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A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel.

WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP! HOURS LEFT TO PLEDGE!

Even though we have met our goal, we'd love to raise another $3k to help cover the Kickstarter and Amazon fees (8-10%). We still have some great rewards available and even several producer credits left!

RECENT PRESS

Huffington Post    -    USA Today    -    Indiewire - "Project of the Day"

Sundance just featured us on their front page! Check it out here.

ABOUT THE FILM

FIGHT CHURCH is a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and Mixed Martial Arts. The film follows several pastors and fighters in a quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that some consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face?

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

The film is still a long ways from being done and we must raise 30k to complete our shooting and post production. Here's where your money will be going:

1) $12,500- We need to return to New York and various other states to film with our main character and additional characters. Without this footage, we won't be able to tell the full story.

2) $17,500- We have another 6-9 months of editing ahead of us. We need to hire an editor and an assistant editor at a bare bones salary to work with us to shape the story. We have about half the film edited, but can't finish without a budget. 

Please help us tell the stories of these amazing individuals today! We want to finish our passion project and can't do it without your help! 

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THE FILMMAKERS & THEIR FILMS

While some of you may already be familiar with our work, others may not. Here are a few of the past projects we've completed.

Daniel Junge, Director

  • Saving Face - Oscar Winner for Best Documentary Short. The film follows several Pakistani women who are victims of acid violence.
  • The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner - Oscar Nomination. The documentary follows the assisted suicide ballot initiative in Washington State.
  • They Killed Sister Dorothy - Jury and Audience Award Winner at SXSW, Emmy-nominated, Oscar Short-Listed. Documentary on the killing of 73-year-old Catholic nun and activist Sister Dorothy Stang.

Bryan Storkel, Director

Eben Kostbar & Joseph McKelheer, Producers (Film Harvest)

  • Free Samples - Narrative Feature starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter, & Jess Weixler.  Premiered at Tribeca 2012.
  • The Hammer - Award Winning Biopic on UFC fighter, Matt Hamill.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP US FURTHER?

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and please tell your friends and family about our Kickstarter campaign.

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Because of how Kickstarter works, if we don't reach our goal of $30k, we won't get to keep any of the money. We can't do this without you!  Here's how you can help us...

1) Like us on Facebook, then share the Kickstarter Link with your FB friends, asking them to pledge.

2) Make a small donation to help us finish the film!

THANK YOU VERY MUCH! :)

FAQ

  • We are offering official credits on the film! We have Executive Producer, Co-Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Production Assistant and various Special Thanks credits available. If you pledge at any of these levels, you will officially be a part of our team. Your name will be listed in the credits of the film and also on our http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2118623/. This is a great way to attach your name to an amazing project and work with an Academy Award Winning Director. Your contribution will also be a huge help to us in completing the film!

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  • We have several professional UFC fighters involved in the project who are also Christians. Right now, we plan to film with several popular UFC fighter, including current champions. We will announce them soon!

    One of our Executive Producers, Dave MacLean is a huge supporter of the MMA community and our film. He is the President of http://www.macsmma.com, a NY focused mma website. He was also Co-Executive Producer on http://www.thehammerfilm.com.

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  • Our goal is to tell this entertaining story in a completely objective tone, and to let the story speak for itself. Like the Oscar-nominated Jesus Camp, the film will present these incredibly provocative characters in an objective and often sympathetic light. We will ask the audience to come to their own conclusions about the connections between religion and condoned violence, as well as, explore the growing mainstreaming of MMA in the US, and discuss Christianity in our post-modern society.

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  • A lot of people might ask (and at least one has), "Why would an Oscar winning director need to go the Kickstarter route?" It's a great question and here are a couple of reasons.

    First, as any documentary filmmaker short of Michael Moore would attest, documentaries are very hard to get off the ground no matter how much previous success you've had. Funders and broadcasters are looking for very mainstream commercial material, and something with a little nuance and complexity, like FIGHT CHURCH, doesn't necessarily catch their eye. But furthermore we feel its imperative for FIGHT CHURCH that we maintain editorial integrity on the film. Its a topic that broadcasters or other major funders will want to skew in one direction or another. Either they will want to be a very pro MMA / pro Christian perspective or they will want something overtly critical of the subject. And frankly we refuse to do that. This is a complex subject that we want to present in an objective manner and let the audience draw their own conclusions. To that end, we must have editorial independence and are hoping to raise the money for the film without strings attached. That is why we need your help with this project.

    Thank you very much, Daniel Junge

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