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Kickstart Your Weekend With Amazon Express

It's the 4,200-mile journey you'll never forget
Monica Riese, 2:00pm, Fri. Nov. 15, 2013

Most of us will never see the Amazon River in all its glory – but this film could get you close.

The 4,200-mile river snakes through South America, crossing through tiny towns, dangerous rapids, and drug trafficking warzones. And this team of explorers caught it all on film.

Through the cloud forest to the rain forest to pristine white sand beaches, the team paddled the entire Amazon River while encountering unforeseen challenges and coming face-to-face with storms, pirates, narco-traffickers, devil fish, strippers, huge waves, adversaries, ocean liners, barges, weak coffee, massive tidal currents, illness and interpersonal struggles. The struggles and successes are all here and ready to be brought to you, in living color, as they say.

The Amazon Express team wants to bring that footage to you, but they need help doing it. As they explain on their Kickstarter page, the funds they raise will pay local musicians for the soundtrack (the trailer features the inimitable Mother Falcon), cover festival fees, and help with distribution costs. If they exceed their goal, they might even get to fill in some of the gaps from when pirates (yes, pirates) stole one of their cameras.

Check out the pitch video below, then head to the campaign page to learn about rewards for backers. They've got four days and $45,000+ to go, so hurry.


Kickstart Your Weekend is a series intended to showcase Texas film and tech projects that are crowdfunding their way to a goal, be it distribution, a prototype, or production costs. If you have a project that we should know about, email us at filmflam@austinchronicle.com.

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