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"Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
"Good Ol' Freda" is the untold story of Freda Kelly, the Beatles' trusted secretary and friend throughout their rise to fame.
660 backers pledged $58,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Final Good Ol' Freda Kickstarter Update!


Dear Good Ol’ Freda Friends, 

This email will be the last official Kickstarter update. Thank you to the group of wonderful backers who banded together two years ago to make an award winning documentary about Freda Kelly that has now been shared in film festivals, theaters, VOD, Amazon, iTunes and is soon to be released on DVD this December 3, with even more international distribution in the works. How great is that! 

In an effort to get all of our supporters literally on the same page and receiving accurate and up to date information, we are going to send you our official newsletter moving forward, instead of Kickstarter Updates, so watch for news from around the universe in our newsletter! 

A few important things: 

1. The DVD will be released on December 3 for widespread distribution but our $25 and over supporters will be the first to receive their copies as we will mail them the last few days of November. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE YOUR CORRECT MAILING INFO! If you have moved since 11-11-11, please shoot us an email with your contact information: name, address, city, state, zip, country and any country codes. If you did not respond to our survey on 01-12-12, we do not have your address so send us your complete contact information. If you have any doubts at all about whether we have your correct address, please go ahead and send us your contact information! Our current email is  
2. Good Ol' Freda has qualified for an Audience Award from IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards! Voting has begun so please vote in Round One today (voting ends November 5th) and if we are one of the top 5, please vote again in Round Two on November 8 and help us spread the word! 
3. The Good Ol’ Freda store is now open for presales! Please check it out and if you order now, the items will ship at the beginning of December in time for holiday presents! 
4. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to “like” the film on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (and tell your friends!). 

We really appreciate your continued support and are so glad to have you all on our team! 

Ryan White, Director
Kathy McCabe, Producer
Jessica Lawson, Producer
Peggy McCabe, Co-Producer 

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Good Ol' Freda Theatrical and DVD Release

Greetings to our Kickstarter Backers!

Magnolia Pictures and the Good Ol’ Freda team are very proud to announce the upcoming US theatrical release of Good Ol’ Freda, starting on September 6th in New York City and September 13th in Los Angeles, with a roll-out in other cities nationwide in the coming months. The film will also be available on Video on Demand (VOD) and iTunes starting September 6th as part of the Magnolia release.

Please check this link for updates on cities and playdates; it will be updated regularly over the following months here. If your city isn’t listed, please reach out to your local independent cinema and tell them to contact Magnolia Pictures about bringing the film to your town!

For our international backers, we are also working hard to bring Good Ol’ Freda to countries around the world. We should have some announcements for you about that in the fall.

We know those of you who contributed $25 and more are wondering about the status of your DVD reward. The DVD will be released in early December and will include some special extras that we are working hard on right now. We thank you for your patience and want you to know that you will be the first to receive the DVD when it is complete. Our team will send out an update in November requesting any address changes so that all contact information is current before we ship the DVDs.

We look forward to seeing many of you at The Fest for Beatle Fans in Chicago this weekend. Good Ol’ Freda will screen there on Saturday, August 10 at 5:15pm in front of thousands of Beatles fans - it promises to be one of the most amazing screenings yet! Freda Kelly and the entire team of filmmakers will be there. Be ready for an exciting evening that has been a long time coming!

Good Ol’ Freda had a whirlwind spring and summer, appearing at nearly 25 film festivals all over the US and Canada. Be sure to check the Good Ol’ Freda Facebook page for news about the film, and please join our newsletter for regular updates!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support!

Ryan White, Director
Kathy McCabe, Producer
and the entire Good Ol’ Freda team

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Lots of good news!

Hello to all our Kickstarter Backers,

We have lots of good news for you in this update! The biggest news is Magnolia Pictures acquired the North American rights to Good Ol' Freda and they plan to release the film later this year. In his announcement, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said "Freda Kelly is a truly remarkable woman and 'Good Ol' Freda' is a treasure trove and delight for fans of The Beatles, from casual to die-hard. Ryan White has done us all a great service in telling her story."

We will keep you posted about the details of the exact release schedule once we know it. And don't worry: Our Kickstarter backers will still be the first people to receive the DVD when it's released. We will not forget you!!!

Good Ol' Freda had its world premiere at South x Southwest on March 9 and received standing ovations from audiences after our screenings there. It has screened to standing-room only audiences at film festivals in Atlanta, Dallas, Durham NC, Cleveland, and Nashville including a sold-out crowd of 1,000 in Durham. One of our biggest thrills was receiving the Roxanne T. Mueller Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the Cleveland International Film Festival out of 350+ films!

We're headed to Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Nantucket, Maryland, and Tel Aviv over the next several weeks and hope to see you along the way. Be sure to check and the Good Ol’ Freda Facebook page for updates, and please join our newsletter!

All the best,

The Good Ol' Freda team

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Good Ol’ Freda Has Been Granted Permission to Use Original Beatles Music!

Hello To Our Good Ol' Freda Backers,

We have some great news for you!

In an unprecedented development, our independent film has been granted official permission to use four original Beatles songs in Good Ol’ Freda!

The tracks are:  I Saw Her Standing There;  I Will;  I Feel Fine;  and Love Me Do.   Director Ryan White has been negotiating
with Apple Corps for usage rights for over a year. 

The news broke today in The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone also carried the story.  Ryan expressed our utmost gratitude to Apple Corps. The fact we received the authorization is a clear testament to Freda Kelly and her loyalty to The Beatles.   In our recently issued press release, Ryan said:

"This is the story of a teenage girl who spent a decade of her life fully devoted to four boys she believed in. Fifty years later, she's still as devoted as ever and has never let them down. There is no better and more special way to tell her story than by doing it with original Beatles tracks, so we're thrilled that Apple Corps has made a rare exception."

For an independent film
to obtain permission to use four original masters is a remarkable achievement and honor for us and for Freda.  Good Ol’ Freda will be one of very few films ever to get approval to use original Beatles masters.

We want to thank each and every one of you for helping make this happen.  We could not have done this without you!

The World Premiere of Good Ol’ Freda is scheduled for March 9, 2013 at the prestigious South x Southwest Film Festival.   It will also be screened during the South x Southwest Music Festival. Additionally, our film has been invited to ten more festivals which will be announced soon!  Be sure to check and the Good Ol’ Freda Facebook page for updates, and please join our newsletter!

Now that we have been given permission to use Beatles original music, we must fundraise to pay for it so, with hat in hand, we come to you for support once again.  Please consider making a fully tax deductible donation to Good Ol’ Freda via The Southern Documentary Fund to help us pay for The Beatles songs.

We’re still hoping the DVDs will be available around Summer 2013.  

Many thanks to all of you and especially to Freda Kelly and The Beatles!

With gratitude,    

Kathy McCabe
Good Ol’ Freda