Still a little more than 24 hours to go, and our project has been funded 100% and then some. I am such a mix of feelings right now I can't describe it. I can feel my heart thumping, my eyes are wet, and my hands are trembling as I type this while sitting in a Coffee Bean on Sunset Boulevard.
The fundraiser will still actively accept donations until the deadline at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern tomorrow (Thursday). Any funds raised in addition to the goal amount will go toward making the trailer and film that much better. I am a big believer in transparency with money.. as promised early on, as this project goes on I will make the entire budget and expenditures publicly viewable to backers. Possibly on a members-only or password-protected area on the website. Within a few days of the project closing, the "home source" of up-tp-date information for the project will shift to americansexoffender.com. Go bookmark it now. As I've repeated many times, go to the "I Want to Help" tab on that page and submit the form in detail with any way you desire to help - whether you are interested in interviewing for the film, helping with production in your area, offering a special kind of expertise, or have a creative talent such as music or design or organization that you wish to contribute. If you know anyone with access to any of that, point them to that site and that tab as well.
It will take Kickstarter and Amazon up to several weeks to deliver the money to my account. In the meantime, I want to assemble and organize a team of volunteers who each have very specific and easy roles. I am interested in finding people who can put a couple hours worth of work a week into the project. A few potential examples are: maintaining the list of potential stories and locations, researching possible additional funding agencies / submitting proposals to them, and being in charge of craigslist ads in different areas for production hiring. I've already gotten a lot of offers like this, and if you've mentioned that already to me and submitted it in the "I Want to Help" tab, there's no need to repeat yourself - I already got it, and I haven't been able to reply to many of them yet. If you haven't done that yet and are interested, please do let me know in that form. This really helps me because it all goes to a dedicated email address... when I get emails to my normal email they may get lost in the jumble. More on the volunteer team in the coming days.
Also in the coming days, you'll get an email about the reward level you chose. That's where I'll get any info I might need to complete your reward. I look forward to doing all that.
After I get the money I'll be getting equipment and setting up interviews and we'll go on from there! I'm still kind of a newbie at twitter, but I have an account now - @kevinscottfoley. So follow me there, and stay tuned to see if I ever start using it. :)
A lot of organization is in the near future, and today and tomorrow I'm going to try to relax a little and take a much-needed mental rest. I already feel my body physically relaxing more, and I might even treat myself to a massage today! Haha. I hope you treat yourself to something too. You've contributed to a potentially world-changing cause. It's cheesy and I believe it.
I consider myself greatly in debt to all of you who contributed from 1 to 1000 dollars to get this done. My payoff of that debt will come in the form of hard organizational and creative work - and modest living - until this film is everywhere, and beyond.