We've met the funding goal, but of course, this is just the beginning of the crowdfunding required to make this film. I've discontinued the reward of a Q&A with me, and instead I'm going to give it away for free after a screening of the film to all backers of $10 or more. I'll unlock this reward after receiving 100 backers. No dollar amount specified, even if the rest of the pledges are just $1.00 I'll still do the live, internet broadcasted introduction, screening, and a Q&A with all the backers. Spread the word and let people know that any amount helps move this film closer to covering its production costs.
The world of suspension has been shrouded in misconception, and the people practicing the ritual have been ignorantly lumped into a general category that fails to capture any level of accurate representation. In this documentary I will be traveling the world visiting suspension practitioners from all walks of life to tell the whole story of where the people who suspend come from and why they do what they do.
The media has a strong bias toward sensationalism when covering issues. The motivation to sell advertising space and make a profit all too often trumps the desire to tell the whole truth. We are not all the sadists and masochists that mainstream media frequently depicts us as, although that story will never be told without this documentary, because many of the people practicing this ancient ritual refuse to step into the public spotlight due to fear of being misrepresented and having their reputation damaged. People have lost their jobs after employers have found out about their practice of suspension. They have been shunned from their churches and sometimes even their families. In the most disturbing case, a woman had custody of her child taken from her. This is painfully ignorant and unjust.
Suspension has changed my life in ways I never imagined possible. In my years practicing suspension I've built relationships and the trust of practitioners all over the world. This didn't come easy, but there are many people willing to speak to me, and suspend with me in the way that is meaningful to them. Everyone from general enthusiasts, to performers, modern day shamans, PhD's, MD's, and scientists have agreed to be a part of this. There is no "type" of person who suspends. The spectrum is broad and people who care to understand it deserve the whole story.
Who are the people who suspend? Please help me fund this project so I can tell everyone. So I can dispel the myth and put an end to the hysteria. So everyone can see the beauty and meaning behind the practice that has changed my life.
I have already lined up interviews and trips to Russia, France, Italy, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Mexico, all over the United States, and Canada to tell the story. I already possess a prolific archive of high definition content of past suspensions, including the longest suspension in recorded history that I facilitated in May of 2013. I've studied film making and video editing through online educational programs, and I'm now prepared to complete my first full length documentary.
The funds gathered will determine the scope of the project. I have already exhausted my limited resources and promised myself I would revisit the project once my finances allowed, but this cannot wait. We face damaging scrutiny from law makers and there are now bans that have been placed on the practice in many places, and threats of bans in others.
I will finish the project regardless of funding. If I have to hitch hike across the country recording this on my iPhone I will, but that just wouldn't do the project justice. There are major events in the coming year that will never happen again. The time is now or never. Without the help of the backers of Kickstarter the scope will be horribly limited.
At the $2,000.00 goal I will only be able to do part of what I want included in the film. I will be able to purchase a camera, lighting, and audio equipment as well as cover incidental production costs. However, if I want to do all that I can to make this film perfect, then I'll need $20,000. Hopefully all of these funds are raised in this Kickstarter campaign, but I will continue to raise funds as needed to complete the project by the deadline of 12/25/15, and do all I can with what I raise.
This budget is EXTREMELY modest. It does not include any compensation for my time off work, and will require me to sleep on couches and eat a meager diet. I have no problem with doing this. I see the experience of creating this beautiful work of art as being all the compensation I need. Any additional funds that can be raised will be used to improve production quality.
Risks and challenges
Although I feel my preparations and the footage already shot make this a smooth execution going forward, I'd be naive to assume that problems cannot arise. I've worked on film sets part time as a production assistant while in college and know that projects can present unpredictable obstacles.
I have multiple connections with experienced film makers who have agreed to lend assistance if I need it for DVD authoring, legal documentation, and production issues, so I don't foresee any problem that I can't handle being too much for them.
The website for the film will be developed as soon as funding is complete and will be used for distributing the digital download as well as syndicating film updates. It is currently redirecting to the Kickstarter campaign page. I've been working in internet marketing and e-commerce for many years and fulfillment and processing of all rewards will not be a problem.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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