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Bhutan travel doc is the highest funded Kickstarter film project

Excerpt from TheWrap

Oct 09, 2012 3:51 am

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Is this the way travel documentary funding will go in the future? Highly doubt more than a few quality-with-top-backers projects will ever get fully funded, travel bloggers should keep their hopes in check.

— Rafat Ali

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A documentary examining Bhutan, the tiny Himalayan kingdom that sets Gross National Happiness as a development goal, has become the top-funded active film on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. “The Happiest Place,” directed by independent filmmaker Ben Henretig, has earned more than $83,000 — 182 percent of the original $45,000 goal — and 725 supporters, and features an original score by singer Imogen Heap, who is in the movie.

The film chronicles the border-to-border trek — 485 miles by foot and bicycle — of a group of four endurance athletes. Along the way, the country’s misty mountain vistas and simplified, spiritual way of life are highlighted.

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