About this project
Did you know that in the 70s, you could win nearly as much money at a professional foosball tournament as you could at a professional golf or tennis tournament? Pro foosball players could win tens of thousands of dollars in one weekend, sometimes competing for Porches or Corvettes. People even quit their jobs and dropped out of school to play in the million dollar tour.
But like any sport, professional foosball has had its ups and downs. The current pro tour might not be what it was in the 70s, but the one thing that remains is that there is still a strong community of people who have dedicated their lives to the sport.
Whether they are construction workers, self-made millionaires, stand up comedians, wood workers, rare coin dealers, anesthesiologists, or former olympic athletes, there is one common denominator that brings all these people together - an undying love and addiction to the game of foosball.
The film will chronicle the lives of current professional foosball players as they prepare for the Tornado World Championships, the most prestigious and competitive tournament on the pro tour. The film will explore the lives of the players on an intimate level -- how they balance their personal life and career with their foosball life, how it's impacted their relationships, and ultimately, how they prepare to become a world champion.
We also plan to explore the history of the sport, introducing an audience to the golden era of foosball that started in 1974 and lasted through the 70s. We intend to profile former pro players who can share their own stories of professional foosball, and for better or worse, how it's impacted their lives forever.
Casting our documentary will be a continuous process as we are introduced to new players every day, but we have already secured an amazing group of people who have agreed to let us share their story.
Todd is a foosball legend, having won his first world championship in 1977 at the age of 17 and his most recent world championship in 2012. He is consistently one of the most powerful players on the pro-tour, and even though he is competing with players half his age, he remains one of the toughest guys on the table.
Rob Mares is a Hall of Fame foosball player, member of the Kiss Army, and owner of one of the coolest man caves on the planet. In the early 90s, Rob packed up all of his belongings and toured the country in a van with other professional foosball players as they went from state to state, tournament to tournament.
Ryan is not only one of the best foosball players in the world, he is also the owner of one of the most successful medical marijuana dispensaries in Colorado Springs, Herbal Healing. His strains of marijuana have won numerous awards at the Cannabis Cup, and his foosball playing has won him many awards as well, including his first world championship before he was old enough to drive.
Kelsey is a highly skilled player whose foosball career sometimes takes a backseat to her blossoming career as a stand up comedian. She currently travels the country opening for one of the biggest comics in the country, Jim Norton, and will often pop into various bars and pubs hustling people in foosball.
Tommy is a recently inducted Hall of Fame foosball player who was once on his way to becoming an Olympian when he won the junior olympics in wrestling. Instead of going for gold, Tommy gave up wrestling to pursue his true passion - foosball. Now a proud father and husband, Tommy continues to compete professionally while teaching his son how to play the game.
Tony is the reining Tornado Open Singles World Champion, and is currently ranked number one in the world. An avid music lover and outdoorsman, Tony is one of the fiercest players on the pro tour. He is constantly traveling the world playing in various tournaments, spending most of his time on the road playing the game he loves.
Joe is an award winning writer and director who graduated from the University of Arizona and is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. He has story produced the Audience Network sports show UNDENIABLE WITH JOE BUCK, written for the TBS sitcom SULLIVAN & SON, and is currently writing on the Netflix original series F IS FOR FAMILY.
Michael Wagstaffe - Writer / Producer
Michael is a writer and producer living in Culver City, CA. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently works for Circa News, a news and entertainment platform launching in the summer of 2016. Before Circa he was a co-producer on SCARY MOVIE 5, which grossed over 70 million dollars. In his free time he owns over 8 different 49'ers T-shirts.
Logan Cascia is a two-time Emmy Winning cinematographer who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently living in Los Angeles, CA. His work can be seen on National Geographic, Big Ten Network, and on one of several ESPN productions, including E:60, Outside the Lines, and SportsCenter.
WHY WE NEED SUPPORT ON KICKSTARTER
We started filming earlier this year and have already shot a ton of interviews and began to obtain archive materials. But for us to tell the story of foosball the way it needs to be told, we need to spend the month of August traveling the country, spending time with our cast for interviews with them, their coworkers, friends and families as they prepare for the World Championships in September. But we don’t just want to fly into town for a quick interview - we want to get to know them on an intimate level. We want to show how foosball impacts their daily lives, how they train, and ultimately, we want to understand what it means for them to become a world champion. The money we raise on kickstarter will help us with travel (airfare, hotels, rental cars, baggage fees), additional gear, and for us to hire a small crew for the World Championships. It will also allow us to purchase hard drives and other post production necessities.
It’s important to note that we are not taking this money to pay ourselves, but rather we want to put all the money we get from kickstarter directly into the hard costs of making this film. We’ve already put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears (and our own money) into this film, and we’re all passing up other jobs so that we can see this project through.
Risks and challenges
We've been working in film and television for some time now, and our team knows what it takes to make a quality movie. That being said, this is a documentary and we are dealing with real people in the real world. There's real life problems that can happen, which means there will always be a risk involved. But rest assured that we have faced challenges and adversity throughout our careers, and will do everything we can to make sure this movie gets made and shared with the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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