About this project
Out of the basement and into the spotlight, this is ping pong like you’ve never seen it!
UPDATE: NEW GOAL OF $25K!
In one word: WOW. With the help of incredible supporters consisting of table tennis fans, filmmakers, friends, family, and generous strangers – we have already reached our goal!
Some of you have even been asking if we can exceed our target and the answer is YES! We can raise as much money as is possible before our July 20 deadline. In fact, we’d love to skyrocket pass the $20,000 mark, which is why we've set a new goal of $25,000 since this is just the beginning.
Anything beyond $20K would help us move forward with our project sooner. Our next shoot after China is a shoot with Michael in New York.
To give you a little more info about our process, the money raised here is only a fraction of our overall budget. But it’s extremely challenging to raise the money all at once through Kickstarter, which is why we’re also ferociously applying to various grants. HOWEVER, a hugely successful campaign will give us momentum and show funders that people want a film like TOP SPIN to be made!!!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone out there who’s been so supportive! Honestly, we can’t say those two words enough. We have been overwhelmed by the response and have to pinch ourselves every day that this is really happening.
As we approach our final push, please join us in continuing to spread the table tennis love!
Mina & Sara
Imagine the smell of fresh rubber rackets, hollow plastic balls whirling by at 80 mph, sweat-drenched limbs, and exclamations of triumphant victory interrupted by bitter cries of defeat. Welcome to the world of competitive table tennis. TOP SPIN introduces audiences to ping pong phenoms who are finally giving serious table tennis fans in the U.S. something to cheer about. In 2009, Michael Landers was crowned the youngest ever U.S. Men’s Singles Champion at the ripe old age of 15. History repeated itself in 2010 when Ariel Hsing became the country’s youngest ever Women’s Singles Champion also at 15 years of age. Now the two teenagers have their eyes set on the Olympic Games with lofty goals of winning a medal, a feat the U.S. has yet to accomplish in the sport.
The film follows Ariel and Michael for a year as they compete domestically and internationally to qualify for the Olympics, all while juggling their last years of high school. Amidst the rigorous training and strict tournament schedule, SATs and college applications loom largely over their heads with the ultimate question arising: with no professional table tennis outlet in the U.S., what does the future hold for them?
HOW THE MONEY WILL BE USED
We are currently in the early phases of fundraising and production. The money raised from this Kickstarter campaign will go towards our two upcoming summer shoots.
Shoot #1: Ariel’s exhibition match against Olympic Champion, Zhang Yining
- This July marks the 40th anniversary of Ping Pong Diplomacy between the U.S. and China, and several events have been organized in the Bay Area to commemorate the occasion. We will film Ariel playing against her idol, Zhang Yining, on July 6.
Shoot #2: Michael training in China
- This summer, Michael will train in China where many of world's best table tennis players hail from. We look forward to filming with Michael and seeing firsthand the immense popularity of the sport in the table tennis capital of the world!
These two shoots are only the beginning. We’ll be following Ariel and Michael for the next year until the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It’ll be a challenge keeping up with these two, but we can do it with YOUR SUPPORT!
HOW YOU CAN HELP
THE PUSH: $100 (Option 2). A limited edition TOP SPIN canvas tote bag hand-printed by fellow filmmaker, Ryan Malloy (see photo below). These are now SOLD OUT!
We only have 30 days to reach our goal! Donate early and help spread the word to all your friends. Every dollar donated puts us one notch closer to hitting our goal. The unique thing about Kickstarter is that we must reach our goal or else we don't receive any funds!
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$50 X 400 FANS = THE FUNDING GOAL!
Michael and Ariel (with U.S. coach Stefan Feth) at this year's World Championships in Rotterdam
We've caught ping pong fever and we know you will too! Thank you in advance for your donations and support. PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!
THE TOP SPIN CREATIVE TEAM
Co-Director/Editor: Sara Newens
Co-Director/Producer: Mina T. Son
Executive Producer: Jamie Meltzer
Consulting Producer: Charles Vogl
Consulting Producer: Katie Walsh
Composers: JJ & Chris
Interns Extraordinaire: Ketaki Shriram and Lilith Wu
Rewards donated by: JOOLA USA
**Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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