Kickstart This: Documentary Tries to Uncover Mystery of 'Zug Island'

April 12, 2013

Zug Island Kickstart This

Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. This week, we want to put the spotlight on a feature documentary film project called Zug Island - The Story of the Windsor Hum, which aims to find the truth behind a strange rumbling sound emanating from a mysterious island off the coast of Michigan. The sound has had negative effects on many local residents, but nobody knows what is causing it. Take a look at the compelling pitch video below, and don't forget to donate a few bucks if you can.

For the last 40 years, there has been a steel mill on an island in the Rouge River between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. For a long time, all was well and everything seemed normal. But over the last two years, a low frequency noise has disturbed thousands of residents, causing vertigo, headaches, anxiety, nausea, and more. The island is highly fortified and not open to the public, with guards carrying machine guns patrolling its perimeter and barbed wire fences rising up on the property. Adam Makarenko, the director of this project, compares it to a real life X-File, and he doesn't seem far off in that assessment.

In addition to interviewing the affected residents, Makarenko hopes to speak with people who work on Zug Island and ultimately attempt to gain access to the island itself in order to find the truth behind the cause of the hum. He plans on creating a hybrid documentary, blending traditional doc footage with extraordinary miniature work to provide visual illustrations of areas he might not be allowed to visit. His miniature work seen in the pitch is breathtakingly gorgeous, so if the mystery alone of what's happening isn't enough to get you to donate, maybe seeing what he can do with these miniatures will convince you it's worth supporting.

For more on Zug Island - The Story of the Windsor Hum and the backstory, and to help support this up-and-coming project, visit its IndieGoGo page. Director Adam Makarenko and his team are looking to raise about $15,000 by Thursday, May 2nd, so let's band together and support them as they try to find the truth behind this mysterious occurrence. I was totally hooked from the opening of that video, and I'm really hoping he gets the funding he needs to finally uncover what's really taking place on that island.

That's all for this week's Kickstart This. Please e-mail me at if you come across any cool film-related projects that might need some extra attention to meet their goals. My inbox is always open, and if you send in any Kickstarter or IndieGoGo film project, I can't always promise we'll feature it here, but I will definitely take a look at it. Thanks for all your submissions so far, and keep them coming! As always, we want to thank you guys for your support of these projects because they couldn't be completed without the help of film lovers just like you. Visit our full Kickstart This archives here. What do you think?

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Don't worry guys, that's just where I'm keeping my friend's centaur love-child.

Alan Trehern on Apr 12, 2013


What that guys needs is an old fashion conspiracy theorist nutcase with a million dollar trust fund to squander. It's very, very, interesting, but I seriously doubt he'll get to the bottom of it.

Baron the Curse on Apr 12, 2013


I think it's quite obvious what's going on here. Below the steel mill is a Jaeger construction facility and the hums are generated due to testing procedures. In fact, Pacific Rim is not so much a fictional movie as it is a way to attract potential Jaeger pilots. Whether or not they're intended to battle giant monsters or invade North-Korea is anyone's guess...

Neuromancer on Apr 13, 2013


I'm interested enough to throw a few bucks his way.

Jeff Metzger on Apr 13, 2013


Guards with machine guns protecting a steel mill??

David Banner on Apr 13, 2013


Why not make a doc about the true story called, "Creature of Jekyll Island?" by G. Edward Griffin? Its about the creation of an evil bank called the Federal Reserve. Never heard of it? Thats the idea. The idea came from group of mad crazed bankers in 1913 who colluded with the US govt to create an entity with monopoly control of money supply and interest rates, that has now metastasized into a raging economic apocalypses cancer machine, and is in the process of making us all slaves to debt. Too weird? Ok, keep going with the humming thing.

Michael P. Shipley on Apr 14, 2013

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