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The Film


Imagine you live near a field, near a farm, where everyday seven huge tractors tear up the dusty ground sending plumes of dirt up into the sky. All the houses on your block, all the trees, and every tended garden are the color and shape of dirt. Instead of shoveling snow outside midwinter, every day you shovel dirt. No tomatoes in your garden, your lungs struggle to filter oxygen from the suffocating air, and the only squirrels you see anymore are in books.

How long do you think would you let that last? How long until you stood in front of those tractors yourself, and defied them one more inch of sacred ground?

I'd give you one day. One day for the tolerance in you to turn into the fighter in you.

Now what would you do if I told you that the picture in your mind right now, is reality... That field is the bottom of NY's Oyster Bay Harbor. Those seven tractors are seven hydraulic dredge boats. That suffocating air is the suffocating water that hydraulic dredge boats leave in their paths five days a week, every week of the year, killing the very same plants and animals that once supported the thriving harbor.

Just because you can't see something happening, doesn't mean it isn't.

By supporting the making of this documentary film, The Bay of Imbalance, you will be helping us show the world what no one sees - because it all happens underwater.


The Team












Why Making This Film Matters




The Baymen believe that when people are made aware of what actually goes on out there under the waters of Oyster Bay Harbor, the public will put a stop to what local government has failed to.  Hydraulic shellfish dredging will be outlawed in Oyster Bay, just like it was outlawed in Huntington Harbor just a stone's throw away.  The purpose of film is to share the truth, the facts, about an issue that affects the harbor's plants, animals, the ecosystem and the environment as a whole for every single one of us - near and far.

Nature is a wonderful, powerful thing.  We admire it, we rely on it, but unfortunately sometimes we abuse it.  Oyster Bay Harbor has been carelessly, greedily abused for decades.  That's why this film matters - this film is about people standing up for nature. For the environment. For our home.


The Devastation


Due to the effects of 60 years of unregulated commercial hydraulic shellfish dredging in Oyster Bay Harbor, what was once a flourishing Bay bottom is now covered in twelve feet of silt. The naturally occurring oysters that gave the bay it's name some 400 years ago are all but gone now. Clams are scarce, fish populations have drastically diminished, lobsters are gone and even local wildlife has been affected. But unlike the irreversible stories of animals gone extinct, or vast lands now developed, Oyster Bay Harbor's struggle for life is fixable – because it’s villain is artificial.




The Challenge


Our fundraising goal here is a humbling $50,000.  In reality we passed this number six months ago.  Our actual costs are far greater by now but money is not our goal here.  Change is our goal.  Saving the environment is our goal.  Exposing a deeply guarded reality in Oyster Bay Harbor is our goal.

Production expenses:



  • Rental fees: scuba equipment, Oxygen, hydraulic pumps, underwater camera housing, drone, two complete camera setups, lenses, mics, field recorders, two blimp setups, boom, tripods/heads, camera dolly/rails, Gyro stabilizer, Steadicam, Rental Insurance fees, etc.

  • Production Related Costs: Boat fees, Airline travel, car rentals, gas, diesel, design and fabrication, steel rod, I-beams, fittings, shipping cases, shipping fees, insurance, etc.

  • Post Production: Hard drives, Editing, Colorist, Audio work, musical scores and licensing, Software, narration, writing

  • Distribution: Marketing costs, Film festival entries, broadcast


Our Story


Two and a half years into this production, funded mainly with our own blood sweat and tears, the Baymen and I have accomplished an impressive amount of work.  If someone told me on day-1 that research scientists would be contributing to this film, biologists, ex-dredge boat builders and operators, veteran shell-fishermen from other harbors, fabricators, an Oyster Bay historian and even Billy Joel of all people..? I would not have believed it. Yet here we are. This film has more potential today than anyone ever dreamed it would. Good brings good- which is what got you here.  I hope you feel this project is worthy of your support.


Thank you,

Eric Gulbransen, and The North Oyster Bay Baymen's Association




$16,210.00
Pledged of $50,000.00 Goal
94
Pledgers
 
In memory of Robert Sniffen Sr.: $1.00
At the request of Robert Sniffen's family, this reward is dedicated to the memory of Robert Sniffen (aka - Links).  Enter whatever amount you feel is appropriate.  Robert was a long standing Bayman in Oyster Bay Harbor.  He loved his family, he loved the bay, he would have loved and supported the making of this film.
High Five: $5.00

Every dollar counts, thank you!

Shout it out!: $10.00

You're our perfect ten, thanks for your support!

Make the list: $25.00

Remember you've made the list next time somebody important asks..  Your name (if you like), will be on our thank you facebook page, and here on Oysterbaymen.com too!

Short Sleeve Tee!: $35.00

Wear your donation with pride! Receive a high quality short-sleeve pre-shrunk cotton tee with the Oyster Bay Baymen logo on back (be sure to include your size (pre-shrunk cotton - M, L, XL, XXL) and shipping address on contribution form).  You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Spread Your Seeds: $50.00

Sponsor one hundred baby oysters!  The Baymen will grow your seedlings in their Flupsys, and spread them in the harbor in honor of your support.  You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Long Sleeve Tee: $75.00

Wear your donation with pride! Receive a high quality long-sleeve tee with the Oyster Bay Baymen logo on back (be sure to include your size (pre-shrunk cotton - M, L, XL, XXL) and shipping address on contribution form).  You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Four Tall Glasses of Water: $100.00

Four Classy Oyster Bay Baymen Glasses. Receive a matching set of four drinking mugs with beautifully printed Oyster Bay Baymen logos front and back (be sure to include your  shipping address on contribution form).  You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com
A Good Days Work: $150.00

The powerhouse. Receive a matching set of four drinking mugs with beautifully printed Oyster Bay Baymen logos front and back (be sure to include your  shipping address on contribution form).  You will sponsor one hundred baby oysters which will be spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Don't Sweat It: $200.00

Receive a high quality, soft, navy blue hooded sweatshirt with the Oyster Bay Baymen logos front and back(be sure to include your size (pre-shrunk cotton - M, L, XL, XXL) and shipping address on contribution form).  You will sponsor one hundred baby oysters which will be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Take The Credit + Sponsor 100 Baby Clams: $300.00

See your name listed in the credits at the end of the film.  You will also sponsor one hundred baby oysters, plus one hundred baby clams, which will all be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Screen Time! + Sponsor 500 Baby Clams!: $500.00

Invitation to a screening of The Bay of Imbalance in NY, where you can meet and greet the Baymen themselves.  Your name will be listed in the credits.  You will sponsor 500 baby clams which will be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in honor of your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Original Wildlife Print + 2,000 Oyster Seeds!: $1,000.00

Award Winning Photographer Greg Gulbransen's Original Wildlife Prints.  Choose any one of ten original wildlife prints by Greg, printed and mounted to the size and paper of your preference.   Invitation to a screening of The Bay of Imbalance in NY, where you can meet and greet the Baymen themselves.  Your name will be listed in the credits.  You will sponsor 2,000 baby oysters which will be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in honor of your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Associate Producer + 30,000 Oyster Seeds!: $5,000.00

You will be listed in the film credits, and on Oysterbaymen.com as one of the film's Associate producers.  You will be invited to a private celebration dinner which will be held immediately following the film's screening in NY.  Meet and greet producers and Baymen with their families.  You will sponsor 30,000 baby clams and oysters which will be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

Executive Producer + 60,000 Oyster Seeds!: $10,000.00

You will be listed in the film credits, and on Oysterbaymen.com as an Executive Producer.  You will be invited to a private celebration dinner which will be held immediately following the film's screening in NY. Meet and greet producers and Baymen with their families.  Your name will be listed in the credits as an Executive Producer.  You will sponsor 60,000 baby clams and oysters which will be grown and spread in Oyster Bay Harbor in your name. You will also be included on our shout-out page on facebook and here on Oysterbaymen.com

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