Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 1, 2012.

Update #11

All or Nothing

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Well, comrades, here we are: the last week of the And We Were Young campaign. We’ve been steadily gaining ground…but now it’s a race against time.

The thing about a Kickstarter campaign, see, is that it’s all or nothing. We either reach our goal of the whole $30,000 by June first and we have our budget, or we fall short and we don’t get to keep anything. Nada. Bupkus. Zilch.

We’re at about $12,000 now. Obviously, we still have a ways to go. The math looks daunting ($18,000 in one week? Gulp!), but it can be done. It HAS been done, and we’re going to do it again.

If you’ve been keeping up with the And We Were Young campaign, you already know the unique beast you’re dealing with: a silhouette animation WWI documentary with a radical new vision of America’s first big foreign military intervention, equal parts stunning beauty and shocking brutality.

There’s never been anything like And We Were Young, nor will there be again.
This is going to be a timely and talked-about movie in the next few years, and one that will track a lot of glory back to the people who helped make it happen.

People like you. Now is the time to support it. Like us on Facebook. Forward this email to ten people. Most of all, dig deep and pledge generously. You get amazing things in return.

 From the bottom of my heart I am asking you to help me will this dream into being. Thank you.

/Andy Smetanka
 


Click here for a brand new episode of THE BUNKER DIARIES

Click here to see a SILHOUETTE AIR SHOW

Click here to see the TEASER TRAILER



We have also added a few new incentive levels! You can get yourself a limited edition And We Were Young T-Shirt, A night light, or provide music for your small gathering by pledging at one of our house show levels. 

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    My gratitude. Every little bit helps.

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    A personal phone call to discuss the movie, World War I in general, the weather or anything else you like. Get me talking about this project and you'll practically hand me another $15 to get me off the line!

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    A signed 4" x 6" print of full-color silhouette art from And We Were Young, plus an original paper cutout used in the production!

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    We're going to give you the shirt off our backs! At this level you'll receive a limited edition And We Were Young T-SHIRT. Check out Update #9 for pictures of the designs!

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    Signed, matted 8" x 10" print of full-color silhouette art from the movie, plus a copy of the DVD release. Holy Moley! (Note: Print delivery August 2012, DVD delivery spring/summer 2013).

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    Two color Great War prints and a DVD of And We Were Young (and you're thanked in the booklet!), plus a cool ultra-limited-edition DVD of my other animation. Super cool!

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    NEW LEVEL! At this pledge level you will receive a one-of-a-kind NIGHT LIGHT. If you think you are too old for a night light, or that nobody in your life would love a charming, rustically-handcrafted night light, then you have not seen night lights a la Smetanka. You will also receive a copy of the final DVD and two 4" x 6" And We Were Young silhouette prints. You can check out some pictures of the night lights in the updates section!

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    Now we're talking! At this level of sponsorship you get both color prints, two DVDs, an And We Were Young commemorative t-shirt, and a rad full-color poster of the movie. Smetanka deluxe!

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    At this level you will receive a HOUSE SHOW with GRANDFATHERGLEN! They will perform an evening of music for you and a group of your friends at a gathering of your creation! (Within the Missoula area) You'll also receive two Great War prints and a limited edition DVD of And We Were Young!

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    At this level you will receive a HOUSE SHOW with the lovely ladies of BUTTER! They'll perform an evening of music for you and a group of your friends at a gathering of your creation (within the Missoula area). You'll also receive two Great War prints and a limited edition DVD of And We Were Young!

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    Forget that other stuff! This is what you really want: a handcrafted, one-of-a-kind Andy Smetanka lightbox with original And We Were Young art! It's like a giant night light, and one of these beauties would make a striking addition to any study or man-cave. Non-electric window-box version also available (please specify). Package also includes two prints, two DVDs and an And We Were Young t-shirt.

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    What's that? You like the lightbox idea but aren't into the military theme? Then how about this: just in time for Mother's Day you can generously support And We Were Young AND pick up a cool CUSTOM LIGHTBOX for your special lady. Flowers? Birds? Bees? Landscape? You name it. For the man of the house, package also includes two signed art prints, two DVDs, and a swanky And We Were Young hoodie. A bunch of birds with one $750 stone!

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    And We Were Young backer, you have ARRIVED! Your four-digit donation covers a lot of film and processing for the movie. And we've got you covered, too: two signed prints, two DVDs, a swell movie poster and And We Were Young hoodie, PLUS a visit to the Smetanka studio to try your hand at silhouette animation. It's tons of fun, and who knows? Some of your animation might make it into the movie! I'll even throw in lunch. Now beat that.

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    At this level you will receive a HOUSE SHOW with RICK BASS & STELLARONDO! The gang will come to a gathering of your creation (within the Missoula area) and treat you to an evening of songs and scored stories from their upcoming album! You'll also receive two Great War prints and a limited edition DVD of And We Were Young!

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    Wow, that's some generous support: almost a tenth of our filmmaking budget! Can I thank you in the credits? Can I cut a silhouette likeness of you and make you a character in the movie? And would you like one of everything else mentioned as a reward so far? You got it!

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    Your passionate support is overwhelming. In addition to everything listed so far, we are making you Executive Producer in the credits. And if there's anything else we can reasonably do to show our gratitude, just ask us.

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