Hey everyone, we've got a new incentive to offer. Be the first person to get 5 friends to donate 50 dollars or more and you will receive an associate producer credit on the film! Normally, this credit would require a 500 dollar donation, but if you can help us get at least 250 more dollars, the credit is yours! Email is a really effective way to share the film with others, so personalize it!
Just wanted to let you know about a new incentive that we are offering this weekend only. Are you in the Detroit area? Do you know someone who is? Well, if you donate at least 150 dollars this weekend, you will receive a personal tour of the East Jefferson area by the filmmakers! This is a rare opportunity to see something new and different to the American experience. No education beats a first-hand education, so support the film today and join us in Detroit to see some interesting sights and meet some amazing people.
I am backing “Street Fighting Man” because I believe in the power of film to transform lives. I have faith in the ability of personal stories to strengthen and inspire us.
In 2010, we live in a big neighborhood. Each day, I turn on my computer and watch as the borders extend. I am connected to people across the world in new and profound ways. I am excited about this. There is much to gain from knowing about my new neighbors and this ever-evolving community. There is also, I believe, an increasing responsibility attached to this new knowledge. One part of that responsibility is sharing our stories. Another part, I believe, is listening and learning from the stories of others. One story I am anxious to learn from now is the resilience of the people of Detroit.
Many residents of Detroit are choosing innovation in place of degradation. Faced with challenges, and often cornered, they are not wallowing in cynicism, but instead constructively building their community. They are a plea for optimism in times of viral complacency and apathy. They are not ignorant. They know that the United States is in a recession better than anybody, but instead of opting for destructive attitudes, local leaders continue to develop programs to assist their neighbors. They spend their weekdays, and often their weekends, in planning meetings, formulating strategies to protect each other and the integrity of their streets. Many are responding to the challenges as a call for experimentation and creative solutions. Their collective stories are part of a larger American story; to learn about them is to learn about ourselves.
I am fascinated by the way film is mobile, a traveling artistic inspiration that can encourage people in similar situations to find solutions to improve their conditions. It becomes a dynamic resource, a motivational force that gathers momentum through the actions of viewers like you and me. A film is shown at a local YMCA. Community members apply some ideas inspired by the film in their neighborhood. Kind gestures are exchanged and lessons are learned. The neighborhood, and the individuals in it, become better as a result. That is the magic of film and art. Hopefully, the art does not end as the credits roll, but find its truest expression in the ways audiences integrate lessons learned from the film in their daily routines. I want to learn from people in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood. I know they have things to teach me. I want to take those lessons and utilize them to empower the place where I live.
This is why I have become a member on Kickstarter and why I am backing this project. I hope, in some small way, my contribution will help make this film and that the lessons from the people of Detroit will inspire all of us to reach a little higher.
Torben Bernhard (new backer, producer & director of "The Sonosopher")
pledged of $6,500 goal
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Jul 19, 2010 - Sep 4, 2010
Pledge $1 or more
For $1 or more, you'll receive a personalized thank you letter from the director.
Pledge $5 or more
For $5 or more, you'll get everything mentioned above as well as a special thanks credit once the film is complete.
Pledge $10 or more
For $10 or more, you'll get everything mentioned above as well as a limited edition still frame from the film. Not bad for ten bucks.
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For $30 or more, you'll get everything mentioned above as well as a special edition, pre-release DVD of the film. Be the first person to see and own a film festival hit.
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For $50 or more, you'll get everything mentioned above as well as exclusive web access to a 20 minute sneak preview of the film.
Pledge $150 or more
For $150 or more, you'll get everything listed at the $50 level, have your DVD copy of the film signed by director Andrew James, and receive an honorary producer credit once the film is complete. Who knew that producing a film could be this easy?
Pledge $500 or more
For $500 or more, you'll get everything listed at the $150 level, including an associate producer credit once the film is complete. Your contribution gets you a legitimate credit on an important and socially conscious documentary.
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For $1000 or more, you'll get everything listed at the $150 level, including a co-producer credit once the film is complete. Your contribution gets you a legitimate credit on an important and socially conscious documentary.
Pledge $2,000 or more
For $2000 or more, you'll get everything listed at the $150 level, an executive producer credit once the film is complete, and vip passes to the world premiere of the film at an international film festival. This is by far the best value if you have the money. Come party with the filmmakers and get noticed. (airfare and lodging not included)