To our dear Kickstarter backers:
After 3 years of hard work, we're happy to say that "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" is now finished, thanks to all of your generous support! We're extremely proud of the film and can't wait to share it with the world. In fact, we have several screening events and film festivals scheduled this fall that we're excited to tell you about in the coming months.
But though the film is complete, the journey is not yet over, and we've been working harder than ever to get this important film seen and readily available for audiences and communities everywhere.
We are an incredibly small team and "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" is truly an independent film. From the producing, directing, cinematography, editing, outreach, etc., we've done everything ourselves with very little resources (but A LOT of heart!). In fact, "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" has been funded solely by personal savings and the money we raised in Kickstarter in 2011.
Now after long and careful deliberation, we've decided to launch a second Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise much-needed funds to help us with the many expenses involved as we get the film ready for distribution and classroom use.
On Tuesday, July 30th, we will officially launch our new Kickstarter campaign and will offer DVDs of the film as one of our rewards. Our goal is to raise at least $25,000 in 25 days. When we succeed, our plan is to immediately embark upon an ambitious screening effort to get the film screened in as many places as we can starting this October, which will mark the 15th anniversary of Matt's tragic death. Though daunting, we are confident that with the help of our amazing network, we can succeed once again and give this important film a public life.
We're so grateful for all you've given already, however, we could still use your support. When our Kickstarter campaign goes "live," it would be incredibly helpful if you could spread the word about the project on the Internet (via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, blogs, etc.) and tell your network of friends, family, professional contacts, and anybody you know who may be interested in our project.
Our first Kickstarter campaign in 2011 was wildly successful and together we raised over $60,000--$10,000 over our $50,000 goal--making us one of the most successful Kickstarter film projects at that time. As we saw the first time around, every push and every contribution (big AND small) made an indelible impact on our campaign. Your support will be invaluable to us on the home stretch of this long journey.
We will let you know as soon as our Kickstarter film page goes "live." In the meantime, please check out our Facebook page and our website at http://mattshepardisafriendofmine.com
We can't thank you enough for all that you've done to support the film. We honestly could not have done it without each and every one of you.
Much love & gratitude,
Michele & the MSIAFOM team