Documentary of 7 strangers with different beliefs traveling cross country to visit America's largest places of worship.
Much love and gratitude to my "First Believer" Regina Rodriguez!!
My documentary is to take 7 strangers of different beliefs and travel to America's largest places of worship. The cast will consist of both male and female that consider themselves either Sikh, Mormon, Christian, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, or an Atheist. (Funds permitting, also considering Buddhist and Scientologist) I hope to begin shooting in late June in Los Angeles, CA. We will travel to:
- San Jose, CA (Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, Sikh) *Just Added on 3/21/12*
- Salt Lake City, UT (Salt Lake Temple, Mormon)
- Houston, TX (Lakewood Church, Christian)
- Dearborn, MI (Islamic Center of America, Muslim)
- Washington DC (The National Cathedral, Interfaith/Episcopalian)
- Washington DC (Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Roman Catholic) *Just Added on 4/2/12*
- New York, NY (Emanu El, Jewish)
The purpose is to show that people can coexist with different beliefs and hopefully promote interfaith.
The video further explains the who, what, when, and where, but the how is up to you. Your generosity depends on how great this film can be. With $15,000, I can take my 2005 Honda Odyssey crammed with equipment, luggage and 5 strangers. It seats 7 so one lucky person can be my sound engineer. We could sleep under the stars or bed lice infested motel rooms. McDonald's value menu will become the meals of choice.
Should I hit my real goal of $30,000, I can rent an RV from Cruise America. We can sleep in the RV and cook our own meals. It only sleeps 7, so I still will have only 1 other crew member, but I will have better equipment. This also gives me room for post production costs. I will still have to drive.
Now should I hit the gold mine here on Kickstarter, I can do it the way that I dream of with a charter bus. I have already talked to the Vice President of Premiere Transportation and he told me that for our trip we would need 2 drivers, but it does sleep 12, so I can bring a great crew along. I would like to get the bus wrapped in our logos. But for that big pie in the sky I would at least need $60,000. It's a really sweet ride.
Please feel free to email me any questions, thoughts, or suggestions at
So again, the how is all up to you my donor angel.
More about me below:
Check out why I chose this film as my first full documentary on my friend's blog, Egberto Willies.
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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 April 18, 2012.
Mar 19, 2012 - Apr 18, 2012 (30 days)
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Every little bit helps. If 60,000 people hit this button I would be in heaven. I will send a personal thank you via email.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Give me 5 to stay alive. I will send you a personal thank you via email, plus receive a bumper sticker with the Freedom Riders 2012 logo.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Now you know how to spend money. Get a personal thank you via email, a bumper sticker with the Freedom Riders 2012, and a keychain with the film's logo. Plus consider yourself on the Special Thanks credits at the end of the documentary.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Did anyone ever say to you that you are their hero? Well consider it said here and now! Get all the for mentioned, plus a free copy of the DVD after theatrical releases.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Well that's where all the Benjimans are at! I will happily take them and put them to good use. Everything I've talked about above, plus a t-shirt with the Freedom Riders 2012 logo.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Boo-yah! There is some serious heat coming off your mouse right now. Everything you see above, plus a signed portrait from the cast and a postcard from a stop of your choice.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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The volcano has finally blown it's top! Now that's what I'm talking about. You will get everything above and...drum roll please....special sneak peaks at cuts as they are loaded up on a private account on YouTube, where you can become part of the process. Give your ideas and input into the final cut!Estimated delivery: Aug 2013
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Well, since you are here I might as well look into my bag of goodies and see what I can pull out. All the above that you have seen...and...let me see...it's gonna be big...how about title extraordinaire of Associate Producer on the opening title sequence.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Well, let me think. How can I reward someone with the heart of a saint? All of the above of course, but what else? I got it! A photo album of our trip signed by the cast. Yep that sounds great!Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Wanna go for ride? If there is room and you are available the last 2 weeks in June, hop on the Freedom Riders express. Plus I will give you Executive Producer credit on the film. Must be able to travel within the last 2 weeks of June. Plus I will do an interview with you and put it up somewhere for everyone to see.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012