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One mans life long legacy that became a part of Atlanta's history, the world famous restaurant, Dante's Down the Hatch.
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 Follow Dante as he closes one of Atlanta's most magical landmark restaurants, Dante's Down the Hatch. For 43 years, it was the only fondue restaurant where you could dine inside an old pirate ship with live jazz while live crocodiles swam in a moat beneath your feet. Thousands of people chose to bring this place into their lives and make it a tradition with birthday celebrations, marriage proposals and many anniversaries. See why it lasted so long and how it touched so many lives. 

To get a bit more insight as to why this film was made you can check out these interviews discussing the history of the project and how one of Dante's waiters became a director.

Atlanta's NPR Station WABE  http://news.wabe.org/post/dantes-down-hatch-remembering-atlantas-treasured-pirate-ship - 

The Decaturish   http://www.decaturish.com/2015/03/dantes-down-the-hatch-movie-to-premiere-at-atlanta-film-festival/

Movie Geeks United https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOQ8QTDYKPQ

Atlanta Film Chat http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/atlanta-film-chat/e/episode-45-atlanta-film-festival-special-part-5-dantes-down-37333084

Atlanta Journal Constitution http://www.myajc.com/news/entertainment/movies/novice-filmmaker-charts-fests-hot-ticket-with-dant/nkYLR/

 

13"x19" print of Dante on the stern of the ship, signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier. 

13"x19" print of light painting interior of the restaurant, signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier.  

The original Dante's Down the Hatch oil fondue pot, stand with fondue forks or our classic cheese fondue pot. 

 Dante had printed a commemorative daiquiri glass for each year from the very beginning. (We have only a few of these left that were printed for the last year we were open) He'd be seen at tables giving speeches to customers personally gifting these glasses to them to remember their meal and special occasion. We also printed some "crocodile glasses" with happy birthday and happy anniversary for so many of these yearly traditions. 

Dante's is Closed
Dante's is Closed

 This old weathered sign is 2ft x 3ft and was used for years to post out in front of the restaurant on holidays and snow days. It has been coated and framed to protect the aging. Poetically this antique sums up the whole objective of this film and marks a message that all good things come to an end. This will come with the digital download of the film and soundtrack.

Risks and challenges

The film is finished but as you might imagine the whole process costs a lot of money to make, market, and distribute. This will help pay for the DCP, all the rewards, and a portion of what went into making this. Finalizing it for distribution and getting some marketing behind it is what will get Dante's story told to the masses. The first stage of marketing will be this campaign, thats why it's so important to share this Kickstarter to let people know that this project exists. Remember this is a way to get the movie to you the viewer, the wait has been a long road for many. What Dante has done with his restaurant formula is not your typical situation in this industry. The goal of this film is to share with people how successful a business can be when you truly care about the individuals running it. This is the inside scoop from a unique establishment that did it right for 43 years. We believe that Dante still has a lot of inspiration to share and his crew has a lot to tell about how it effected their lives. Stay connected to Dante's on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/Dantes-Down-the-Hatch-135522909858978/

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    Print of Dante on the stern of the ship

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    Light Painting of restaurant print

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    Happy Birthday glass and prints

    Digital download of the film and both 13"x19" prints signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier of the ship light painting interior of the restaurant and Dante on the stern of the ship. Plus a printed Dante's down the Hatch crocodile happy birthday glass. A digital download of the Paul Mitchell CD, (the soundtrack to the Hatch itself)

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    Happy Anniversary glass and prints

    Digital download of the film and both 13"x19" prints signed by Dante and the director Jef Bredemeier of the ship light painting interior of the restaurant and Dante on the stern of the ship. Plus a printed Dante's down the Hatch crocodile happy anniversary glass. A digital download of the Paul Mitchell CD, (the soundtrack to the Hatch itself)

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    Cheese Fondue pot

    One red original Dante's Down the Hatch cheese pot (does NOT come with stand and fondue forks). Two 13"x19" signed prints. The hatch 2012-13 printed daiquiri glass (which is the final year we were open). The Paul Mitchell Trio physical CD, "Another Way to Feel" (which was the soundtrack to the Hatch and film). A Digital download of the film and postcard.

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    Oil Fondue pot

    One original Dante's Down the Hatch Oil pot with stand, burner and fondue forks. Two 13"x19" signed prints. The hatch 2012-13 printed daiquiri glass (which is the final year we were open). The Paul Mitchell Trio physical CD, "Another Way to Feel" (which was the soundtrack to the Hatch and film). A Digital download of the film and postcard.

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    Chocolate Fondue with Dante

    An evening with Dante over a traditional chocolate fondue spread for you and four friends. No travel included.

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    "Sorry Dante's is Closed" antique sign

    This is a one of a kind old weathered sign that has been preserved and framed. We use to post this outside of the club on Peachtree St letting people know that Dante's was closed for a holiday or snow day. Poetically this antique sums up the whole objective of the film and was the last thing I took down before demolition day. This will come with the digital download of the film and soundtrack.

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