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The Artist & The Olympian is a 5min film about the eye opening connections between a Painter and an Olympic lifter's daily struggles
The Artist & The Olympian is a 5min film about the eye opening connections between a Painter and an Olympic lifter's daily struggles
281 backers pledged $17,135 to help bring this project to life.

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The film is online and in your hands + Rewards!


Dear Kickstarter Backers,

After two years of thinking, working, and worrying about this film every single day, I have finally decided to release it for free at The Artist & The Olympian site this morning.  Please like it, share it, tweet it, post about it on your sites and blogs, and most importantly watch it over and over again.  Not only because it will help us get closer to financing the feature full length film version of the short, but because it is so god damn good!  

So then, what does this mean about your rewards?  Since we don't have to worry about festivals anymore, I can finally...FINALLY send the rest of them out to you!!!  I just ask that you bear with us as it will take some time to individually mail out over 180 packages to people all over the US, as well as, internationally.  It not only takes a while just to get to you but is very expensive and I'm clearly not a wealthy person.  If you do not receive the rest of your rewards by the end of March, please let me know and I will rectify it immediately.

Lastly to wrap things up, I just wanted to say that this film has always been a dream of mine to make.  Since day 1, I pledged to myself that no matter what happened, I was going to make this film the way I wanted to with no compromises. Thanks to your support I was able to accomplish that and created something that was 100% pure filmmaking.  I am forever indebted to every single one of you and you have my most sincere gratitude and appreciation.

Thank you,

Adam Ross Scheiner

New Website is up!

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Hello Everyone,

Well it's been a long time and you may have even thought we had forgotten about you, but we haven't, we couldn't, never ever!  Starting today, The Artist & The Olympian is on it's way back up, rising from the dead to be bigger than ever!  Look for a bunch of more updates later in the week, including a HUUUUUGE Announcement!  

For now though, check out our beautiful brand spanking new weibsite!!!!


Adam Scheiner

One year anniversary + A Silver Lining of good news

Well folks, it has literally been a year to the day in which we filmed The Artist & The Olympian.  Actually, as I am writing this currently, it is the exact hour in which I woke up for Day 1 and my mind is full of wonderful memories.  Memories that I, the cast, and crew were able to create from your incredibly generous donations and amazing encouragement!   

Now, judging by my infrequent posting, you can probably guess that we've been having some difficulties with festivals...It's always incredibly frustrating and heart breaking to be rejected from festivals, but I take solace in knowing and believing that we made a great film that I'm proud of.  I also know that sooner or later the festival doors will open and recently I received some incredibly encouraging information from the Holly Shorts Film Festival.  While TA&TO was not accepted into the official HSFF 2013 competition, we were among a selected group of shorts that were rated highly and invited to screen at one Holly Shorts monthly events.  What does this mean exactly?  It means that they really liked it, but for some reason, usually do to timing and theme, they weren't able to program it. BUT the great news is that Holly Shorts still wants to show it, which we're all hoping will get the buzz out to other festival programmers around the country.

Information concerning the time, date, and location of the screening will be sent to us in September and as soon as we know the details, you will too!  What we can say for sure is that it will be in Los Angeles, California!

Again, thank you to everyone who donated, shared links, and got the word out so we could make this film and especially for your incredible patience over the last several months.  I promise the DVDs are coming as soon as I am allowed to distribute them....I know you want them and I desperately want to get them out of my room : ) 


Adam R. Scheiner

Festivals and DVDs

Hello Everyone,

We know that it's been a while since we last posted, so we wanted to give you a quick update on the current state of the film and the rewards.


Rejection is always heart tearing and sometimes infuriating, but it is also apart of the long process of finding an audience.  Film Festival selection is incredibly subjective and no matter how great a film you believe you've made, for whatever reason some people will not feel the same way.  BUT I do know there are plenty more and I believe the film will find a place that loves it just as much as we do.  With all that said, festival rejections can sometimes be eye opening and in the passed few months we've made some subtle changes to the film that we feel make it better, including:

  • New Voice Overs
  • New End Music
  • A Few New Edits

Also, thanks to many of the donations we've received by screening the original cut of the film privately online and via Paypal, we've been able to Master the sound and Color Correct the film. The only thing we still want to do is make a film print, which we are waiting to do once the film gets accepted into a fest.

Now, I know many of you want to see and hear these new changes and you will on the DVD.

                                            DVDs, Film Frames, and Story Boards

Unfortunately, because of festival rules, we still cannot distribute DVDs to the public until after the film has played at a festival, otherwise it will be disqualified.

Also, for those that donated to get the film frames and storyboards, we cannot cut the frames off just yet because we need the original film footage to make the print. Once we are able to, the storyboards will go along with the frames.

I apologize for the delay of these last few rewards. Please trust me when I say that I am extraordinary eager to get you these rewards as fast as possible.

Thank you all again for your incredible faith and generosity toward myself and the project you have shown.   I promise the next update will be filled with good news!


Adam Ross Scheiner

Shankle T-Shirts Delay

To Our Backers that ordered Shankle T-Shirts,

We know that everyone is eager to receive the shirt and please believe us when we say that we are even more eager to get them to you.

Unfortunately, due to an issue with our manufacturer's print shop, we were not able to print a shirt for the last two weeks, but rest assured everything is up and running again and we promise you will all be getting your shirts.

Thank you all so much for your patience thus far and again we are terribly sorry for the delay.


The Artist & The Olympian Team