Navajo and Hopi cross-country runners from two rival high schools put it all on the line for tribal pride and state championship glory.
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"I defy you to watch this without goosebumps." - Christopher McDougall, author of Born to Run
"Sound like something you’d be interested in seeing? Yeah, us too." - Indian Country Today Media Network
SPECIAL OFFER FROM CHRISTOPHER McDOUGALL: Any backer who donates $10 or more will get free admission to an exclusive screening of Racing the Rez where McDougall will reveal the "Best Story Never Told" - the missing chapter of Born to Run. Date and location to be determined. (Travel and accommodation not included.) The story will be turned into a short film & posted online!
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All we need now is your help! Make a pledge and pick out one of our fantastic rewards to the right as a thank you. Then help spread the word! Your pledge now helps our OUTREACH PROGRAM (details below). Thank you!
A brief description of the film is below followed by details on how you can help bring this important story be told.
In the rugged canyon lands of Northern Arizona, tradition and sport unite two boys cross country teams on the Navajo and Hopi reservations as they battle to be state champs. To succeed they must conquer both the rigors of training and the personal obstacles they face. Win or lose, what these boys learn in the course of their season will have a dramatic effect on the rest of their lives.
After a narrow win hands Tuba City High School their 19th state championship, second place finisher Chinle sets out to topple their rivals and finally claim victory for themselves. But coaches Shaun Martin of Chinle and Carl Perry of Tuba City, don't just harness the immense running talent of their Navajo and Hopi boys for school championships. They know the self-discipline, dedication and team support of cross-country running can help them confront the many challenges they face growing up on the reservation. However, getting the boys to realize that fact is no easy task.
The Navajo and Hopi know what it takes to be long distance runners. For both cultures, running is much more than a sport, it is woven into the cultural fabric of their lives and every family’s lore contains legends of runners. Cross-country offers these boys a chance to take their own place in their family and community. But no matter who raises the trophy in the end, the true victory lies in what each runner proves to himself and the goals they aim to achieve beyond high school.
Racing the Rez is a long distance journey four years in the making. The boys in this film show tremendous courage in sharing their stories with us and now we want to share them with you.
Because of your generosity, I now have an opportunity to extend the films impact beyond the TV screen and fund our outreach!
Our outreach plan includes bringing the film back to the reservation so we can participate in workshops with organizations like NavajoYES (navajoyes.org), and Wings of America (wingsofamerica.org) and use the film to inspire young people to get more active, make healthier choices, and have the courage to talk about and get help with personal challenges they may be facing growing up on or off the reservation.
And who knows, maybe even inspire the next Ryan Yazzie, one of the boys featured in the film, and set a troubled kid on the path to having a shot at being the next state champ.
Are you a fan of running, Native American culture, high school cross-country, or just know what it takes to have a goal and never say die? If so, then Racing the Rez is your kind of documentary. We've finished shooting the film and are two-thirds of the way through editing.
We need the funds to finish the project and bring it to Public TV stations across the country. Just as every cross country runner needs the support of their teammates to succeed, we need your help to run that last mile and take Racing the Rez across the finish line. We think this story of dedication and hope will inspire people of all ages, on and off the reservation and we're not alone. Based on the strength of the work we've done so far we've received generous funding from Native American Public Telecommunications and been picked up by American Public Television for distribution to Public TV stations. The funding we received has gotten us this far but we still need $15,000 to prepare the film for its Public TV broadcast in late 2012.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
A strong finish is only possible with your help. We want Racing the Rez to be a victory for you as much as it is for us. The more people who participate the better chance we have of getting the story out.
To help, please select a pledge and reward level from the options at right and make your donation today!
To help even more, please Twitter it, "Like" us on Facebook, email this Kickstarter link and let your friends, family, teammates, supporter groups, and co-workers know about the film and this campaign.
If you would like to make a tax deductible donation please email Brian at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE WILL YOUR FUNDS GO
- Final editing to sharpen the story and bring the film to broadcast length
- Editing a trailer for the film
- Finishing, recording and licensing the music
- Completing the final picture elements including color correction and graphics (aka On-line)
- Mixing the sound
- Making and certifying the master tapes for broadcast
- Promotional costs
- Outreach (see our plan above)
- Kickstarter.com and amazon processing fee of about 8%
- A portion of funds will go toward the purchasing and shipping of rewards
- Racing the Rez Facebook
- Racing the Rez Twitter
- Racing the Rez NAPT
- Racing the Rez on Runner's Digest at Runnersworld.com
- Racing the Rez on Runnerspace.com
- Indian Country Today Media Network article Jan 10, 2012
- Indian Country Today Media Network article Dec 31, 2011
- Navajo Times article on Racing the Rez
Postcard collection by Brian Truglio for your $10 pledge
Three photos from the series "Father Sky" by Brian Truglio (8 x 10, matte not included)
Autographed Photo Cards of Alvina Begay for a pledge of $50 or more courtesy of N7 niken7.com
Alvina will be running in the Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston on January 14, 2012 so be sure and cheer her on!
A unique hand carved He-li-li Kachina by a Hopi master carver (L: front view, r: back view) for a pledge of $300 or more. See Update #16 above for more info.
James Cullen is offering two dinner rewards for pledges of $200 or more and $2,500 or more. He is a graduate of NYC French Culinary Institute, and lives in Hoboken, NJ. He has worked with some of New York's top chefs, including a three year stint with Rebecca Charles at the renowned Pearl Oyster Bar. He currently owns and operates, Le Cochon Bourré (with his wife, Rylan Domingue, a Louisiana native), producing some of the finest traditional and creative Louisiana fare in the Northeast.
ALL OF THE ABOVE includes ONLY the rewards that are NOT limited.
For example, if you choose the t-shirt reward for $50 it does NOT include entry to the Shiprock 10K or the signed photo card of Alvina Begay, both of which are Limited Rewards at or below $50. All of the Above for the $50 t-shirt reward DOES include the post card collection ($10), the 11x14 poster and the thank yous ($25).
Likewise, if you were to choose the Shiprock 10K entry $50 reward, a Limited Reward, you would also get the post card collection ($10), the 11x14 poster and the thank yous ($25) and the t-shirt reward ($50).
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