Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 2, 2012.

Update #3

Over 100 people backing SKATE OR DIE!

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First off, to those of you who have pledged support for the project, I want to thank you so much for your generosity. We have reached a point in the campaign where we no longer personally know most of the people pledging. This is exciting because, while we thought we could count on at least some support from friends and family, strangers usually only donate to things they actually believe in. We are receiving such positive feedback from pretty far and wide, it appears people really do believe in our film and agree that this is a story that needs to be to be told. 

With all of that said, we have raised around $6,600 so far in 11 days. To reach our target of $35,000, we need to average $1,000 per day in our 35 day window. So while we are short of that average so far, the hope is that the project spreads farther and farther across various networks and the contributions grow exponentially. But for this to happen, we really need your help. Even those who have already made financial pledges, we gratefully ask you to please continue passing this project on via your various Facebooks, Twitters, emails, or even just plain old word of mouth.

A couple of exciting announcements:

  • We recently received extremely kind and supportive promotion from the Tony Hawk Foundation on their Facebook page. This amazing foundation helps build skateparks in underserved communities around the country, including a skate park featured in our film. Check out their two posts about the film at the below link and then those of you who are on Facebook, please 'like' and more importantly, share the posts with your friends. Every little bit helps. LINK: http://www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation
  • I was asked to come by tomorrow and be a guest on the movie podcast CinemaJaw (http://cinemajaw.com/wordpress/) which is recorded here in Chicago. We will talk about SKATE OR DIE a bit, but then will talk about documentaries in general, including each selecting our top 5 docs ever... in the whole world. Which having to come up with that is a pretty unfair task, but it's all fun and I'm thrilled to be doing it and the guys over there have already been really supportive of our project. We record the podcast tomorrow and it will be released next week, so stay tuned for that awesomeness.    
  • Lastly, I'm working on adding a couple of cool new incentives in the next few days to hopefully give us a much needed boost. So stay tuned for that... especially if you like standup comedy :-)

A heartfelt thank you to all our supporters once again. We absolutely can't pull this off without you.

-Ryan Ferguson         

F: facebook.com/skateordiemovie

T: @SkateDoc 

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    THE DOWNLOAD: You'll get an HD digital download of 'Skate or Die' before the film is released for home viewing and your name will appear on a special partner dedication page on the 'Skate or Die' website.

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    THE BRACELET: You will get everything in THE DOWNLOAD package PLUS you will get a stylish handmade colored or black beaded bracelet that says "Skate or Die".

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    THE TECH DECK: You will get everything in THE DOWNLOAD package PLUS you will get a hand customized (ie. drawn/tagged on) "Chicago-Style Hot Dog" Tech Deck (toy skateboard).

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    THE DVD - You will get everything in THE BRACELET package PLUS you will receive a pre-released DVD of 'Skate or Die' with special features.

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    THE T-SHIRT: You'll get everything in THE DVD package PLUS you'll receive a limited edition 'Skate or Die' t-shirt designed by a Chicago artist.

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    THE END CREDITS: You'll get the pre-released DVD along with a special thanks in the END CREDITS of the film as well as on our website. We will also throw in a sample size bag of the special 'Skate or Die' coffee beans provided by our sponsor, Metropolis Coffee.

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    THE COFFEE AND A PRINT: You'll get everything in THE END CREDITS package but instead of a sample, you will get a full 12oz. bag of the 'Skate or Die' coffee beans with a 'Skate or Die' coffee mug to drink it out of. You will also get ONE limited edition, 8x10 high quality print, signed and numbered from director Ryan Ferguson's Little Village photo series. Little Village is the neighborhood where 'Skate or Die' takes place.

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    THE AUTOGRAPHED DVD: You'll get a SIGNED (by filmmakers) pre-released DVD of 'Skate or Die', plus everything else in THE COFFEE AND A PRINT package, except instead of receiving one of the Little Village prints, you will receive ALL FOUR.

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    *NEW REWARD* THE POSTER: You will get a signed DVD of the film, thanks in the end credits and website, AND a hand printed, signed and numbered, 18x24 SKATE OR DIE poster by renowned Chicago poster artist Jay Ryan!!

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    THE PRESS PLATE AND POSTCARD: Along with a SIGNED (by filmmakers) pre-released DVD of the film, ALL FOUR of the Little Village prints, and thanks in the END CREDITS of the film, you'll get a souvenir aluminum press plate of the Chicago Tribune front page from November 11, 2007 which features the article that originally inspired this film, 'Kick, Push, Kick, Push, Escape', written by producer Azam Ahmed. You will also get a limited edition 'Skate or Die' postcard with a personalized thanks from the filmmakers.

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    *NEW REWARD*: HANNIBAL BURESS COMEDY PACKAGE: You will get a signed DVD of SKATE OR DIE, thanks in the credits, and a personalized postcard. You will also receive a DVD of standup comic Hannibal Buress' new Comedy Central special ANIMAL FURNACE, autographed by Hannibal PLUS Hannibal will personally leave a comedic outgoing message on your voicemail! Debt collectors will think you're HILARIOUS ;-)

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    THE 'SKATE OR DIE' GIFT BASKET: The perfect gift for a friend or family member - you'll get a wrapped gift basket which will include a signed DVD of 'Skate or Die', a black or colored beaded 'Skate or Die' bracelet, a limited edition 'Skate or Die' T-shirt, the full bag of 'Skate or Die' coffee and mug, and a limited edition 'Skate or Die' postcard with a personalized message to whoever the gift is for, plus THEIR name will appear in the END CREDITS of the film. We'll even throw in a unique SURPRISE souvenir from Chicago's Little Village neighborhood where the film takes place!

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    THE FILMMAKER FAN PACKAGE(1) - You'll get everything in the PRESS PLATE AND POSTCARD package PLUS you'll get a one of a kind 16x20 museum wrapped canvas print of Director Ryan Ferguson's photograph 'Asleep'.

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    FILMMAKERS FAN PACKAGE(2) - The same as the FILMMAKERS FAN PACKAGE(1) but the 16x20 canvas print is of Ryan Ferguson's photograph 'Gotham 3.1'. Images of both prints can be seen in the project description.

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    *NEW REWARD* DOUBLE PRINTS AND JOE - You will get a signed DVD of SKATE OR DIE and thanks in the credits PLUS your selection of one of the three 16x20, high-grade photo prints of the Chicago skyline taken by director Ryan Ferguson. You will also get one of the SKATE OR DIE Jay Ryan screen-print posters and a bag of Metropolis SKATE OR DIE coffee.

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    *NEW REWARD* CANVAS PRINTS AND JOE - You will get everything in the DOUBLE PRINTS AND JOE package but instead of a skyline print, you can choose one of either of Ryan Ferguson's pieces "Dusk Purple" or "Voluptuous" printed on 16x20 museum wrapped canvas.

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    THE VIP PREMIERE: In addition to the signed DVD and personalized 'Skate or Die' postcard, you'll get two VIP TICKETS to the Chicago premiere of 'Skate or Die', plus you will be invited to BOTH a private donor appreciation pre-screening dinner with the cast and producers of the film, as well as an invite-only post-screening premier party. You (or your company logo) will be prominently displayed in the END CREDITS of the film as a "sponsor".

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    THE PRIVATE SCREENING WITH CAST AND CREW - We will hold a private screening for your company, organization, school, church, or any other group. We will conduct a question and answer session with the cast and the filmmakers after the screening and we will give you 10 DVD's, 10 beaded 'Skate or Die' Bracelets, and 10 T-shirts for you to give out to your attendees. We will even bring a batch of the 'Skate or Die' coffee along to share with everyone during the screening. (PLEASE NOTE: Outside of Chicago area, travel and accommodations are NOT included and must be provided)

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    THE ASSOC. PRODUCER: You will get everything from THE VIP PREMIERE package PLUS you will also receive an 'ASSOCIATE PRODUCER' credit in the final film as well as on IMDB.

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