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Operation Route 66 is a documentary that chronicles a father and son as they cross America to meet veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • What We’re Doing:

Simply put, we’re raising money to finish our film! Operation Route 66 is a film about a father and son riding across America on motorcycles to meet the proud Americans that have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. We met hundreds of veterans and their families.   

         We are now editing our journey and our interviews into a feature length documentary to bring these stories to the rest of the America. We want as many people as possible to be able to connect with these Americans. Film Festivals show great veteran films, as does The Discovery Channel, PBS, National Geographic. We need as many folks as possible to see these stories. It has to look great. That's where you come in! This is Your Film! Take ownership. Pledge. Help us finish this film.

copyright David Leeson
copyright David Leeson

Why We’re Doing It

We are story tellers. The only service members we knew of were the ones that made the news. Those stories were about extreme heroism or extreme tragedy. We heard the news about the suicides, PTSD, TBI, we thought to ourselves; “What is going on? What can we do to learn the truths and share them with the rest of the country and the world?” We turned our curiosity into a real life journey and a story about a father and a son and their adventure to meet and speak to these brave souls. This is our service, our tribute to those that have stood between us and those that would try to deny our way of life. Now we have to get our film edited and seen. This is your opportunity to back an important film and be a part of something bigger than all of us.

FAQs

When will Operation Route 66 be done?

We are planning on having a rough cut by spring 2013 and a fine cut by summer 2013.

Many festival submission deadlines are August and September.

Can I Gift An Incentive?
 YES! Spectacular idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.

Once we reach our funding goals you will get a message from us requesting information from you like your T-shirt size, address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your incentive.

Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.


What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately nothing. If our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and no movie is made. We want to avoid this scenario at all cost!

Can we exceed the goal?YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Maybe that would mean a more widespread theater release, or more unique physical copy packaging. The possibilities are endless.

How do we contact you? 

Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at kurtgerb@gmail.com. We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!

Is Operation Route 66 a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?


We have created a 501(c)(3) parent corporation.

If you want your donation to be tax deductable you will find a donate tab on our website www.operationroute66.us. All gifts that are given on Kickstarter are just that; gifts. However of course, you are receiving the items at each level of giving.

If I donate, when can I redeem the incentive?


All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, immediately after our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merch directly to you. It will be our priority to schedule the more personal incentives as soon as possible. You will hear from us. (More on this as we get closer to our deadline)

Who does the money go to?


Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to the editing and post production of the film.

$45,000 seems like a low number to edit, color correct, add music and master an entire feature film.

You are correct. Anything over and above our ask will be used toward these expenses. Kickstarter and Amazon both take a percentage of these donations. Thankfully the director, the producer and the crew have donated weeks and weeks of their time to see this project through to the end. 

Any other questions? Just ask us. We’d be stoked to answer them. kurtgerb@gmail.com

Kurt Gerber-----NickGerber www.operationroute66.us

copyright David Leeson
copyright David Leeson

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We hope to complete the film by early summer 2013. The film is currently in the editing/post-production stage where many unaccounted for costs can arise. We hope to be able to pay for all of the necessary stages in post production to ensure that our film looks and sounds as professional as possible. This will make it more competitive at bigger festivals such as Cannes and Sundance.

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    Thank you on the website and a personalized postcard with an image from the film.

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    Thank You! A downloadable Operation Route 66 movie poster and a Personalized Thank You message via Twitter @operationrte66.

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    BY POPULAR DEMAND! A digital download of Operation Route 66 once the film has been distributed!

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    Behind the Scenes Exclusives! A downloadable set of stills from the film, plus all of the above.

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    T shirt Tuesdays. Pledge at this level on a Tuesday and receive the Operation Route 66 100% cotton black tee. Includes Shipping!

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    BLU RAY!!! By popular demand, you will receive one Blu Ray copy of Operation Route 66 once it has been distributed. Includes everything above, except for the DVD. Higher tiers must specify DVD or Blu Ray.

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    A Fine Art 11 x 14 print from the trip signed by the directors.

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    See your name in lights!! For your generous contribution you will receive -- On Screen Special Thanks credit and all of the above

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    It All Starts Here! A signed copy of the Book: "Operation Route 66".

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    A Signed Book. A signed Print. A signed Dvd or Blu Ray. On Screen Thank You credit and access to all the downloadable items. Backers please add $20 for S&H.

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    Be the tail gunner. That is what the military calls the rear gunner that brings everyone home safely. Long sleeve T-Shirt with "Tailgunner "on the back and a signed book with a dedication to you along with a special thank you tail gunner credit at the end of the film. Of course a copy of the film also!

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    Signed Book, Signed Print. Signed Dvd or Bluray. On Screen Thank you and an Operation Route 66 Crew Tshirt and access to all the downloadable items.

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    EXCLUSIVE!! HOODED SWEATSHIRT featuring ORIGINAL ARTWORK from Tim Jarosz the creator of the movie poster. A Special Edition Limited Run American Apparel Black Zip Front Hooded Sweatshirt with original artwork exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign. (Exclusive to this tier only) Includes your choice of a Blu-Ray or DVD, the digital download, signed book, downloadable artwork and twitter thank you.

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    Warrior Supporter Tier! The POSTER, the HOODIE and the SIGNED Book (Exclusive to this tier only) Includes your choice of a Blu-Ray or DVD, the digital download, signed book, downloadable artwork and twitter thank you.

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    SHOES!! CUSTOM printed CHUCK TAYLORS featuring ORIGINAL ARTWORK from Tim Jarosz, individually signed and numbered by the artist!!! PLUS, The limited edition poster, the American Apparel hoodie, AND the Signed Book! (Exclusive to this tier only) Includes your choice of a Blu-Ray or DVD, the digital download, signed book, downloadable artwork and twitter thank you.

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    RIDE WITH THE BROTHERHOOD We will pick you up at your hotel, your house or your office on motorcycle and you will ride with us and a veterans bike club VMC to the Chicago Premiere or LA Premiere. You will also get the hoodie, t-shirt, book, poster and dvd and Thank You.

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    Dinner with the Directors and some veteran friends in LA. 2 tickets to LA screening along with signed book, signed print, hoodie, t shirt, thank yous and downloadable items. (Travel and airfare not included)

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    A one of a kind, unique, original, 24 x 30 Tim Jarosz art poster from Route 66 And all previous rewards.

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    THE I LOVE VETERANS TIER: Dinner in Flagstaff or LA with the directors and veterans before the screening in those cities. Four tickets to the screening in either of those cities as well as to the screening in the closest city to you. A pass to SXSW documentary film festival. signed print, hoodie, t shirt, Dvd or blue ray, thank yous and downloadable items. (Travel expenses and arrangements paid for and made by donor)

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    CO-PRODUCTION PACKAGE: You or your company will be listed as one of the production companies making the film ("in association with [YOUR COMPANY OR NAME]"). Your name will be in the opening credits sequence and you will get IMDB credit as a production company. We'll invite you to any early screenings we have for the film. DISCLAIMER: You will not have any creative control of the film, no ownership in the film and no share of the profit. You will also get 2 tickets to the LA or NYC premiere of the film!

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