A cinematic documentary about a former Iraqi boxing champion who overcame tremendous hardships in pursuit of his dream.
Most people know Estaifan Shilaita as an enthusiastic and cheerful cab driver in Chicago. Some find out that he used to be a boxing champion in Iraq. They don't, however, know what he went through to come to the United States to start a new life in pursuit of his dream. This is that story told by Estaifan and those who know him best.
This film started years ago with just the two of us, Brett Garamella and Patrick McGowan, interviewing and hanging out with Estaifan, his family and friends. Because we are both perfectionists, we wanted to make a documentary that has a similar cinematic production quality that you see in Hollywood films. This is why we never cut corners on equipment costs and rentals, investing thousands of dollars of our own money to fund this film. We came really close to finishing, but we have run out of money. Now we are asking for your contributions in order to make this film a reality.
Although the two of us are directing, producing, and editing this film, we have collaborated with some extremely talented people in order to make this film as good as we possibly can. These include graphic designers, directors, and animation specialists.
We have just a few more scenes to shoot, including a boxing scene in a similar style to the one you watched in the trailer. We also need to interview more people on film who have ridden in Estaifan's taxi. If you are one of these people, you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, we are narrowing our list to find the right composer for the score of this film. Once the film is completely finished, which we anticipate for the Spring 2014, we will begin submitting it to various film festivals and create posters to promote it.
Everyone who donates at least $10 will receive a digital copy of the film. We have a detailed listing of the rewards you will receive based on your donation.
We are very grateful for each one of your contributions and would like to thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules to help support our film project.
Below is a list of how we will be allocating the Kickstarter donations:
1) Boxing Shoot Total: $3,000
- Camera rental: $600
- Crew: $800
- Location: $500
- Lighting: $500
- Boxing related equipment: $300
- Ring rental: $800
2) Chicago Camera/Lighting Equipment: $1,500
3) Composer for Music: $3,000
4) Posters: $500
Grand Total: $6,000
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Like any worthwhile project, we have some challenges.
One challenge we have is finding the right time of year to return to Chicago to film a few missing scenes. Because we are concerned with making a cinematic documentary, we need the footage to look a certain way. We have done all the outdoor filming during the summer time, which has a certain look on camera. Therefore we need to coordinate our schedules and return to Chicago when it is warm weather to complete filming. This will likely mean that we have to wait until next Spring to shoot the missing scenes we need in Chicago. Also keep in mind that it is a documentary so time and patience are usually what gets a particular moment that fits best with the rest of the film.
Another challenge, which we stated earlier, is finding and interviewing people who have ridden in a taxi with Estaifan. We know there are thousands of you out there and we need some of you to go on camera to help us complete our documentary. Again, if you are one of those people, you can contact us at: email@example.com
The final and most important challenge we have is finding a good composer to write the score for the film. Having the right music in a film creates the right mood and is vital for the type of documentary we want to make. We have one composer in mind, but we will look for a new composer if the music does not fit the documentary the way we want.
We are going to have our first rough cut of the film done this fall so that we can fill in the missing scenes this winter (indoor boxing scene) and spring (outdoor Chicago scenes). Then we have to make a final cut, which should only take a month since we have the film organized by then, and add in the music. So the completed film will be done around June.
Then we will begin making posters and trying to get the film into festivals. There are no guarantees this will happen, but we feel we have a film that many people will enjoy watching.
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
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Autographed Rare Photo: One rare 8"x10" black and white photo print of Estaifan as a young boxer in Iraq with his autograph. Also includes: T-shirt + Name in Postcard + Name in Credits + HD Digital Download of the Film + Desktop Wallpaper.Estimated delivery:Ships within the US only
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NYC Photography Workshop: Learn the process Brett Garamella uses to produce commercial photographs during this all-day workshop in New York City. This workshop is limited to six people and you will be able to take amazing images for your own portfolio. You are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations in New York City. Also includes: Movie Poster + Special Thanks + Autographed Photo + T-shirt + Name in Postcard + Name in Credits + HD Digital Download of the Film + Desktop Wallpaper.Estimated delivery:
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Private Screening + Associate Producer Credit: You will be able to watch the film and hang out with Patrick and Brett for one evening in New York City. This is an opportunity for Patrick and Brett to share their stories about making the film and discuss the filmmaking process. Patrick and Brett will set up a time when everyone is available. You are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations in New York City. Also includes: Photo Workshop + Movie Poster + Special Thanks + Autographed Photo + T-shirt + Name in Postcard + Name in Credits + HD Digital Download of the Film + Desktop Wallpaper.Estimated delivery:
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Personal Photo Session + Executive Producer Credit: A special opportunity to have a personal photo shoot with Brett Garamella. Brett will set up a time for the shoot in New York City in the same way he does a commercial shoot. The shoot will last two hours and you will get to pick your favorite five images for post processing done by Brett. You are responsible for your own transportation and accommodations in New York City. Also includes: Private Screening + Photo Workshop + Movie Poster + Special Thanks + Autographed Photo + T-shirt + Name in Postcard + Name in Credits + HD Digital Download of the Film + Desktop Wallpaper.Estimated delivery:
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