Tales from Stump City – Documentary

Fundraising campaign by jaQ Pixelwitch
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'Felling is always the last resort' - Sheffield City Council.

As a freelance film-maker living in Sheffield, UK, I was astonished to find this story unfolding, literally, on my doorstep.....

Coming to a street near you.....

Environmental activists are protesting the unnecessary destruction of 6,000 of their city's 36,000 mature street trees. Attempting to halt the ecocide, campaigners are battling an unsympathetic council and their secret £2.2bn 25-year PFI contract with multinational infrastructure company, Amey.

Sheffield used to be the greenest city in Europe - but as the trees have been destroyed, that status is now lost.

This is a journey of tenacity and creativity on the part of the protectors, experiencing the highs and lows, humour and tears, and ever-ingenious tactics of modern day peaceful protest. Weaving NVDA (Non Violent Direct Action) through a myriad of legal challenges, including arrests, court hearings, fines and threats of prison, verbal and physical assault, private ‘evidence gatherers’ and 'stewards' on the streets. It is a story of people from across the city and from all backgrounds, coming together, all bonding over the unnecessary felling of mature healthy street trees. We also see the lengths that officials will go to in order to continue with a highways contract that shows no transparency or accountability to the public.

Galvanised by pre-dawn felling raids and subsequent arrests on Rustlings Road in November 2016, I began documenting anything related to the Save Sheffield Trees Campaign. One year on, I'm still filming protests on the streets each day and am preparing for a busy 2018.

So far, I've been self-funding the project but now, in order to continue shooting daily, I need to replace faulty SD cards and exhausted camera batteries, service equipment, buy new hard drives for storing the copious amounts of footage, renew equipment and public liability insurances, and upgrade my laptop. And, as is often the case, it’s all needed at the same time - now. There are day-to-day costs such as travel and consumables, and next, I will need to hire an editor and a voiceover artist. I decided to look for patrons who believe in my project and thus enable me to continue filming for as long as necessary. I feel that this campaign to save trees is much more than it says on the tin. It's a social documentary of protest against PFI contracts, putting profit over people, and asset-stripping a city's heritage in 21st century neoliberal Britain.

Rewards

A thank you on social media.

14 Backers

A thank you on social media and credit on website.

2 Backers

A thank you on social media, credit on website, access to exclusive campaign updates and an invite to premiere screening.

4 Backers

All of the above, plus an Executive Producer credit on the film.

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Fundraising Team

  • jaQ Pixelwitch
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  • Eve Wood
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Donors

  • Tom James
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
  • Great project, look forward to the results!

£20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
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  • Rona Sparkes
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
£10.00
Jan 25

FELLINGS ON HOLD - TEMPORARILY

Update posted by jaQ Pixelwitch at 01:23 pm

Today, Thursday 25 January 2018, Darren Butt from Amey was interviewed on local radio and said that there would be a ’pause’ in felling to assess the situation regarding using ’reasonable force’.

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Jan 21

Tales from Stump City - Week 2 January 2018

Update posted by jaQ Pixelwitch at 12:48 pm

Last week brought a new tactic from Amey - their hired security guards 'stewards' are now going to be using 'reasonable force' to remove peaceful protesters from within the work zone - all supported by South Yorkshire Police who oversee the ejections. There was one day when the 'bunnies' (protectors. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

176 donors
  • Tom James
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
  • Great project, look forward to the results!

£20.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
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  • Rona Sparkes
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
£10.00
  • Julie Stribley
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
  • I am pretty sure we first met you filming Vernon oak and we found the tree together from the bus (myself and 5 kids), and pretty happy to have got to know you protesting at the town hall. If this isn't you, then hell, I'll donate anyway.

£10.00
  • Janet Dyson
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
£10.00
  • Chris Saunders
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
£20.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
£5.00
  • Alex Coppock-Bunce
  • Donated on Feb 28, 2018
  • Good luck, you are doing a great job!

£20.00
  • Sara Hill
  • Donated on Feb 27, 2018
  • Well done Jacqui, I'm so proud of what you are doing to shine a light on this shameful campaign to remove the wonderful trees of Sheffield. Sara

£50.00
  • George O'Mahoney
  • Donated on Feb 27, 2018
£1.00
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£5,431.00
raised of £5,000.00 goal
108% Funded
176 Donors