Amazing--we made it! Thank you to everyone who has contributed, shared, and supported us over the last three weeks. We've had some extremely generous backers over the last few days. The excitement seems to be building for this film.
We now have a stretch goal: $30,000
The total budget of the film is estimated at over $100K. $25K was the bottom line amount we needed to raise to edit a festival-ready cut of the film. Kickstarter fees, fiscal sponsor fees, and rewards will account for about 20% of that $25K.
There will be many more costs, including archival footage rights, music, sound mixing, and color correction. Additionally, there are a few more shoots that could add some great to new material to the film: visiting DC for the JFK records release in October, following up on leads in Dallas, and examining Ruth Paine's papers, which are housed in a special collection at Swarthmore College.
Please continue to spread the word. Thank you!
This project is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative. Donations (minus processing fees) are tax-deductible. Your credit card will not be charged unless the project reaches its goal.
Who are the Paines?
In 1963, Ruth & Michael Paine were friends and benefactors of Marina & Lee Harvey Oswald. Marina lived in Ruth Paine's home and Lee visited on weekends and spent the night before the assassination there. Much of the evidence against Oswald was found in the Paine's garage and Ruth became a key witness against him. On the surface, the Paines appear to be just another middle-class couple living in suburban Dallas. But researchers quickly began to uncover some curious facts about them and their role in the assassination case. For instance, both of the Paines come from prominent families with links to the CIA.
The Paines are a sort of crucible for the JFK assassination--those who see a conspiracy generally believe that the Paines must be in on it. And those who believe Oswald acted alone see them as two of the most innocent people you could imagine. Their story offers an illuminating lens through which to explore this history and the conflicting perspectives around it.
How the Project Began
From the Director:
I've been a student of assassination history and a documentary filmmaker for over ten years. When I found out that Ruth and Michael Paine lived just 50 miles north of me, I knew I had to try to make this film. I was unsure whether Ruth would even agree to be interviewed, but after two years of filming, I have all the footage necessary to create one of the most intriguing JFK films yet.
Beyond the Choir
If you have been waiting for a serious documentary that takes the JFK assassination story beyond the niche of marginalized conspiracy films, then this project is for you. The story of the Paines is dramatic, mysterious, and still evolving. They are undeniably compelling characters, even for viewers who might normally dismiss this topic. Whether you see the Paines as falsely accused or thoroughly guilty, it is still a great story.
The Assassination & Mrs. Paine will treat this controversial history with the aesthetic and philosophical care it deserves, while never losing sight of the truth and why this story matters. With a savvy and dramatic film, we will also inspire the curiosity of younger viewers in the assassination and Cold War history.
As a supporter of our project, you will be part of bringing this important story out to a broad audience in a subtly-crafted, highly-watchable, and hard-to-dismiss film.
Your Support is Crucial
Up to this point, the project has been funded out-of-pocket and with two small grants. The controversial nature of this film makes it a tough sell with traditional funders, so your support can make all the difference. $25,000 is the bare minimum we need to hire an editor and create a festival-ready cut of the film. Editing takes months of full-time work and we need your support to do it right. If we can exceed our goal, additional funds will go directly towards archival footage, additional interviews, music, sound mixing, and color correction. The total budget of the film is estimated at well over $100,000.
We have some great rewards, including two book packs featuring some of the director's favorite assassination books. The Asssociate Producer and Executive Producer rewards will give you prominent credit in the film and IMDb, plus an invitation to provide feedback on a rough cut of the film.
Join the Ongoing Investigation!
Research into the Paines continues to this day. Our film has already generated new leads and witnesses. Donate $50 or more and you will receive a digital dossier so you can become part of our research team! Donate $200 or more and you'll receive digital transcripts of the full interviews shot for the film, along with a Blu-Ray disc.
We've interviewed great characters on both sides of the conspiracy debate, including: Ruth & Michael Paine, Vince Salandria, Gary Aguilar, Max Holland, Jim DiEugenio, Priscilla Johnson McMillan, Sue Wheaton, Bill Simpich, E. Martin Schotz, and others.
Producer/Director Max Good
Max's first feature documentary, Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression (2011) played in theaters across the country and on Netflix. His short documentaries have played at the Sheffield Doc/Fest, Big Sky, SF Docfest and many other festivals. Max's films are intellectually provocative and often explore conflicting perspectives. He aims to challenge comfort and complacency, as well as to entertain. He holds an MFA in documentary film from Stanford University and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Whether you can contribute monetarily or not, spreading the word by sharing this campaign will be critical to helping us reach our goal.
Risks and challenges
The JFK assassination is an overexposed topic. But at the same time, factual knowledge about the assassination is sorely lacking, especially among younger generations. There are very few high-quality, responsible JFK documentaries, and we are confident that the little-known story of the Paines will make for a unique and gripping film.
Scores of sensationalized conspiracy theories have been promoted in books, film, and online. Our film will hold both the pro and anti-conspiracy camps to a high standard of verifiable evidence. Our goal is to clearly separate opinions and speculation from real knowledge. At the same time, the film will consciously avoid never-ending counterarguments about the minutiae of the case.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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