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Beyond the Thrill

Beyond the Thrill is a documentary film about five elite high-flying athletes - competition skydivers! We will explore who they are, how they started, what compelled them to seek out others with similar skills and determination to not just “take the thrill and run”, but to go Beyond the Thrill – and make the commitment and lifestyle change that has brought them to the level of world-class skydiving competition.

Skydiving is a Thrill - But There's More!

Most people who have been skydiving will tell you they dug deep and summoned the courage themselves or got some “encouragement”, while others have “always wanted” to experience the THRILL of skydiving. For most this was a one-time event.

Not so for these folks!

We're going to introduce you to five people - four men and one woman - who by most standards live fairly normal and routine lives in the Twin Cities - Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area.

These five people have been brought together by what, for each of them, is an irresistible force - Competitive Skydiving! As you will see, it’s not your “typical weekend activity”! Each team member has made a decision and a choice to participate in not just a sport, but a lifestyle where they literally risk their lives every time they practice or compete.

Like all novice skydivers, each team member took that first jump. But unlike most people, that first experience was just not enough. It didn’t feel scary – it felt like “MORE”!

Beyond the Thrill is the story of these five elite high-flying athletes. We will explore who they are, how they started, what compelled them to seek out others with similar skills and determination to not just “take the thrill and run”, but to go Beyond the Thrill – and make the commitment and lifestyle change that has brought them to the level of world-class skydiving competition.

The National Championships

Most skydivers will tell you that the Twin Cities is not a Mecca for the skydiving elite. Places in the south where it’s warmer, with a longer jump season would seem to produce the best of the best.

Think again.

This incredibly talented and skilled team of skydivers have consistently outperformed and scored extremely well against some of the best amateur skydiving teams in the country. At times rivaling the Professional teams from the Army and Navy.

For their next challenge they have chosen is to compete at the National Championships held each year in Eloy, Arizona.

The team’s goal for this season is to compete in the 4-way Team Competition at the National Championships in Eloy, Arizona in October. In preparation for this event, the team will compete in four local NPSL (Northern Plains Skydiving League) meets in Baldwin WI, Waseca, MN, and Superior, WI. They will also make two trips to North Carolina to train in a vertical wind tunnel this season.

Beyond the Thrill will follow and document this group of skydivers as they train for one of the most highly competitive skydiving events in the country.

Much More Than Just a Thrill!

That’s the message the team members want to communicate to viewers – especially their friends and family! “Jumping out of the airplane”, is where the similarity between thrill seekers and competitive skydivers end.

Through creative cinematography and in-depth interviews, mixed with a dose of reality television, Beyond the Thrill will take you behind the scenes to experience first hand how each of these athletes got to where they are today, how they prepare for the challenges of a national competition and how this “lifestyle” effects their everyday life.

And don’t worry; there will be plenty of extreme action footage in this film! Both our cinematographers and the team members themselves will be fully armed and equipped to capture all the excitement, action and drama in the air, on the ground – and behind the scenes!

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Everyone who pledges becomes a part of this team and can help get this exciting film out into the world. Please choose a level of donation that works for you and receive some awesome rewards. As a reminder of how Kickstarter works, we have 45 days to meet our goal of $15,000. If we don’t raise this amount by then, we receive nothing, so please make a donation and share this project with anyone who might be interested.

How Your Funds Will Be Used

Funds received will be used for direct production costs – equipment, crew, editing, music licensing, narration; travel to drop sites in Minnesota and Wisconsin, training sites in North Carolina, and travel to the National Championships in Eloy, AZ. It will also be used to fund marketing, printing, promotion, distribution and contributor rewards. All levels of contributions are certainly valued and appreciated!

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