A film of poetry centered around twelve key Christian spiritual disciplines by spoken word poet David Bowden.
"12" is a film of poetry and passion about the harm, beauty, misconceptions, and necessity of spiritual disciplines in the life of a Christian.
AFTER A YEAR of writing and 6 months of filming we are ready to share this project with you. Many people who have been raised in faith or who encountered it later in life have, at one time or another, been 'put off' by one or more of the spiritual disciplines. We were taught and told that we don't pray enough or read our Bible's with enough frequency or fastidiousness. We often feel guilty about our lack of simplicity in a world of overwhelming consumerism and our ignorance or lack of enthusiasm when it comes to obscure Christian practices like fasting and meditation. We usually react to this guilt in one of two ways. Either we let the shame of our lack of religious performance push us away from pursuing a pious life, or we use that guilt as a motivating factor to try harder and judge those who are not as disciplined as we are. Either way, guilt and shame are unsatisfactory motivators for a devout life.
That is where this film comes in. We believe that there is another way of approaching a committed Christian life and it is that way that David seeks to illuminate through poetry in "12".
This film features twelve new poems and videos from spoken word poet, David Bowden. Based on his January 2012 audio release, "12", this film gives movement, visualization, and depth to the words and ideas of the studio album. Not only does this new film feature never before seen poetry videos, it also contains behind the scene chats with David about the inspiration, intent, and meaning behind each piece.
A Film for Individuals, Families, and Churches
"12" is a great film for fans of poetry who want a new way to interact with and be challenged by words. We also hope that families would be able to use it as common ground to initiate discussion and unity. Furthermore, this is the perfect DVD for youth ministers, pastors, or church leaders who want to use David's poems for lesson illustrations, a series outline, or discussion starters. However you choose to enjoy and use the film, we hope it is a challenge and inspiration to you and those you share it with.
We need your help to take the last big steps towards completing "12". We have to finish paying for post-production of the film, studio time and musicians for the original score, and manufacturing of the DVD. The bare minimum for all this is $5,000. If we can GO ABOVE OUR GOAL we will be able to bring more hands on deck for specialized fields of video editing, spend a few extra days in the studio making the soundtrack even more polished, and produce the physical DVD in the coolest packaging possible. So pick a backer reward that interests you and help us reach our goal!
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Luckily this project is surrounded by skillful hands and committed minds. There will be challenges in finishing all the editing and scoring before our manufacturing deadline, but we have set ourselves to full-time work on this project in order to overcome this challenge. The biggest risk we are taking, if it wasn't the last 6 months of filming, is spending time in the studio and the production room without being funded first. We have gotten studios and editors, who believe in this project, to begin their work up front, leaving their pay dependent on the success of Kickstarter. But this is a risk that they and we are willing and ready to take. We believe that our fan-base and many wonderful congregations will be able to step up and make this goal a reality.
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Nov 12, 2012 - Dec 11, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
- Digital DVD - You'll get a digital download of the "12" film when it is released on 12-12-12 AND your name will be included on the film closing credits under the "Kickstarter Backers" title.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $20 or more
- The "12" Film - Get everything from the "Digital DVD" set plus get a physical DVD of the "12" Film delivered straight to your house!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $8 to ship outside the US
Pledge $25 or more
- Thank You Letter - Includes everything from "The 12 Film" pack plus you'll get a handwritten thank you letter from David to you, sent with your DVD. Talk about a sweet keepsake!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $8 to ship outside the US
Pledge $50 or more
- Fan Pack - Ideal for the ideal fan. Everything from "Thank You Letter" pack PLUS David will sign your DVD. You also get a signed copy of the "12" CD. And a big heaping pile of thanks.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $8 to ship outside the US
Pledge $75 or more
- Ultra Fan Pack - Everything in the "Fan Pack" plus signed copies of the "Return Return" CD and the "Littered Liturgy" DVD. Plus get personally thanked by David on Twitter and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $10 to ship outside the US
Pledge $100 or more
5 backers Limited (5 of 10 left)
- 1 on 1 Writing Workshop - David will give you a one on one writing workshop on Skype for 30 minutes. You can ask him about the techniques and methods he uses to write his pieces. Or if you aren't a writer you and David can just chat! - Also includes everything in the Ultra Fan PackEstimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $200 or more
- Church Pack - Ideal for those wanting to use the "12" film for their church, youth group, or small group. Comes with 5 copies of the physical DVD. Plus 5 signed copies of the "12" CD. You'll also get High Resolution downloads of marketing materials for posters, slides, web, etc. FINALLY you'll get an open email correspondence with David to discuss how to best use the material during the length of the series (Limit to 12 weeks).Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $18 to ship outside the US
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
- THE BOX FROM "START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS" - Yep! You can buy the box from David's video "Start Something that Matters" commissioned by TOMS Shoes. It comes signed and you get everything from the "Ultra Fan Pack" as well (because obviously you are an Ultra Fan)!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or more
- Big Church Pack - Everything you'll ever need to take your church or youth group through a series based on "12". Includes everything from the "Church Pack" PLUS: 1.) A Phone Counseling or Skype Session with David to discuss how to best implement the "12" DVD into your community, 2.) 5 Extra Copies of the DVD for your leaders (10 total) 3.) You'll also get a personalized video from David to your congregation welcoming them into the "12" series and thanking them for their support 4.) David will thank your church by name and website on his Twitter and Facebook.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012Add $25 to ship outside the US
Pledge $1,000 or more
- Live Performance - Have David come out to your church, house or event. He will put on a special performance of the "12" poems with discussion and Q&A in between pieces. Travel and lodging ARE NOT included. Schedule must fit David's availability and is subject to the conditions of a separate contract.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,500 or more
- Film Premier Party - Want to experience the "12" film like none other? Pledge at this amount and David and his crew will set up a DVD Premier Party in your city at your venue. We'll roll out the red carpet for your guests to experience this one of a kind event. After the movie we will host a Q&A discussion with David and the Film's Director. Lights, camera, action! Travel is included in the price. Must be in the continental United States.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
- Associate Producer - Maybe you just believe in this project or what David is doing and want to make sure it happens. Then this is the pledge amount for you. You'll have your pick of any of the above rewards. PLUS you will be credited as the Associate Producer on the DVD package, and online databases. AND you will be sent a one of a kind commemorative plaque to display the DVD and honor your support.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $3,000 or more
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- Executive Producer - Wow! You are amazing. This pledge amount will award you your choice of any two of the above awards (besides the Associate Producer pack). You will be credited as the Executive Producer on the DVD package and online databases. You will also be sent a one of a kind commemorative plaque to display the DVD and honor your support. PLUS you will receive the only handwritten copy of all 12 poems from "Withdrawal" in a leather bound journal.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
- Just Because I Want Too Package - Obviously you just believe in David and what he's doing. At this level it is clear that God has put it on your heart to help out. You can have whatever you want listed on this page, but my guess is it's not about the backer rewards for you. So let's grab dinner and thank God together.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012