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A TV pilot about Joe Popp, a singer-songwriter touring the 48 contiguous states on motorcycle raising awareness for Multiple Sclerosis.
A TV pilot about Joe Popp, a singer-songwriter touring the 48 contiguous states on motorcycle.
A TV pilot about Joe Popp, a singer-songwriter touring the 48 contiguous states on motorcycle.
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Popp Over America is an episodic TV show/web series currently in development by musician and motorcyclist, Joe Popp.

The show will follow Popp on a four-month non-stop tour through the 48 contiguous United States as a singer-songwriter on a motorcycle. Joe will be plugged in with cameras and microphones to absorb local culture on the adventurous roads of America. Man. Bike. Guitar. A former punk rocker, Joe Popp will perform solo acoustic concerts, write site-specific music, and give viewers a taste of the sweet, gritty side of America.

Besides sharing his music, another driving force for Joe is his desire to raise awareness for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that affects millions of people worldwide - including Popp's girlfriend Jenny. Joe hopes to draw attention to the disease that is often overshadowed by other causes by contrasting his journey with the daily struggles of Jenny.

Visuals for the show will have an unvarnished, uncut, unrehearsed, in-the-moment quality in keeping with Joe's D.I.Y. creative ethos.

Immediate Goal: 

OK, enough of me speaking about the show in third-person! I am Joe Popp and I am raising funds to create a professional quality single-state pilot for Popp Over America which will be shot in July of 2015. I will have a dedicated cameraman and audio engineer follow me on a four-day trek through my home state of New Jersey. I will visit restaurants, music venues, and landmarks, and perform a concert at a yet to be determined location. The show will be a rich combination of travel, food, music, culture, and philosophical exploration much in the vein of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. My girlfriend's battle with MS will also serve part of the story as I compare her difficulties with the disease to my struggles on the road. When the footage has been gathered, it will be edited into a one-hour pilot episode by Emmy Award winning Eric Bell

"Where is my money going?" 

The money I raise will go directly to production costs of the pilot episode including the crew's lodging and food expenses, camera/gear rentals, and payment for the editor. Please note that this is not a charity fundraiser for MS. 

Rewards:

A few of the cool rewards.
A few of the cool rewards.
$350 gets you a distortion pedal handmade by me.
$350 gets you a distortion pedal handmade by me.
The ultimate reward - A Joe Popp amplifier!
The ultimate reward - A Joe Popp amplifier!
Trust me - you want one.
Trust me - you want one.

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Risks and challenges

Life after the pilot:
Once the pilot is complete, I will present Popp Over America to TV networks and web streaming services in hopes to have these outlets fund and/or produce the show. I realize this is a difficult task with the amount of travel and food shows that currently exist but I feel the combination of different elements might present a fresh perspective. I am lucky to have several industry contacts, so this will increase my chances of production.

In the event I cannot get network backing, I can use the pilot to gain sponsors such as motorcycle, guitar, and camera companies and self-produce the show.

Either way, I am determined to create Popp Over America even if it means filming and editing myself. I am not afraid of hard work!

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    P.O.A. Pal:
    - A virtual hug and special thanks on the Popp Over America Facebook page!

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    Fan Pack:
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks

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    Super Fan Pack:
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
    (T-shirts are sized S - XL Women's and Men's sizes)

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    Mega Super Fan Pack:
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
    (T-shirts are sized S - XL Women's and Men's sizes)

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    Groupie:
    - I will compose and record an original song for you!
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
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    True Rocker:
    - I will build you a Joe Popp handmade Gorbachev Soviet era specification distortion pedal with mods
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
    (T-shirts are sized S - XL Women's and Men's sizes)

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    Super Groupie:
    - I will perform a concert anywhere in the 48 contiguous United States. In your house, a party, a club, wherever you want!
    - I will compose and record an original song for you!
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
    (T-shirts are sized S - XL Women's and Men's sizes)

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    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    Ultimate Rocker:
    - I will build you a Joe Popp handmade JCM800 or JTM45/100 clone amplifier head! One of a kind. Over 100 hours of labor. Hand drilled circuit board. Vintage mustard capacitors and Piher resistors. Yes, it will literally go to 11!
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
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    Big Wig Executive Producer:
    - Credited on the pilot episode as the Executive Producer. Your name will appear in the opening and closing credits. Go ahead, fund huge and brag to your friends that you are a big time TV producer!
    - A DVD of the Pilot Episode
    - Popp Over America T-shirt
    - Free download of "Popp Over America" - the album!
    - 3 Popp Over America Stickers
    - 3 Popp Over America Guitar Picks
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