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A documentary film about writer, editor, quarterback, and lion tamer, George Plimpton.

Plimpton! tells the story of writer, editor, amateur sportsman and friend to many, George Plimpton. Using Plimpton's own narration – along with thoughts and stories from friends, family and contemporaries – the film is a joyful celebration of a life lived fully, richly, strangely, and, at times, a life that is hard to believe was actually lived by just one man.

Plimpton was the founding editor of The Paris Review literary magazine that launched the careers of Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, Jay McInerney, and Jonathan Franzen.  He also suited up and joined the Detroit Lions, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, writing about these experiences for Sports Illustrated and best-selling books.  He befriended U.S. Presidents, pitched to Willie Mays in Yankee Stadium, photographed Playboy models, struck the triangle for the New York Philharmonic, and acted alongside John Wayne, Warren Beatty, and Matt Damon.

We interviewed more than 50 people, including Peter Matthiessen, Gay Talese, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Milbury, Elaine Kaufman, Robert Silvers, Philip Gourevitch, James Lipton, Jay McInerney and Hugh Hefner. We combed through museums, libraries, magazine archives, and George's own papers and effects, discovering wonderful photographs, films, and audio material that we are now working to license. While some of the archival material has been generously donated for free (or very inexpensive) use in the film by The Paris Review, Sports Illustrated, Phillips Exeter Academy, the Plimpton family, and many others, a good amount of the footage comes with a license fee that we will have to find a way to pay.

We're now in post-production, and intend to premiere this fall or winter.  We've raised a large part of our budget, but there's still a shortfall- that's where you come in.  All the money we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will help us license footage that will bring George's story to life on screen. This campaign is a great way to expand the circle of supporters of the film and enable you to help tell the one-of-a-kind story of George Plimpton.

Thank you for joining us, we're thrilled to have you on our team!

For more information on the film, visit our website, www.PlimptonMovie.com or check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/PlimptonMovie or follow us on Twitter, www.twitter.com/PlimptonMovie.

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The "Plimpton!" t-shirt designed by Muze Clothing will look like this:

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    You’ll receive a handwritten note from filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling. We’ll also send you our monthly newsletter, updating you on the progress of the film. Thank you! You’re one of the team!

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    Backers at this level will receive a DVD of the finished movie, as well as the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    You’ll receive a “Plimpton!” t-shirt designed by Muze Clothing, a DVD of the finished movie, the handwritten note, and our monthly newsletter.

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    You’ll receive a one-year subscription to The Paris Review, the magazine George edited for 50 years, and a exclusive, limited edition letterpress “Plimpton!” bookmark, based on George’s Paris Review business card. We’ll also send you the Muze-designed “Plimpton!” t-shirt, a DVD of the movie, the handwritten note, and our monthly newsletter.

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    You’ll receive a limited edition “Plimpton!” print. (Image coming soon.) It’ll be numbered and signed by filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling. You’ll also get personal Skype call or phone call from one of the filmmakers. They will answer any questions you may have about George or independent film making. You'll also receive a subscription to The Paris Review, the bookmark, the Muze designed t-shirt, a DVD of the movie, the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    You'll receive a copy of our one-of-a-kind “Plimpton!” movie book, featuring essays and stories by the filmmakers and highlights from the 50 plus interviews we conducted for the film. This is a Kickstarter-only, extremely limited offer- each book will be numbered and signed by the filmmakers and the book's editor. You’ll also get the “Plimpton!” print, the Skype/phone call with one of the filmmakers, a subscription to The Paris Review, the bookmark the Muze designed t-shirt, a DVD of the finished movie, the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    See your name on the big screen! Your name will be included in our ‘special thanks,’ in the credits for the film. You’ll also get the limited edition “Plimpton!” book, a Skype/phone call with one of the filmmakers, the Paris Review subscription, the bookmark, the Muze designed t-shirt, a DVD of the finished movie, (perfect for pausing when your name comes up,) the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    NEW! Walk the red carpet! You’ll receive two tickets to the “Plimpton!” premiere in New York City and dinner with the filmmaking team (travel and accommodations not included). You’ll also see your name on the big screen when you are included in our ‘special thanks.’ In addition, we’ll send you the limited edition “Plimpton!” book, the “Plimpton!” print, a DVD of the finished movie, the Paris Review subscription, the bookmark, the Muze designed t-shirt, the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    NEW! Become a producer! Backers at this level will receive an Associate Producer credit on “Plimpton!” (Which also means you’ll get your own page on IMDB.) You’ll also get two tickets to the premiere in New York City and dinner with the filmmaking team (travel and accommodations not included). In addition, you’ll receive the limited edition “Plimpton!” book, the “Plimpton!” print, a DVD of the finished movie, the Paris Review subscription, the bookmark, the Muze designed t-shirt, the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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    A tour of George Plimpton’s New York: Backers at this level will spend the day in New York with filmmakers Tom Bean and Luke Poling, touring the locations that were important to George’s life and the story of our film. You’ll also receive two tickets to the premiere of the movie in New York. You’ll get to see your name on the big screen, when you’re included in our ‘special thanks.’ And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll sit down to dinner with the filmmaking team. It’ll be a day to remember! (Transportation to New York and accommodations not included.) You’ll also receive the limited edition “Plimpton!” book, the “Plimpton!” print, a Skype/phone call with one of the filmmakers, a DVD of the finished movie, the Paris Review subscription, the bookmark, the Muze designed t-shirt, the handwritten note and our monthly newsletter.

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