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A film documenting Turkey's success culturally and economically, and what that success means for us in America and around the world.
A film documenting Turkey's success culturally and economically, and what that success means for us in America and around the world.
59 backers pledged $4,945 to help bring this project to life.

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New Funding Goal!

We are SO excited we met our funding goal, and the most exciting part is that each new donation guarantees the film will be even better!

Because we are now over 100% of our funding goal, we are able to utilize every new donation to make this a great experience for you, the viewer. If, in the next 12 hours, we can raise more than $4,000, it ensures that we can expand our crew and bring another producer.

What does that mean to you? It means we will have better camera work across the board, better video, and better audio on location throughout Turkey. It enhances the story and lets us worry less about the difficulties of production with another producer, and more about what is important to you -- the story!

*The new funding goal is above and beyond the initial goal listed above ($3,245) that you all have so generously given. Since we've achieved 100% of our initial Kickstarter goal, we are not allowed to increase it, but we're still guaranteed to receive any money you pledge above and beyond -- and we'll put it to good use, too!

Story

The nation of Turkey is an emerging global power. Boosted by a strong economy, a recent history of democracy, and well-educated, innovative citizens, Turkey is poised to be very successful on the world stage in the very near future. Not only does it sit as the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Turkey's economic, political, and cultural achievements make it a nation soon to be elite.

Are We There Yet? Crossroads of the World: Turkey is a documentary pilot showcasing not only Turkey's success culturally and economically, but what that success means for the rest of the world.

As three young, passionate and experienced filmmakers from Charlotte, North Carolina, we have the opportunity a lifetime to film this pilot episode on location in Turkey. We'll be visiting several cities, including Istanbul, Ankara, and the region of Cappadocia, to tell the story of Turkey's ascension on the global stage. While there, we will be interviewing Turkish leaders, covering unique aspects of Turkey's success, and documenting how Turkish people are innovating in business, culture, and politics.

Further than that, though, we'll explore why Turkey's fascinating rise to power matters to us here in the United States, and how innovation in Turkey can make our country stronger, as well.

We've been fortunate to partner with the Divan Center, a North Carolina-based Turkish-American cultural organization, who is generously covering our accommodations and lodging within Turkey once we arrive.

But, to get there and film, we need your help. Your financial support covers the cost of our airplane tickets, as well as the cost of renting peripheral gear, lenses, and accessories to make our documentary footage of the highest quality in telling this compelling story.

We are excited to film the documentary not only as a stand-alone product on Turkey itself, but as a pilot episode for a compelling season of content crossing the globe, and focusing on other rising world leaders. You have an opportunity to support us from the very beginning of that journey, with your assistance for our project here.

Thank you so much for any support you are able to provide, and we are grateful for your assistance in telling a fascinating story about a country that deserves our focus and recognition.

Photo by Kıvanç Niş.

*NOTE*

For all you first-time Kickstarters out there, just wanted to make sure you know -- you will not be charged your pledged amount until June 5th when we reach our goal.

Of course, we only get the money if we're fully-funded, so make sure to share this project with your friends and family! 

Please remember if we surpass our goal, we can do even more with the documentary, and make it even more compelling (give liberally!).

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    Thanks for your support for the film. For $10 we will list your name in the credits under our THANK YOU section!

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    You will receive an exclusive pre-release digital download of the film, you can share with your friends. This will include our long cut with behind the scenes footage. You will also receive a thank you in the credits like at the $10 level.

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    Receive a hand written post card from us while we film in Turkey. We will clue you in on how our trip is going and mail it from one of the cities we are visiting. You will also receive all rewards listed above.

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    Free CLT Blog featured video for you or your business. This is a last minute SUPER DEAL for anyone who loves CLT Blog. We normally do these videos for $500+. This is an amazing deal to promote your business to 30,000+ Charlotteans.

    Oh yea and we are going to throw in a free 1 month display ad!

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    At the $250 level you will receive a special souvenir from Turkey. The gift will be hand selected while we are on location. You will also receive all rewards listed above.

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    Be a movie producer! You will be listed as Associate Producer in the credits and on our IMDB page. You will also receive all rewards listed above.

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    Support our project and the idea of Turkey as an emerging world leader by becoming an Executive Producer. Just like the Associate Producer level you will be listed as Executive Producer in the credits and on our IMDB page. You will also have an opportunity to join us for a Skype Q&A session with filmmakers before leaving for Turkey, to hear your input and help influence the film! You will also receive all rewards listed above.

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    You are awesome! Let us come to your city and present a private screening of the film for you and 10 of your friends. This is the ultimate way to support our project and us. You will also receive the same benefits of the Executive Producer, with the Skype Q&A and all the rewards listed above.

    *Reward covers our flight inside the continental US & Canada.

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