After losing friends to suicide, a crisis-trained barber packed
up his life to travel around the country on a mission to challenge
the perception of men's mental health one haircut at a time.
Sam 'The Barter Barber' Dowdall, is an enthusiastic young man who
combines his barbering skills with his crisis training to encourage
men to speak up about their issues.
The deal is simple: Sam trades haircuts for as little as a story
or a meal, and possibly a place to park his mobile home/barber
shop. From his barber's chair, Sam shares prevention strategies
with his clients and he explores ways in which the everyday "bloke"
can focus on the positives of their lives.
But can one bloke with a mission really get men to break through
the walls that have been put up by generations of Kiwi males, or
will he be met by stifled emotions or worse: silence?
We believe that Sam's inspirational story needs to be told. We're
in the process of bringing it to life by making a short documentary
that explores Sam's commitment and passion, his highs and lows, and
most importantly all his efforts that are making a difference.
We were delighted to hear that our project had been selected to
be part of the 2018 Loading Docs initiative. Loading Docs team will
support us during the whole process and will financially help us
make this happen. Along with principal funder NZ On Air and with
support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho,
they want to see the film get made just as much as we do.
We need your help!
In order to make this story the way we want, we need your help.
Loading Docs will provide an additional $4,450 and cover
post-production costs, but only as long as we reach our funding
goal as of part of the development process. Your contributions will
go towards production costs, crew rates and rental gear. As we will
follow Sam on his trip, we need to cover accommodation and catering
for the crew. Every dollar will help us portray this inspirational
film in the cinematic way we envisioned.
Additionally, we're excited to have our
good friends from Maloney's Barber Shop onboard as
Match Funders for the first $250. Thanks a lot to all the staff at
Thank you for taking the time to hear us out and watch our
pitch video. Every little bit counts and we greatly appreciate your
Join us on Sam's journey and be part of this
(Photo courtesy of Bay of Plenty Times)
YES!! Initial goal reached!!
10 MONTHS AGO
Thank you so much to everyone who helped us reach the initial goal in only 5 days! We're so grateful for the all your support!
Now we are going for the stretch goal of $4000! With the extra funds raised we will be able to rent better gear and spend more time on the road with Sam. We will also be able to pay better rates to our awesome crew that at the moment are donating their time and efforts.
Here's a photo of us celebrating this awesome news with our friends at The Rock.
Thank you again to everyone who has contributed. We're excited about making the film knowing you've backed us :)
Ygnacio, Valeria, Sam & Bo