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Joyrider is the documentary of wheelchair athlete André Kajlich, his struggles and perseverance, and his attempt to be the first solo hand-cyclist to compete in the 12 day, 3,000 mile Race Across America.

Alcohol and a train accident led to André's double amputation; and while he continued on a downward path for many years, family and endurance competition ultimately brought him back to life. The Race Across America now sets the stage for André to not only accomplish what many once thought impossible, but to prove that major setbacks in life cannot hinder ambition. Joyrider is the story of a man's search for purpose and redemption.

We've been filming André's life the past two years and now need your support to help film his journey across America. But in the end, it's more than just a race... It's a story of choice; a young man's journey to heal what was broken and find his joy. We deeply believe in the positive impact this documentary. Come join our crew.

   

For André this is not a matter of making history – it’s a drive that comes from a deeper place. In 2003 André was attending university in Prague. After an epic drunken night out he ended up on the tracks facing an oncoming subway train.

He was almost destroyed. One leg required amputation above the knee, the other at the hip, and there was little hope he would walk again. There were dark days, but over the next five years André only concerned himself with resuming life as usual, claiming “life isn’t always a willing experience; you just have to keep moving forward.”

From the seeds of that struggle grew a newfound perspective and perseverance. After entering the world of endurance sports on a whim in 2010, he became the USA’s Paratriathlete of the year in 2012. He’s taken the gold at the Panamerican Championship in Edmonton, the National Ironman 70.3 Championship, and the Ironman World Championship in Kona. He’s an Ultraman triathlete, and was even the first to complete the grueling Brazil135 Ultramarathon in the Mantiqueira Mountains.

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The Race Across America (RAAM) is a 3,000 mile, 12 day ride that climbs 170,000 feet, crosses 12 states, and loses almost half its entrants between the start and finish lines. Comprised of solo riders and teams, RAAM has never before been completed by a solo hand-cyclist.

Three time solo RAAM winner and adventurer Wolfgang Fasching compared the race to climbing Mount Everest saying, "Everest is more dangerous, but RAAM is much harder".

RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement, a true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie. There is no race that matches the distance, terrain and weather. Riders on this race battle fatigue, dehydration, harsh weather, sleep deprivation, even delusions. We’ll be along with him the whole way documenting the race, the support team, and the intense physical toll the race takes on André.

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Bianca Kajlich - Director

Both shaken and humbled by André’s accident, Bianca says the event “made me realize we’re so critical of ourselves and our bodies and we don’t realize the miracle that occurs with every step we take.” Originally a Washington native, Bianca now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael and their daughter, Magnolia.

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Clare Kramer - Director

Clare grew up in Delaware, Ohio, and is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she earned her BFA. Over the last 22 years Clare has been an actor, director, producer, and contributor on NPR and CNN. She resides in Sherman Oaks with her four children.

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Pablo Durana - CinematographerPablo is a freelance cinematographer with a passion for documentary films and outdoor adventure. Pablo has covered the first ever Afghan women's mountaineering expedition, hippos in Colombia, the drug wars of Ciudad Juárez, Michelle Obama in Liberia, paragliding across the Alaskan range. He has also collaborated on several acclaimed films, including Life According to Sam and Oscar-winning documentary short, Inocente.

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Greg Grunberg - Producer

Alongside his long-time collaborator Brad Savage, Greg currently produces TV & Film projects through their company, Bandwagon Media. Greg is best known for his roles as Matt Parkman on Heroes, X-wing fighter Snap Wexley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and as Commander Finnegan in Star Trek Beyond.

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Brad Savage - Producer

Brad’s career in the entertainment business (which started at age two) has featured an assortment of acting, producing, post production, editing, writing, marketing, advertising, and directing roles for media outlets including TV, feature films, theatre, commercials, Game Shows, and reality tv projects. Brad and close friend Greg Grunberg are co-owners of Bandwagon Media, a creative media production company they started in 2009. He is currently living in Los Angeles with his wife. Their son, Keaton, is also an actor and producer.

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We've tried to keep it simple while building in flexibility, gratitude, and recognition - of you! From small things like perks exclusive to modest support to custom racing jerseys and your name in the credit roll, we firmly believe in giving the biggest shout of thanks to every measure of support!

Every contributor will get our digital JoyBlog for André's Race Across America. Daily progress updates from the road, delivered right to your inbox. This will be backstage access to the lives and challenges not just of André but of the team that supports him.

Fulfillment of our commitment to you is also of primary concern. Most of the perk delivery dates are scheduled for January 2018. We figure it's the most reasonable time frame for delivery of our final cut. Most of the physical items will ship prior to September, but we want to be realistic. In any case - we will always be direct and honest with you...

   

André is a once-in-a-generation athlete with a story we want to help him share. Join us!


 

 

Risks and challenges

Filming is always a tricky business, and we know that. What we’re asking for with our Kickstarter is your help to make this shooting experience smart and safe. Backup gear, plenty of Gatorade and protein bars, and extra gas cans for the Winnie make for safe travels.

Our biggest task is to ramp up our preproduction and get on the road for the June 13th start date. Make no mistake, we will be rolling cameras before then and all along the trip, but we know that’s a short window to get everything in place! Luckily, we have a strong team and will be ready for day one.

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    Five-Alive

    Lay a high five on us and help get André’s story out there! For your sweet gift we will send you a wicked bike decal for your to let everyone know that you’ve supported the Joyrider. Trick out your own wheels be it car, bike, trike, or Hog

    PLUS - every contributor will get our digital travelogue for André's Race Across America! Behind the scenes video and progress updates, we will be keeping you looped in about the race as it happens! This will be backstage access to the lives and challenges not just of André but of the team that supports him and the team that makes the doc. Daily progress updates from the road, delivered right to your inbox!

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    The Banana Seat

    For our best friends and supporters from across the land. To thank you for your support we have an exclusive treat for you that no other level will get: a custom Joyrider water bottle with our logo. Stay hydrated!

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    Penny A Mile

    You are the lifeblood of film & we love you! At this level of support (1 cent for every mile of the race) you will receive an exclusive download of the film before it is released anywhere else. Ride with André and watch the indomitable human spirit come alive.

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    The Air In Our Tires!

    You are obviously committed to getting André’s story out to into the world! Your name will be in our end credit roll along with our crack team of producers, director, camera, and crew!

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    The Air In Our Tires! #2

    Award-winning illustrator Lucas Turnbloom has created a special limited-edition print for us of André as a superhero - Only 25 will be printed!

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    Sprockets and Spokes #1

    A hundred dollars is a lot of money. We know that and we want to thank you. As a thank you you'll get super racing sleeves made up with André’s WILL.GO.DO. motto emblazoned alongside the racing logos that adorn his jersey. Imagine you’ve got 3000 miles to cross, you’re on a hand cycling system, and that tender spot on the inside of your elbows gets a sunburn! You need racing sleeves.

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    A hundred dollars is a lot of money. We know that and we want to thank you. For those of you who don’t need racing sleeves, we’ve got something special for you, too! A commemorative edition printing of stills and set shots from the race. Images from every stage of the race with cast and crew shots, too! It’s like a racing sleeve for your coffee table.

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    Pedals and Grips #1

    Racing jerseys are trophies. Support at this level will get you your very own bike jersey modeled after André’s own RAAM jersey. With his personal motto and logo, along with those of his sponsors, everyone on the road will know you helped André shred this race, and raised the profile of adaptive sport worldwide. Cycle with pride.

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    Why wear a jersey when you can have your name on someone else’s! We will add your name to our special producer’s list on the back of our commemorative jersey. In addition to access to the early release of a digital copy of the film, you will also get a commemorative edition printing of stills and set shots from the race. Images from every stage of the race with cast and crew shots, too!

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    Water and Wheels #1

    The film’s co-directors, Clare Kramer (Buffy, Bring It On), and Bianca Kajlich (Rules of Engagement, Undateable) and producer Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Trek, Star Wars) are beloved actors in their own right with classic films and television shows to their credit. Support at this level is a fan’s dream come true! Spend a half-hour with Bianca, Clare, and Greg on a Google Hangout video chat and have the opportunity to ask - or tell - them anything!

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    Water and Wheels #2

    Join us as we celebrate André’s story and catch the first look at our film at the red-carpet screening and after party. Our whole team will be on hand as well as André for the event! You’ll have to get yourself to the theater, but we will shower you with love, acknowledge your contribution right there in front of everyone at the premiere, and buy you a Gatorade at the party after! *Travel and Lodging not included

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    The Rubber Hits The Road

    We take your support seriously. We want to take you out to dinner. Sushi? Vegan? Pizza? Your call. What is certain is a sit down affair with Bianca, Clare, Brad, Greg and the rest of the producers before we roll to the premiere screening when the time comes to release André’s story to the world. *Travel and Lodging not included

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    Let's Get Real Now

    You make this film happen. We want you to be a part of the celebration during the shoot, at the premiere and forever after with the digital copy of the film. But support at this level is so generous and significant that we want to share the most important thing of all. A Joy Ride with the Man himself. That can be an actual bike ride with André on his training route or, if you’re not a biker, maybe a Google Hangout or a meal. The end is the same. You come to meet the man on the bike and experience his strength and joy in person. *Travel and Lodging not included, Date of experience TBD

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    Band From TV sit-in!!!

    $1500 is no small chunk of change - you are making this happen! In return, we’d like to invite you and 9 of your closest friends to an exclusive evening with the legendary Band From TV. Join the band for a private rehearsal and get a behind the scenes view! Open bar and cozy couches are included!

    Because this perk is subject to the band members schedules and actual rehearsal needs, this perk comes with plenty of advance notice and more than one date to choose from.

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    Journeyman Producer

    One dollar for every official mile of the race. You are now a filmmaker. You’ll have the film to watch, the blog to enjoy, the premiere to attend, we will be thanking you wherever we go, and you are invited to spend a couple of days with us on the road. You can ride along with us as we follow André under the American summer sky and shoot the film. Ride along in the Winnie and watch the film get made. We’ll feature you in the Joy Blog, and probably put you to work! *Travel and Lodging not included, unglamorous bunk in Winnie guaranteed for at least 2 nights.

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    Associate Producer

    Bring the rain. One thin dime for every foot of elevation André climbs during the race. An associate producer on the film puts your name in our official billing cards, you’ll see yourself up there on IMDB, and you’ll be invited to ride on the shoot, attend our screenings, and you’ll be on our list for the film festivals as we take the finished product out into the world. *Travel and Lodging not included

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