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In this film Iran's youth will show you that there is another Iran - far away from the Axis of Evil and nuclear politics.
In this film Iran's youth will show you that there is another Iran - far away from the Axis of Evil and nuclear politics.
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MOUNTAIN BIKE Out of The Box IRAN is a mix of bike action movie, documentary and portrait. Unexpected. Authentic. Beyond the mainstream. Come join us on the road with Iran's downhill elite!

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Shot in 2013 and 2014 in northern Iran, Mountain Bike Out of The Box IRAN is a mountain bike film about an exciting road trip with some extraordinary protagonists. We visit Hossein Zanjanian, Iran's best downhill rider in the mega-city of Tehran and accompany him and his friends to some of the best mountain bike locations in Iran.

We will see crazy bike action on the crowded streets of Tehran...

...technical trails in the enormous mountains around the capital. Dry high-speed trails in the west near Qazvin...

...as well as lushes green jungles in the north near Behshahr where a Downhill race hosted by the Iranian cycling federation will lead to the climax of the film.

Beside the bike-action we visit Hossein at home and at his workplace in the impoverished south of Tehran,...

...meet the best Iranian BMX rider at an amazing state-of-the art skate park in the middle of Theran,...

... and tried the extraordinary traditional breakfast kale pache (with a pinch of cinnamon).

And much more!

All in all the viewer will get a unique, unbiased and authentic view of the Iranian mountain bike scene and youth culture. You don’t necessarily have to be a mountain bike rider to like this film!

How's the project status? We shot two weeks in October 2013 and I returned to Tehran in March 2014 for one week shooting of in-depth interviews with the riders.

So the whole footage has already been shot, well organized and we've even finished a rough cut.

Our friend's edit room, where we can work for free when it's vacant
Our friend's edit room, where we can work for free when it's vacant

That’s where you get into the game!

For what do we need the money? We've kept our budget extremely tight trough the entire process. But editing, FX, music rights, sound mix, color correction...it adds up fast! And the extensive footage and our claims require a skilled editor that can focus solely on the project for several days in a row and become accustomed with the story without getting sidetracked. So the money we raise with this campaign will go directly for paying the editor, a motion graphics designer and fees for music rights. Every single contribution will help to reach our goal. No amount is too small. Every backer helps us get more noticed. The more we get the better and faster we can work on finishing the film. So we can soon premier the movie, send it to all our backers, submit it to festivals and prepare for new MTB adventures beyond the mainstream!

What about the rewards? We hold the rewards intentionally limited. We think having less means living more - especially after our trips to Iran.  We want to put all our time and energy into finishing the film. The first reward is a DVD copy with outtakes included (and there's a lot of them!). The next step is a limited DVD with a personal dedication from Hossein Zanjanian. With the higher priced rewards we intent to provide you with personal experiences at the premiere or in the mountains and bike trails of Iran, among its top local riders.

Thank you very much and "damet garm" (Farsi slang word for "thanks man") for your interest in this project!!!

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    Pledge £1 or more About US$ 1.25

    Thank you so much and damet garm for supporting MTB Out of The Box IRAN!

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    A big thank you or in Persian "damet garm!".
    With you support you contributed for:
    - the development of mountain biking
    - a better understanding among nations
    - and for your pleasure of watching a film beyond the mainstream

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    Thank you and damet garm for supporting MTB Out of The Box IRAN! You will receive a digital download-link of the film, including outtakes.

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    Thank you and damet garm for supporting MTB Out of The Box IRAN! You will receive a DVD copy of the film including outtakes.

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    Thank you so much and damet garm for supporting MTB Out of The Box IRAN! You will receive a DVD copy of the film, including outtakes and a personal dedication on the cover from Iran's best downhill rider: Hossein Zanjanian. Additionally you will find your name in the credits of the festival version of the film.

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    Thank you very much and damet garm for supporting MTB Out of The Box IRAN!
    You will everything from Reward #5 and additionally the digital download link and an issue of the german FREERIDE magazine containing an eight-page article about our trip, the Iranian downhill scene and a portrait from Hossein Zanjanian.

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    Thank you very much! If someone contributes that much we want to get to know you personally. You are invited to our premier screening where you will get a signed DVD and see your name in the credits of the festival version of the Film (accommodation and trip cost not included!).

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    Pledge £250 or more About US$ 314

    Thank you very much! If someone contributes that much we want to get to know you personally. You are invited to our premier screening where you will get a signed DVD and see your name in the credits. Additionally we (Gregor, the director and Sina, one of the protagonists) will take you on an unforgettable MTB trip to the alps (accommodation and trip cost not included).

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About US$ 2,509

    You will be one of the first riders attending Mountain Bike Out of The Box Tours (www.otbtours.de). Experience the mountain-bike adventure of your life! 10 days riding in Iran guided by the director and the protagonists of the film. Experience the best trails Iran has to offer, enjoy the best food, relax at special locations - ride beyond the mainstream! (Flights to and from Tehran not included but we will be happy to help you with the organisation).

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