Thanks to all of the amazing, generous supporters, we were completely in awe at the results of our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. We not only met our goal but surpassed it by far; reaching 116% of our total!
Although our Indiegogo fundraising campaign ended on January 22, you can still make ongoing tax-deductible contributions to Goshen throughout the duration of production. Click on our Donate page to find out how you can make a donation online or by check. Thank you for your support!
In conclusion of our 22 day barefoot-a-thon we wanted to share with you our thoughts of our overall experience barefoot as well as an update on the production of Goshen. We went into our barefoot-a-thon believing in the benefits of being barefoot. We enjoyed the feeling of not having our feet and range of motion constrained by shoes as we walked, ran, gardened, and hiked. We believe our muscles were strengthened, our balance was increased, our posture was built up, and so many more benefits by allowing our feet to move as they were designed to. We found out that we have toes for a reason - gripping surfaces!
However, we did feel less comfortable barefoot when we were not in nature. Being barefoot in town, on asphalt, in grocery stores, banks, post offices, and other public places posed some risks that we felt were not beneficial to our health. A viewer brought to our attention that due to the skin being the bodies largest organ, we should consider what our feet are touching. Chemicals used to clean the floors of stores, oil on roads, herbicides on sidewalks, and other unnatural materials are not good for our bodies to be exposed to more than necessary. Therefore, throughout the next week, we are going to find the pros and cons of several minimal, barefoot shoes that are currently being made. Our goal will be to find a pair of shoes to wear when we feel we need protection on our feet. Otherwise, we fully intend to continue being barefoot! Overall, it was an extremely positive experience! Our eyes were opened to an entire new audience of barefoot enthusiasts that we never knew existed!
However, the focus of our documentary, Goshen, will not be our feet, but rather the lifestyles of indigenous communities. Over the next few months we will be interviewing health and wellness experts, authors, seed saving specialists, and of course, the Tarahumara people. We believe that the information shared in our film will reflect the voices and perspectives of people from diverse arenas of knowledge and experience. We look forward to learning more about the topics we are passionate about during our filming process. Most of we look forward to sharing our film with the world. However, one of the most beautiful things about documentary filmmaking is that it is just like life... We can have an idea about what we are interested in seeking, but what we actually end up finding will most likely take us by surprise!
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Filming location in the Copper Canyons, Mexico.