From Castle to Castle Films Seeks GoFundMe Contributions for “Castles to Crepes” France Travel Documentary

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“Adventures in France: From Castles to Crepes” is seeking to partner with sponsors who want to support history, culture, the arts, and travel in France. The 30-day itinerary covers more than 90 historical and cultural sites.

Chateau de Pierrefonds

Chateau de Pierrefonds is just one of the more than 40 castles to be filmed for the "Castles to Crepes" France travel documentary.

While the travel film is designed to be 'edutainment,' we are including the production of a supplement to mirror the film’s research,” said From Castle to Castle Film founder and co-director Jared Bendis.

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From Castle to Castle Films is seeking support for a documentary travel film titled: “Adventures in France: From Castles to Crepes.” Through the “GoFundMe” fund-raising platform, independent filmmakers, Jared Bendis and Amanda S. Almon, have raised 25 percent of their $25,000 goal. Travel vendors and people who support the arts, love castles, cathedrals and crepes, as well as educators and lovers of all things France are encouraged to view the film’s trailer at

The documentary travel film invites the viewer to join the filmmakers (both artists and educators) on a 30-day adventure in France -- covering its history, culture, food and art. Beginning July 6, 2013, the itinerary spans Northern France, the Loire and Western Central France, Southern France, Eastern Central France and culminates in Paris. The guided narrative and footage of 45 castles, 11 cathedrals, along with monuments, museums, food and cultural highlights will afford its audience an open travel invitation to experience France.

The feature length (90-120 minute) documentary will be in English with some interviews in French with English subtitles. The final film will be produced and distributed on Blu Ray / DVD, and available for streaming online.

“While the travel film is designed to be 'edutainment,' we are including the production of a supplement to mirror the film’s research,” said From Castle to Castle Film founder and co-director Jared Bendis. “The Educator's Resource Guide & Factbook will be produced as an on-demand print book and free eBook.” The guide will provide additional insights on a variety of French subjects including: culture, cuisine, language (on a practical and introductory level), world and art history. It will also include smart and economical travel tips to assist adults and students on their travel to France.

Online fundraising is a useful platform for creative projects to secure funding. It allows the public to be a part of a worthwhile project. Neither of the co-directors are taking any salary or artist fees. Reward incentives based on a sponsor or person’s donation can be found on the project’s GoFundMe page.

With airfare courtesy of the Maison Française de Cleveland fund, Bendis took a small crew to France to start the film in 2009. The expedition produced inviting footage and interviews. On this second expedition, Bendis and Almon intend to cast a wider net and include France’s prehistory, the ancient world, the modern world, and all manner of art, culture, and cuisine.

Jared Bendis, M.A. (Co-Director, Executive Producer, Writer, and Guide) is an artist, photographer, teacher, playwright and filmmaker. He is a specialist in photography, virtual reality, and computer graphics and serves as the Creative New Media Officer for Case Western Reserve University’s Kelvin Smith Library. Bendis also holds adjunct appointments in the CWRU Art Studio, Music, and SAGES departments where he teaches courses on multimedia, instructional technology, and new media literacy.

Amanda S. Almon, M.F.A, C.M.I (Co-Director, Cinematographer, Editor) is an artist, animator, teacher, and filmmaker. She is the Chair/Director and Associate Professor of the biomedical art major and animation major at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work spans from traditional scientific and medical illustration to new media in medicine and science through the use of animation and interactive application development. Almon has created numerous published works for educational and commercial purposes for both natural science, and medical institutions.

For more information or to financially support “Adventures in France: From Castles to Crepes,” visit

About From Castle to Castle Films
Founded in 2000 by Jared Bendis the film production company creates movies about castles and culture. Co-directors, Bendis and Almon, travel the world creating original programming that is both entertaining and educational – produced in film, photography, and book formats. After Bendis’ visit to France’s Chateau de Pierrefonds in 2000, he became obsessed with capturing and sharing cultural and architectural experiences. He has photographed over 400 architectural, archeological and cultural sites -- primarily castles in 14 countries. To follow from Castle to Crepes blog posts, to purchase products or for more information, visit

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