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PLEASE CONSIDER PLEDGING -- IF WE DO NOT REACH OUR GOAL, NO FUNDS RAISED WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THE PROJECT.

Also, keep in mind that a pledge of at least $25 is essentially reserving your copy of the film on DVD at a lower price that it will be sold for at its initial release!  

Consider this:

$25 pledge x 3000 visitors = GOAL REACHED!

$50 pledge x 1500 visitors = GOAL REACHED!

$100 pledge x 750 visitors = GOAL REACHED

So that means that your pledge counts!  If you pledge and get just one or two of your friends or family members to pledge, it could make a major difference... not only for our project, but for the many we believe will benefit from our film.

INSPIRED: The Movie is a documentary that explores what inspires individuals to change their lives through health and fitness, and the factors that ultimately determine success or failure.

Inspiration from our film has already gone viral!
We recently edited a short 5-minute video from our film's footage and it was posted to YouTube to gauge interest and see if the message was on target.  If you haven't seen it yet, we greatly recommend it!  Here is that video:

What did we learn?  After only a week and over 4 million views, we discovered that nearly everyone can connect with the message of our film.  We all yearn for inspiration, whether it's for becoming healthy, or any goal that's worthwhile in life.  Our years of hard work was in many ways validated by this short clip.

We were floored when celebrities started sharing our video on Twitter and Facebook.  Here are some of the most recent quotes:

Tony Robbins:
"Want 2be inspired to what's possible if you never give up?  Take 4 min now and watch this..."

David Copperfield:
"Stop what you are doing, and watch real magic."

Nick Jonas:
"This is very inspiring"

The message to us was loud and clear - we need to finish this documentary so more people might be inspired!

And so, we need your help!  Please consider any donation to our project.  If we can get only a fraction of the youtube viewers to pledge just $5 - $10, we could easily reach our goal.  Every pledge counts!  Considering that our DVD will be priced above $25 on its release date - if you want this movie, the $25 pledge is basically a pre-purchase at a lower cost!  

The Filmmakers:

In 2004 we decided to get into the best shape of our lives - and we did it!  We had no idea it would change our view of the world - it changed EVERYTHING. We believed that by showing others the process of transformation, we might be able to inspire them to change, and to learn about themselves along the way.  And so INSPIRED: The Movie was born.

Filmmaker Ken Young

Filmmakers Steve & Mariah Yu

Additional Contributors


Kathleen has been working in film and television for 20 years as an Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Production Consultant. She’s won both audience and most memorable film awards at the South by Southwest Film Festival for a feature documentary she produced and shot called “The Journey”. She started working in television mainly with MTV’s “The Real World” and “Road Rules” reality shows before becoming a principal with Journey Productions serving as Vice President of Production. Since then she continues her work with her own production company, Kathleen Kelly Films  as well as collaborating with other filmmakers.  She has played a vital role in shaping the story behind INSPIRED: The Movie, as well as refining the editing process!

What is our Kickstarter goal? What will the money go to?

Our goal is to raise at least $75,000.  We have exhausted our funds for creating this film, and really need to bring in additional professionals to complete it.  This means bringing on consulting editors to refine the rough cut and prepare it for major festivals, as well as color correction, music, audio sweetening, and marketing the documentary.  Up to this point the filmmakers have struggled to wear too many hats, and we could use a few more pros to pitch in, to get it right.

When Do We Plan to Release the Film?

We plan to release INSPIRED: The Movie in early 2013.  Our schedule is to finish editing by the end of the summer and then submit the film in the fall to Sundance, Slamdance, Tribeca, SXSW, and other film festivals.  Depending on whether we get accepted to these festivals, the film may be released sooner if we don't find a good home for it to screen first.

Can we exceed the goal?

Yes! We hope we can! The more funds we raise, the more empowered we are to put INSPIRED: The Movie in the public eye and spread the word about this topic that touches all of our lives!  

Can donors increase pledges once they have been made? 

Absolutely! If you have already donated, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, look for the  “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive! 

What do donors receive for giving? 

We hope donors realize the amazing impact this film can have on a global scale!  We believe we have uncovered the true secrets to succeeding in health and fitness, and the little things we overlook that make the difference between success and failure.  We all know friends and loved ones who need inspiration and tools to transform their lives into healthier and happier ones. We all know the potential exists within everyone, but how do we unlock it? You can be a part of this amazing project, and receive a few gifts as well. Whether you donate $5 or $500, your impact is felt, and our appreciation is the same.  

What happens if the goal isn’t reached in time?

If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get any money – and if we can’t fund the post production and marketing our film, we will still finish the film, but it will take us longer!  Plus, we may not have the resources to make it everything we know it can be.  Let’s not let that happen! 

How can I contact you? 

The best way to reach us is through this page or via our website! Feel free to email with questions, comments, or words of encouragement! Just be aware that we get a lot of emails, so please give me a few days to respond!

We're in the midst of completely revising our website so you can get updates in the future at www.inspiredthemovie.com

Thanks for visiting our Kickstarter page, we hope you decide to be a part of this amazing project!

The Wordy Part (if you like to read more!):

Films often give us as viewers some form of escape from our own lives, and occasionally they may strike a nerve within our own minds that changes how we think and act outside of a theater.  Films such as Rocky, Shawshank Redemption and Forrest Gump offer us a look at ordinary people as they overcome extraordinary odds to succeed.  But how often do we translate such inspiring stories into how we live our own lives?  Perhaps an up and coming boxer finds inspiration from a story about Rocky Balboa, and perhaps a falsely accused convict in prison is hopeful of ultimate redemption.  Most stories however, remain as stories…they inspire us for a moment, entertain us, but fail to change our view of how we should live our lives. 

Documentaries often highlight social issues in a shocking manner in order to raise awareness to a problem or topic that is socially relevant.  Documentaries such as Supersize Me, An Inconvenient Truth, Born Into Brothels, and Bowling for Columbine approach topics from an alarmist point of view, in attempt to inspire change in the world by shocking us.

What if we can capture the minds of more movie goers by finding a common thread that we can directly relate to our own lives…a challenge in which millions of people worldwide can identify with such as losing weight.   We believe that once we can generate a strong bond with the viewers and our subjects, we can inspire them to look within their own lives and inspire profound change.

While you might expect a documentary about weight loss to shock you into changing your lifestyle with statistics, and exaggerations, a documentary that can inspire the viewer can spark an intense desire to change, and have a further reaching impact on the world unlike any film has ever done.

Copyright © 2012 INSPIRED: The Movie, LLC

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    With a donation of any amount, we will be forever grateful for your support!

    More importantly, you can say you funded a movie that inspired countless people to change their lives forever.

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    All of the above, plus you'll get access to the online content not included with in the film, highlighting documentary subjects who didn't make the final cut, and supplemental digital media that go deeper into why people succeed and why they may not. Access to this archive is likely to be available prior to the release of the film.

    But wait! There's more. We're working on a limited edition "NEVER GIVE UP" t-shirt that you'll receive for your generous donation. We're super excited about it, and we hope you are too!

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    All of the above, plus you'll have exclusive access to a community website (or facebook group) that will help you achieve your health and fitness goals. The filmmakers and some of the experts in the film will be available for questions and assistance within this community.

    Additionally, your name will appear in the final credits of the film!

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    All of the above, plus a limited edition Director's cut of the film, signed by the filmmakers and some of the documentary subjects in the film.

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    All of the above, plus direct access with the filmmakers and subject matter experts in helping you or a willing family member get into the best shape of their lives! (For up to 6 months of phone and email access).

    Additionally, you'll be invited to one of our very limited release parties and receive a signed copy of the Director's Cut on DVD!

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    All of the above, plus you'll get your DVD hand delivered to you by the filmmakers, Diamond Dallas Page, and Arthur Boorman! We'll stay to watch the film with you and a small group of your friends and family, and we'll discuss the film with you afterwards. (Limited to United States residents please)

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