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
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