HELP US KICKSTART THE HIGHWAYMEN STORY!
TWENTY-SIX AFRICAN AMERICAN LANDSCAPE ARTISTS were inducted into the Florida Artist's Hall of Fame by Secretary of State Glenda Hood in 2004. It was truly an incredible, historic moment. Just 50 years earlier, these same men (and one woman) could barely scrape together enough money to afford art supplies let alone be taken seriously by collectors and gallery owners. Yet, through their perseverance and talents, they were able to define themselves against the many racial and cultural barriers of the 1950s and 60s Jim Crow south.
The Highwaymen story is an artistic journey filled with trials, tribulation, tragedy and triumph. But it is also a story about having a goal and believing in yourself no matter who or what may be standing in your way. It is a film anyone with a dream should watch - its' inspirational message ringing loud and clear: "DON'T EVER GIVE UP!"
Get Ready To Embark On A Journey
Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world. Every month, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, art, film, technology, design, food, and other creative fields.
The history of the Highwaymen and concept behind Kickstarter are both about the power we as people have to do extraordinary things to support one another in our artistic endeavors.
What We’re Doing
Simply put, we’re raising money! As a SAG (Screen Actor’s Guild) Ultra-Low Budget feature-length film, our production budget cannot exceed $200,000. This will allow us to develop the script and shoot and edit the film while keeping costs to a minimum and putting every penny we raise up on the screen.
$100,000 of that budget has already been committed, leaving just $100,000 to raise! When you consider there are over 200,000 Highwaymen paintings now in circulation, and if everyone who owned those paintings donated $1 each, we would exceed our goal by 100% and be able to officially begin production. We submit that the funds for this movie should come from the people…fans of the Highwaymen art movement, supporters of the arts and those who simply share the spirit of entrepreneurialism and believe in the American dream. We are raising $100,000 in time for the film to begin production in the Spring of 2012 and encourage you to join us.
Why We're Doing It
The Highwaymen created a body of work of over 200,000 paintings, allowing them to reach massive amounts of people. And their tale has inspired so many more.
Read all about it here: www.starsnorth.com/highwaymen/about.html
We discovered the Highwaymen story over ten years ago. Years of research, attending art shows and building relationships with many of the surviving original Highwaymen artists and collectors made us even more determined to tell this tale. Then, in January 2011, we decided the time was right to finally put the wheels in motion.
We dreamed big and now, here we are. We know this is possible.
By producing this feature-length film, we will be preserving a legacy future generations will come to know, understand and most importantly learn from.
Will you join us?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What’s in the Digital Download Package?Everyone who donates at least $25 will receive our digital download package. We are still adding to this package, but here is what we have confirmed so far. This package will include the following official Highwaymen movie promotional material:
-Desktop wallpaper and more!
Can I Gift An Incentive?ABSOLUTELY! If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter. (It will be forwarded to the email address you provided) We will request things like your t-shirt size and address from you at that time. Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the reward. We will make sure they are the person who receives the reward.
After the film is funded, when will it release?Feature-length films can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months to complete. Shooting the movie alone typically takes between 25 and 30 days with 6-8 months of post-production beginning soon after filming is complete. The plan is to have the movie release sometime in the Summer of 2013. Rest assured all of us involved will make sure you know when it’s due to release.
How will you get my T-shirt size?Once we cross our deadline (March, 2012) we will immediately begin manufacturing and completing incentives for everyone involved. You will get a message from us requesting information from you like your T-shirt size, address, etc. At that time, please reply to us as soon as possible so that we can complete your incentive.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if the money isn’t raised in time? Unfortunately nothing. Donors pledge the amounts but don't actually pay until the goal is reached at the end of the funding period. We want to avoid this so please help spread the word. Everything helps! When we meet out goal, pre-production on the film will begin!
Can we exceed the goal?YES! And what an amazing problem to have... Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Maybe that would mean a more widespread theater release, or more unique physical copy packaging. The possibilities are endless.
Can we contact you? Of course! You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!
Is “The Highwayamen” feature film a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?Unfortunately neither this movement nor The Highwaymen feature film project is set up as a non-profit. Donations are raw gifts. Non-tax deductible.
If I donate, when can I redeem the incentive?All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merchandise directly to you immediately after our deadline passes or as the items become available based on our production timeline. It will be our priority to schedule the more personal incentives as soon as possible.
Who does the money go to?Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter and Amazon's involvement) will go directly to the film’s production budget. In other words, your money goes directly to the funding of this film.
$100,000 seems like a low number for a movie budget. Doesn’t it?You are correct. Fortunately, there are still very important investors involved in this film. The $100,000 figure is the remaining balance of a larger total budget. Our goal is imperative for the film to be a reality.
Any other questions? Just ask us. We’d be more than happy to answer them. Simply email us at: email@example.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Official Site: www.starsnorth.com/highwaymen