Planned Documentary About Deadly Pacific Coast Highway Surpasses Kickstarter Goal

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Planned Documentary About Deadly Pacific Coast Highway Surpasses Kickstarter GoalToday we take a little break from the usual topic of conversation to talk about something a little more serious but every bit as horrific as the horror movies we typically cover.

Back in April of 2010, a 13-year-old girl named Emily Rose Shane was killed on Malibu’s 27-mile long Pacific Coast Highway, one of eight people who lost their lives on the extremely dangerous highway in only a four-month time frame that year.

Wanting to make a difference and help bring an end to all the carnage, Emily’s father, Michel, set out to make a documentary exposing the problems about the highway, which have contributed to making it such a dangerous place for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. To fund the documentary, called PCH: Probable. Cause. Harm, Michel Shane took to Kickstarter around this time last month, looking to raise the $35,000 needed to get the film made and out into the public.

We’re happy to report that the PCH fundraising campaign has already exceeded that goal, over 100 backers making it a smashing Kickstarter success. There are still two days left to donate, and many perks are available to those who help out.

Head over to Kickstarter to learn more.

PCH is a documentary film. It explores why so many people are killed in Malibu on Pacific Coast Highway. It addresses why this horrific reality isn’t rectified. The film exposes obsolete road infrastructure and insufficient traffic regulation. It examines Malibu’s nuances— an internationally recognized hub for surfing and cycling— and its particular safety hazards.

Drunk drivers, careless pedestrians, speeding cars, and the lack of a substantial embankment along the highway create a lethal framework. It’s anarchy. A precarious context, insurance companies guarantee Malibu residents will be involved in an accident on the coastal highway.

The film will highlight the family and friends of those who’ve lost their lives on PCH— including Emily Shane’s. PCH will also share perspectives from sheriff’s deputies, tow truck drivers, cabbies, and others who’ve experienced first-hand carnage on the road. It will include interviews with celebrities who have been involved in accidents on the highway.

However, PCH is not a litany of sorrow. It will not only identify problems but will explore substantive measures to make the road safer. Engineers, traffic experts, and law enforcement officials— including L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol Mr. Joseph A. Farrow— will provide solutions.

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