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The true inspirational story of the hip hop artist KJ52 (Jonah Sorrentino) told through a cinematic in depth documentary.
The true inspirational story of the hip hop artist KJ52 (Jonah Sorrentino) told through a cinematic in depth documentary.
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STRETCH GOALS!!! 

Thanks to everyone that has contributed so far!

We've hit our goal early and we want to make this project that much more special!

If we hit our stretch goal of $12,000 - KJ-52 will return to one of his old hair styles! We'll document this in a fun video and share online with you all! Maybe he'll bleach his hair - or maybe he'll get a mullet? What would you guys like to see?

If we hit our stretch goal of $15,000 - we will host a premiere in Tampa, Florida, and you're all invited!

NEW REWARDS ARE LISTED!!!

ABOUT THE FILM 

The Jonah Movie is a feature length documentary about Hip Hop artist Jonah Sorrentino - most commonly known as KJ-52. Jonah's career spans nearly 20 years and his music has crossed multiple generations and touched the hearts of many and molded the character of so many more. He's seen as a pioneer of an industry, and for so many Christian artists and rappers, he is the only reason they're able to do what they do today. This project is meant to serve as an inspirational and testimonial piece that may shape the lives of generations to come. 

A ROUGH SYNOPSIS 

The film has three parts

We return to Jonah's childhood home in Ybor City (Tampa), Florida. We go in depth with Jonah's father Richard and other family and friends to learn about the history that is the foundation on which KJ-52's career was born, and what led a white kid from Florida to become a rapper - a christian rapper of all things. 

We explore the culmination and controversy of the rise of KJ-52 through interviews with Todd Collins, John Reuben, Pete Stewart, and more. We learn more about the song "Dear Slim" which is often seen as the springboard that launched Jonah into the mainstream and landed him on VH1's 50 Least Hip Hop Moments at number 26. 

We explore the life of Jonah as it is today. What kept his career going for so long? How has he been able to cross generations and connect with so many different age groups? Featuring interviews with Derek Minor, Canon, B. Cooper, B. Reith, and more! 

WHY MAKE THIS FILM? 

Film is an incredibly powerful medium that can shape lives and inspire others. Our hope is that through this film we can inspire others to follow their dreams and use their God given talents to make the world a better place. 

WHY DO WE NEED YOUR HELP? 

We want to make this film the best it can be and to reach as large of an audience as possible, and we can't do that without your support. Until now this film has been independently funded. With your support we can take it to the next level for post production. We'll be able to have it beautifully edited, add awesome color-grading, subtitles, and so much more that will help this film stretch far beyond our current reach. 

ABOUT KJ-52

Click to learn more about KJ
Click to learn more about KJ

 

Multiple Dove-Award winning rapper and Guinness World Record holder for Freestyle Rapping Jonah Sorrentino, (aka KJ-52) has released his first independent album, Jonah, after reaching over 200% of his Pledgemusic goal. After ten full-length label releases, and his latest indie album the Florida-based artist is now telling his story through a visual medium. 

KJ-52 has been nominated for sixteen Dove Awards, winning six. He has toured with/opened for some of the biggest names in hip-hop, politics, entertainment, and culture. He is best known for the personal song written to Eminem, “Dear Slim” (as featured on MTV and VH1). And now you have the chance to help his story be shared with the world through the Jonah Movie. 

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR 

Filmmaker - Denver Bailey
Filmmaker - Denver Bailey

 Denver Bailey is known for TV shows like The Carbonaro Effect, Flipping Virgins, and Chrisley Knows Best, he has directed multiple mini documentaries, countless music videos, and a variety of shorts. 

He first heard KJ-52 in 2004 when he was introduced to the rapper's music through his youth minister. Becoming a huge fan, Denver began buying up every KJ album he could get his hands on. Almost 15 years later, Denver would work with KJ-52 on two music videos for his Jonah album. 

Denver has a big vision for this project, and it's well on it's way to becoming an important part of CHH history. 

THE NEED

Making movies - especially one such as this - is not cheap. While the film is being shot mostly guerrilla style, it's still a lengthy and expensive process. We're asking for a bare minimum to help cover these costs as we go into post production. This will also help cover any additional shoots/pick up shots and basic online distribution, and of course getting that film to all of our awesome donors! 

What if we reach our goal early...

We've thought about this, and we pray we do surpass the goal. $10K is the bare minimum to complete this project, if we surpass that goal, we'll be going even farther with it! If we pass the goal, we'll announce our stretch goals, these goals haven't been finalized yet, but they'll be fun and include things like recreating the Collaborations album cover... or maybe we'll throw a premiere and invite everyone that donated! 

OUR FAVORITE REWARDS

Exclusive Stretch Goal Rewards
Exclusive Stretch Goal Rewards
 
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CONTRIBUTE $20 FOR THIS REWARD
 
CONTRIBUTE $30 FOR THIS REWARD
CONTRIBUTE $30 FOR THIS REWARD

 

CONTRIBUTE $40 FOR THIS REWARD
CONTRIBUTE $40 FOR THIS REWARD

 

CONTRIBUTE $50 FOR THIS REWARD
CONTRIBUTE $50 FOR THIS REWARD

KJ52 TSHIRT REWARDS

Please indicate size and design choice. 

 

CONTRIBUTE TO A LEVEL WITH A T-SHIRT REWARD AND PICK YOUR DESIGN
CONTRIBUTE TO A LEVEL WITH A T-SHIRT REWARD AND PICK YOUR DESIGN

KJ52 HAT REWARDS 

Please indicate your hat choice and and color. 

 

CLASSIC FLAT BILL WITH KJ52 GRAFF LOGO - ALSO AVAILBLE IN PINK & RED
CLASSIC FLAT BILL WITH KJ52 GRAFF LOGO - ALSO AVAILBLE IN PINK & RED

 

CLASSIC KJ52 DAD HAT
CLASSIC KJ52 DAD HAT

OTHER AWESOME REWARDS

CONTRIBUTE $150 OR MORE FOR THIS REWARD
CONTRIBUTE $150 OR MORE FOR THIS REWARD

 

LISTEN TO THE JONAH ALBUM HERE:

SAMPLE TRACK FROM THE SONS OF INTELLECT ALBUM! (KJ's First Full Length Album From 1997 w/ Goldinchild): 

SAMPLE TRACK FROM THE ORIGINAL KJ52 DEMO: 

 WHEN TO EXPECT YOUR REWARDS? 

Our goal is to begin rolling out rewards as they become available. Digital downloads of music will be available soon after the completion of the Kickstarter. The film is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2018. And we'll be getting it in your hands soon after that. 

Risks and challenges

Like with any production, there's some challenges to overcome. It's likely that we have additional shoots coming in the future to help make the movie the best it can be. We're still working on securing all assets for the film including music, music videos, concert footage, old interviews, and more, getting permission to use these assets is a big challenge for us. Navigating this and making the best film we can make is our biggest challenge to come.

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    King J-Mack

    Any contribution toward the making of The Jonah Movie receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    Sons of Intellect - Be a Goldinchild

    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

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    I'll see you on, 7th Avenue

    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (KJ's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

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    Dear Tweezy, I'm Your Biggest Fan!

    • signed Jonah Movie on DVD format
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    Dear Tweezy, I'm your #1 fan!

    • signed Jonah Movie on Blu Ray format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    its pronounced five two

    • Exclusive kj52 tshirt - Choice of Four
    • signed Jonah Movie on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

    ** Let us know your shirt size and design pick!

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    LET ME CALL YOU

    You'll receive a personal phone call from KJ-52! Chat about music, or whatever else comes to mind for up to one hour!

    Also includes:

    • The Jonah Movie DVD or Bluray
    • Signed exclusive poster by Victor Davis
    • The Jonah Album + Bonus Cuts on 2 CD format

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    "YOU ARE LOVED" GRAFF PAINTING

    Hand painted YOU ARE LOVED painting by KJ-52.

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    • The Jonah Movie DVD or Bluray
    • Signed exclusive poster by Victor Davis
    • The Jonah Album + Bonus Cuts on 2 CD format

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    Can I sign your Yearbook?

    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt - Choice of Four
    • signed Jonah documentary on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah documentary download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

    ** Let us know your shirt size and design pick!

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    SIGNED TEST PRESS VINYL

    These are the test press copies of The Jonah Album on vinyl! There are very few copies of this as it was only a test run.

    Also includes:

    • The Jonah Movie DVD or Bluray
    • Signed exclusive poster by Victor Davis
    • The Jonah Album + Bonus Cuts on 2 CD format

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    Behind the Musik - Be in the Movie!

    You get to record a video appearance in the final credits of the documentary... film yourself kicking a shout out and be a part of the kj52 story!

    (also includes)
    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt - Choice of Four
    • signed Jonah Movie on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

    ** Let us know your shirt size and design pick!
    ** Shoutout must be less than 10 seconds - We'll provide more details later!

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    LET'S HANG OUT

    Hang out with KJ at a concert for up to one hour! Come backstage, or come early for a mic check! If you can't make it to a show, you can also have a one hour hang out online via Google Hangouts.

    Also includes:

    • The Jonah Movie DVD or Bluray
    • Signed exclusive poster by Victor Davis
    • The Jonah Album + Bonus Cuts on 2 CD format

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    BE A B BOY

    You'll receive a custom painted boombox that works with your phone! Hand painted by KJ-52! You'll also receive a KJ-52 B Boy jacket (XL only)!

    Also includes:

    • The Jonah Movie DVD or Bluray
    • Signed exclusive poster by Victor Davis
    • The Jonah Album + Bonus Cuts on 2 CD format

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    Coke, Fry, Cheeseburger - and Charity

    We want to get 50 copies of this documentary/music into the hands of the hurting & lost. We will donate copies in your name to various inner city churches/public school outreach/jails etc. Help us spread the word that there is hope and help to the hurting... help me get my story out to those that have been in similar situations (also have the option of having us send those 50 copies to you).

    Includes:
    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt
    • signed Jonah Movie on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    Collaborations - KJ-52 Feature

    Ever wanted a KJ-52 guest feature for your project? Upon approval of the song & artist KJ-52 will drop one 16 bar verse on your song.. KJ seldom does outside guest features so this will be one of the rare opportunities to collaborate w/ a veteran emcee such as him.

    Includes:
    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt
    • signed Jonah Movie on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah documentary download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    Gimme That Mt. Dew and LIVE Performance!

    Ever wanted to have kj52 perform @ your event/house/bday/wedding :) You get to pick the setlist and host KJ52 in a private or public concert/documentary screening (not inclusive of travel/lodging/concert sound or lighting). There may be Mt. Dew...

    also includes:
    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt
    • signed Jonah documentary on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • The Jonah Movie download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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    The Jonah Special

    Become our executive producer! Help us bring this story of hope/music and redemption to a world that needs it! You make this documentary possible and you'll also receive the following:
    • 50 copies of the documentary,
    • 50 copies of the Jonah LP
    • public or private concert w/ kj52 (not inclusive of travel/lodging/sound & lighting)
    • exclusive backstage hangout w/ kj52.
    • exclusive kj52 freestyle about your topics of choice.
    • special executive appearance and shout out in the documentary.

    also includes:
    • signed exclusive kj52 hat
    • exclusive kj52 shirt
    • signed Jonah documentary on Blu Ray or DVD format
    • signed exclusive KJ52 poster designed by Victor Davis
    • signed Jonah LP + bonus cuts on 2 CD format
    • signed Mental LP on CD format
    • the Jonah documentary download
    • the Jonah LP + bonus cuts download
    • King J-Mack 1994 EP (kj's first demo release) download
    • Sons of Intellect 1997 LP (kj's first album w/ Goldinchild) download

    + any contribution toward the making of the "Jonah" documentary receives a special shout out online and in the credits of the film!

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