Ground Support USA: Making a positive impact across the country.

Ground Support USA is a traveling film series featuring real people making a positive difference in their communities across America.

The goal of this project is to inspire independent thinking in Americans to engage locally to help make the community directly around them a better place. We will create and post short profile films about each stop’s subject as we travel, sharing what they’re up to and how they’re making an impact on their community. Keep checking the profiles link and Instagram as our Ground Support USA community grows.

We can sometimes feel separated or ineffective in issues we see in the news causing us to think, ‘how can my one vote really count?’ This project presents the possibility and vision to make our actions not only count, but to truly make a difference right in our own communities with the people we live with and see every day.

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Mark and Siobhan traveled with and lived out of the coffee shop for 45 days on the maiden voyage of Ground Support USA.

Mark and Siobhan traveled with and lived out of the coffee shop for 45 days on the maiden voyage of Ground Support USA.

Boise, Idaho

Boise, Idaho

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado

Mark Foster, Director

Director Mark Foster strong-arming a fluffy-headed Canon C-100 back onto himself. Very meta.

Director Mark Foster strong-arming a fluffy-headed Canon C-100 back onto himself. Very meta.

After building a mobile coffee shop for his roasting business in upstate New York, Mark realized the impact his business had where ever he set it up.

"People just gather around and start talking about projects and get inspired."

Mark originally built the coffee shop on wheels for an annual 1940's style auto and motorcycle race in Wildwood, New Jersey called, The Race of Gentlemen. The event looks like a blip back in time, and the coffee shop looks like an old moonshine shack in the woods. 


Mark also started an open studio in his town for artists and farmers to share their workplaces for a day. The event is called the Bovina Open Barn & Studio Tour. It promotes connectivity and pride in their small town and serves as a way for creators to sell their wares right from their homes. Combining the community energy of that day, the social draw of the mobile coffee shop, and Mark's career as a real-people commercial director, Ground Support USA was born. Traveling with the trailer across the country, he investigates and shines a light on stories where people follow their passion and help empower the communities around them. 

Mark Foster and Siobhan Barrett in the FosterBuilt mobile coffee shop. Photo by Danielle Bernabe

Mark Foster and Siobhan Barrett in the FosterBuilt mobile coffee shop. Photo by Danielle Bernabe


S T A F F

Mark Foster, Director

Siobhan Barrett, Social Media Director

Denis Deck, Executive Producer

Holly Seals, Producer

 

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