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An offer they can’t refuse: A documentary on marketing giant Yelp and their $3.6 billion racket against small business owners.
An offer they can’t refuse: A documentary on marketing giant Yelp and their $3.6 billion racket against small business owners.We did it! We met our goal! Please visit our website for more updates and additional information.
An offer they can’t refuse: A documentary on marketing giant Yelp and their $3.6 billion racket against small business owners.We did it! We met our goal! Please visit our website for more updates and additional information.
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WE MADE OUR GOAL!!! This is HUGE. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We made this goal in less than two weeks - BECAUSE OF YOU! You are truly amazing, and you are the ones making this film happen. 

But it's certainly not the end!

$60,000 was the bare bones, minimum amount needed to make this project. With each added dollar, the project only gets better and better. This is your film. These are your stories. Let's bring the film from bare bones to phenomenal.

We are setting our first "stretch goal" at $100,000. 

We would love more funds to assist in the following:

Research, research, and more research
Traveling expenses to follow up on all research!
Graphic Art
Marketing
Principal Photography
Contract Work
Promotion
Legal Work

We want to have the opportunity to speak with experts to bring you a factual story. With your continued help and support, we will make this a huge success! Thank you, thank you, and thanks again for making this happen! 

***Please note: If you would like to donate anonymously, just send a message when you contribute to let us know***

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Billion Dollar Bully is an investigative documentary about Yelp that examines the claims by business owners of extortion, review manipulation and review fabrication. In this documentary you will meet business owners from across a broad spectrum, whose commonality is their allegations of Yelp's questionable business dealings.

For years, Yelp has been accused of unethical business practices, all of which Yelp vehemently denies and chalks up as conspiracy theories.

Business owners and consumers deserve to see arguments for and against Yelp's business tactics. After so much debate in the media, this documentary is long overdue. 

However, your help is needed to turn this documentary into the quality production that it deserves!

With 50% of our project filmed, we need to raise money to finish production and take this through post production. Your contributions will go towards:

  • Videography
  • Editing
  • Color correction
  • Music composition
  • Graphics
  • Insurance
  • Legal fees

We expect this film to be widely viewed, and we want it to look stellar!

Risks and challenges

Without raising the funds, we simply cannot complete this project. To ensure we do this on the tightest budget possible, the staff is not taking a salary so all money can go towards outside contracted work. We are confident we can produce a high quality, impacting, hard-hitting movie.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Thank you! You’re helping us get one step closer to giving small business owners a voice of their own and will receive a “shout out” on our Facebook page.

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    Now we’re getting somewhere! Your name will be placed under our “Funders” section on our website, you will receive a personalized thank you card in the mail and a “shout out” on our Facebook page. Have you, or someone you know, been affected by Yelp? Let us know and we’ll make the shout out in their name!

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    Woo hoo! Thank you for your contribution! It costs business owners $25 a month to manage photos on their Yelp profile page. To share in that theme, we will include a photo or logo of you or your business next to your name in our “Funders” section. Additionally, you will receive a streaming copy of “Billion Dollar Bully” when it’s ready for release, along with a personalized thank you card and a “shout out” on our Facebook page.

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    Thanks and thanks again! Your generosity is greatly appreciated. We will include a link to your website in the Funders Section of our website, a photo next to your personal or company name, a digital download of the film upon completion, a streaming copy of the film, a personalized thank you card and a “shout out” on our Facebook page.

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    This is a new option, and is a stand alone tier. That means, for $50 you will receive a production crew t-shirt and a digital download of the film. This reward does not include the items listed in the awards above, and the t-shirt is not included in rewards 5, 6 or 7. (However, if you have contributed at levels 5, 6 or 7, you can change your reward selection to be this.)

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    We cannot thank you enough for supporting this project! Here you will receive a signed copy of the DVD, a link to your website in the Funders Section of our website, a photo of you or your business next to your personal or company name, a digital download of the film, a streaming copy, a personalized thank you card and a “shout out” on our Facebook page.

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    This is getting incredibly exciting! To show our thanks for helping support this project, you will receive a hat with the “Billion Dollar Bully” logo on it. Additionally, you will receive all other items listed above.

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    Wow! We can’t begin to thank you enough for your support. Your name will appear in a “Special Thanks” at the end of the film, along with all items listed above.

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    You have just gotten yourself a t-shirt! Between this, the hat, the signed DVD and your name in a "Special Thanks" at the end of the film, you will look like you were part of the production team! And really, you are, seeing as we are still in production and wouldn't be able to do this without you.

    You will also receive all other items listed above. Free shipping in the United States. A $10 charge will be added for international shipping.

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    When paying to advertise with Yelp, this is the rock bottom amount you can sign up for each month. To celebrate this price point, we would like to give you two tickets to the premiere screening in the San Francisco Bay Area (transportation not included). This will include a Q & A time after the film with director/producer Kaylie Milliken. In addition, you will receive all other items listed above. Tickets are transferrable.

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    Thanks to your incredible generosity, our project is getting closer to coming alive! You will receive two VIP tickets to the cocktail and hors d'oeuvres party prior to the screening of the film in the San Francisco Bay Area (transportation not included). Of course, you will also receive all other items listed above.

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    See your name appear in the opening credits! You will be given a special thank you before the film begins, as well as at the end. You will also receive all other items listed above.

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    We would like to extend our appreciation to you by giving you Associate Producer credit. You are really helping this film succeed! You will be listed as Associate Producer at the beginning and end of the film. You will also receive all other items listed above.

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    Producer credit. With such a high donation, you will have earned this credit! Have your name, group name, or business name listed as Producer in the film. You will also receive all other items listed above.

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    Executive Producer. Head Honcho. You have made this film a reality. Thank you is simply not enough, so we are pleased to make you Executive Producer. As Executive Producer, you will have access to a private rough cut of the film to review and comment on. You will also receive all other items listed above.

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    Private screening! Not only will you be Executive Producer of the film, but you, your business, or organization can have a private screening at any venue you provide in the continental United States, presented by the director with live Q&A. You will also receive all other items listed above. Plus a bonus hat. :)

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