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A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel.
A Documentary exploring the world of MMA Fighting and Christianity. Directed by Oscar Winner Daniel Junge & Bryan Storkel.
222 backers pledged $31,286 to help bring this project to life.

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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! :)

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    BANTAMWEIGHT- You will receive a digital streaming version of the official Fight Church documentary (when available) and a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    FEATHERWEIGHT- You'll be the first to receive a DVD of the finished Fight Church documentary (when available), PLUS, you will receive "SPECIAL THANKS" in the credits of the film AND on IMDB (your credit goes online next month)!! Also, you'll receive a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    LIGHTWEIGHT- You get a signed DVD copy of the award-winning film, The Hammer, based on the life of deaf UFC Fighter Matt Hamill. The DVD is signed by Matt Hamill and the filmmakers. Also, you'll receive a digital streaming version of Fight Church, "SPECIAL THANKS" Credit (in both the film and on IMDB), and a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    WELTERWEIGHT- You get a signed DVD copy of Daniel Junge's Oscar-winning film, Saving Face and a DVD of Bryan Storkel's film, Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians. Also you'll receive a digital streaming version of Fight Church, "SPECIAL THANKS" credit (in both the film and on IMDB), and a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    MIDDLEWEIGHT- You get everything in the LIGHTWEIGHT and WELTERWEIGHT packages above, and a DVD of FIGHT CHURCH, signed by the filmmakers (when film is available).

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    LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT- 2 tickets to the premiere (or a screening near you if desired), as well as, invites to the after party. (Travel and accommodations not included). Also, you'll receive 2 DVDs signed by the filmmakers, a "THE DIRECTORS WOULD LIKE TO THANK" credit (in both the film and on IMDB) and a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    HEAVYWEIGHT- Enjoy a PRIVATE LUNCHEON with the filmmakers during the premiere week of the film (or alternate Los Angeles lunch). Also, you'll receive a signed copy of the official movie poster, 2 tickets to the premiere (or a screening near you if desired), invites to the after party (travel and accommodations not included), 2 DVDs signed by the filmmakers, a "THE DIRECTORS WOULD LIKE TO THANK" credit (in both the film and on IMDB) and a personal thank you on our Fight Church Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    TAPOUT - You will get an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film! You are now a credited Hollywood producer on IMDB, working with an Oscar winning director! You'll, also receive everything listed in the HEAVYWEIGHT category above.

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    TKO - You will get a CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film! You are now a credited Hollywood producer on IMDB, working with an Oscar winning director! You'll also receive everything listed in the HEAVYWEIGHT category above and DVD copies of ALL of our films (10 DVDs Total).

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    KNOCKOUT - You will get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film PLUS YOUR NAME ON OUR POSTER! You are now a credited Hollywood producer on IMDB, working with an Oscar winning director AND your name will be in the credit block on our poster! You'll also receive DOUBLE everything listed in the HEAVYWEIGHT category above and DVD copies of ALL of our films (10 DVDs Total).

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