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Unreasonable at Sea: The Epic Documentary

posted Oct 1, 2012, 4:58 PM by Cesar Harada   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 5:11 PM ]

The incredible story of 11 brilliant tech companies circumnavigating the globe, attempting to solve the greatest problems of our time.

An Unreasonable Introduction:

Hello, we are Unreasonable Media and we are not your standard production company. We are dedicated, blindly and exclusively, to leveraging the power of story-telling to shift paradigms and solve problems. We have a world-class team of over-caffeinated filmmakers, graphic designers, composers, photographers, cinematographers, audio engineers, writers, and producers. The common thread throughout our team of misfits and craftsmen is that we all feel at home when working at the convergence of story telling, film, impact, and entrepreneurship.

We invite you to change the world with us by getting involved in our campaign.

What's so Unreasonable about Unreasonable at Sea?

The term "Unreasonable" comes from a quote by British playwright George Bernard Shaw:

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman].” 

The kinds of people that George is referring to are entrepreneurs, and theUnreasonable at Sea program that we'll be documenting is a project based on the idea that entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful tools to help solve BFP's (Big Freaking Problems).  

Check out this 2 minute video we made to preview the Unreasonable at Sea journey...

After seeing the traction behind the model of the Unreasonable Institute, Unreasonable at Sea will take a new approach. Instead of uniting entrepreneurs in the entrepreneurial hub of Boulder (as Unreasonable Institute does), we have partnered with Semester at Sea and Stanford's to launch this accelerator on a ship as it travels more than 25,000 nautical miles around the globe to 14 international destinations including:

Over the course of the 100 day accelerator, we will document 11 technology companies as they…

  • Explore the local economies of 13 countries where they will experiment in taking their technology to market and will bridge connections with top government officials, foundations, venture capitalists, and serial entrepreneurs,
  • Bring 2-3 core members of their founding team for the entirety of the program
  • Be mentored by 20 world-class serial entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us on the ship,
  • Be connected to and form relationships with top-tier globally centric venture capital funds and foundations,
  • Go through an intensive accelerator led by the founder of the Unreasonable Institute and the founder of Stanford’s d-school,
  • Live, travel, and work with 10 other extraordinary companies and their teams,
  • Live, mentor, and learn from the over 600 undergraduates who will be studying abroad on Semester at Sea throughout the entire voyage, and
  • Circumnavigate the globe on Semester at Sea’s MV Explorer (fastest cruise-liner in the world).

Who's On Board?

We don't know if we can stress it enough; these ventures are seriously mind-blowing.  Their technologies are applicable to solving problems that exist all over the world, and they're ready to expand their ventures across international borders.

Who Are the Mentors?

We've got some absurdly awesome mentors to help teach these entrepreneurs a thing or two about how to change the world.  From the creator of ER, to the lead designer of the Google Glasses, a Nobel Laureate to a the founder of Word Press, who knows what kind of productive collisions will occur on board the ship.

There's still more to be announced: who knows who else might be joining the Unreasonable Mentors...There's still more to be announced: who knows who else might be joining the Unreasonable Mentors...

You can view the full list of all-star mentors HERE.

Our History with Unreasonable:

Three years ago, we started producing short documentaries about entrepreneurs attending the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Over time, we fell in love with telling their remarkable stories, and we're proud to say we've told the stories of over 70 entrepreneurs from 40 countries around the world. These entrepreneurs came from every corner of the world, and lived together under the same roof for 6 weeks, learning from world-class mentors, and worked to scale their businesses that are designed to solve world’s biggest problems. From a Liberian civil war refugee getting former child soldiers out of poverty through cocoa production, to a 19 year old girl from Pakistan fighting against the tradition of honor killings, we've been fortunate to meet some incredible people, and we've come to realize that our storytelling abilities are powerful tools to inspire others to follow in the footsteps of these incredible real-life “superheroes”.

Here's an example of one our latest "Entrepreneur Spotlights":

Our stories about the entrepreneurs attending the Unreasonable Institute have been shown to a wide audience in various formats around the world including the UN's 2010 World Peace Day, a 19-part series featured on Fast Company's Co-Exist website, and the newly formed website. 

Why We Need The Cash:

Semester at Sea has given us unprecedented access to living, eating, and sleeping on their ship for free, but we need your help to take this to the next level: our journey can be made above and beyond Unreasonable expectations with your help!

So why do we need the cash? To take this thing from good to great.

Our goal is to raise $50,000 for the bare necessities for the voyage - every dollar beyond that goes to making the magic happen.  

Some of the basic costs include:

  • Renting necessary video and audio gear
  • Hard drives to store and back-up all the amazing footage we gather
  • Visas to follow these companies on their journeys in each country
  • In-country travel costs like moving film gear via buses, trains, motorcycles, and the occasional rickshaw
  • Expendables used in production, like bug spray, lens cleaners, gaff tape, sunscreen, and more bug spray.
  • People and Gear Insurance
  • And of course food, water, and shelter in country to keep the crew alive.

$50,000 gets us the necessities, but everything beyond that will go towards raising the production value.  As some of you know, documentaries are expensive! Most action films spend more than $50,000 on a single explosion!

Your Virtual Passport Aboard the MV Explorer and Other Awesome Rewards

Although we wish we could take you all on board the ship to experience the adventure of a lifetime, we hope that you can settle for the next best thing.  If you back our project for some of the lower level tiers, we'll bring you along for the adventure with our "virtual ticket", which includes exclusive +Google Hangouts and video updates documenting the progress of our voyage.  

Some of our favorite rewards include specially designed artwork by our incredibly talented Graphic Designer/Cinematographer Patrick Behan.  The artwork will be featured on signed posters and postcards that we plan to send from different parts of the world.

The Official Unreasonable At Sea Documentary PosterThe Official Unreasonable At Sea Documentary Poster
Unreasonable at Sea Documentary Badge/StampUnreasonable at Sea Documentary Badge/Stamp
Personalized post card sent from a surprise destination along our voyage.Personalized post card sent from a surprise destination along our voyage.