Kickstart New England: Wander, Wonder, Wilderness
Written by Casey Stirling | Posted by: Anonymous
Boston-based Paul Turano and the filmmakers behind Wander, Wonder, Wilderness seek Kickstarter support for this ambitious interactive documentary project. Set on multiple platforms, the project will explore Boston’s green spaces, also known as ‘urban wilds,’ and offer audiences the chance to digitally chronicle their experiences in these natural environments.
Inspired by an interactive art installation at the Henry David Thoreau cabin at Walden Pond, director Paul Turano set out to create an experience that engaged participants in a similar way. As he explains in the Kickstarter video, “This encounter helped me imagine the use of smart technology as a creative tool for capturing and preserving personal insights inspired by visits to natural spaces in greater Boston.”
An explorer of nature since his childhood in rural New England, Turano hopes Wander, Wonder, Wilderness will create an “active engagement” for people exploring Boston’s urban wilds. The project’s three components are a documentary film about green spaces, a smartphone app, and a website. As Turano explains on the Kickstarter page, “Wander, Wonder, Wilderness empowers users to crowd source diverse nature-inspired content, catalyzing a collective dialogue around the significance of green spaces in an urban environment.”
The goal is to raise $10,000 by October 24, 2014. Funds will go towards user testing for the app and website, development of educational tools for high school and college classrooms, and additional website features such as maps and timelines. To watch a short video, read more about Wander, Wonder, Wilderness, and donate, visit the Kickstarter page.