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The first feature-length documentary to explore the bizarre and exciting new sport of Chessboxing.

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It's official - We've achieved our minimum funding goal and are now true Flyweight Novice crowdfunders!!  An incredible feat!  This means not only will this film actually get completed, but we can make it exponentially better with each stretch goal we hit!

Every penny raised above the $35 000 goal will go into making Chessboxing: The King's Discipline a more amazing film. If we reach the Heavyweight Grandmaster level of $175 000, this will truly be a film fit for a king!

WHAT WILL THE EXTRA MONEY GO TOWARDS?

COLOUR GRADING & 5.1 SURROUND MIX

These processes are the final stages of post-production and are what make a film truly pop.  I can do a basic job with the money we've raised, but to do it professionally, we'll need to hit our KNIGHT LEVEL stretch goal!  Help us do it!

ARCHIVAL FOOTAGE

As you can tell in the trailer video at the top of the page, chessboxing has been talked about a lot in the media, on popular shows worldwide like the Colbert Report, TV Total, BBC News, etc.

The way in which the sport is viewed by the media is an important reflection of how society perceives it, and including this footage in the film would add a great deal to the story. Unfortunately the rights for these clips can cost upwards of $100 per second of footage!

If we hit the $75 000 mark, I'll be able to purchase the rights to a portion of the clips needed to tell the story, and $125 000 will guarantee all of the archival footage needed will be included in the film.

ANIMATION

Because the idea for chessboxing originated in the comic book world, I intend to include some brief animated sequences in the film, in Enki Bilal's distinct style. Bilal himself would supervise the animation to ensure it meets his standards and he has already given his blessing for this. If we hit the $125 000 mark, we can make it happen!

Bilal isn’t the only comic book connection to the chessboxing universe – Our LA chessboxer Andrew “The Fightin’ Philanthropist” McGregor has had his exploits as a war photographer in the DR Congo retold as a superhero story in his very own comic book entitled Captain Africa.

Andrew McGregor's superhero alter-ego, Captain Africa
Andrew McGregor's superhero alter-ego, Captain Africa
This story ties into his discovery of chessboxing and his vision for the sport as a means to help people. If we reach $175 000, I’ll be able to create an animated version of this “origin story,” telling it in an exciting, visual way that stays faithful to Andrew’s personality, much like a shorter version of O-Ren Ishii’s anime sequence in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 1.

MUSIC LICENSING

Both chess and boxing are firmly rooted in the popular culture. They are both instantly recognizable to almost everyone in almost any society around the world. Countless songs have been written about chess and boxing (a few have even been written about both!) and The King’s Discipline should reflect this by including some of these songs as part of the soundtrack.

Worldwide music licensing rights are incredibly expensive, especially for some of the tracks by well-known artists I would like to include, costing upwards of $10 000 each!

I guarantee the expense would be worth it – I’ve already edited a few scenes to some of these tracks and they pump those scenes from an uppercut to a one-punch power knock-out!

This is the single most expensive element of the film, but like the choice of jewels on a royal crown, it’s the finishing touch that will make this a film fit for a true Heavyweight Grandmaster!

That's right!  Some new rewards have been added that I think you'll enjoy and some of the pre-existing ones have been readjusted:

  • New $300 reward - Chessboxing movie poster signed by the director (that's me!) - Artwork to be determined. (Includes all previous non-limited rewards)

  • $500 - VIP Treatment in London!

  • PRICE DROP!  The rare, Enki Bilal signed lithograph - a beautiful work and a piece of chessboxing history can now be yours for $2500, and includes tickets to the premiere of the film & all previous non-limited rewards.

  • The $5000 tier adds an associate producer credit and a signed movie poster to the Bilal lithograph, and more!

  • Two new $10 000 EXECUTIVE PRODUCER tiers added, one of which includes travel fare to London, England! (some restrictions apply).  The other includes a screening of a rough cut of the film and more! 

  • The Bilal lithograph has been removed from the $10 000 tiers


Check out the project in the media!

InnerSpace on the Space Channel/MTV Canada:

http://youtu.be/f0CYtxRVqS8

CTV Montreal

(Select the clip named: "Newsmaker - Chess boxing explained")

http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/video 

Global TV Morning News:

http://globalnews.ca/video/707485/chess-boxing

New York Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/sports/in-chessboxing-beware-of-left-hooks-jabs-and-en-passants.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Indiewire Project of the Day:

http://www.indiewire.com/article/project-of-the-day-check-out-the-bizarre-and-exciting-new-sport-chessboxing

CultMTL:

http://cultmontreal.com/2013/06/chessboxing-chess-boxing/

Den of Geek:

http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/crowdfunding-friday/26188/crowdfunding-friday-kaiju-alan-moore-and-chessboxing

Winnipeg Free Press:

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/chess-213626931.html

In a small concert venue in Berlin, Germany, a crowd of over 400 people turns to watch the darkened entrance as music starts pumping from the sound system. From the shadows, two hooded figures emerge: Nils "The Berlin Bull" Becker and Nick "The Show-Stopper" Cornish. 

Climbing into the boxing ring in the middle of the room, they pump their fists in the air - the crowd responds with wild cheers and applause. Intimidating stares are exchanged. A booming voice fills the room, setting the impending battle in motion:

"RRRROUND ONE:" 

"CHESS!"  

The Show Stopper and the Berlin Bull meet at the centre of the ring, shake hands, and sit down to play a civilized game of chess. 

In 4 minutes time a bell will ring, prompting the two men to strap on boxing gloves and punch each other repeatedly in the head. 3 minutes more and the bell will ring again, putting them back at the chessboard, struggling to focus while their bodies pump adrenaline and drip blood and sweat. This will continue for up to 11 rounds, until someone gets knocked out, check-mated, or sees the time on their chess clock run out. 

This is chessboxing.

Photo credit:  James Bartosik
Photo credit: James Bartosik

Chess and boxing are both known and widely respected by hundreds of millions of people around the world.  

Chessboxing, as you might imagine, is not.  

The W.T.F. factor of such an unlikely combination has made it an easy target for satire on shows like The Colbert Report or as fluff-piece fodder at the end of the nightly news, but to the man who invented it, chessboxing represents nothing less than the pinnacle of sport - an ultimate test of body and mind

Chessboxing's Inventor - Dutch performance artist Iepe "The Joker" Rubingh (Photo: TipBerlin)
Chessboxing's Inventor - Dutch performance artist Iepe "The Joker" Rubingh (Photo: TipBerlin)

Chessboxing: The King's Discipline will tell the story of this man's struggle to transform his sport from underground cult curiosity into a respected and recognized mainstream phenomenon.  

But he's not the only one with big plans for the sport.

Three world class cities; three men; three visions for chessboxing.

By zeroing in on these hotbeds of brain vs. brawn action, The King's Discipline will offer you an exclusive glimpse into the worlds of the three visionaries who are vying to create their own special brand of chessboxing.

  • BERLIN:  The birthplace of the sport and home of the World Chess Boxing Organization, which was founded by Dutch performance artist Iepe Rubingh in 2003.  Rubingh's sights are set on the big leagues: televised Pay-Per-View chessboxing events, Vegas-style productions, top-tier athletes and ultimately Olympic glory
  • LONDON:  Despite having founded his chessboxing club at the start of the Great Recession, former TV executive Tim Woolgar was able to exercise his media savvy to build a loyal following for his events in central London.  Solid fights mixed with P.T. Barnum style showmanship are his recipe for success and it's been keeping the crowds coming back.
  • LOS ANGELES:  At 6'10" and 290 lbs, former war photographer Andrew McGregor is an enormous man with a heart to match.  Shell-shocked after having lived some harrowing experiences while on assignment in the DR Congo, he credits chessboxing with having set him right again.  His off-the-wall charity-focused events reflect his vision of chessboxing as a means to help the world while simultaneously embracing it's inherent absurdity in true LA-style.

Although Rubingh created the sport as it's practised today, the actual inspiration for chessboxing came from world-renowned graphic novelist Enki Bilal.  His 1992 book Froid Equateur (Cold Equator), depicted fighters competing in successive boxing and chess tournaments in order to determine the strongest, smartest person in his post-apocalyptic world.

Original Chessboxing images from Enki Bilal's Froid Equateur
Original Chessboxing images from Enki Bilal's Froid Equateur

Today that sport is a reality, which raises a lot of questions, ranging from the most basic "Why would anyone do this?" or "It was cool in a comic book, but is this actually a viable sport?" to the more philosophical "How does the combination of these two disciplines challenge societal stereotypes?" 

Everyone from pro boxers and chess masters to behaviour therapists, sociologists, art historians and the chessboxers themselves will weigh in with their thoughts.  Through these interviews, Chessboxing: The King's Discipline will attempt to get at the root of what this crazy sport is all about.

Even Albert Einstein* is a fan of chessboxing!
Even Albert Einstein* is a fan of chessboxing!

*Although this man is a fan of chessboxing, he is not Albert Einstein

Great, because without your help, it might not get finished!

The good news is that 95% of the film has been shot, and the exciting process of sculpting a 90-minute masterpiece out of all that footage is ready to begin!

The down side is that post-production on a documentary of this scale is absurdly expensive. Getting through the 3-year production phase has been extremely rewarding, but it has also completely drained my savings, which means that the project is at a standstill until the necessary funds are raised.

I've had to endure many hardships over the course of making this documentary
I've had to endure many hardships over the course of making this documentary

Thankfully we live in an age where it's possible to reach out to the people who want to see this film get made as much as I do and involve them in the process!

I'm determined to finish this film one way or another, but realistically without your help it might take years to complete and would only be a mere shadow of the movie that it could and should be.

If this campaign is a success, your contribution will not only help this first and only feature film about chessboxing exist - you'll also become a part of the process, getting access to exclusive and regular post-production updates.

But that's not all! 

Everyone who contributes will also get to select a reward as thanks for helping to make this documentary happen.

Working with the different chessboxing clubs, as well as with Enki Bilal himself, I'm able to offer you some truly amazing stuff - from physical rewards to unique experiences, many of which are exclusive to this campaign.

Some are limited editions as well, so be sure to act fast to avoid missing out!  

(Below are photos of just a few of the different rewards available.  See the sidebar on the right-hand side of the page for full descriptions and links to back the film!).

This is an image of the original painting - the signed lithograph copies are currently in production and may vary slightly
This is an image of the original painting - the signed lithograph copies are currently in production and may vary slightly

This reward is the piece de resistance of this campaign.  Enki Bilal has revisited chessboxing recently in a series of chessboxing themed paintings that collectively sold at auction for over 1.5 million dollars. Chessboxers with Black Horse alone sold for over 170 000 Euros earlier this year.

Bilal, with the participation of the World Chess Boxing Organization, was generous enough to donate 2 copies for this campaign - one at the $2500 level and one at the $5000 level (with more bundled perks).  Now is your chance to own a limited-edition, signed lithograph of this special piece of chessboxing history.

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Other Exciting Rewards:

  • DVD OF THE FILM W/ KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES 
  • PLAY A GAME OF CHESS AGAINST A CHESSBOXER AT A LONDON EVENT 
  • CHESSBOXING TRAINING SESSIONS IN LONDON, BERLIN & L.A.
  • VIP TICKETS TO CHESSBOXING EVENTS
  • YOUR OWN CHESSBOXING RING ENTRANCE
  • AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!

Special thanks to the following people and organisations for allowing many of the rewards in this campaign to be offered:  Enki Bilal, London Chessboxing, The World Chess Boxing Organization, Chess Boxing Club Berlin, James Bartosik, Matt Read, The London Chess Shop, Los Angeles Chessboxing Club, The Gandhis, Graphation.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I am fully committed to completing this project, but as with any film, and especially with any documentary, there are many unknowns and unexpected situations that present themselves and that must be overcome.

With 95% of the film shot, I'm confident that I have a solid story to tell, even if that remaining 5% becomes impossible to film for whatever reason.

Given that this is the first film of this scale that I am producing, the biggest challenges I foresee will be in the post-production phase, and would involve things taking longer than I expect them to. I have tried to account for this in my delivery estimates for the project, overestimating wherever possible in order to provide myself a bit of a buffer.

The other potential issue involves acquiring the rights to the archival footage and the music. Rights acquisition is a very tricky business, so it may be that it will be impossible to get the rights to certain elements I hope to include, but I will do my best and find alternatives wherever possible.

I'm confident despite these potential challenges, that should we surpass our goal, I will be able to complete a great film in a timely fashion that we can all be proud of.

FAQ

  • If this project is successfully funded, your card will be charged on Wednesday, July 17th at 3:04PM EDT, along with all the other backers of this project.

    If we don't meet our minimum funding goal, then your card will never be charged.

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  • Being Canadian, I've had to partner up with a good buddy of mine in the US in order to set up the campaign, as Kickstarter requires all funds to be collected by a US or UK person. If the campaign is successful, rest assured that all of the funds will be transferred over to me and will go toward making this project happen!

    Incidentally, if you need a talented voice over artist, please check out his web page! http://www.markturetsky.com/

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  • No, you don't! But you must live on the Island of Montreal or within non-GTA Toronto, or be willing to meet up in a central location.

    If you meet this criteria, you can get around the shipping cost by clicking on the big green "BECOME A BACKER" button at the top right hand part of this page, then entering the amount of the reward you want to claim, adding nothing for shipping.

    Then click on "No Reward."

    After you've gone through the payment process, send me a message letting me know which reward you want and I'll take note of it for when the campaign is over.

    That's it!

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    DOWNLOAD THE THEME SONG FROM THE TRAILER ---- Did you find yourself tapping your toes to the music in the trailer? Pledging at the $10 level or above will make "Game of Kings" - this previously unreleased track about chess by Irish folk band The Gandhis yours! *PLUS* - You'll be thanked on the Anonymous Pineapple's website! --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS REWARDS

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    DIGITAL COMIC BOOK & NAME IN CREDITS ---- Get a digital copy of "CAPTAIN AFRICA #1" - The superhero comic book adaptation of Los Angeles Chessboxing Club founder Andrew McGregor's experiences as a war-photographer in Africa. --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    DOWNLOAD OF THE MOVIE ---- This pledge level will get you an HD or SD digital download of "Chessboxing: TKD" once it's released! After all, we're all here in support of this film - don't you want to see what all the fuss is about? --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    PROTECT YOUR BODY-----Go to your next chessboxing event in style with a snazzy T-SHIRT. Three options are available in either white, black or yellow - each with their own unique design. Options 2 & 3 both sport "Proud Backer" text on the back, making these KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVES. --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS, EXCEPT THE BASEBALL CAP

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    THE KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL-EDITION DVD ---- Each of these discs will be signed by me and will include a personalized, handwritten thank you note. With over 200 hours of footage shot, this DVD will contain a ton of extra material and interviews that I couldn't fit into the actual film, including many scenes that you won't find anywhere else. It will include a director's commentary track and there will also be a whole lot of other goodies that are only available here and won't be on the commercial release. Don't miss your chance to get this one-of-a-kind edition of the film! --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS *PLUS* Your name will appear in the END CREDITS of the documentary!

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    THE STYLISH CHESSBOXER PACKAGE ---- Be the coolest chessboxing fan in town with your choice of BASEBALL CAP AND your choice of T-SHIRT --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    TRAIN YOUR BODY, TRAIN YOUR MIND! ___ LOS ANGELES EDITION ------ Want to know what it's like to be a chessboxer? 3 training sessions with club founder Andrew McGregor at the LA Chessboxing Club on the West Side should do the trick! --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS -- LOS ANGELES RESIDENTS ONLY, PLEASE.

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    TRAIN YOUR BODY, TRAIN YOUR MIND! ___ LONDON EDITION ------ Want to know what it's like to be a chessboxer? 3 training sessions with the London Chessboxing Crew at the Islington Boxing Club on Hazelville Road should do the trick! -- Classes are held once a week on Saturdays. INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS -- LONDON RESIDENTS ONLY, PLEASE.

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    TRAIN YOUR BODY, TRAIN YOUR MIND! ___ BERLIN EDITION ------ Want to know what it's like to be a chessboxer? 3 training sessions at the oldest chessboxing club in the world should do the trick! The Chess Boxing Club Berlin is centrally located on Gormanstrasse and holds classes 5 times a week --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS -- BERLIN RESIDENTS ONLY, PLEASE.

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    GET YOUR GAME ON! ---- Experienced chess coach and veteran chessboxer Matt "Crazy Arms" Read is a speed-chess specialist who has never lost a Chessboxing bout - well on the chess board anyway! Matt is offering to play you in a game of chess over the internet using the chess.com website (there is no time limit to how long you spend on a move - he'll reply to your moves within 1 day) and following the game he'll provide you with detailed analysis of your game - pointing out where you excelled and where improvements can be made. This is an excellent and entertaining way of improving your game and is sure to give you that edge the next time you play. --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    Includes everything in the GET YOUR GAME ON package above, PLUS you'll get to supplement your lesson with a copy of the top-level chess software - HIARCS v.13 for Mac or PC.

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    THE SIGNED MOVIE POSTER -------- Get yourself a 36'x24' copy of the official movie poster, signed by the director of the film (Artwork is yet to be determined, but I guarantee it will look awesome!) ------INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS.

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    ARCHIVAL QUALITY PHOTO PRINT PACKAGE ---- James Bartosik has been the official photographer for the London Chessboxing events since 2009, capturing the essence of the sport like no other in hundreds of great photos. This reward tier will get you one beautiful, archival-quality 12"x10" C-Type Lambda print for your wall. Select your favourite option from the ones numbered 1-6, pictured in the reward section of the text. ***(Because of varying standards in different countries, paper size may vary slightly, and please note that the paper size is quoted, meaning your image will have a small border to allow for the printing). --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    THE STUDIOUS CHESS PLAYER ----- Everything in the previous non-limited reward tiers, PLUS everything in the GET YOUR GAME ON package, PLUS keep up to date with all the latest news, games, analysis, and features with a year's subscription to CHESS - the full-colour print magazine that has been running strong for over 70 years.

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    THE V.I.P. TREATMENT IN LONDON ----- Ever wonder what it's like to be a VIP? Now you can live the dream with 2 tickets to the London Chessboxing show of your choice! Get your face as close to the chess and boxing action as possible without stepping into the ring yourself, while being treated to some deliciously free libations! (Travel to and from London not included). --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS - VIP TICKETS CAN BE REDEEMED PRIOR TO THE ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATE LISTED BELOW.

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    DOUBLE-DOWN ----- Select a 2nd photo print, and while you're at it, pick a 2nd T-SHIRT and a 2nd BASEBALL CAP as well! -----INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    TEST YOUR MENTAL MIGHT IN LONDON - SEPTEMBER 2013 EDITION ------ Do you think you can hold your own against a chessboxer? Well, you're about to find out! After enjoying the show in the heat of the action with a PAIR OF GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS, you'll get to STEP INTO THE RING YOURSELF and play a game of speed chess against one of the fighters. If you still haven't had enough by the end of the night, you'll be treated to TWO one-on-one CHESSBOXING TRAINING SESSIONS with Tim Woolgar at the London Chessboxing Club (classes held once a week on Saturdays). (Travel to and from London not included). --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    SERIES OF THREE PHOTOGRAPHS (see image in the rewards section of the text) ----- This tier offers a unique set of specially selected images by James Bartosik depicting the three sides of chessboxer Daniel Lizarraga Rivas, during his match against Sacha Wandkowsky at the Boston Dome in London in December 2009: a) The mental stress at the chessboard; b) The calm-but-ready boxer, emerging from the shadows; and c) the triumphant yet graceful winner. All three are C-Type Lambda prints on archival-quality 12"x10" paper. ***(Because of varying standards in different countries, paper size may vary slightly, and please note that the paper size is quoted, meaning your image will have a small border to allow for the printing). --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS

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    THE BILAL LITHOGRAPH & MOVIE PREMIERE ----- After having invented the concept of chessboxing in 1992, ENKI BILAL all but forgot about it. 20 years later, he was inspired to revisit his creation and the result is the stunning, one-of-a-kind "Chessboxers with Black Horse." The original sold for over $170 000 - you can have this high-quality signed, limited-edition lithograph copy for a fraction of that. A rare must for any true fan of Bilal's work. (See a photo of the original work in the body of the text section). -- You'll also get TWO TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE of the documentary in one of the following cities: BERLIN, LONDON, LOS ANGELES, TORONTO, MONTREAL --INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS ****Travel costs to and from the Premiere city of your choice not included.

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    BILAL LITHOGRAPH & BIG-SHOT PRODUCER PACKAGE - This reward tier begins with the beautiful SIGNED LITHOGRAPH print of "CHESSBOXERS WITH BLACK HORSE," and only gets better from there -- You'll also get TWO TICKETS TO THE PREMIERE of the documentary in one of the following cities: BERLIN, LONDON, LOS ANGELES, TORONTO, MONTREAL, followed by DRINKS WITH THE DIRECTOR (ME), where I'll regale you with stories about the production. Finally, to top it all off, you'll get a copy of THE MOVIE POSTER with your name on it because you will be an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER on the film! Your credit will appear in the end credits, on the movie poster and on IMDB. *****Travel costs to and from the Premiere city of your choice not included.

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    CHESSBOXING CHAMPION OF THE WORLD ---INCLUDES UP TO $1000 TRAVEL FARE TO LONDON (accommodations not included) --- This is the same as the CHAMPION OF LONDON PACKAGE BELOW, but intended for people living outside the UK. The only differences are the TRAVEL FARE, and since you are from out of town, you will get 2 VIP TICKETS for a single event instead of the season tickets. *****Travel costs to and from the Premiere city of your choice not included.

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    JUST THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, PLEASE -------- Don't care about swag? Just want to be an Executive Producer on an awesome documentary film? This is the reward for you. For this amount your credit will appear on the poster, alone on-screen, and listed on IMDB. You will also be invited to SCREEN THE FILM AT A ROUGH-EDIT STAGE (once) either in person (if you are in the Toronto area), or via a protected link, and provide comments that will be considered and taken into account for the final cut of the film. You will also get the KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE DVD once it is ready.

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    CHESSBOXING CHAMPION OF LONDON ------ Clearly, you are a huge fan of chessboxing, so you will get 2 VIP SEASON TICKETS to all the LONDON EVENTS being held in 2014, which includes preferred seating and free cocktails (at least 3 events are held in London per year). Then, at one of these events, you will get to experience what it's like to be a chessboxer by getting CALLED INTO THE RING by the ring announcer to the walk-in theme music of your choice. Once you've shown your best shadowboxing routine to the crowd, you'll take the microphone, clear your throat and ANNOUNCE THE COMPETITORS FOR THE NEXT FIGHT with all the flair you can muster (voice lessons not included). As if that weren't enough, you'll get to HANG OUT BACKSTAGE with the fighters and GET A PROFESSIONAL PHOTO TAKEN WITH YOUR FAVOURITE CHESSBOXER of the night, which will be printed using the same process as the archival photos prints above on 12"x10" paper and sent to your home. Add to that night to remember TWO ONE-ON-ONE CHESSBOXING TRAINING SESSIONS at the London chessboxing club with the FOUNDER himself, Tim Woolgar, and you'll be on your way to becoming a true chessboxing champion of London! ***PLUS - You'll also get two tickets to the premiere of the documentary in one of the following cities: BERLIN, LONDON, LOS ANGELES, TORONTO, MONTREAL, followed by DRINKS WITH THE DIRECTOR (ME), where I'll regale you with stories about the production. Finally, to top it all off, you will get an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit, which will appear on THE POSTER, (which you will also receive) as well as on its own in the credits, and will be listed on IMDB. ------INCLUDES ALL PREVIOUS NON-LIMITED REWARDS. *****Travel costs to and from London or the Premiere city of your choice not included.

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