The Lost Sea Expedition TV series is about a voyage I (Bernie Harberts) took across America with my mule. The series was filmed with only the gear I carried in my wagon – no film crew, support team or sponsor. I slowed down to explore a sped up world as only a man alone can do.
Out there in my tiny wagon, I filmed what I lived: tumbleweed gales, snow storms, the highs of Badlands Blue and the low of Prairie Fever. I lived among the people I interviewed – ranchers, Lakota elders, scientists, creationists and and every day folks.
The goal of my voyage was to capture the wandering life, explore a little known part of America, and bring the experience home to you. The Lost Sea Expedition does that. When it is complete you’ll be able to “walk” across the United States with me in 4 half-hour TV segments. Instead sound bite glimpses of county, like you get on some social media and the news, you’ll feel like you spent a year absorbing it first hand.
Still, the voyage isn’t quite done for me. I need to bring the TV series the final distance – get it paid for and on TV.
Turning the footage shot in the field in to a TV series has been a huge project. The Lost Sea Expedition is currently in production. It is being produced for public television which means I have to come up with all the money to make this happen.
This is where you can help. Please make a donation to help complete the series. Just $25 would buy half an hour of audio engineering. With your help, I’m confident we’ll raise enough money to finish this project in short order. I want you to see this series as soon as possible so let’s get going!
In the meantime, all the latest info about the voyage and TV series – from video shorts to where you can catch up with mule Polly and me – is in the Latest News section. Have you seen the one about the mummified….thing…
So I’m traveling along this ancient sea bed with my mule Polly. And I’m gathering up all these amazing interviews – folks telling me what they know about this vanished sea. Only one thing was missing.
What did these critters look like? Sure, I heard that a plesiosaur looked, “like a snake drawn through the shell of a turtle.” But what the hell does that look like? (more…)
She loves melons and cheat grass but turns her muzzle up at plums. She pulled a 2000 pound wagon 2,500 miles across America. She’s the star and equine power (she considers the term “horse” power degrading) behind the Lost Sea Expedition TV series.
Meet mule Polly. (more…)
The warnings were dire. Heading by wagon in to the South Dakota Badlands, folks told me, “your mule will catch the bubonic plague that’s killing the prairie dogs.”
Damn. I’m thinking 14th Century Black Death and here I am walking through it with my mule. (more…)
Call it a case of a few contributed dollars making a big impact.
Thanks to two $25 donations (thanks Scott and Wendy), the layout software Graphic was added to the tools used in the production of the Lost Sea Expedition series. That’s been a huge help. I wanted to show you how. (more…)
Amazing how folks from all over are stepping up to see the Lost Sea Expedition series make its way to public television. Recently, we received a donation from someone in a remote Newfoundland community.
I’m honored Newfoundlanders remembered the half year Polly and I spent rambling their rocky island. (more…)
Yep, the wagon will be on display at Saunders Family Farms and general store outside Hickory, NC. You can squeeze inside. Take your hand at writing at the insanely small writing desk. Say, “damn this thing is tight!!” (more…)
While I’m snug inside my studio tweaking on the “Lost Sea Expedition” footage, I think back on what it took to get some of that amazing footage. Especially those outdoor scenes in the rain and snow.
Okay, mostly it took a really patient mule! But somebody had to get out there and capture the footage of her marching through the hard times. (more…)