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A documentary exploring the history, pop culture and connection between time travel and us.
A documentary exploring the history, pop culture and connection between time travel and us.
491 backers pledged $40,688 to help bring this project to life.

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UPDATE, 0:00, 10/16: Thanks to everyone who went to the comments and told us where you'd go in time! There's no way we could judge your responses so we drew a champion randomly - congratulations Joe Shapiro on winning the time travel kit!

If you didn't win but you want a kit, please check out the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, which has tons of great time travel swag.

UPDATE 10/15: WE'RE FUNDED, BUT YOU CAN STILL WIN COOL THINGS! :) Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who's shared, given to, or otherwise helped out on this campaign. Donors: want to win an AWESOME time traveler's kit? In the comments section, just answer this easy trivia question: where would you go in time if you could go anywhere? We'll draw a random winner.

We'd love it if you could keep telling your friends, because there are still 48 hours left - and the more we raise, the more mind-blowing archival footage we can acquire, and the more screening dates we can add!

UPDATE 10/8: We're so excited, we just got featured in GEEKWIREAlso, check out the cool press we got in VentureBeatThe Daily Dot, The Geek Girl Project, Seattle Geekly, Topless Robot, The Brotherhood of Evil Geeks, Film Pulse, Chronicles of the Nerds Podcast, Kickstarter's Newsletter, Seattle Office of Film & Music Newsletter, GeekGirlCon Blog, An Unearthly Podcast: An Exploration of Doctor Who, True Geek Radio, I Wanna Be A Geek, Being Geek Chicand more!

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WHAT'S THE STORY?

Time travel is one of the most contagious ideas in science fiction. In a society where time is a unit of value and instant gratification is prized, the idea of traveling through time offers a means of escape. And our obsession with time travel is growing: in the last decade, it's appeared more than ever in books, movies, and pop culture. What makes time travel so powerful that it resonates in each of us, and to what lengths are we going today to make it a reality?

A Brief History of Time Travel is the biography of an idea, chasing time travel from the ancient Mahabharata to the streets of Los Angeles. For people of all ages and backgrounds, it's an odyssey through the imagination and a discovery of kindred spirits.

WHO'S IN THE STORY?

Many people who've shaped modern science and pop culture as we know it were hugely impacted by dreams of time travel. From New York to L.A., we've spent the past couple of years interviewing those people: theoretical physicists, an expert on human life extension, astronomers, sci-fi writers, a legendary game designer, Doctor Who historians, jazz artists, and everyday geeks like ourselves.

WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH $35,000?

With all of our interview and archival footage collected, and with your help, we can get through the post-production phase to produce a fast-paced and gorgeous documentary on an efficient budget. Here's a breakdown of where your money goes:

WHO ARE WE?

Countless people have helped out on this film, but our core team comprises three artists. We found each other this year via common interests in science fiction and film, and from our standpoint as women, we all shared an excitement about the subversive sides of science fiction.

WHEN WILL THE FILM BE DONE, AND WHERE CAN YOU SEE IT?

We're on track to finish the film in 2015, after which we can distribute not just to film festivals near you, but to conventions that have already expressed interest in screening the film. We’ve set up a fantastic crew to help finish the film—editor, animators, color correctionist and even bands to write the score—but we need your help to hire them and make this jump to light speed!

Risks and challenges

We've assembled a fantastic crew with the dedication and talent to finish this film, but a good filmmaking team acknowledges the risk of crew members experiencing unforeseeable circumstances. Taking great care of our crew, setting a practical work and pay schedule, and having a wide and supportive network of professionals means that nothing will hold us back from making an amazing film on schedule.

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    THANK YOU: We'll go back in time to give you a high-five and thank-you, give reports on the progress of the film, and immortalize your name on the film's website (timetraveldocumentary.com)!

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    TIME TRAVEL SOCIETY: Become a member of the Super Secret Time Travel Society, with membership badge and card, digital poster, thanks in the credits of the film, and exclusive access to preview footage, PLUS all other rewards above!

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    EXCLUSIVE- ULTIMATE TIME TRAVEL ARTIST FAN BUNDLE: Artists Jasric, Michael the Pure, and Karen Hallion have kindly backed this project. Donate at this level and you'll recieve a time travel themed fan art from one of our favorite T.V. Shows! Plus: Time Travel Society Induction + DVD + Digital Download + Thank You!

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    EXCLUSIVE - WHOVIAN BUNDLE: Get your friends together for a Doctor Who photo shoot in front of a life-size TARDIS, PLUS all other rewards above!

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    EXCLUSIVE- 2 TICKETS TO EMERALD CITY COMIC CON 2015: Thanks to Jim Demonakos and the folks at ECCC, I just came from the future to tell you that you and a friend go to Emerald City Comic Con 2015! Plus: Official Poster + Official T-Shirt + "Special Thanks" Credit + Time Travel Society Induction + DVD + Digital Download + Thank you

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    PREMIERE TICKETS: Two tickets for the Seattle premiere of the film (transportation not included), PLUS all other (non-exclusive) rewards above!

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    EXCLUSIVE - ABE LINCOLN, TIME TRAVELER: Bill Nye (The Science Guy) finally shed light on rumors that he is a time-traveling Abe Lincoln. You get the one and only shred of evidence - a portrait of Abe autographed by Nye himself - PLUS all other (non-exclusive) rewards above!

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