A film about a blind mechanic with a dream to travel across the country in his 1969 Dodge Dart and drive it himself at the Salt Flats.
This film is about Bart Hickey,owner of a small auto repair shop outside of Chicago and all he wants to do is drive his 1969 Dodge Dart car at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a 30,000 acre area in Utah known for it's land speed records, where he could not hit anyone or anything... all we want to do is follow him across the country as he pursues this...
What's so special?
Bart Hickey has been blind since birth and each day is a testament that anyone can live out their dreams no matter the obstacle.
One dream remains.
With your help you will fund the documentary of Bart's dream as he travels across the country with his son Brendan on a road trip towing Bart's beloved 1969 Dodge Dart. Along the way, through good will and help from car enthusiasts, mechanics and strangers, they will finish making his baby road worthy and ready to race the Salt Flats of Utah with Bart behind the wheel for the greatest ride of his life.
Who does the money go to?
Every dollar you donate, other than Kickstarter’s fee will go directly to producing this film. Travel expenses, crew and equipment over multiple states, specialized transport equipment for the Dodge Dart. Incentives for those assisting Bart in bringing his car to road ready racing status. Permits, aerial support, medical support and emergency gear all become part of the bigger picture and we want to be able to compensate each and every service provided fairly and in a timely manner.
$20,000 seems like a low number for a road trip documentary with such a powerful final event to cover? If that's all you get will you be able to make the film you imagine.
It is low but we're prepared to go into production with that. It's the bare amount to get the story. We hope to raise at least 2 to 4 times that amount so we can throw the full weight of our experience, talent and equipment at this once in a lifetime event.
Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive blog and video updates from our production crew as Bart and his son journey on the ultimate road trip from Chicago to the Salt Flats in search of those who will help bring his Dodge Dart to life for one amazing ride.
When exactly does the production begin?
It really begins after we've met or exceeded our fundraising goal. Preproduction will involve scheduling dozens of people in multiple states and all necessary safety precautions on the final day at the Salt Flats.
Of course Day 1 focuses on Bart and his son Brendan as they depart on their journey from his auto repair shop in Alsip Illinois. We expect hundreds of fans there to send him off and hope that you enjoy that day following your much appreciated gifting.
Now that the film is funded, how long will it take to shoot and released?
As soon as our monetary goals have been exceeded we will plan the shoot to starting March of 2013 for a period of 2 weeks with the final video to premiere in May 2013 at an invitation only event based upon gifting amounts. We will make sure you know when it's in production and ready to release.
How can you contact us?
e-mail is the best firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time?
If our goal is not met or exceeded within 30 days the project is over. Your accounts will not be billed in the amount you gifted. We hope to raise substantially more but this goal is reachable and would allow us the opportunity to start.
Can we exceed the goal?
Yes and we have different production scenarios in place to utilize your funding with creative precision. A trip across America and capturing a never before seen event in the Salt Flats will take extraordinary resources. The more we raise the more we can do for Bart and those we hope to inspire with our film.
Thank you for being a part of our dream as well.
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The challenges I see are finding the right mix of mechanics in small towns along the route that will be willing to work on the Dart to get it road worthy to drive on the Salt Flats. It's the filmmakers goal to develop relationships with Bart and his fellow mechanics that want to see Bart continue his journey and drive the Salt Flats.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on October 23, 2012.
Sep 23, 2012 - Oct 23, 2012 (30 days)
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You will get a big "thank you" for contributing to the making of this film... you will be have access to posted videos of our travels from Chicago-Utah.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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You will be have access to posted videos of our travels from Chicago-Utah and you will be invited to the kick-off as Bart leaves.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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You will get a downloadable full length movie of Bart's story plus access to all the posted videos... and be invited to the kick-off party as Bart heads to Utah...Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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You will receive a DVD of the finished documentary for your contribution. And you still get the big "thank you".Estimated delivery: May 2013
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You will be invited to Bart's Auto and Towing when the journey begins outside his shop in Alsip, Illinois. You will also receive a DVD of the finished product.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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You will receive a DVD of the documentary signed by Bart and the crew. You will also be invited to the kickoff party at Barts shop.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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You will receive a DVD of the project plus be invited to the kickoff party AND the first showing of the video projected outside at his shop.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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All of the above plus an invitation to a special screening and party at Barts shop. How can you NOT think about this.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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You will be listed in the credits as Executive Producer, you would be a major contributor to the making of this film. Plus all of the above. You will ALSO be invited to the Salt Flats in Utah to be an eyewitness to this inspiring event.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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You will be flown to the Salt Flats, all expenses paid. You will be in the car when Bart steps on that gas pedal for the first time... You will know that you were the one that made it all happen. You will be listed as Executive Producer. C'mon if thats not something to think about? Just consider this the mother of all pledges...Estimated delivery: May 2013