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By Anthony Bacon
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About this project

"Almost There" - Stories from the American Road is the result of our wanting to hear the stories of people of all walks of life, in a face to face setting. We walk past thousands of people on a daily basis, never talking to any of them. Imagine how many stories you have to tell as a person, then imagine how many stories could be told by everyone you walk past on a daily basis. The sheer volume is staggering.

The premise of our project is both simple yet ambitious. One car, six thousand miles, three weeks, and as many stories as we can collect along the way. We will be out in the world looking to make spontaneous connections with the people we meet, and lend a willing ear to those who want to share with us. The spontaneous aspect is what we are most excited about.

As filmmakers, our goal is to document our travels, and the people we meet, while taking the "road less traveled" in search of interesting people and their personal stories.

We are trying to reconnect to the lost art of human interaction. In an era where electronic communication has taken over our day to day lives, we hope to be able to foster a sense of togetherness and understanding through speaking with those we meet face to face, to present whatever story they wish to share with us.

Our ultimate goal is to gain a better understanding of those who we share this space with, and the stories they have to share. In addition to this, "Almost There" will tell the story of our travels, the ups and downs, and everything else that comes with driving across the country on an epic road trip.

We will be departing in July, 2011, from Chicago, on an epic, multi stop adventure. Our travels will bring us through San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Roswell, Dallas, New Orleans, St Louis, and back to Chicago.

Of course we will be stopping along the way in places nobody else would ever imagine unless they badly needed to fill the gas tank. We feel that some of the most interesting, yet rarely encountered people live in places where nobody would ever come across them.

Your support helps make this happen! Your contributions go directly to our travels. We have the equipment, we have the film making experience, we just need your help in funding the actual travel expenses for what will be three total weeks on the road. Any money left over (if gas prices don't continue to climb daily) will go directly towards web hosting for the series, festival submissions, and other exhibition expenses. We wish gas was going down in price, but it seems quite the opposite!

"Almost There" will be shown as an episodic web series, that will then be edited down into a feature length documentary as well. The web series will be free for all to view. We aren't looking to make a profit on this project. We just want to make our dream a reality!

Thanks for reading! We hope you will support us in this project!

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    Early Access Link to each new episode! Check it out a full week before it is viewable to the general public!

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    Limited Edition DVD. Includes a handwritten note from me personally thanking you for your involvement. (trying to bring handwritten notes back one letter at a time) + Thanks in the credits of each episode

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    Something from the road! We will mail you something we picked up during our travels. Maybe a post card, perhaps a piece of art from our personal trip journals / sketchbooks / or something else unique and one of a kind! Plus you get the Limited Edition DVD w/ handwritten note + Thanks in the credits

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    Limited Edition 1 of 1 photograph from our trip. We're not just filmmakers, were also photographers (ok well one of us is!) + A phone call from the road (we will call you from someplace awesome, tell you about it, send you a few photos, and thank you for helping make it happen) + "Special Thanks to" credit in the credits + Something from the road! + Limited Edition DVD

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    Book of photographs from our trip (a nice printed book of our photography along the road) + Associate Producer Credit (because at this price, your seriously helping our project happen) + A phone call from the road + Something Awesome from the road (even better than the standard Something From the Road!) + The Limited Edition DVD w/ handwritten note!

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    "Pick A Color"! On our way through Nevada, we will play $5 on a roulette wheel. You email us before we leave, and tell us RED or BLACK! We will play it, and tell you how it goes (this will be in the web series) + Book of photographs from our trip (a nice printed book of our photography along the road) + Producer Credit + A phone call from the road + Something Awesome from the road + The Limited Edition DVD / Handwritten Note! At this price point, I will personally call you from the road and thank you on film.

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    Tell us where you live, and we will come visit you (within our travel area) and tell your story! (or the story of someone in your community you think deserves to be heard) We're a friendly bunch, so you will of course enjoy our company! You also receive Co-Producer Credits + Book of photographs from our trip (a nice printed book of our photography along the road) + Something Awesome from the road + Limited Edition DVD w/ handwritten note + everything else listed at the lower pledge categories. (Plus our eternal gratitude and enough karma points for a lifetime...as far as I am concerned) (Note: No phone conversations...we meet you or someone you pick face to face...them's the rules of this project!)

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    Executive Producer Credit + Everything else listed above. If anyone is so kind as to pledge this amount, we promise a box filled to the brim with as many awesome things we found on the road + limited edition photographic prints + other amazing things that would go to show just how grateful we are to you for believing in this project so much. The reward at this level is our thanks for believing in the project, and in art in general!

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