100 years after hobos first carved nickels into tiny works of art, a young hobo/carver hitchhikes to FL in pursuit of their lost story. Read more
This project was successfully funded on February 23, 2013.
About this project
ALTHOUGH WE'VE HIT OUR "BARE BONES" FUNDING GOAL, WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP HITTING OUR SUPER GOAL OF $13,038.05!
The Ebay HOBO NICKEL auction extravaganza is now LIVE and will run for through Feb 22nd! Check out the amazing hobo nickels, and please feel free to BID, LIKE, and SHARE until your heart is content!
But why should you still help us out, anyway? Well, the simple answer is QUALITY! Every extra nickel will only serve to make this movie all the more amazing, and will give us the tools we need to get this film in front of as many eyeballs as possible! With a more professional finished product we are more likely to get accepted into film festivals, secure better distribution and broadcasting agreements (PBS, History Channel, Discovery, Netflix... who knows!?), and even get a little more artsy/fartsy with the DVD packaging (how cool would LETTERPRESS jackets be???). Keep in mind, most of this film was shot on flea market VHS camera, and will need a little more help in post production than most "indy" films!
Your contribution is not only a tribute to the unsung heroes of the American folk arts, but is equally an investment in the future of American arts and culture.
This film will tell the story from the beginning, in 1913, when someone first scratched the image of a bearded man in a hat into a freshly minted "Indian" nickel, to the modern day master creators of fine art nickels who are driving an obscure folk art to the crest of an international arts movement! Please pledge today!
On January 1st, 2011, Adam Leech, a vintage shop keeper and hobo nickel carver, and his friend Jim Dziura- a filmmaker and hobo nickel collector, along with "Odus," a stuffed hobo doll that they believe embodies the "spirit of the road" set out on an "unexpected" journey of over 2,200 miles. You know, kind of like Lord of the Rings, except with hobo nickels... preciousss hobo nickels!
Leaving Colorado in sub-freezing weather, with nothing but their bindle-sticks, Adam's carving tools, a mash-up of scavenged video recorders, and a pocket full of nickels, the rag-tag trio stuck their thumbs towards Tampa, Florida, and the 19th annual meeting of the Original Hobo Nickel Society (hobonickels.org).
What they experienced was a true tale of American adventure, filled with the types of characters that can only be found out on the open American road. Making their way from truck stop to truck stop, sleeping in ditches, and peddling hobo nickels for rides, the trio spend 6 days on the road, living like true hobos!
Their adventures finally brought them to warm and sunny Tampa, FL, and the "F.U.N." show, an internationally renowned coin and currency show presented by the Florida United Numismatists, featuring millions upon millions of dollars in currency, coins, and solid gold... culminating in an auction where a single hobo nickel sells for an astonishing $7,700!
"A Nickel and a Nail- the Original Hobo Nickel Story" will not only tell their story, but the long lost story of the Original Hobo Nickel, a truly unique and nearly forgotten form of American folk art that dates back 100 years.
In the past two years I have traveled thousands of miles, carved hundreds of nickels, conducted dozens of interviews, and have shot over 70 hours of raw footage. I have hired an editor (the talented Mr. Nick Walker, bigbluebranding.com) who has screened, transferred, and logged the footage and has cut it down to 7 hours of potentially useful film. He has it all coded, noted, and backed up twice, and is also responsible for the outright awesome extended trailer that you have hopefully viewed and shared a thousand times!
All I need to do now is to raise the last bit of money so I can pay Nick a living wage for the next 3 months of his life while he and I edit the final film.
Assuming all goes as planned, we will have a finished product by late summer 2013!
Although we have set a goal of $5,000, we are ultimately hoping to raise quite a bit more. $13,038.05 would be rather fantastic, but the $5000 is the bare minimum needed to get the job done. The first $4,000-6,000 will take care of the vast majority of the final editing and basic production costs, guaranteeing that we have a finished product by the end of Summer of 2013, but if we can raise an additional $3,000-$5,000 we will be able to hire additional creative talent for the "bells and whistles" production, media packaging, festival promotion, etc...
With material this good, there is no limit to what we can accomplish, and we appreciate everyone who wishes to be a part of it! The project budget breaks down as follows:
$4,000-$6,000- Professional Editing Services
$1500-$3000 Physical Production Costs- DVD's and Backer Rewards
$500-$1000- Advertising, Web Development, and Promotions
$500-$1000- Film Festival Application Fees
New Reward JUST LISTED!!!
Fantastic Rewards will be listed throughout the duration of our campaign, including t-shirts, posters, buttons and pins, stickers, ORIGINAL hobo nickel carvings, special events, and more! Please check back here and in the "updates" regularly for access to ONE OF A KIND backer rewards! Be sure to double check your Reward level carefully, and make sure you are getting everything you are hoping for, and feel free to make additional pledges to secure wonderful gifts for your friends and family.
For more info on Leech's Hobo Nickels, click here.
To read Jim's Blog about the journey, click here.
To join the Original Hobo Nickel Society, click here.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully, most of the bigger risks and challenges have already been tackled, and much of the hard work has been accomplished since my FAILED kickstarter last year... but Kickstarter says I have to get more personal and introspective in my "Risks and Challenges" section, so here goes...
Since last year, the footage has been shot, the software has been purchased, the hardware is calibrated, the editor has been hired, the trailer has been released, and the kickstarter is now being SHOUTED FROM THE ROOFTOPS! Assuming this campaign is successful, and I can pay my editing bills, it looks like we will have a fantastic movie on our hands!
Of course, there will always be uncontrollable variables, like the untimely deaths of those involved, or maybe an epic flood, earthquake or land hurricane, but we have our footage thrice backed up, and all we need is to edit the hell out of it.
If you have any particular concerns that are keeping you from confidently contributing to the completion of this film, please email me, or call me, Adam Leech, on the telephone (719) 634-DORK, and I will answer your questions to the best of my abilities.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
Pledge $1 or more
Hey Buddy, you got a buck? You see... I am trying to make this hobo-mentary?Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5 or more
Reward 1: For just $5, only one hundred nickels, you will receive exclusive project updates, a link to an advanced online screening of the final film, not to mention the undying gratitude of Adam Leech and the entire "Nickel and a Nail" team! (but for just 200 more nickels we will put your name in the credits, and give you a sweet sticker and button pack!)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $10 or more
Inspired by the $25.20, or 504 nickles donated, literally, By JR Ketelsen of Pueblo, CO, who ever so cleverly cashed in the nickels from his coin jar, and kindly donated them to our cause! Should you do the same, and donate any amount more than $10, or 200 nickels, we will send you a 2013 OHNS/FUN elongated penny/nickel set... and that ain't no crappy jefferson nickel, that is a genuine BUFFALO, hand rolled and then counter-stamped with the initial NN (see pic under REWARDS)! That's for "A Nickel and A Nail" pardner! If you have already pledged, do not fret, you will get a set too, but if you want to cash out your nickels for me, I certainly won't stop you!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $15 or more
For $15, a measly 300 nickels, you will get your very own official Nickel/Nail sticker. Reading "Hobo Nickels: Defacing U.S. Currency for Fun and Profit... Since 1913" this waterproof, die-cut decal sticker is sure to give you years of enjoyment. You will also get a few cool "Nickel/Nail" buttons, and we will add your name to the exclusive list of "hobo aficionados" in the film's credits!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
For $25, or just a 500 lousy nickels, you will receive a personalized and autographed copy of the final film, in all its glory, just as soon as it is ready for distribution. If that weren't enough, we are going to throw in everything from the lower levels. (Movie, stickers and buttons, gratitude, AND name recognition!) Not a bad reward level, my friend, Not bad at all.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
26 backers Limited (74 left of 100)
At $50, or a cool 1,000 nickels, you will be the proud recipient of one of only 100 "Nickel/Nail" hobo tokens. Minted directly over authentic U.S. Buffalo Nickels by Adam Leech, with the assistance of the fine folks at Eureka Minting (formerly Gallery Mint!), the genuine hobo token will be designed and carved, hobo style, by Adam Leech in the spring of 2013. Ltd to 100 pieces, plus test strikes, and commemorative and error sets. You also get everything from the lower levels too! (Token, movie, stickers/buttons, gratitude, AND name recognition!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $50 or more
Perhaps you'd prefer a handsome and stylish T-shirt instead of a hobo token... That is quite alright indeed. Just pledge your 1,000 nickels here and you will receive a fantastic "Nickel/Nail" t-shirt, screened by Adam Leech himself! Also includes all lower rewards. (DVD, stickers/buttons, gratitude, and name recognition!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
25 backers All gone!
For $100, a princely 2,000 nickels, you will receive one of the aforementioned "Nickel/Nail" tokens, however instead of a counter struck buffalo, it will be minted over a genuine silver WW2 nickel, and will be limited to an edition of just 25 (plus test strikes, commemorative and error sets). Again, this is surely destined to become a part of "cinenumismatic" history! Also includes all lower rewards, except the buffalo token. (Silver token, movie, stickers/buttons, gratitude, and name recognition!)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $100 or more
1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)
Seeing as how the Silver Hobo Token is now SOLD OUT, I have added a super special LAST MINUTE REWARD... at this pledge level you will receive an ABSOLUTELY UNIQUE counter-struck foreign or U.S. coin... chosen at random from a nice pile of regular old circulating U.S. and international coinage, or request your favorite coin... this token will be truly one of a kind! Limited to only 20 pieces.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (5 left of 6)
For a scant $250, or 5,000 nickels, you can take an informal group hobo nickel carving course, presented by Adam Leech, in Colorado Springs, CO. Details will be determined depending on response and participant scheduling demands, but the "course" will cover basic hobo nickel history, tools, and technique, and can accommodate up to 6 students. Come take a "stab" at hobo nickel carving, Leech style! Must be able to visit Colorado! Also includes the DVD, sticker, buttons, and all that jazz!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
3 backers All gone!
For $500, (now that'sa spicy 10,000 nickels!) you will not only receive an "Associate Producer" credit and imdb listing, but you will also be the proud owner of one of only 5 complete commemorative "Nickel/Nail" token sets. That includes a counter-stamped buffalo token, the silver hobo token, a test strike, and at least two major "error" tokens. 5 sets will be minted, but only 3 will be made available for circulation! Cine-numistmatist-astic! Again, at this level we will hook you up with movies, stickers, buttons, and gratitude by the bucketful!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
For my "Institutional" donors, and those folks working with organizations that may benefit from this production, we are offering a $500 reward that includes special "thanks" in the form of logo placements and dvd menu advertising. Details will be determined, but your organization will receive, at the very least, visual logo placement and sponsorship billing on numerous print and web applications. Sounds a bit vague, but here is the jist... you scratch our nickel, and we will scratch yours! Email to discuss the fine print!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
For $500 (or 10,000 nickels), I, Adam Leech, will personally, and with great care, carve any image that you so desire, into any nickel that you so desire. My previous carvings have sold regularly for between $200-300, and one recently sold for $500. Your coin, whatever you wish it to be, will be featured in the final film, along with your name listed as an "Associate Producer" and be listed on imdb.com. We will also hook you up with a bunch of the other rewards just for good measure!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)
I may be dreaming of the "Big Rock Candy Mountain" here, but if you really want to give me 100,000 nickels, aka $5K, to help make this the best damn Hobo movie ever made, not only will I mint you an absolutely unique, one of a kind, never to be minted again, solid GOLD "Nickel/Nail" hobo token, but I will also give you credit as thee producer "El Hobo Numero Uno," or whatever title you care for... This most precious token would be yours and yours alone, and I wouldn't even strike a secret one to keep for myself! You will also receive just about as many of the Rewards 2, 4, and 5 as I can throw at you, with heaps and mounds of gratitude for the rest of my days on Earth... And you better watch out, because I might just try to give you a big fat kiss on the mouth!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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