a contributor to our film, you are not only supporting independent filmmaking, but the mission behind our project, and the intended impact we strive to make. Wetlands are some of the most undervalued and misunderstood environments on the planet. Your contribution enables us to complete a meaningful film that builds a greater appreciation for these vital ecosystems. Please visit our impact page for more information.

Your support will help cover the following expenses:

*Contact us to view a detailed project budget*

  • Sound Design

  • Animation

  • Color Correction

  • Paying our team  

  • Impact and outreach

  • Venue rental fees 

  • Film festival entries 

  • Website fees 

  • Music Licensing 

  • Hard Drive expenses

 Editing an upcoming nature documentary that explores the natural wonder of Waubesa Wetlands.

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