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Leo Castillo had always found in skateboarding a narrow escape from violence until a gunshot wound threatens to tear it all away.
Leo Castillo had always found in skateboarding a narrow escape from violence until a gunshot wound threatens to tear it all away.
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    1. Mark Hauge on January 29

      Does Hannibal Buress have anything to say about this?

    2. QuintenP on November 23

      Going on a year since the last update. The project not being finished is understandable. The lack of communication, not so much.

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      JBalm on May 31, 2017

      It has now been almost 6 months since the last update. Pretty sure this thing will never be completed. We should all just consider this a 100% failure.

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      McKinley Wells on December 9, 2016

      4 years. FOUR years...
      No rewards, no movie.
      I'm a patient person, but really?
      You owe it to your backers to at least show us what you've got.
      Sounds like you've completed several larger scale (more commercially profitable projects) in the past couple years. You couldn't have squeezed this one in?
      What did our backing buy???
      Seriously. Show us what you've got.
      Or, give me the 36k. I've got some time over the holidays, I can probably finish it & at least have a product to show the backers.

      Open question - to all backers:
      Has anyone seen ANY progress on this project or received any rewards?

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      Kate Slattery on December 4, 2016

      I got a plastic bead bracelet a year or two ago. I thought the Kickstarter was to edit the project together.

      There is a comment from Ryan Ferguson below in 2015 saying "Movie near completion. Lots of exciting news to share.".

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      Diann Nails on December 2, 2016

      Wait, I thought I was just overlooked and did not receive my reward. No one else did? Ryan never responded to my email inquiry either. And the last update said 1-2 people were upset with no updates. Based on the comments below, sounds like a lot more. I want my $200 back. Skate or Die? Sounds like this project died...

    7. Mark Hauge on December 2, 2016

      What is a creator supposed to do if their project can’t be completed?
      If a creator realizes they’re unable to bring their project to life as promised, they have to be open about it with their backers. Here’s what they need to do:

      Explain to backers what work’s been done, how funds were used, and what stopped them from finishing;

      Demonstrate that they’ve used funds appropriately, and have made every reasonable effort to complete the project as promised;

      If there’s money left over, offer to return any remaining funds to backers who have not received their reward, or explain how those funds will be used to complete the project in some alternate form.

    8. Mark Hauge on June 29, 2016

      How's the project coming?

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      JBalm on May 11, 2016

      This has gone on long enough. 11 months since we saw an update. No refunds have been given or at least in my case no rewards. I think it's time to face the music...we have been had.

    10. QuintenP on May 7, 2016

      I agree with the last few comments. Considering we've only had 3 updates in the last 2 years and we still don't have any idea if/when the project will be completed.

    11. rob on April 24, 2016

      A refund would be nice.

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      JBalm on February 15, 2016

      I agree with Daniel Hamilton. Very few updates, way past date, and no fulfillment of rewards.

    13. Daniel Hamilton on January 29, 2016

      From the Kickstarter Support Page:

      "When you back a project on Kickstarter you enter into an agreement with the project creator as described in our Terms of Use. This agreement requires creators to fulfill all rewards of their project or refund any backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill. We hope that backers will consider using this provision only in cases where they feel that a creator has not made a good faith effort to complete the project and fulfill."

      Can we get refunds?

    14. Mark Hauge on June 5, 2015

      Update please

    15. Tim White on May 28, 2015

      Big update coming soon - like next year? Please let us know what's happening as this lack of communication is disheartening.

    16. Ryan Ferguson Creator on April 4, 2015

      BIG update coming soon! Movie nearing completion. Exceeding expectations. Lots of exciting news to share. Stay tuned!

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      bob young on April 4, 2015

      So...10 months since your last update and not another word on progress or if you're even thinking of finishing this project. What a disappointment.

    18. The Diary Of Eloise Painter on March 23, 2015

      Hey, brother, I understand it's tough in the indy film world... I'm wrapping a few films up myself and it's been a few years - three editors later, I think we're going to launch. Communication with your people - that's us - is very important. The longer you ignore us the harder it will be for you to reach out.

      I was not one of the group that received any of the backer gifts. Id like to hear that it's coming or there's just no money to make them. If you need help, please reach out - maybe I or we can help you with some things.

      You must realize most of us are skaters and that's a bond that most people just don't understand.

      Talk to us bro - you'll be surprised at the support you'll receive.

    19. Joerg Metzner on February 2, 2015

      Will 2015 be the year this project will be finished?

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      JBalm on November 21, 2014

      I'm guessing this thing is never going to happen. Well over two years now and nothing.

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      bob young on December 9, 2013

      any updates? you took our money almost a year and a half ago and haven't delivered a thing.

    22. Daniel Hamilton on October 23, 2013

      Are there any new updates on this project or the backer gifts? It would be nice to see some of the progress that has been made ever since you found a new editor.

    23. Daniel Hamilton on January 13, 2013

      Any new updates coming? Can't wait to see the final work.

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      Emily S. Andrews on August 2, 2012

      Congrats on the successful campaign! Can't wait to see where you can take this thing!

    25. J.W. Hollibush on August 2, 2012

      YES! I am very happy that you got funded. There are people assuming that I am competing with Skate or Die but I want to see it spread throughout the world. I am so proud of this project and will keep promoting it. @corpsehustler on twitter I haven't got a follow back, but hey you are busy as hell I bet.

    26. Alan Butella on August 1, 2012

      Congrats! From the Character crew. So great to see everyone pulling together to make "skate or die" happen. Can't wait to see the final production.

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    28. Kiley Kraskouskas on July 31, 2012

      So exciting! You guys are so so close! Can't wait to drink Skate or Die Coffee :)

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      Erica Ginsberg on July 31, 2012

      436 backers so far and less than $1000 to go. Keep believing. You will make it!

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      michele ferguson on July 31, 2012

      To our son, Ryan..Mom has practiced great self control up to this point of the fundraising effort but now feel that it's time to tell the world how truly amazing and accomplished you are at your documentary work! Our family has lived this documentary dream of yours for over 4 years and it is imperative that we help you see this incredible hard work become a finished product! We believe in YOU and know that you will always be looking for the next are a keen observer of people and the human condition and you will always find THE STORY and present it in your typical sensitive ,poignant, honest,but loving manner!.PLEASE keep Ryan's dream alive.WE love you!!! MOM and DAD xoxoxoxoxo

    31. Hilary Ferguson on July 31, 2012

      Ryan, I have never been more proud to call you my brother! Your hard work in making this film over the course of the last 4+ years is so inspiring and I know this film will be everything you dreamed of. I am happy to support this amazing project, as I know just how much time and energy you have put into it. You are helping to change the lives of so many and I love you for that! Glad you made it to Scotland safely.

      xoxo Hilary

    32. Amos Soma Fuller on July 29, 2012

      I really really wished I could've backed more but I have book PO's to fill. Good luck and remember no matter the outcome of Kickstarter, you can still make the film happen.

    33. J.W. Hollibush on July 18, 2012

      Very excited to see this and be a backer! I live in Madison WI, and am starting my own brand of skateboards, and snowskates! Called Corpsehustler Skateboards. I can't wait to see the documentary! Best of luck to you and all involved. If I can pledge more than a buck later I will do so! I'll also spread the word. Bad ass by the way!

    34. Martin Anton Gleason on July 17, 2012

      I have been lucky enough to have worked with Ryan in an official capacity. He made a video for the Cook County Juvenile Court that is shown to new court wards and to visiting delegations. This video project he made for us has been able to hold the attention of our youth, get standing ovations from visiting court delegations and change the lives of the youth I work with. Ryan was a consummate professional, working with the youth,the judges and the crazy scheduling of the court.

      IF you have any doubts about this young man's dedication or genius, let me quell them. Ryan works extremely hard, produces amazing work and takes everything in stride. I am exceedingly proud to be able to back him for this personal project.

    35. Mike Hall on July 15, 2012

      Skateboarding meant the world to me growing up and I'm happy to see that it still means so much to the younger generation. I'm happy to back and wish you best luck in making this video and showing the good that can come from skateboarding.

    36. Ryan Ferguson Creator on July 13, 2012

      Thanks you all for your support. Can't do this without you!

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      alex fortuna on July 13, 2012

      good luck with the project, can't wait to see how it turns out! thanks for being so cool

    38. Cheryle Jackson on July 6, 2012

      Ryan, it was great meeting you. Your passion is contagious! Good luck with the campaign.


    39. Kiley Kraskouskas on June 28, 2012

      Ryan! This is awesome. Good luck with the campaign! Sees like you are off to a great start.