Joshua Zeman's 52 The Loneliest Whale Project gets a boost from Kickstarter

Joshua Zeman reports that he surpassed his Kickstarter campaign goal of $300,000. The funds raised will support an expedition to find “52, the loneliest whale in the world,” and also help raise awareness over the growing scourge of ocean noise pollution which affects the welfare of marine mammals across the globe. Funding beyond the goal will go into production of the film.

Josh’s 52 The Loneliest Whale is a feature length documentary that tells the story of a whale, which has a call of a pitch that is a much higher frequency (52 Hz) than that of the other whale species with migration patterns that most closely resemble this whale's. Described as the loneliest whale in the world, the mammal has been detected regularly in many different locations since the 1980s.

Josh has been creating independent films for over ten years. His directorial debut, the horror documentary Cropsey, was a critic’s pick with The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Roger Ebert, and called “one of the year’s best documentaries” and “one of the scariest films of the year.” 

Josh is currently directing his first narrative feature, No Man’s Land, which is being produced by Artina Films (21 Grams, We Need to Talk About Kevin, A Single Man). Most recently, Josh directed the short, The Best Man for The Job, starring David Call (Two Gates of Sleep, Tiny Furniture). 

Josh is also the executive producer of Killer Legends, a reality series based uponCropsey that examines the true crimes that have inspired our scariest urban legends. Produced in association with Picture Shack Entertainment, the pilot will premiere this fall on the Chiller Network. 

Josh’s first screenplay, Fresh Kills, was optioned by Fine Line Entertainment and Forensic Films. Most recently, Josh received the 2013 San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting/Djerassi Residency Award for his screenplay, Collider. He has also served on the selection committee of the IFP West Screenplay Competition, Hamptons Screenwriting Lab, McKnight Screenplay Fellowship, and Sundance Screenwriting Labs.

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