Have you ever walked away from a 'brilliant' idea on the basis
that it was too hard, too big or just too weird? Luckily for us,
and for the planet, no one seems to have told Logan Williams that
walking away is an option.
Logan Williams. This might be the first time you've heard this
name… but I'll guarantee it won't be the last. Driven by the desire
to restore balance to the planet, Logan Williams is a young man
making a huge impact. At just 22, this young Ngāi Tahu inventor
already has some mind-blowing, improbable and seemingly impossible
achievements under his belt.
In this documentary we find out about his latest mission
- to rid New Zealand's rivers of Didymo.
Didymo is an invasive algae native to South America and was
first discovered here in 2004. Despite major efforts to contain it,
Didymo has now infested many of the South Island's most iconic
rivers including the Rangitata and the Tekapo River. It can be
spread by a single drop of water or plant fragment and not only
looks hideous (they don't call it rock snot for nothing), it also
poses a massive threat to native wildlife and a river's fragile
ecosystem. Put simply, Didymo kills rivers.
Rather than walk away from the problem, Logan Williams
is wading in, up to his neck - making it his mission to completely
eliminate Didymo and restore the health of the South Island's
precious waterways. And the way he is going about it is truly
When I first heard about Logan and his amazing vision, I knew
this was a story that needed to be heard. This film weaves together
two themes that I am very passionate about - firstly, the impact
that we humans have had on our environment over the past century
and secondly, my fascination with 'visionaries', those brave enough
to act on their ideas and inspirations, no matter how crazy,
daunting or unachievable they may seem at first.
Our short has been selected to be made as part of the Loading
Docs initiative. 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. 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.
We're incredibly grateful to Loading Docs and to Logan for
allowing us to tell his story. To do justice to this
opportunity we are seeking to raise a further $6000 through this
Boosted campaign. This will enable us to take our cameras
and crew into remote South Island locations and really showcase the
scale and beauty of the majestic rivers that inspired Logan's
Any donation you can afford will be gratefully received. That's
the great thing about crowd funding… even the small donations add
up! It will also help us immensely if you can like or share this
campaign through your networks and Facebook. Share and
spread the word!
As a boosted supporter of What Logan Did you'll not only be
helping to raise awareness and help curb the spread of Didymo but
you'll also be encouraging tomorrow's problem solvers to not be shy
of their ideas, to realise their dreams .... and dare to
have an impact!
ONLY 38 HOURS LEFT!
14 HOURS AGO
Well we are nearly at the end of our Boosted crowd-funding campaign for What Logan Did, boy what a ride!
We are so appreciative of all the support you have given us. Thank you so much for your very generous donations and for sharing our story.
We got given an extension on the campaign due to a few technical issues with the Boosted website. We were given an extra 4 days to boost our campaign and we now only have 38 hours left!!
Every day we inch a little closer to our $6000 target but we still need help to get there. Please keep sharing the link to our campaign via your networks, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram, Twitter, email or spread the word by a having a good old natter.
Help us raise at least 6k before June 26th....that's tomorrow!
Ngā mihi nui
Jane & Josie
Thanks to you we're over half way to 6K!
3 WEEKS AGO
Thank you very much everyone, with all your generous donations in just over a week we have raised $3340, that’s over 50% of our $6000 target! Amazing!
Your memories shared of time spent by our rivers and your messages of encouragement are very humbling. We are really looking forward to bringing Logan’s story to you and highlighting the issue of Didymo through the Loading Docs platform.
We’re over half way but still have a way to go to reach our $6000 TARGET, so please keep sharing, liking, telling anyone and everyone about our film and help us get there by June 22nd....we have 20 days to go!
Jane & Josie
Thank you for supporting us!
4 WEEKS AGO
WOW, we've raised 81% of our 2K target in just 48
hours! Thank you so much to those who have shown their
support by donating or sharing our campaign. THANK
We have to keep going though if we want to reach our stretch
target of $6000 by June 22nd, so please please
keeping sharing our campaign and telling your friends, family, work
colleges what we're up too. Every contribution small or large makes
a big difference!
Jane & Josie
Thank you, thank you!
4 WEEKS AGO
6K target… here we come!
A huge THANK YOU to those who’ve been first off the block to donate on day one of our crowd-funding campaign.
You might be confused by our apparent $2,000 ‘goal’. The way Boosted works, if you don’t reach your goal all donations are returned to the donors. $2,000 is the minimum we must raise to meet our obligations to Loading Docs but we’re encouraged to publicise our ‘stretch goal’ which is the amount we need to actually fund the production – in our case this stretch goal is $6,000!
So, it’s a great start, thank you...but we have a wee way to go!
Please please share and help us reach our 6K target!
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