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A film about a marijuana activist comedically exposing how money has ruined the American political system

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.

Perks:

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: 

Supermodel Nina Agdal rockin the black tank
Supermodel Nina Agdal rockin the black tank

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. 

Celebrity Perks: 

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.  

Alistair Ovareem
Alistair Ovareem

"The Black Widow Package" features World Champion Jeanette Lee, aka The Black Widow. 

The Black Widow
The Black Widow

"The Young the Giant Package" features the California indie rock band Young the Giant.  

Young the Giant
Young the Giant
Young the Giant
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.  

Craig David
Craig David
Craig David
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 :)    

Miss July 2013 Alyssa Arce
Miss July 2013 Alyssa Arce

"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.

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    This is the equivalent of smoking us out if you happened to meet us on the beach -- in this case, we won't get the munchies, but you will certainly get our thanks!

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    13 backers

    Digital download of Steve's comedy album, with every one of his hilarious musical parodies, including Pot Shop, Should Be Legalized, and Get Smoky.

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    45 backers

    Digital download version of Follow The Money so you can watch it on all of your social media devices and a "Thank You" credit at the end of the film.

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    14 backers

    DVD copy of Follow The Money (when the DVD is commercially available) and a "Thank You" credit at the end of the film.

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    DVD Copy of Follow The Money SIGNED by Steve and the crew, and a "Thank You" credit at the end of the film.

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    3 backers

    It's not purple haze, it's Blue Ray! BLUE RAY copy of Follow The Money signed by Steve and the crew and a "Thank You" credit at the end of the film.

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    10 backers Limited (2990 left of 3000)

    (Opening Credits Super Value Pack). All of the above, plus your PICTURE in the OPENING CREDITS of the movie! That's right, you get to submit ANY PICTURE YOU WANT and we will display it in the opening credits of the film! And, we encourage you to be as mischievous or as funny as you like - or just send us a nice normal shot of your mug, it’s all good. Each image will appear onscreen within a grid of 24 pictures (meaning, in an average movie theater, your picture could be more than six feet tall) and it will be visible for a full second – wait, what do you mean that’s not long enough? Olympic champion Usain Bolt could cross a three lane street in that amount of time! Furthermore, this unique montage of our supporters’ images will be set to an electronic music track created exclusively for us by a celebrity DJ. So, with this reward, you’ll not only be supporting “Follow the Money,” you’ll be in it, and we can’t think of a better way to open our film!

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    A "SPECIAL THANKS" credit in the film, larger and more pronounced in the end credits to let everyone know YOU were a key part of bringing Follow The Money to the silver screen. Plus a signed DVD copy and digital download of the film, and a picture of you in the opening credits of the film.

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    (Super Fan Value Pack). Limited edition "Piggy Bank" MOVIE POSTER signed by artist Dan McCauley, as well as Steve and the crew. This 16 x 20 museum quality giclee print is limited to only 250, so you are getting a rare signed piece of art! Plus, you will be getting a "Steve Berke for Mayor" t-shirt or tank top! This is the very same t-shirt that Steve is wearing in the Kickstarter video. To see the tank top, check out Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal rockin a black tank in the pictures to your left. This reward also comes with a signed DVD copy of the film, a digital download of the film, and your picture in the opening credits of the film.

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    3 backers Limited (97 left of 100)

    Limited edition "Microphone Man" MOVIE POSTER signed by artist Dan McCauley, Steve and the crew. This 16 x 20 museum quality giclee print is limited to only 100, so you are getting an extremely rare signed piece of art! Plus, you will be getting a "Steve Berke for Mayor" t-shirt or tank top! This is the very same t-shirt that Steve is wearing in the Kickstarter video. To see the tank top, check out Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Nina Agdal rockin a black tank in the pictures to your left. This reward also comes with a signed DVD copy of the film, a digital download of the film, and your picture in the opening credits of the film.

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    A "VERY SPECIAL THANKS" credit at the end of the film, a signed DVD and digital download of the film, and a shoutout on Steve's Facebook and Twitter pages. If you want Steve to mention your company or business, consider this an inexpensive way of reaching hundreds of thousands of Steve's followers on his social media pages.

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    We will make a personalized thank you video and post it on Steve's Facebook and Twitter pages letting the world know that YOU or YOUR COMPANY helped bring FOLLOW THE MONEY to the silver screen. Plus a signed DVD & digital download of the film, along with your picture in the opening credits of the film and a "VERY SPECIAL THANKS" credit at the end of the film.

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    "The UFC VIP Package." Meet, greet, and train with UFC Heavyweight Superstar Alistair Overeem. Six lucky Kickstarter supporters will join producer Steve Berke to go and train with UFC heavyweight superstar Alistair Overeem and help him get ready for his next UFC fight! Alistair is a friend (and a celebrity associate producer) and when I asked him if he could donate a training session for one lucky fan, he said, "Why only one? Why don't we do it for a group of 6?" So there you have it, 6 lucky fans are going to get to accompany Alistair to the gym and AND help him train for his next UFC fight! This reward will take place in Delray Beach, Florida

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    "The Black Widow Package." Play pool against arguably the most famous pool player in the world, Jeanette Lee aka the "Black Widow." Ok, yet another once in a lifetime opportunity! How often do you get to play against the Tiger Woods or Roger Federer of a sport? Not only is Jeannette a world champion, but she is also a trick shot champion and a celebrity associate producer of Follow The Money. So, if you've ever watched pool on ESPN, you've probably seen the Black Widow beating up on another one of her poor victims. One lucky Kickstarter supporter will get a chance to play and learn from arguably the most famous pool player of all time! Here's the catch: you're giving up home court advantage. The match must be played in Indianapolis, where Jeanette resides, so we'll have to coordinate with Jeanette's travel schedule.

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    "The Young the Giant VIP Package." For the ultimate Young the Giant fan, 2 lucky Kickstarter supporters will get 2 back-stage passes to a Young the Giant concert of your choice, plus a meet and greet with the band who we've been lucky enough to get as associate producers on our documentary! Will we hear some Young the Giant music on the Follow the Money soundtrack? Let's hope so!

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    "The Sexy Sax Man Package." A "saxagram" and a saxophone lesson from one of the biggest internet celebrities in the world! That's right, associate producer, Sergio Flores, aka "THE SEXY SAX MAN" will come to wherever you want (wedding, Bar-Mitzvah, corporate event) and "saxagram" (prank) whomever you want! Additionally, Sergio will give you a personal sax lesson either before or after his saxagram! With over 20 million views on YouTube, Sergio has been featured on TV Shows (Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), has his own commercial (Vitamin Water) and has accompanied Jason Mraz, Skrillex, Christina Perri, and countless other musicians on stage during their concerts. There is no funnier or better way to liven your event, so why not add a little "saxiness" to it! (You'll have to buy a round-trip plane ticket and provide Sergio with a hotel room for the evening.)

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    "The Craig David World Tour Package." Back-stage passes and a meet & greet with the Multi-Platinum R&B artist (and celebrity associate producer) Craig David! Why go to a concert as a giddy fan when you can go as Craig David's personal guest?!?

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    "The Associate Producer Package." 2 Tickets to the red carpet world première of the film in Miami Beach, a 2 night's stay at a 4 star South Beach hotel, and a VIP pass for 2 to be Steve's personal guest at the official release party at an exclusive South Beach club. Plus an associate producer credit in the film (yes, YOU get to join our ALL-STAR list of associate producers!)

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    "The Executive Producer Package." 4 Tickets to the red carpet world première of the film in Miami Beach, a 2 night's stay at a 4 star South Beach hotel, and 4 VIP passes to the release party at a South Beach club. Plus a co-executive producer credit in the film, a private dinner with Steve and the crew, and you GET TO BE IN THE MOVIE! That's right, because you are so instrumental in producing this film, you (or anyone you designate) will get to be introduced in the film so that everyone who watches this movie will know what a superstar you are.

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    'The Gold Medal Package." This may be the coolest perk in the history of Kickstarter. Two lucky fans will get to play a set of tennis against two of our associate producers, the Olympic Gold Medalists and current #1 ranked doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan. It also comes with 2 box seats to the 2014 Sony Ericcson Open to see Bob and Mike take on the world's best and shatter more tennis records. This is for the ultimate tennis fan. When else will you get a chance to play a set of tennis against the top ranked team in the world? And since it's doubles, you can either bring your own partner, or play with Steve! Steve was a national junior champion and two-time All-American tennis player at Yale, so he can definitely hold his own! Either way, this is the tennis experience of a lifetime. The Sony Open is in March, when it's usually cold in most cities. But in Miami, it's absolutely beautiful! Get away from the cold, and come for a weekend to experience one of the world's greatest tennis tournaments as guests of the world's greatest doubles team and producer Steve Berke.

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    "The VIP Yacht Party Package." This perk allows the lucky supporter and a friend to join Steve for a ridiculous VIP party on a 70 foot (or larger) yacht filled with supermodels. Steve has a reputation for hanging with the most beautiful women on the planet (if you haven't already, take a look at his YouTube channel), and this perk is designed for someone to get to experience what an exclusive and legendary Miami Beach yacht party is all about. Just the gas alone on one of these yachts costs more than 10k for a few hours, so consider this a bargain for the ultimate VIP experience. Who wouldn't want to sail out from Miami Beach in a luxury yacht with more bikini-clad models than you can imagine? This is the stuff that hip-hop video directors dream about and is the ultimate Miami experience. The last time Steve offered an experience like this, it was written about by Maxim Magazine and was purchased by two NFL players. This reward also comes with 2 tickets to the red carpet world première of the film in Miami Beach, as well as 2 VIP passes to the official release party at an exclusive South Beach club.

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    "The Ultimate Golfer's Fantasy Package." Get your golf game caddied by Amanda Cerny and Alyssa Arce! Amanda Cerny is an international cover model, television host, and Playboy Playmate, and Alyssa Arce is a Wilhelmina model, Playboy Playmate, and the CURRENT Miss July 2013! If you've ever wanted to impress a client or one-up a golfing buddy, how about having two Playboy Playmates handling your balls and clubs for a few hours? Disclaimer: This is not in any way sponsored by, or affiliated with Playboy. Steve just happens to be close friends with Amanda and Alyssa, and they have volunteered to be associate producers and raise money for the film. This reward will probably have to take place in either Los Angeles or Miami, unless other arrangements are made with the producers.

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    "The NBA Ringer Package." Ever wanted to show up to your pick-up basketball game with a ringer and blow out your opponents? Well, how about showing up with the power forward from the Brooklyn Nets? Haha! That's right, NBA star Kris Humphries is our tallest associate producer and will play for your team in your pick-up game! For the first time in Kickstarter history, you will have an opportunity to get an NBA player to be the "ringer" on your basketball team! This reward will have to be in New York, Miami, or LA and it will have to accommodate Kris's schedule.

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