At the turn of the century, John J. Montgomery was world famous for being first in flight, yet today he is not in the history books.
Please help us spread the word about this untold story about an extraordinary professor from Santa Clara College.
"All subsequent attempts in aviation must begin with the Montgomery machine." –Alexander Graham Bell
John Giddings and Craven Entertainment have partnered to bring you the amazing forgotten story of John Joseph Montgomery.
Think: "The Da Vinci Code" meets "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."
When he died in 1911, he was world famous for his achievements in radio and electricity and known as the Father of American aviation. A proud Californian and an early conservationist, he loved his native California, so much that he was a founder of its first state park, Big Basin.
But do you know him today?
This film rediscovers those amazing achievements –and reveals how the unfortunate machinery of history and back room maneuvering has resulted in the loss of his impressive legacy.
Re-examining the beginnings of American aviation shows that today’s narrow focus on two brothers resulted from a lengthy and active campaign to suppress the profound contribution of a great man. So much so that today our classrooms are missing a star of innovation.
But that is about to change…
This is a fantastic story about a genius who never gave up on his dream to fly, which led him to cross paths with historical giants of California and American history.
With your help, we will complete the research and development of this project, producing a screenplay and $5M budget for a feature length film.
John Montgomery is every unsung hero.
Join us in telling this story that needs to be told.
We've divided the budget amount into sections: #1, Research and Development; #2, Pre-Production and Screenplay; #3 Production and Post-Production; #4, Distribution and Marketing.
Right now we are raising money for the first 2 sections and we will end up with a working budget and a registered screenplay. After that we will start another campaign to budget for the Production Phase.
This is your chance to have a direct hand in changing history. This Kickstarter round will help create the Montgomery story.
You found this opportunity because your friends know you to be a fan of history and a supporter of the underdog who does not take for granted the technological legacy we have been handed. You may also be a fan of Santa Clara University.
Our production team, working with the Santa Clara University School of Engineering, has gained permission to access the Special Collections Archive of Santa Clara Mission, the oldest archive outside of the thirteen colonies, dating back to the original Spanish Colony. In addition, this project has the blessing and support of Craig Harwood (John Montgomery’s Grand Nephew) and author of “Quest for Flight: John J. Montgomery and the Dawn of Aviation in the West”.
This project also thanks SCU alumni Bill Adams, ME Class of ’37 for his initial inspiration.
With your contributions and promotion with your friends, we will bring you this correction of History.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The typical risk of “appeal” is very low for this project. We have the benefit of a solid story of a great man. We have been fortunate to meet with energetic encouragement at every turn on this film.
However, due to the scope of this story across history and geography, it is possible the production could expand and shift in time.
This could impact, for example, final decision on the sculpture design, messaging for the bumper sticker and tee shirt, the final form of the script and of course, the premier date of the film itself.
We are counting on the continued and growing support of you, the films backers, to assist us through many inevitable obstacles. When we must travel to San Diego, Dayton or Washington DC, we hope to find local backers there to steer us. (Its always helpful to know where the aviation history buffs hang out for lunch)
Promotion of this film will depend on grass roots communication among our communities. “Overfunding” this project will both assure that the growing travel and operations/personnel budget are met as well as draw greater visibility to the Montgomery story. Minimum funding of this project puts us at a risk of losing personnel for periods of time to other projects.
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THANK YOU! :)
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