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A documentary that explores what inspires us to drastically change our lives for the better & what determines our chances of success.
A documentary that explores what inspires us to drastically change our lives for the better & what determines our chances of success.
411 backers pledged $26,157 to help bring this project to life.

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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 5+ 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.

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!

Featured on GMA!!  See Arthur's Story Featured on Good Morning America!

Expert Contributors and Advisors

Tom Venuto is a fat-loss expert, nutrition researcher, and natural, steroid-free bodybuilder. Since 1989, Venuto has been involved in virtually every aspect of the fitness and weight-loss industry as a personal trainer, nutrition consultant, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager, freelance writer, bestselling author of the popular e-book Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle, and the Author of "The Bodyfat Solution".  

Tom is among the most highly respected fitness experts in the world, as he pays close attention to the science that backs fitness concepts.  Among the many so-called experts out there, he knows the science and the research studies behind them.  For more information on Tom, visit http://www.burnthefatinnercircle.com/

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

We have set our funding goal here on Kickstarter at $25,000, even though we're trying to raise $75,000.  That's because if we don't reach our funding goal here, we don't get any of the pledges (and no one is charged).  So we thought a smaller amount would get us to the next stage of the process... but there's always a chance we might exceed our goal with this campaign!  

The costs associated with completing a film add up quickly!  Here are some of the major costs ahead of us:

  • Final Editing: $20,000
  • Animation: $16,000
  • Final Music Score: $10,000
  • Conform, Color Correction and Graphics: $28,400
  • Audio Mix: $12,000
  • HD Cam Conversion: $1100

We have exhausted our funds for creating this film, and really need to bring in additional professionals to complete it.  

Thanks so much for considering a pledge!

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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    At $5, your donation matters just as much as it does at $500! Imagine if every person who watched our "Never, Ever Give Up" video on YouTube believed in our project enough to donate just $5. (Over 5 million people have watched it since May). A donation at any level, makes a big difference in our project. Thank you!
    Donors at this level with have their name appear on our website as a proud supporter!

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    With a $25 dollar donation, you're securing your own limited edition copy of INSPIRED: The Movie, so a the very basic level, you're pre-ordering our film! But the bigger picture, is that your pledge is actually enhancing the overall value of the film, because it allows us to do more compelling animation, compose better music... many things! And when the film is complete, you can actually say you helped make this film possible... and that's pretty cool.

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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! (We cannot predict the exact release date of the DVD, but we will attempt to deliver the other rewards as quickly as possible)

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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! (We cannot predict the exact release date of the DVD, but we will attempt to deliver the other rewards as quickly as possible)

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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. (We cannot predict the exact release date of the DVD, but we will attempt to deliver the other rewards as quickly as possible)

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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! (We cannot predict the exact release date of the DVD, but we will attempt to deliver the other rewards as quickly as possible)

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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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