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Red Duck PicturesBy Red Duck Pictures
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Red Duck PicturesBy Red Duck Pictures
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$1,316
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
33
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 10 2014 10:43 PM UTC +00:00

About

From fanboys, filmmakers and Cleveland history-nuts comes a documentary on one of the biggest American icons of all time.  This film aspires to tell the story of two young boys, who dreamt of a world with magic, heroics and a greater human kindness during our country's Great Depression -- something we can all appreciate in our current world.

There's been a lot of hard work on this project since it began in 2008. We put in a lot of travel time, sometimes on a moment's notice, to speak with some of the greats of the industry about Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.  These men created one of the cornerstones of modern pop culture, and everyone we spoke to had profound insight into how this character helped shape their own views and ideas.  One of the film's producers, Mike Olszewski, is associated with the Siegel and Shuster Society, but is quick to point out that this is a stand alone project not directly affiliated with the group. "The people putting together this documentary wanted it to be totally impartial. The Society promotes the history and continuing influence of Siegel and Shuster, but we didn't want the group's efforts to influence or even overshadow the work we were doing. These are two similar but totally separate projects."

The interviewees were extremely generous with their time and comments no matter where we caught up with them - even such busy events as the New York Comic Con and Mid-Ohio Con. Siegel and Shuster's work cast a wide net of influence and a lot of people wanted to pay tribute to these remarkable men. While we do review some of the history, which has been well documented over the years, we also stress the legacy of Siegel and Shuster and how they will be remembered in the future. Some of the comments may surprise you!

Who did we interview? Check out the above video for more details. And if you're interested in getting just a little taste of what it's all about, please check out our Siegel & Shuster mini-documentary featured at the Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

These funds will go towards the following services:

- Musical score

- Graphics

- Basic Legal costs

- Production/Post-Production assistant

- Narration Recording/Mixing

Risks and challenges

The great part about this project is that 95% of the footage is in the can. The back-breaking work is done. The only challenges ahead of us are in taking the time to piece it all together. This has been in the works for a long time, and now with the help and addition of music and graphics, it can all come together to tell one complete story.

The graphics artist and musical composer have already begun working on their pieces of the puzzle. This will, come hell or high water, get completed this year. In the grand scheme of things, $6,000 is not a make-or-break number. It's attainable and it's something we know we can acquire. Kickstarter is our first stab at offering it out to the public. Why? Its supporters have done amazing things and helped fund some small but great projects. We're hoping to do the same.

Otherwise, the only thing stopping us from wrapping production would be the death of the editor...at which time I give them my permission to drag my body to the curb and put someone else at the helm. It IS getting done.

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    For a donation of $500, we will put your name in the credits of the documentary under "Special Thanks," and mail you the following: A double-sided, special edition Superman poster, a "Birthplace of a Superhero" t-shirt from GV Art & Design in Cleveland; two special edition ticket stubs, printed in limited quantity for the premiere of "Superman IV: A Quest for Peace" in Cleveland in 1987; and a special "Thank you" card for your contribution.

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    For an extremely generous donation of $1000, we will put your name at the top of the credits of the documentary under "Special Thanks," and mail you the following: a brick from the original Siegel family home before its restoration, with a commemorative plaque; a limited edition, oversized Superman promotional brochure; a double-sided, special edition Superman poster; a "Birthplace of a Superhero" t-shirt from GV Art & Design in Cleveland; two special edition ticket stubs, printed in limited quantity for the premiere of "Superman IV: A Quest for Peace" in Cleveland in 1987; and a special "Thank you" card for your contribution.

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