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About this project

Fox Sports: http://foxs.pt/1NVWCSB

CBS Sports: http://cbsprt.co/1NcNaGV

Bleacher Report: http://ble.ac/1RJateK

The Huffington Post: http://huff.to/21VyfbN

Terez Owens: http://bit.ly/1OXWnU2

Hello Everyone,

My name is Abram Booty (that’s me below in my younger years) and I am a high school football coach and the writer of Work Horses.

Before I tell you about what the movie is I think it is important for you to understand why I wrote it...

I grew up in a small southern town in Louisiana where football is woven into the deepest fabrics of the culture. My earliest memories involve LSU tailgates and backyard football with my brothers that inevitably ended with a bloody nose and one of us in tears. Needless to say my brothers and I dreamed about one day taking the field and donning the uniform we so idolized growing up. Incredibly, we were all blessed to achieve some version of that dream.

My brother Josh was an all SEC quarterback at LSU.

John David was an All-American and Rose Bowl Champion at USC (we still think he is a traitor for heading west, but we are working through the whole forgiveness thing).

And I too, had my share of moments in the spotlight as a starting WR for the Tigers.

As far as college football goes, you will be hard pressed to find a family that has more experience with what goes on behind the scenes.

Being a kid provides you a blissful ignorance that I often wish I could return to.

I tell you this because it's important to understand how much I love football; and even how much I love college football. I am not an angry, bitter athlete with an axe to grind. What I am is a teammate, friend, and brother who has witnessed and heard too many stories to ignore. The glitz and the glamour that we witnessed as children growing up has been mixed into a complex web that now includes stories of poverty, injuries, exploitation, and greed.

The trigger for me was 8 years ago at the 2007 Rose Bowl. My brother John David was playing quarterback and he and his friend Dwayne Jarrett put on a show leading the Trojans to a 32-18 win over the Michigan Wolverines. Dwayne Jarrett had 11 catches for 205 yards and 2 TD’s and was named the MVP of the game.

After a huge prolonged celebration on the field, John David, me, and the rest of our family loaded in the car and headed off for a celebratory dinner. As we were driving away from the stadium we noticed a young man walking on the side of the road, back pack on and hoodie up. As we slowed to a stop we realized it was Dwayne. I shouted from the car “Dwayne what are you doing?” He responded that he was walking to McDonald’s to grab some dinner. With only a few bucks in his pocket and a hungry stomach after the game, the juxtaposition was shocking: Here was a kid, less than a mile from where he had just hoisted the AT&T Rose Bowl MVP trophy in front of millions of people, now alone and trying to find a cheap meal. Meanwhile, the gluttony of TV cameras, sponsor events, and post game parties raged on in his shadow.

That was all it took for me to decide I needed to do something to effect change. The very next day I put pen to paper.

What flowed out was a culmination of years of stories--kids from single family homes, sons of farmers, friends with long term injuries, players who felt the heartbreak of losing a coach they trusted in the middle of their career, teammates suspended for taking “improper benefits” in the form of food or clothing. I had seen it all. As I sat and wrote, I combined my real experiences into the characters I developed. Each one intended to address a core issue of the NCAA system. 9 weeks later I had my first version of “Work Horses”.

After countless revisions and feedback from current and former players, we have an awesome script. Additionally, we have the support of a world class producer in George Folsey Jr. George has produced some of Hollywood’s most recognizable films: An American Werewolf in London, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Clue, Greedy, The Three Amigos, Into the Night, Grumpier Old Men and Coming to America.

With George’s network, our movie has generated sizable interest from the Hollywood community; but I am adamant that this film be funded by the people it intends to help, the fans who love the game and advocates who support the cause. This is the athlete’s story. It is written by an athlete for athletes. Any movement of substance begins with the people most affected.

In addition to interest from the Hollywood community, we have also been overwhelmed by the support we have received from the athletes themselves. As you can see from our video, some of the biggest names in football have been eager to offer us their support; and many have already signed up to make cameos in the film!

The final step now is you...

Without the support of thousands of collegiate athletes, football fans, and the general public, this issue will remain stuck in world of sports talk radio debate. But with your donation we can create a meaningful piece of social commentary that in the words of Ray Lewis brings this issue where it belongs, “To The Front Of The Line!"

Thank you for taking a stand alongside so many of us.

It means the world to me.

- Abram Booty

Writer

What We Will Do With The Money

Our initial goal of $250k will be used to bring this project to life, $500k will help to pay the cast, and $1 million for post production and impactful marketing program for the film.

Donor Rewards

We are very excited to have an amazing set of donor rewards to share with all of you and we will be revealing even more surprises along the way.  Here are a few of our favorite donor rewards.

Production Timeline

If everything goes according to plan our production schedule will follow as below. We know there are a ton of variables when making a movie so these are all subject to change but we are working hard every day to lock in all the moving parts to meet these deadlines. We will keep everyone updated throughout the campaign with any developments or changes to the schedule.

March 2016 - Production Slated To Start

May 2016 - Production Wraps

July 2016 Post Production, Delivery

August 2016 - Marketing/Distribution

Risks and challenges

The Work Horses movie project faces similar risks to other movies that are being funded on Kickstarter. We have production insurance, contingency plans, and a team of people with extensive experience in the film industry to make sure we are ready for any and every challenge that comes our way. It's true that distribution is a challenge for movies without deep pockets, but we believe that once the movie is made we will get help from the larger studios who have already been interested in purchasing the script from us. We turned that down because we want to make sure we control this message! Because of that, we need your help!

Reward fulfillment will be handled by a third-party logistics provider who ships millions of units of product every year all over the world. They are awesome and while we are aware that reward fulfillment is a challenge for many campaigns, but we are confident that it won't be for us thanks to our team of pros who specialize in fulfillment services.

Rest assured that we will be sending regular updates about our progress to anyone who supports us, so you'll be fully informed as soon as we have any relevant updates regarding your rewards!

Other important info our lawyer friends want you to know:

1. Kickstarter campaign and rewards fulfillment limited to USA and Canada.
2. All travel and lodging to events and set visits is not included in rewards.
3. You need to be 18 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to attend any events like premieres, Game Day experience, or set visits).
4. You may have to fill out a little extra paperwork for certain rewards.
5. The distribution schedule is not finalized, but if you supported through getting the digital version of Work Horses, you'll get it within a couple days of the theatrical premiere.

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    This is your statement that this issue matters to you! Think of it as your opportunity to place your hand up and join the fight. This is not about purchasing a reward it's about taking a stand.

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    Digital Thank You Card From Work Horses Celebrity Supporters.

    Ray Lewis, Desmond Howard, Trent Dilfer and others will send you a digital video "Thank You" card for your support. Think of it as your "I voted" sticker. The perfect visible statement you can share across your social platforms to tell the world that you stood in support of college athletes.

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    Digital Copy Of The Script

    Read the story before anyone else. Donors will receive a .PDF version of the script immediately upon completion of the campaign as well as a digital thank you card from our celeb supporters.

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    Exclusive Access To On Set Video Diary From Work Horses Writer Abram Booty plus the digital celeb thank you card and copy of the script mentioned above.

    Abram will be providing weekly video updates from on the set of Work Horses each week throughout the filming of the project. Updates will include interviews the stars, exclusive behind the scenes footage and more.

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    Digital Version Of The Movie On Same Day As Theatrical Debut.

    Forget the red carpet, you can walk on your own carpet and enjoy the release of "Work Horses" from the comfort of your own home!

    You'll also receive your choice of Work Horses T-shirt in addition to the digital celeb thank you, the on-set diary from the writer, and the PDF version of the script.

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    Limited Edition Work Horses "$TATE" Tee

    Big state universities are not short on profit, but they are short on transparency. Help bring awareness to the issue with this limited edition tee.

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    Limited Edition Work Horses "No Rights Reserved" Tee

    When it comes to protecting the rights of college athletes "No Rights Are Reserved". Help educate the world and spread the "Work Horses" message with this limited edition tee.

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    Limited Edition Work Horses Financial Headache Tee

    College helmet stickers are a great way to identify which #workhorses are earning the most money for their university. With our "financial headache" tee we put a more direct spin on a classic college football tradition.

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    Limited Edition Work Horses "Athlete Student" Tee

    The gig is up with this limited edition tee. Collegiate athletes spend more time on their sport than they do on their classwork. Fact. Now you can enlighten people by rocking this tee.

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    Limited Edition "WORK HORSES" Tee in black, white and gray.

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    DVD Of The Film + Exclusive Bonus Features For Kickstarter Community.

    Receive a physical DVD of the film upon their completion and get access to exclusive bonus features that no one else in the world will see.

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    Protest Tailgate Kit

    Next time you attend a game, do it under protest. This exclusive tailgate package gives you everything you need to help spread the story. Package includes a "money huggin'" can sleeve, a "cash guzzlin'" bottle opener, and the "Protest Pigskin."

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    PSD exclusive Work Horses underwear

    Join PSD ambassadors Marshawn Lynch, Chandler Parsons and Kyrie Irving and rock the hottest underwear in the game. These "Cash Drawers" provide a breathable athletic feel, a contoured sealed pouch, flex fit flatlock seams, tagless/seamless back and a wide soft elastic waistband. We will reach out upon order to find your sizing.

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    Digital Copy of Exclusive Pre Game Pump Up Speech From Trent Dilfer

    Have you ever wished Super Bowl Champion and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer could show up and give your team one of his EPIC pre game speeches? Well now he can! This never before seen footage will be emailed in a digital format to allow you to share it with all your friends, teammates or co-workers (mailed out upon completion of the campaign).

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    Digital Copy of Exlusive Pre Game Pump Up Speech From Ray Lewis

    Have you ever wished Ray Lewis would show up and give your team one of his EPIC pre game speeches? Well now he can! With this reward you will receive an exclusive pump up speech from Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis. Prepare to run through a brick wall.

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    Work Horses Beer Pong Table + Protest Tailgate Kit

    The dollars are in your hands this time around. Are you and your friends on different sides of the issue? Perfect. Each team can pick a side and fight for the win, ball never lies. Comes with a custom 8' foot table, 12 cups and 2 balls.

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    Limited Edition Work Horses "Cash Grab" Cornhole Set + Protest Tailgate Kit.

    It's the players vs. the suits in this all out battle for the cash. Are you and your friends on different sides of the issue? Perfect. Each team can pick a side in this tailgate showdown. Comes with two custom boards and 8 "money bags."

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    Limited Edition Movie Poster Signed By The Cast

    We've got some A-list cast members lined up who are excited to be a part of this social movement. They're also excited to sign a poster for you because they know this movie can't be made without the support of people like you!

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    Do you love football as much as we do? Then this Total Tailgate Package is perfect for you! It Includes Protest Kit, Cornhole Boards, and Beer Pong Table.

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    Autographed Ray Lewis Raven's Jersey

    Now you can imitate Ray's signature "Squirrel Dance" in style with your very own autographed Ravens #52 Jersey. AHHHHH!!!!!!

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    GoPro Hero4 Loaded With Exclusive Pump Up Speech From Trent Dilfer

    Have you ever wished Super Bowl Champion and ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer would show up and inspire your team to greatness with a moving pre game speech? Well now he can! With this reward not only will you receive a GoPro Hero camera but it will come loaded with an exclusive pump up speech from Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis. Prepare to run through a brick wall.

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    GoPro Hero4 Loaded With Exclusive Pump Up Speech From Ray Lewis

    Have you ever wished Ray Lewis would show up and give your team one of his EPIC pre game speeches? Well now he can! With this reward not only will you receive a GoPro Hero camera but it will come loaded with an exclusive pump up speech from Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis. Prepare to run through a brick wall.

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    Ever wanted to get inside the mind of a writer emphatic about social change? This package allows an advanced Screening and Q&A with the writer and director of Work Horses in beautiful Newport Beach, California.

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    Be an extra in Work Horses.

    Are you ready to make your debut on the big screen? We're not talking about just being one in a crowd of many. Your friends will be jealous, especially when they see your name forever on Work Horses IMDB page.

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    Be an extra in Work Horses for two.

    Find a friend! It's only $500 more! Are you both ready to make your debut on the big screen? We're not talking about disappearing in a crowd of many. Your friends will be jealous (except the one you choose), especially when they see your names forever on Work Horses IMDB page.

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    Rent Out A Theatre In Your Hometown For A Private Screening Of Work Horses

    Talk about a party! We'll rent out a theater in your home town (or the closest one available), and provide you a private screening for up to 50 of your friends. We’ll do our best to schedule the screening before the theatrical release of the film. Worst case scenario, it will be the week of the release.

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    Name A Character

    This one's not super hard to figure out. We'll send you the script with a name of one of the lead character's name missing. You can fill it in with any name you want. It could be your name, your friend's name, or even your dog's name. Unless it's Fifi. Then you may need to try again.

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    Gameday Experience With Desmond Howard

    Join #workhorses supporter, Heisman Trophy winner, and college football analyst Desmond Howard for one of college football's games of the year. Reward includes plane tickets for 2 to the game of your choice and an exclusive visit with Desmond Howard himself. (Location subject to change based on availability and will be determined in 2016. This experience is in no way affiliated with ESPN or any of it's properties).

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    Speaking Role

    This is your chance to star on the silver screen! We'll even give you a couple options of your part within the script.

    And we promise, we won't cut you! If you're bad, we may ask you to say less, but you'll still make the final cut! Just kidding, we know you'll be great.

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    Spend A Day On Set With Aaron Rodgers.

    Super Bowl Champion and #workhorses supporter Aaron Rodgers will be joining us on set (and possibly making a cameo in the film); and you will have the opportunity to spend the day with him and watch the movie magic happen. Reward includes tickets to the set, photo with Aaron and other VIP perks. Go Pack!

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Funding period

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