Thanks to some amazing supporters we've reached our
initial target of $2k which means we can make the film, but the
next step is reaching our STRETCH GOAL of $4k... so we can get
better camera gear, better music and sound design, spend longer on
the edit and also pay our highly skilled crew better rates, as they
are currently working for next to nothing. (All for a great cause
though!!) More funding means more potential for IMPACT.
Every month a group of people put on black clothing, pack their
laptops and a mask, and meet on a busy Auckland city street.
Christian Huriwai is one of their leaders, a 26-year-old from the
far north, well-known as a world champion extreme street unicyclist
and a self-confessed adrenaline junkie.
Chris and his partner Sam La Hood are members of the animal
rights group Anonymous for the Voiceless. They take us inside "The
Cube of Truth" - a group of masked volunteers standing silently in
an outwards-facing square, showing the public a graphic montage of
modern animal industry practices on their laptops. They aim to
trigger curiosity and interest in veganism, but they also deal with
angry outbursts and ridicule. Animal activism isn't for the faint
It's a story about having the courage to take action for what
you believe in, choosing action over apathy. This 3-minute
documentary is a window into the world of a couple of young animal
rights activists, shot in a cinematic action-film style by an
We follow Chris and Sam as they prepare for and take part in a
"Cube of Truth" event on Auckland's Queen St,
and explore why two world champion extreme athletes have become
vegan activists, and what they've sacrificed or gained.
THE CUBE OF TRUTH has been selected as one of 10 thought
provoking stories for the 2018 Loading Docs collection (Loading
Docs won the NZ On Air Best Web Series award at the 2017 TV Awards
The aim of this film is to help break down the stereotype of the
weirdo preachy vegan, inspire more people to action, and add to the
massive rise of veganism around the world.
Crowdfunding is a great way to make films without relying
entirely on funds from mainstream sources - it can be especially
challenging to get films with an animal rights theme funded.
Crowdfunding connects directly with the audience and enables you to
have more influence on what kind of content gets created.
We've set our crowd funding goal at $2k which will go towards
crew, camera gear, music licensing, and post production
costs. It's an all or nothing campaign - we need to reach the
funding goal to receive any money.
It's a total cliché but every little bit really does help, and
along with being a part of making this film happen you'll get your
name in the credits, and some good karma will come your way!!
(Another bonus is your donation is tax deductible, so you'll
receive a receipt to claim back 33%.)
Because our short has been selected to be made as part of the
Loading Docs initiative, they want to see the film get made just as
much as we do. Along with principal funder NZ On Air and with
support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho,
Loading Docs will provide an additional $4,450 and cover the sound
mix and grade, but only if we reach our funding goal as of part of
the development process.
The film will initially be released online through the Loading
Docs website where you can
watch and share at no cost. It may also be distributed on other
online platforms, broadcast television, in-flight programs and the
big screen. Documentary films have the power to create positive
change, so the more people who get to see this story the
We'd love you to be in the film when we shoot a Cube of Truth
event in Auckland - we'll let you know the date through a Boosted
update and posts in the Auckland AV Facebook group.
We hope you can help support our fundraising campaign by donating
and sharing the link with friends. Thanks for taking the time to
check out this project.
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - AMY TAYLOR
I have a background in marine biology, wildlife filmmaking and
science communication, and a passionate interest in animal rights,
environmental issues, and life!
I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking
with the University of Otago and my documentary about Hectors
dolphins (Beyond the Kelp) was broadcast on Maori TV. My
documentary Soul in the Sea premiered at the New Zealand
International Film Festival in 2013, and was nominated at the
prestigious Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for Best People
& Nature Program.
Recent work includes short documentaries for The Wireless
(producer, director, camera operator and editor) Apollo: Rise of
the Poly-Vegan Soldier, and Captain Aunofo.
CINEMATOGRAPHER - MARK LAPWOOD www.marklapwoodacs.com
PRODUCER - SOPHIA SEATON
A full time Producer and organiser of all things, Sophia comes
from a commercial background with extensive hands on experience
producing short form content.
By day she works with clients such as BNZ, Westpac, Microsoft,
Deloitte, St John and many more. In evenings and weekends Sophia
works on additional projects such as short films, music video's and
web series'. She manages all aspects of these projects from
scripting, casting, budgeting, scheduling and shooting, through to
post production and distribution.
Sophia holds a Bachelor of Broadcasting Communications in Screen
and Television Production and a Diploma in Digital Video Post
Production both from the New Zealand Broadcasting School.
TO THE VEGAN SOCIETY FOR THEIR SUPPORT WITH THIS PROJECT www.vegansociety.org.nz
4 WEEKS AGO
Wow! We're so grateful for the huge amount of support this project has gained in such a short amount of time.
The next step is our STRETCH GOAL of $4k... This means we are aiming for more funding so we can get better camera gear, better music and sound design, spend longer on the edit and also pay our highly skilled crew better rates, as they are currently working for next to nothing. (All for a great cause though!!) More funding means more potential for IMPACT.
Thank you so much, please keep spreading the word. We cant wait to share this small but mighty film with you all.
Amy and Sophia