Funded! This project was successfully funded on June 6, 2011.

Update #17

An Invitation

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Hello Friends!

BIG news. We've got a LOCKED PICTURE (cheers & applause!). All of the content is in place and the story is there in its entirety. Wow. It's amazing to write that.

So now what? We wait to hear back from film festivals - we have submitted to six so far. We wish we could share A Place to Stand with you now, but alas, we can't until after we premiere. However, there is one way that you can see the film early - by helping us raise finishing funds for sound mix, music mix, sound design and color correction (the only missing pieces).

What do we mean? Well, to reach this goal we want to do something a little different. We want to fundraise by holding private preview screenings of the film. These events would be exclusive fundraisers. Daniel, the director of A Place to Stand, would attend and Jimmy would visit or Skype in for a live reading and Q&A. If you're interested in hosting such an event or helping to organize one, or if you know of an organization that might be interested in a shared fundraiser, please email us at We need your help. We only need another $10,000 and A Place to Stand will be complete.

Thank you yet again for your support. We look forward to sharing the final cut of A Place to Stand with you very, very soon.

With Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

Update #16


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Hi All,

Thank you, all of you who contributed to our latest fundraising online push. We reached our goal and we are STOKED to report that we finally have all of the content IN PLACE. We have music, we have animation, titles, archives...all the story content is there. So, again, a special thank you to those who contributed one final time to the project, enabling us to pay our musicians and animators.

So now what?

1`) We will send the film to a few key people for feedback before locking everything into place. We've spent 2 1/2 years on this so might as well make sure it's the best it can be, eh? Why rush to the finish if we don't have to.

2) We do some additional (offline) fundraising so that we can pay for the polish of the film: sound design, dialogue editing, music mix, sound mix & master and color correction. These are the remaining steps to complete the film entirely.

3) We have already started submitting the film to festivals. All we can do now on that front is wait and see. As soon as we get into a festival (it could be this year or early next year) we will let you know. That is when we will premiere the film and start sending out the DVD rewards.

Thanks again for all of your support! These are exciting days.

With Continued Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

Update #15 - For backers only

The Cusp


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Update #14

Jimmy at the Kimo


Hello Everyone,

We know that we've been sending out more updates than normal these past couple of weeks, but we wanted to share an exciting event with you: Jimmy will be interviewed live and will read his poetry this Friday night, 8 PM at the Kimo Theater in Albuquerque. If you have never seen Jimmy live, we highly recommend it. This kind of large public event with him is very rare. For more information, visit the Kimo's website:

And if you're planning on going, can you help us out? We will be handing out flyers about A Place to Stand before and after the event and need some extra hands to join our efforts. If you come along, you'll get a chance to hang out with Gabe Baca, A Place to Stand's producer, and even meet Jimmy. If you're interested and available, please send us an email at

And last, we're still working hard to raise the $5,450 we need by May 1st to finish a final rough cut of the entire documentary. We have already raised $1,000 and have $2,000 in pledges on the way. That means we only need another $2,450 and we are SET! Can you help us reach this goal? Your support would allow us to complete the film's animation, original score and final sound mix. You can contribute online on our website - - there is a donation link at the bottom of the page.

Once again, thank you for the support. Without all of you, we wouldn't be rocketing hard towards the finish line.

With Continued Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

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Update #13

Progress - Swift and Sure!


Hello Again!

In last week's update, a few of our backers alerted us to the fact that the link to our website was broken. Here is the proper one: The Amazon Payments donation link is at the bottom of the page.

Since last Friday, when we launched our final fundraising push, we have already raised $640 with an additional $1000 pledge en route. This means we only need to raise $3,810 more by May 1st and we will be able to complete the final rough cut of the movie. We are so grateful for the burst of support, but we know from experience that we need to keep this energy alive. So, if you haven't contributed to our final push and you're interested, please visit our site. We need your help in this home stretch. As before, all donations are tax-deductible.

If you would prefer to contribute via check, please email us at and we will send you the details.

And last, to see what some of the raised money will be going towards, check out the images below. They're from one of three animated segments in film. This one is about Jimmy learning to write (you should hear the music our composer, Roger Suen, created for it - we can't wait to share the final version with you!).

With Continued Gratitude,
The A Place to Stand Team

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