Follow The Money
Follow The Money
A film about a marijuana activist comedically exposing how money has ruined the American political system
A film about a marijuana activist comedically exposing how money has ruined the American political system Read more
About this project
The feature film debut of YouTube sensation, marijuana enthusiast, and political activist, Steve Berke as he documents what it is like to run for political office in the city of Miami Beach.
Hi, my name is Steve Berke and I want to thank you for taking the time to check out my project. My team and I have been working tirelessly for the past two years on this film. We started preparing the ground by first getting more than 5,000 signatures from registered voters who wanted to decriminalize marijuana in Miami Beach, then by running for Mayor in 2011, and also by creating YouTube hits with a political message such as Pot Shop, Should be Legalized, and Get Smoky. We are making this documentary not only to expose the corrupting influence of money in local politics, but to highlight the hypocrisy of marijuana laws in a world-class destination city. We also intend to have a lot of fun and ruffle some feathers as we document my candidacy to become the next Mayor of Miami Beach. Now, just to be absolutely clear, Kickstarter donations will be used exclusively to fund the making of the film, you are not donating to my campaign, and any monies given will not be considered to be an endorsement of my candidacy. In fact, it doesn't matter if you disagree with my politics and want me to lose (although I would prefer if you supported me, of course) because this isn’t about Steve Berke, it is about the democratic process and exposing the shameful way that money buys political influence in a small, but highly visible city like Miami Beach.
I also think it’s going to be a lot of fun to find out together just why the traditional politicians are scared of supporting changes to marijuana legislation, and exactly why the candidates in this race are likely to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, and months of their lives, trying to get a job that only pays ten grand a year. Surely, I can’t be the only one who finds that highly suspicious? Well, we are going to discover exactly what these candidates expect to gain and how they intend to profit from their endeavors as we FOLLOW THE MONEY and shake the Miami Beach political establishment to its core in this unique and groundbreaking documentary.
So we tried to raise the bar for our perks and offer some really cool rewards for our Kickstarter supporters. And because some of my celebrity friends are associate producers of our documentary, we are also offering some once in a lifetime experiences. Best Kickstarter rewards ever? You be the judge!
Limited Edition T-Shirts and Tank Tops:
Limited Edition Film Posters:
For our official film posters, we are offering two very special limited edition museum quality giclee prints by artist Dan McCauley. These 16 x 20 giclee prints will be signed and numbered by the artist, as well as Steve and the crew!
"Piggy Bank" is a limited edition of 250.
"Microphone Man" is a limited edition of 100.
All of these perks are from my personal relationships with our celebrity associate producers, and I will be your liaison in scheduling the reward. Disclaimer: I want to be clear that the celebrities who are a part of this Kickstarter campaign are NOT necessarily endorsing me or any of my political beliefs. They are just friends helping another friend raise money for his film.
"The UFC VIP Package" features MMA champion Alistair Overeem.
"The Black Widow Package" features World Champion Jeanette Lee, aka The Black Widow.
"The Young the Giant Package" features the California indie rock band Young the Giant.
"The Sexy Sax Man Package" features Sexy Sax Man Superstar Sergio Flores!
"The Craig David World Tour Package" features platinum recording artist Craig David.
The "Every Golfer's Fantasy Package" features international cover model, television host, and Playboy Playmate Amanda Cerny (Miss October 2011) and Wilhelmina model and Playboy Playmate Alyssa Arce (Miss July 2013). Yeah, they get extra pictures :)
"The Gold Medal Package" features Bob and Mike Bryan, the defending Olympic Gold medalists! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play a set of tennis against the Bryan Brothers, who are undoubtedly the greatest doubles team in the history of tennis! But don't worry, they will take it easy on you and make sure you have an incredible time!
"The NBA Ringer Package" features the Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is funding. Because the election is happening on November 3rd, we need to be able to literally shoot EVERYTHING we can in the months leading up to the election. This means we need to hire multiple camera operators and multiple audio engineers and that is expensive. Without the proper funding, we won't be able to hire the necessary crew and post production team to make this film come to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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