IN THE BEGINNING….... WHY STEVE NASH?
Before the MVP’s, the All Star appearances, and being named TIME Magazine's top 100 most influential person in the world, Steve didn’t have a dream to one day play in the NBA, but rather he had a plan. A plan he was wide awake for and void of any abstractions or hopes, even if he was the only one at the time who believed.
Steve Nash has become a global name and he is receiving more attention than ever before, however, this NBA MVP remains grounded, truly humble and never complacent. Growing up in Canada with a family that instilled values and a solid foundation that all kids deserve, has grounded this international celebrity. When you are a child your future resembles a blank canvas and you are afforded the right to determine what colors and strokes of the brush you will use in order to paint your masterpiece. In Steve’s case sport was his brush and basketball his primary colors. At an early age he decided that’s what his passion and goals were, to play professional basketball in the most coveted league in the world. Every part of him, every ounce of his being was fueled to satisfy that goal.
Our goal was to make a film that explored how one man’s vision, drive and determination helped shape a global brand on and off the court while staying true to himself and those around him. But getting Steve to agree and allow cameras to follow him throughout periods of his life was always our initial challenge because of how humble and somewhat private he is. Even though we understood how unique and special Steve’s journey was I think our other challenge was convincing Steve that there were others just like us that cared about who he was and what he stood for. Thankfully, Steve agreed and we were granted exclusive permission to document not only never before seen footage of Steve’s life on and off the court, but access to those teammates, family, and friends that have always supported him.
NOW WE GOT STEVE……SO WHAT’S OUR STORY?
Getting drafted in the NBA was a personal accomplishment and only Steve knows the authenticity of that feeling. Just getting to the league would have been “the end” for most people, but Steve saw different he had an epiphany and wanted more. You see as a kid getting to the NBA was the only goal, not becoming a 8-time NBA All Star or a 2-time NBA MVP, this wasn’t on the radar at a young age, as he grew and matured so too did his thought patterns and what was important to him. It wasn’t enough to just get to the league; he wanted to put a stamp on his existence. This maturation continued each year he laced up his sneakers, but what many don’t get to see from the basketball realm, is the culmination of a man.
This poignant coming of age documentary will illustrate a boy experiencing a goal of playing basketball and how that game helped transform him into a man. But if you think you are going to see a film with just basketball highlights sorry to disappoint. It was also important to show the other side of Steve, the side that many of us don’t get a chance to see when watching a game on TV, the humanitarian, the father, the filmmaker. We show a human element of life outside the arena as Steve battles with the self-congratulation and self – loathing that often accompanies the celebrity life style. Through raw, unique and authentic conversations this production will shed an amazing light on what fuels the man behind the basketball player. A creative medium will be used for this documentary to illustrate the story and help viewers understand what Steve is taking from a flourishing basketball career and how he relates that to helping others he interacts with in life and through his charity foundation. Names and faces are always changing in sport, but a legacy of a man remains ingrained in the society we live.
SO WHY KICKSTARTER?
I’ve always been a fan of Kickstarter and the model it represents, because it gives the “little guy”, the independents, the artists a voice and an opportunity to compete and stay relevant through you, the fans. In a way the same could be said for Steve’s journey as the underdog, a virtual unknown when he started pursuing his goal. Steve’s work ethic on and off the court, whether it's his no look pass or the work he does with his foundation, has garnered an impressive social following from fans who truly care about what he represents. That’s why we wanted to share his amazing story and this film with the folks that matter the most, his fans, by giving them a chance to be involved at different levels as a backer and in return receiving some pretty cool and authentic rewards.
THE 3 W’s!
Where is the film at?
A cut of the film had screened at the Vancouver Film Festival, but since then Steve went through one of the most anticipated trades in the NBA when he joined the famous Los Angeles Lakers and we felt it only fair to the film and Steve’s journey that we capture what might be the final chapter in his career thus making the film relevant.
What will the funds be used for?
This is an independent film that came to fruition by a group of individuals who really believed in the story we were trying to tell. The modest budget we were able to raise through friends and family at the beginning of the project have been absorbed on basic expenses such as travel for filming, editing, etc. We are still faced with increased expenses in order to finish the film,including additional editing,more graphics, licensing for footage, photos, etc. Reaching our goal would mean the world to us as it would definitely help chip away at these expenses. We are humbled and realize without your help this task isn’t possible, and if we don’t reach our entire funding goal in time your pledge amount wont be realized. So to become one of our backers, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. That easy!
ALSO NASH FANS PLEASE KEEP IN MIND……that if we reach that magic number don’t stop there because the more backers we get the more exposure we can get for the film and the cooler things we can do. Currently we are working on distribution for the film and would love to get it in as many markets as we can. We would just like to have a grounded approach and fly a little higher if we exceed our goal. Every ounce of support helps.
Why don’t we ask Steve for the money?
Receiving Steve’s permission to document his life in the film was paramount in getting this project off the ground. However, even though Steve is the main focus of the film, in NO way is he or his production company involved creatively or in the day to day of making this film. As a true documentarian having your subject involved any way financially goes against all documentary film making. It was our goal to make this film as authentic as possible and didn’t feel we could do that if our subject was involved in any way other than getting his permission.
THE WRAP - UP
The bottom line: movies, sporting events, arts and entertainment don’t exist without you the supporters and NASH: the documentary film is no different. Come join this exciting campaign. Join for whatever you can, and together we’re gonna make a cool documentary movie and you’ll have helped make it happen. Regardless of what you end up with as a reward, whether it’s a movie poster or an invite to premiere screening, you’ll know that YOU had something to do in getting this done.
THE WRAP – UP WRAP – UP
Sorry, I promise I will stop writing soon…..We realize there may be individuals interested in donating more than $10,000 which we would be so grateful for the support. If this were the case we would definitely figure out how that arrangement would play out. For any interest in this opportunity or if you are in need of additional information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Risks and challenges
The phenomenal group we’ve assembled to carry out all production comes from years of creative experience in television and film. Making an independent film of this stature often comes with risks and challenges, but we’ve managed to overcome and persevere through various obstacles and challenges presented along the way. Having the experience definitely helps, but the overall passion and desire this group has to stay on track and tell this amazing story has always been the impetus for getting us to where we are.
Distribution is always a challenge with lower budget independent films, but we are working with some good people to help distribute the movie, and try to get it out as widely as possible. Any additional funds would be used to help market the film and get it on big screens across the country. This has always been our goal when starting this project. We are committed and won't stop until we can share our story with all of you.
Distribution schedule not finalized yet, but backers will receive updates as they come available.
Important Information About Rewards
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