February 19, 1996
SavaFilm is a Wyoming-based film and video production company that
produces documentaries, commercial work, and safety films. Several weeks
ago, a young Forest Service Ranger, who recently buried a friend, killed
in a snowmobile accident, approached us about the need for a film on
snowmobiling safety. Our research into the subject has shown us that the
need is not just local, but extends throughout the snow country. The
films that do exist are either mixed with promotional material, use scare
tactics, or are not widely distributed. The accident rate is rising and
we passionately believe that this film needs to be made available to the
public by the beginning of next season. Our objective is to make an
effective, widely-distributed snowmobiling safety film that promotes
snowmobiling and stresses rider responsibility.
The first part of the film will be directed toward people new to the
sport. The second part will be geared to the experienced back-country
snowmobiler, with an emphasis on mountain riding and avalanche awareness.
The film will be distributed in a video tape format and will be donated to
the Pacific Mountain Network for satellite up link and made available free
of charge to the 300 PBS stations across the country. Our promotion and
distribution efforts are directed at reaching the largest possible
snowmobiling audience. The film will be shot on lacation in the Greater
Our previous safety film, "Driving Snow: The Keys to Winter Driving," was
produced in 1993, and has been seen on PBS stations in at least twenty
states. Driving schools and employee training sessions across the country
have incorporated the tape in their curriculum. The snowmobile safety
film will be done in a documentary-style similar to "Driving Snow."
We are seeking financial sponsorship for the project from
snowmobile-related businesses. Our budget of $49,820 includes fund
raising, production, promotion, and distribution. We have already raised
some money from foundation and local sources. So far, one snowmobile
manufacturer has expreessed an interest in sponsoring the film. We will
e-mail a full proposal to anyone wanting more information. You can help
us by showing your support for this project by posting a note to the
group. We would also like to hear your stories, comments and concerns.
We will keep the group informed about our progress.
We hope that with your help we can make a difference.
Valerie Schramm and Sava Malachowski