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A kid-friendly sports comedy film about a ragtag swim team that tries to win a state championship... without a pool to practice in.
A kid-friendly sports comedy film about a ragtag swim team that tries to win a state championship... without a pool to practice in.
48 backers pledged $25,227 to help bring this project to life.

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We're back, baby! 

Just in time for London 2012... As Michael Phelps and his Olympians go for gold, so will Blake Martin (one of our film's heroes) and her teammates.  We are making THE SWIMMING MOVIE, the first one to get the details of the sport right, made by swimmers for swimmers.  We are shooting our movie in an Olympic Trials pool (from Omaha 2008), and we're going for gold.

THE FILM

COACH OF THE YEAR is an independent kid-friendly sports comedy film based on the true story of the Virginia swim team that tried to win a state championship... without a pool to practice in.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

Making a film this size costs a lot! This is the second of three Kickstarter campaigns for us. The pre-production campaign provided us with seed money to get our preparations started, including casting and location scouting. We have solidified most of our locations and are currently well into our filming prep.

This marks our production campaign, which is critical to help with all the costs of shooting a feature film!

Our post-production campaign will launch next fall to get us through editing/sound design and finishing costs.

But we need your help today! We're shooting in just a few weeks, in Richmond, VA (my hometown) and we hope you'll join up with us, as this amazing project takes shape. Thanks so much for watching. We hope this picture will not only entertain, but also inspire kids everywhere to learn how to swim.

Best Wishes,

Coach Dave

THE MISSION

COACH OF THE YEAR has a mission to entertain while encouraging kids to learn to swim (thus preventing accidental drowning). We are uniting with organizations and businesses around the country.  Support our film and our initiative today.

Partners & Sponsors (w/ more to come...)

BACKGROUND:

COACH OF THE YEAR combines the talents of writer/director David Stott (48 Hour Film Project, The Match), producer Melissa Gundlach (CBS, ABC, NBC, ESPN) and casting director Donna McKenna (Heart & Soul, Excuse Me for Living) in a kid-friendly sports comedy that has been called ‘The Bad News Bears in a Swimming Pool’.

ORIGINAL KICKSTARTER PITCH:

Hi guys. I'm Coach Dave. The idea for COACH OF THE YEAR has been a long time coming. I have been a swim coach for fifteen years now.

A family friend said to me, years ago, 'why don’t you make a movie about swimming?' I demurred, said I was having too much fun with my other projects to stop and focus on a sports movie, but what was obvious to her became increasingly obvious to me: it was the story I knew best.

Now, after ten years in New York, internships at off-off Broadway theatres, production jobs at commercial production houses, guest artist work at Manhattan Theatre Club and my documentary filmmaking experience for Harvard/United Nations, the path is clear. Every experience I’ve had in New York has gotten me ready to make this film. I know how to make it now. I know what story I want to tell.

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    YOU ROLL! Special Thanks on our official website, plus COACH OF THE YEAR fully submersible speed racing eyewear (goggles!).

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    YOU MADE THE TEAM! All of the above, plus a digital download of COACH OF THE YEAR upon completion of the film.

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    COACH'S AWARD! All of the above, plus receive early access to the Behind the Scenes Documentary of the making of COACH OF THE YEAR! See it before anyone else!

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    REGIONAL CHAMPION! All of the above plus two VIP tickets to the official COACH wrap party where you will get to meet and talk with the producer, director, cast & crew! You will also receive a special edition film poster, signed by the cast! You will also be listed as part of our team in the Special Thanks section of the film credits!

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    STATE CHAMPION! You're in the movie! Reserve a spot in the film for yourself or a loved one. Actor should be over 18 or accompanied by legal guardian at all times, and must meet shooting schedule requirements. Receive acting credit in the film plus a Special Thanks in the Credits!

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    OLYMPIAN! You will be listed as an Associate Producer in the film credits and receive an Exclusive VIP Package for two at Final Shoot/Wrap Party and RVA/NY/LA premieres, all unlimited collectibles, private behind the scenes access.

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    OLYMPIC CHAMPION! Co-Producer Credit, unlimited VIP access to all exclusive COACH OF THE YEAR screenings and events, private access behind the scenes at all events. Limited Edition autographed concept art and private dinner with writer/director, cast, crew and producers. Private swim lessons for you or your kids from Coach Dave!

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