A documentary that will inspire those with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to achieve their goals.
(To learn more about this film, please visit www.gofarmovie.com)
GO FAR is a work-in-progress documentary about the life of Christopher Rush, an amazingly inspirational human being who was born with muscular dystrophy. Rather than give up, he defied every expectation and lived a life full of happiness, optimism, and endless accomplishments that most able-bodied people would be proud of. Despite having been diagnosed with a life expectancy of two years, he lived until shortly before his 31st birthday.
During his last few months Chris developed an inspirational program called GO FAR (Goals, Obstacles, Focus, Act, Review) that he planned to teach to others who were disabled, troubled youth, and anyone else who needed encouragement and a better path to reaching their goals, regardless of the obstacles. This documentary will serve as his legacy...his message of enduring optimism and hope.
My journey to make this film began in 2007 at Christopher Rush’s funeral service. It was there that I first heard of Chris’ GO FAR inspirational program. And after hearing so many amazing stories about who he was and what he accomplished, I knew that Chris’ story needed to live on to inspire more people. Since then I have raised over $30,000 through various fundraising efforts (including a previous Kickstarter campaign), and I have shot over 35 hours of interview footage, as well as the service where Chris’ ashes were spread in the Cayman Islands.
Now the real work begins. I have spent months gathering family photographs, archived home movies, professional video footage from MDA, and I have hundreds of pages of interview transcriptions. I have found the perfect editor to work alongside me. I have a DVD distributor who has deals with Amazon, Target, Wal-Mart, and various other national retailers. And I have a schedule that will hopefully have a cut of the film ready by August 12th, 2012 - the 5th anniversary of Chris’ death. What I don’t have is the funding to keep going.
That’s where you come in.
My GOAL: To raise $5500 to fund the beginning of the editing process. My hope is to edit the first 20 minutes of the film and use that as a tool to raise the remainder of the film's post-production budget through angel donors.
My OBSTACLE: I only know so many people and many of them have already made generous donations. So I'm counting on you to spread the word and help me find new supporters!
My FOCUS: To raise an additional $25,000 from angel donors which will fund the remainder of the editorial budget, and have a finished cut of the film to screen on Aug 12th, 2012...the 5th anniversary of Chris' death.
ACT: This is the step where you come in. I can't do it without your support. Any help is appreciated, and the list of REWARDS is to your right.
REVIEW: A donation to this film means we're one step closer to spreading Chris' message of optimism and hope. That is something tangible you can own - the feeling you get knowing you're helping others who will receive this message.
I am confident this film will inspire people to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.
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If you didn't select a signed script, 99% of your donation will help fund the making of this film (this phase of funding will specifically pay for post-production). The remainder will cover the cost of printing and mailing your DVD(s) when the film is complete.
If you selected a signed script, approximately 95% of your donation goes to fund the making of this film. The other 5% will cover the cost of printing your script and mailing it.
When the fundraising process is complete (Feb 12), I will send out a survey to all of my backers and you can specify which episode you would like signed and how you would like it personalized.
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Jan 20, 2012 - Feb 12, 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive credit in the 'Special Thanks' section of the film, and you'll get a few extra good karma points for a rainy day.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive credit in the 'Special Thanks' section of the film, and you will also get one complementary copy of the film on DVD.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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Select this specific reward and receive YOUR FAVORITE BURN NOTICE SCRIPT SIGNED BY THE WRITER!!! Pick any episode you choose (s1-s5), and the writer will sign and personalize the copy for you, a friend, or a family member. *$100 per script, no limit (Please specify episode number and name when you donate) This includes Matt Nix!!!!!!!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive credit in the 'Special Thanks' section of the film, and you will also get two complementary copies of the film on DVD.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $150 or more
Select this specific reward and receive the BURN NOTICE SEASON 5 FINALE SCRIPT SIGNED BY MATT NIX AND DIRECTOR RENNY HARLIN!!! They will both personalize the signatures for you, a friend, or family member. And if you want the editor's signature, I'm happy to oblige as well!Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
You will receive credit as a 'Gold Benefactor' in the film's credits, as well as 2 copies of the finished film on DVD. You will also be invited to any screenings of the film and receive VIP treatment.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
Pledge $10,000 or more
For donations over $10,000 you will receive credit in the film as an 'Associate Producer,'and you will get as many DVD copies as you would like (limit 20). You will receive rough cuts of the film and be able to share your input. And you will also be invited to any screenings of the film and receive VIP treatment.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013