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…
Great news this week. The Lost Sea Expedition series has been accepted by IDA, the International Documentary Association. This lets us accept tax-deductible donations for the TV series. Here’s how that works.
Public Television does not pay for programming. That means the producer of a TV series (that’s me) needs to cover all the costs of bringing high quality programing to your TV screen. IDA helps us raise those funds.
IDA provides what is called “fiscal sponsorship”. From the IDA site (documentary.org):
Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501(c)(3) public charity, such as the IDA, agrees to sponsor a project that furthers our mission, for the purpose of fundraising through grants and donations. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations for your documentary, with the oversight, support, and endorsement of one of the most long-standing and trusted charities in the field.
This means we (via IDA) can now accept tax-deducible gifts from individuals, corporations, endowments and non-profits. This takes two steps.
Step 1: an individual, corporation, endowment or non-profit makes a tax-deductible gift to IDA.
Step 2: IDA transfers the gift to the Lost Sea Expedition series.
We are looking for underwriters (aka sponsors) interested in underwriting the Lost Sea Expedition series. Partnering with IDA and the Lost Sea Expedition would be a great way to put your or your organization in front of high quality Public Television viewers. Now, when given through IDA, that donation is tax-deductible.
For more information on making tax-deductible gifts, please contact us.
Or, if you’d just like to make a (non-deductible) gift to the series, you can donate right here.
Thanks for pulling with us!