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PERHAPS NOW, MORE THAN EVER, OUR WORLD COULD BENEFIT FROM LOVING KINDNESS AND COMPASSION.

 

 

A TIMELESS STORY THAT HAS ALREADY TOUCHED MILLIONS

Perhaps you’re too young to know or maybe you have not heard of Jonathan Livingston Seagull before. In this case, you're in for a treat!  

Richard Bach’s fourth novel spent almost two years on the New York Times Best Seller list and went on to become a global best seller, touching the lives of millions everywhere. Jonathan Livingston Seagull has been published in over fifty languages and remains in print around the world. The "crazy little seagull" named Jonathan speaks a universal language with his appeal to harness and exceed our imagined potential and soar to loftier plains of courage, personal accountability, and reaffirmation in the power of self-determination.

A touchstone to multiple generations, Jonathan Livingston Seagull stands as a source of motivation and transcendence in the lives of countless people. Jonathan's optimism and encouragement to embrace the power of spiritual and personal freedoms has guided readers through difficult challenges and numerous obstacles. Jonathan Livingston Seagull is an indwelling of inspiration and hope.  

Finding your own inspiration in Jonathan's story is easy! You will be rewarded with the affirmation of striving for excellence in your daily life as its own reward, and when you abandon the negative, self-defeating thoughts of limitation you, too, will experience powerful, positive change.  

With a devoted audience numbering in the millions across the world, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is in a prime position for a metamorphosis in the digital online marketplace and into the hearts of new readers everywhere. Since the message of Jonathan Livingston Seagull has unlimited potential for generations to come, we have developed a powerful and engaging new way to tell the story and deliver it almost everywhere, thanks to recent developments in digital technology. We plan to introduce an Interactive Audio Book of Jonathan Livingston Seagull for mobile devices. We will distribute the work in Four Parts, one part at a time and this fundraising segment is for Part One only.  

Please don't keep the project a secret! Help us celebrate the evolution of Richard Bach's timeless classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull as we move into an enlightened new age of storytelling.  

Richard Bach facilitated the re-release of Jonathan Livingston Seagull as an Interactive Audiobook App. Our work will be enjoyed by many but especially today's children, who are drawn to electronic devices such as smart phones, iPads, and tablets.   

Richard speaks to Jonathan Seagull’s continuing relevance in modern times:  

“Is this story relevant to the modern times, to the years beyond 2017? Of course not. Who needs, in these days, a story about being thrown out of a society because our ideas, our inventions, our way of thinking doesn't match with conventional standards?  

Who cares if a few people live their own ideas, and bring them back once again for us to try if we might like them now. Who needs carriages without horses to pull them, machines who will lift us into the sky, inventions that will take us to the moon and other planets?  

Certainly no one cares about spiritual ideas, ones that suggest we're already perfect expressions of perfect love, no matter that these expressions don't appear to our eyes. That holding these ideas regardless of appearances, seems to make them true.  

No matter its crazy ideas, why does this book keep selling thousands of copies every year? Are there that many crazy people living among us today?”  

We are confident to recast the Jonathan Livingston Seagull story in a new light and share this classic with a young generation by delivering an exciting new Interactive Audio Book App for mobile devices.  

Unlike a traditional book or an e-book, an interactive audio book doesn't rely on written text, as the story is delivered with spoken word. And unlike a conventional audio book, our interactive book immerses a reader into a world of highly detailed and colorful delights. Unlike many existing interactive books for mobile devices which read as flat, this App is produced in a 3D-like style which delivers a more engaging experience, similar to watching a cartoon.  

Each episode takes the reader on an adventure with Jonathan from Part One of the original book. A reader participates in the story by interacting with characters and the environment by tapping, swiping, or drawing on the screen. 

Help Jonathan
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Jumping dolphins, fish, shooting stars, and echoing ripples of water are among many beautiful and playful interactions with the environment.

Dolphins Jumping
Dolphins Jumping

 

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The market is saturated with eBooks, interactive books, and games to a point that parents have become stressed and overwhelmed, and as a result limit the time children spend with mobile devices. We hope that Jonathan Livingston Seagull will be among a few approved applications that parents will encourage their children to interact with and, at the same time, feel good knowing that their kids are in a learning environment imbued with kindness, hope, and altruism. We hope the kids will enjoy the humor and kindness in the story and become engaged with both the characters and the lessons.

Richard Bach Loves This App!  Here are his own words: “Instead of imagining, we and our children can see Jonathan's flight under our eyes, on the very pages of spoken words. We can become seagulls ourselves, turning, soaring, even flying upside down, whenever we wish! Kind Heart Production’s App is a modern vision of the forever principles of the book. This is a perfect expression of enlightened entertainment!”

JOIN THE FLOCK TO BECOME PART OF THIS STORY!

Please don't keep us a secret! Join our flock and help us celebrate the evolution of Richard Bach's classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "Open To All Members" has been the JLS motto for almost fifty years. Its spirit is open to anyone who believes. The group vision centers on an individual's aspiration to do more, climb higher, see beyond a herd mentality, and to be OK with being different. Strive for perfection, while understanding that "PERFECT SPEED” means already being there. To accept and celebrate being an outcast for holding true to one’s core beliefs.

Richard writes,

     “The readers of Jonathan Livingston Seagull are not a community. They're a family. 

They're joined by their love of the principles in this story. I have thousands of examples of this in letters and in the last few years in the rain of emails sent by those who believe as I do – there's something much more powerful than the latest cars or the latest airplanes, or the ideas which separate us. 

Tell another reader of this book that you've been touched by the truth on its pages, and all at once we're welcome to talk with them, to meet with them, to become their friends. 

That may be true for other books, too, yet year after year a sense of family has been extended to many readers of Jonathan Seagull.”

 

  

Yes, the JLS Family exists! We are a global community tens of millions strong, related by shared values and common goals. Though Jonathan's message means special things to each person, anyone who has read the short novel might share their own "Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story” with us, as hundreds of visitors have submitted their own stories to be published at the Jonathan Livingston Seagull website. Visit the site, read a few of the stories, and you’ll feel and understand the strong sense of community we’ve described.  

Becuase of a highly personal connection to Jonathan, those who embrace the story already share a deeply soulful connection all over the world. Given the complexities in a heavily saturated, over committed, overstimulated, social media entrenched lifestyle, a kinder connection will be welcomed as it brings a little more light to each of us. So, yes, take heart: You are not alone.

The project is currently about 25% completed. Every scene of Part One is finalized, every character has been modeled, most of the scenes have been animated, and some interactions have been introduced. The success of this campaign will allow us to develop interactions within each scene (about twenty in total) before moving to a testing phase.

Should this crowdfunding campaign surpass our initial goal, we will include even more highly detailed and exciting engagements, interactions, and storytelling!

YOUR FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. . .

Readers of Jonathan Livingston Seagull share a common belief that one is free to make decisions and choose personal goals. JLS readers also embrace the innate desire to excel in their endeavors and persevere until success is achieved. JLS readers are a family that strives to live a life based on honor, truth and love.

The choice to join our Kickstarter campaign is compelling because of the unifying vision which includes each person in the community as a “doer,” and a mover and shaker. The Seagull spirit already has the support of so many people who were influenced by the book and now, for the first time in decades, these people and so many more can become part of the next chapter as well as committed to make a better world.

Join us in sharing timeless values with a new generation. Let’s elevate the spirit of Jonathan Livingston Seagull using today’s latest technology to offer our children a fun and beautiful learning environment imbued with kindness, hope, and altruism. Coming together in hope and possibility, we will also cast golden light onto society and a segment of the entertainment industry, which could so benefit from our inspiration and encouragement.

Richard Bach

Richard Bach is an American writer, raised in Long Beach, California.  He is the author of 24 books, including Jonathan Livingston Seagull, which spent two years on the New York Times Best Seller list.  Richard's writing suggests that we are born to fly, and, even more important, we are part of a larger family who love the idea that we're free.

http://www.richardbach.com 

  

Ken Miller

Ken is a composer/arranger/pianist/conductor. You have heard his award-winning music on over 80 national, and internationally broadcast television shows, such as: The Unit, The Man In The High Castle, The Mindy Project, Black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Red Band Society, Revenge, Parks and Recreation, The Middle, Friends, Saturday Night Live, Revolution, Desperate Housewives, Medium and many more. Ken's musical studies took place at the The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School. Ken retired from the US Air Force at The US Air Force Academy as Chief Arranger, in 1997. Ken is currently the Director of Music and Entertainment for The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and has held the position since January 1, 2003.

https://kenmillercomposer.com

 

Marcus Lovett

Marcus Lovett, a graduate of Carnegie Melon University, began his career in the original Broadway production of Les Miserables. He simultaneously appeared on ABC's One Life to Live. His other Broadway credits include the lead roles in Aspects of Love, Phantom of the Opera, Carousel, and King David. He has appeared in multiple off broadway plays and musicals as well. In 2012 he reprised his role as the Phantom, this time at Her Majesty's theatre in the West End. Other than Michael Crawford, Mr. Lovett is the only person to play the Phantom in London and On Broadway. He is also the Voice of Good Morning America, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, among others. His discography, among others, includes, Marcus Lovett, The Give Moment, and his new 2014 release, Marcus Lovett, Where is Love.

http://marcuslovett.com/

 

Ilya Shpilberg

Ilya Shpilberg (violin) was born in Russia to the family of professional musicians where he began his violin career at age of 5 under the guidance of Sam Ziskind. He was accepted into the Moscow Music College under P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1989 where he started his violin studies with Sergey Fatkulin. Ilya won number of violin competitions and attended a number of festivals and master classes in Russia and abroad. After graduating from Moscow Music College he went on to attend P. I. Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory in 1992 where he received his Masters of Music in violin performance. Mr. Shpilberg has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and an orchestra player in countries all over Europe and Asia....France, Switzerland, China, to name a few. Upon graduation, Mr. Shpilberg won the position with the Philharmonic of the Nations, International Symphony Orchestra, Germany.  In 2000 Mr. Shpilberg came to the United States to live in Pueblo, Colorado, and continue his career in the Front Range area. He has performed in the Montarbor String Quartet, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Springs Symphony, Broadmoor Orchestra, San Juan Symphony and various other groups throughout Colorado.

 

Please don't feel like you have to be locked into one of these rewards in order to support our project. Remember, you can always donate without getting any rewards. We appreciate any amount.

Pledge $5 or more

Intro Package

Enjoy your private copy of a previously unpublished Richard Bach short story on the subject of Altruism, with a video message from the author! These are digital items.

Pledge $25 or more

Digital and Old School Combo

Includes a video message from the author and one signed, digital photograph of Richard as a special keepsake! Plus, your very own copy of the original, hand-edited manuscript, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Part 4.' Ships anywhere in the world for free.

Pledge $50 or more

Sand, Sea & Sky Package

Discover the real story behind the creation of Richard Bach's classic novel! Watch private family footage recorded in Richard's own home, detailing the amazing journey from an idea in the mind of one man, into the hearts of millions! Enjoy a previously unpublished short story, elaborating a little more on his decades long relationship with his most well known book. Also includes a gorgeous digital art photo of Jonathan, with JLS quote and signature. All digital items.

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Breakfast Flock Special

Includes our Digital and Old School Combo, a unique Jonathan Livingston Seagull Stylus Pen for capturing inspirational ideas of your own plus a water bottle. US/Canada only

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Day At The Beach Combo

Bring the waterfront to you with our inspirational 'Day at the Beach' Combo! Comes in a custom box. Includes digital items. Shipping US and Canada only.

 

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Premium Combo

One signed, original drawing by author Richard Bach. 'Music of the App' Jonathan Livingston Seagull Interactive Audio book Soundtrack composed by Ken Miller and your very own copy of the original, hand-edited manuscript, 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Part 4. Shipping US/Canada only.



 

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Checkmate Bundle

Play online chess with chat with Richard Bach. Includes an email exchange beforehand.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Our team members have worked hard to ensure steady progress up to our current 25% completion phase, but since multiple team members and collaborators work side by side, and as with any team effort, it’s possible gaps could affect our production timeline in ways we can not completely control.

Our primary goal is to deliver the highest quality possible without taking shortcuts. We are hoping to stay on schedule and will update you if there are any delays in development. We have a team of experienced professionals committed to success and who have worked through unexpected situations before.

We have established relationships with the providers of all of the rewards and have a sample of every reward on the list on hand. We have tried to set realistic deadlines for the delivery and feel positive that we will deliver each reward as promised and on time.

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    • Jonathan Livingston Seagull; New Complete Edition by Richard Bach
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    Includes:
    • Thank You Video From Richard Bach
    • Signed Digital Photograph Of Richard Bach
    • Jonathan Livingston Seagull 'Music of the App' CD
    • Original Artwork by Richard Bach
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