Explore the lives of 3 Dudes as they take an epic road-trip from Minnesota to New Orleans in three 1973 Gran Torinos. Read more
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About this project
Say friend, you got one o'them good donations to help an artistic conception?
Now, Dudes. Three Dudes, or so they've self-applied the name in years of meeting at Lebowski Fests throughout the country to celebrate the film that's inspired, well, we wouldn't call it a cult following, 'cause what is a cult? But we will be following, across the sands of time and southward the Torinos, to the first ever Fest in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Yeah, our Minnesota-based film crew will be heading though the Dairy State and the City of Big Shoulders to bear witness to a caravan of three 1973 Gran Torinos (the car the Jeff Bridges character loved and lost and found again and - what's that smell? - in The Big Lebowski, the Coen Brothers' 1998 ode to sloth and friendship). The engines will start in Indianapolis, gallop through Kentucky, make a left at Elvis, and follow the Mississippi down to the Fest in NOLA. And I'm talking about the Dudes here. Taking it easy. In the Big Easy. Uh, lost my train of thought here ...
Of course, this here car trip is funded by the collective modest means of the three Dudes themselves. And we hope to take our cameras back to each of their real-life habitats to see what exactly inspires a man, uh, Dude. (Fair warning: They're employed). It's the making of the film itself that needs some financial help from y'all, 'cause cinema is as costly as it is collaborative. We're hoping you want to be one of our collaborators, send us some bones or clams. A little "kick start," as the fella says.
The Dudes are willing their dream into happening, and our film crew has a dream too. Will you help us will it?
WAYS (believe me, Dude, there are ways) to help:
Risks and challenges
We have many different locations to shoot at and the highlight of the film is a huge car ride from Minnesota to Louisiana that involves 4 cars, country roads, city streets, and the home of Elvis. We need your help to properly take care of the Dudes and the crew while shooting in these various locations (transportation, equipment and housing) and for any unforeseen problems that might come up. (see next challenge)
We're taking a risk traveling so many miles with cars built in the early 70s. Our solution is to bring plenty of bottles of oil and spare parts, but if all else fails, we will tow it somewhere and have some interesting road-side footage to include in the film.
Besides having it available for those that wish to own a copy, I would like to enter it in film festivals. These festivals are a great way to share your work with the community and see it shown at local theaters.
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A shout-out on our Facebook page & Twitter (@WhatYouCall_Me).Estimated delivery:
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All rewards up to this level PLUS a hand-crafted toe with nail polish. (made by our friend, Marie)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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All rewards up to this level PLUS your name in the credits & a postcard sent in the mail from a location on our southward trip.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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All rewards up to this level PLUS a DVD copy of the documentary.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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RIDE IN A TORINO ...
You're invitation for burgers, beers and a few laughs with a night of bowling and a ride in a Torino (and the Creedence)
This will be in conjunction to Lebowski Fest: Louisville. Date TBA. (you will also receive all reward levels except the other $500 level)Estimated delivery:
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THE RINGER ... It won't look empty. Plenty of swag including a few items from Lebowski Fest past.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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We're offering a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go on this epic road trip with the Dudes. That's right -- come along on the adventure! Just know these aren't amateurs and will quote the movie to beat the band and may even tell you to STFU. Fair warning, tell Walter.Estimated delivery:
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