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Vermont PBS & Chris Dorman, a musician and early childhood educator, team up to develop wholesome, dynamic media for the whole family.
Vermont PBS & Chris Dorman, a musician and early childhood educator, team up to develop wholesome, dynamic media for the whole family.
267 backers pledged $29,594 to help bring this project to life.

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 Click Above to listen to 'Flutterfly', the very first single from 'Fall' by Mister Chris & Friends!

 "Honey Bee" with Mister Chris and Mister Ethan LIVE on Vermont PBS

 

A note from Chris Dorman
Welcome friends and families, new and familiar, to our Kickstarter Campaign Page!  Wow!  It feels amazing to write these words!  We have been dreaming up this adventure for some time now!  

It was over a year ago when we first sat down together in Colchester, VT at the Vermont PBS Studios to discuss the idea of a new Live Action Children's Television Show!  

The dream we shared was to create a wholesome family program based in Vermont that could use music and visuals to illuminate the simple beauty we see all around us.  We see that beauty in the natural and working Vermont Landscape, we see it in the families who've grown up and settled here, and we see it most vividly in our children.  

And now, we have an opportunity to make this dream come true!!  We would like to invite you to be involved right from the very beginning!

Please take a moment to dig in to the rewards on our campaign page!  At each Backer Level you will receive incredible goodies related to the new show, music from Mister Chris & Friends, Vermont PBS swag as well as special items from Community Partners. 

Remember, each and every Backer will help us to reach our goal of $27,500!  The funds needed to create a Pilot Episode of our new show!! 

Chris Dorman performing at Bread & Butter Farm
Chris Dorman performing at Bread & Butter Farm

A note from Vermont PBS

Vermont PBS has always been a trusted, safe place for children with our wholesome, educational programming.  

We're also in the middle of an initiative that helps us bring more local content to Vermont PBS in an effort to differentiate ourselves and better serve the interests of our viewers.

This project allows us a unique opportunity to bring these two important pieces of our mission together.  With the help of Chris Dorman, local musician and early childhood educator, we're hoping to create a live action children's show that reflects the Vermont ethos of getting outside, exploring the world, and being a life-long learner.

PBS is the most trusted media brand in the country, due in large part to the role we play with the families of young children.  We hear over and over from parents that they feel comfortable walking out of the room when Vermont PBS is on, because they know their children will not be exposed to anything not appropriate- in fact, they will be learning.  And we are in a unique position to bring more Vermont to Vermont PBS through partnerships with local creative people like Chris Dorman.  This new show will bring the very best of Vermont into an already strong lineup of children's programming.

Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester, VT
Vermont PBS Studios in Colchester, VT

 

Risks and challenges

Our long-term vision for this project is to create an entire children's series. However, one risk of this project is that we never get past the pilot. Our intention is to demonstrate to funders (such as underwriting parters and major donors) that this pilot can be transformed into a season-long series. Funding the pilot is the best way to demonstrate that our community wants and values this programming.

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    PLANT A SEED

    Every contribution is a little seed with unlimited potential. Thank you for nurturing this dream from the very beginning!

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    WATCH IT GROW

    Be the first to bring home our new show and hear the brand new studio album titled "Fall" from Mister Chris & Friends!

    Backers at this level will receive the goodies listed below!

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    • mp4 Download of Pilot Episode
    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    SING AT HOME AND IN THE CAR!

    Take it to the next level with a signed physical CD version of the new Mister Chris & Friends album!

    Backers at this level will receive the goodies listed below!

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    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
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    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    SPIN,SPIN,SPIN!

    Hold on to this fleeting moment in time with the new CD and the limited edition DVD!

    Backers at this level will receive all the goodies listed below!

    Includes:
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
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    JOIN THE KIDS CLUB!

    Be a part of a large community of families with a 1-year membership in The Vermont PBS Kids Club!

    BONUS - you'll get your very own Vermont PBS T-shirt!

    Backers at this level will receive the goodies listed below!

    Includes:
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
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    PLAY IT FORWARD!

    Give the gift of music to all of your friends and family!

    Backers at this level will receive 10 copies of the new album delivered in time for Holiday Gifts! Plus, you receive a signed CD and DVD for you and yours.

    Do you want to give to even more friends or donate a bundle of albums to a school, church, children’s hospital, or community group? Just add $5 to your total for each CD!

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    • 10 Copies of Fall CD (add $5 per additional CD)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
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    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    JUMP UP AND DOWN!

    Be there when we all watch our very first episode for the very first time!!

    Backers at this level will be invited to join Chris, the Vermont PBS staff, the actors, musicians, engineers, educators, mentors, and families that will make this dream come true for a live screening of the show and a live concert with Mister Chris & Friends!

    Need more tickets? Just add $25 per ticket!

    Includes:
    • 4 tickets to Opening Screening! (add $25 per additional ticket)
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
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    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    STRUM, STRUM, STRUM!

    We’ve partnered with Vermont’s own Advance Music who is sponsoring this Reward!

    Backers at this level will receive their very own Ukulele signed by Mister Chris and all the goodies listed below!! Each instrument will be quality checked by the Advance Music Staff so it will be ready to strum the moment it arrives at your home.

    Includes:
    • Signed Ukulele from Advance Music (fulfilled Dec.2016)
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
    • mp4 Download of Pilot Episode
    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    JUMP AND STRUM AT THE SAME TIME!

    Think about it. Now, you could arrive at the Opening Screening Party wearing your Vermont PBS T-shirt with your ukulele in hand and Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership Card in pocket and as far as we are all concerned…achieve Official Super Family Fan Status!!

    Backers at this level will receive all the goodies listed below! This list is growing long!

    Includes:
    • Signed Ukulele from Advance Music (fulfilled Dec.2016)
    • 4 tickets to Opening Screening! (add $25 per additional ticket)
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
    • mp4 Download of Pilot Episode
    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    BRING US HOME!

    Host your very own private house concert with Mister Chris!!

    Invite your friends, family, and neighborhood for a unique special performance by Mister Chris. You can create the set list for the show and every family in attendance will receive a copy of the new Mister Chris & Friends album!

    Note: Backers cover travel costs in addition if the concert is beyond a 3 hour radius from Burlington, Vermont.

    Backers at this level will receive all the goodies listed below! This list is growing SUPER long!

    Includes:
    • Private House Concert with Mister Chris (Date TBD)
    • Signed Ukulele from Advance Music (fulfilled Dec.2016)
    • 4 tickets to Opening Screening! (add $25 per additional ticket)
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
    • mp4 Download of Pilot Episode
    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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    BRING US HOME BIG TIME!

    Host your very own private house concert with Mister Chris & Friends (FULL BAND SHOW!!)

    Invite your friends, family, and neighborhood for a an incredibly dynamic performance from Mister Chris & Friends! You too can create the set list for the show and every family in attendance will receive a copy of the new Mister Chris & Friends album!

    Note: Backers cover travel costs in addition if the concert is beyond a 3 hour radius from Burlington, Vermont.

    Backers at this level will receive all the goodies listed below! This list is growing SUPER DUPER BIG TIME long!

    Includes:
    • Private Concert w/ Mister Chris & Friends (FULL BAND) (DATE TBD)
    • 4 tickets to Opening Screening! (add $25 per additional ticket)
    • Signed Ukulele from Advance Music (fulfilled Dec.2016)
    • 1-year Vermont PBS Kids Club Membership
    • Vermont PBS T-shirt (Youth and Adult Sizes)
    • Limited Edition DVD of Pilot signed by Mister Chris
    • Fall CD Signed by Mister Chris (fulfilled Dec. 2016)
    • mp4 Download of Pilot Episode
    • mp3 Download of Fall album (fulfilled Dec 2016)
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