This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, June 15 2019 4:59 AM UTC +00:00.
What is this all about?
Homestead is a feature length documentary focusing on one particular homestead family from Colorado circa 1908. It is an intimate portrait of their epic story. Isolation, cold winters, and hardship was a way of life for this one family. Their struggles and triumphs helped settle the American west.
We don't want to give away the entire story just yet. It is truly epic, with many triumphs and tragedies. The history of this one family of Colorado Homesteaders is intriguing and unique. Allen Mingus built his families new home by hand using only the surrounding trees and rocks while living in a dugout. It took him two years to complete before he could move his wife and two daughters into their new life. Once there, not only did they experience incredibly harsh elements and isolation, but they suffered terrible tragedy as well. This story deserves to be preserved. Their story needs to be told.
Life was hard. They lived there as a family with no electricity or phones. There was no help. It took 3 days of rough horseback riding to get to the nearest town Wetmore, Colorado for any kind of supplies or help. It was incredibly isolated and brutally cold. The land was wet and would grow very little.
Still they persisted and carried on.
Sadly, Allen's wife Elva was trampled in the barn by one of their horses. The horse was spooked and kicked her. She was pregnant with their third child at the time. The accident caused an emergency childbirth. She died two days later in the main house. Because of the snow, she laid upstairs in the bedroom for a week before a carriage could be arranged to carry her down the mountain for burial at the cemetery.
We are fortunate to have a very talented cast and crew!
JR Jordan has been a filmmaker since the young age of 11 when he first held a super 8mm film camera and made his first movie. He attended cinema school at Montana State University and has a keen eye for storytelling. JR has produced and directed many varied products including music videos, commercials and corporate work. He has been involved with video and film production for over 40 years. He is also the author of "Trippin Through the Bozone - The Tales of Kidd Cassidy."
DeAnthony McGee is a Grammy award winning musician who has travelled the world entertaining.
Kimmy Perkins is a highly sought after hair stylist that has designed hair for Married at First Sight, Miss Texas, and Miss Dallas.
This is a story that would be lost to time. Very few people are familiar with the story of the Mingus family homestead, yet this is indeed a story of epic proportions. This is a way to preserve history and to preserve their story, because it truly is a story that needs to be told. We want this to be seen and our goal is to get the finished film into the hands of Lisa Nishimura, the head of documentary and comedy programming for Netflix.
What we have done so far?
Research. Research. Research. We have done a Crazy amount of research. We have investigated and researched the entire family tree of this pioneering family in order to find living relatives who may have interesting stories and memories. This involved pouring through decades of county records, birth, and marriage records.
We have shot approximately 50% of the material needed to adequately tell the story. This includes family members, historians, forest service personnel, actors, etc...
The next step to complete the film, is seeking out the many interesting folk who can tell us more about this historic time, such as existing family, history experts, etc... Then we need to arrange for pre-interviews and eventually travel to film them.
We also need an editor, a colorist, sound mixer, etc... This is where we NEED your help!
There is so much goodwill and interested surrounding this project, but we simply can't self-fund the final steps of getting this project finished, out there, and noticed. We need your help.
And because there isn't a lot of original content about this era, we need to make a quality product. There needs to be more stuff like this, and we want you to help us tell this story! This needs to be preserved!
Look inside your heart! Help this story to stay alive and help us get our movie made.
If you want to help but can't afford to contribute money, you can still pitch in by sharing this campaign with as many people as possible: with friends and family, on your social media, and all over the Internet. Not only will you help raise awareness for this campaign, but you might help someone find out about the project and make Homestead a reality.
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PLEASE check out our perks below and help us out!
$10 - THANK YOU!!! - Our eternal gratitude and a "Thank You" message from our team.
$25 - SEE IT FIRST! - A digital download copy of Homestead.
$30 - MOVIE CREDIT! - Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor! + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$50 - GIMME THE MUSIC!! - Enjoy a digital download of the soundtrack + Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor! + a digital download copy of Homestead.
The EARLY BIRD get the worm!!! Get the $100 Quintessential package for $60.
ONLY 24 AVAILABLE!!!
$100 - THE QUINTESSENTIAL!!! - You will receive an authentic period Gramophone 78 shellac (wax) record of Allen Mingus favorite record! + Enjoy a digital download of the soundtrack + Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$250 - THE GOODS!!!! - You will receive an authentic period Bonnet or hat (like the kind worn by Allen and Elva Mingus - as seen in the movie) + You will receive an authentic period Gramophone 78 shellac (wax) record of Allen Mingus favorite record + Enjoy a digital download of the soundtrack + Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$500 - THE EXPERIENCE!!!!! - You will receive a "Plane Watching Kit". Allen Mingus loved to watch planes fly over his ranch! He made a notation every time he saw one because planes were just recently invented in 1903! This kit will include a pair of binoculars, a notepad, and a pen and ink. + Enjoy a digital download of the soundtrack + Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$1000 - ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT! + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$1908 - MINGUS RANCH BONUS!!!!! + You will receive an authentic period Gramophone 78 record player like they used to use! + an authentic shellac (wax) record of Allen Mingus favorite record! + Enjoy a digital download of the soundtrack + Get a credit at the end of the movie as a contributor + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$2500 - CO-PRODUCER CREDIT! + a digital download copy of Homestead.
$5000 - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT! TOP BILLING ON YOUR OWN TITLE CARD! + a digital download copy of Homestead.
A note about shipping:
Shipping within the United States is free.
Any reward to be shipped outside of the United States costs an additional $10.
Every talented artist and worker from New Dawn Cinema thanks you from the bottom of their hearts! Thank you for visiting our campaign. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out. WE WILL RESPOND!
Thank you so much for your contribution.
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UNLOCKED! $20K - MINGUS RANCH BONUS!!!!!
Help us reach 20K and we'll make a new trailer!
UNLOCKED! $50K - MINGUS RANCH BONUS!!!!!
Help us reach 50K and we will send every contributor a PDF of the script and a digital download of the soundtrack!!
UNLOCKED! $75K - MINGUS RANCH BONUS!!!!!
Help us reach 75K and everybody gets a credit at the end of the movie! + a PDF of the script and a digital download of the soundtrack!!
Risks and challenges
Risks are relatively low. We have a lot of experience in creating content, and are quick on our feet and good at solving problems. We have a network ( a family really) of trustworthy, talented artists and designers we have been working with for the past 10 years to help us. We own our own high quality cameras, gear, lights, etc. And what we don't have we can easily rent. To further minimize risks, we started working on this project 2 years ago, researching the biographies of many inspiring homesteaders and this one incredible family. We have shot over half of the material (including the most delightful remaining family) and have the final content scheduled to be filmed. We have hired most if not all of the crew and talent. There are alot of talented and dedicated folks ready to get this story out there!!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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