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This documentary is about what happens when you dare to follow your dreams, when you love your job, oh, and of course, it's about beer!
This documentary is about what happens when you dare to follow your dreams, when you love your job, oh, and of course, it's about beer!
106 backers pledged $5,519 to help bring this project to life.

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Smile, We Get to Make Beer! is about the freedom of expression that comes out when you follow your dreams. It’s about connecting to a community in a way that makes a difference. It’s about daring to fail and pushing forward through whatever it takes to succeed and knowing that success is not measured by the size of a bank account but by the contentment and satisfaction that comes from doing what you love. Oh, and it’s about beer!

Just one of the super swank T-shirts you can get. More designs on the way!
Just one of the super swank T-shirts you can get. More designs on the way!
NoDa Brewing at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony
NoDa Brewing at the 2013 Great American Beer Festival Awards Ceremony

Funds will go towards completing the film in post-production and further marketing and distributing to film festivals and other events. The main goal of this campaign is to make the best film and bring it to as many people as possible.

General costs include:

  • DVD production and duplication
  • Graphic designs and printed materials
  • Festival entry fees
  • Distribution costs
  • Screening costs
A bottle of NoDa Brewing's collaboration with New Belgium
A bottle of NoDa Brewing's collaboration with New Belgium

This film follows the day to day operations of the NoDa Brewing Company, situated just a few blocks north of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. Chad Henderson (Head Brewer) along with Todd and Suzie Ford (Owners) work tirelessly to produce fine craft beer that reflects the arts based district for which they are named after. You will see first hand what it takes for them to pursue their dreams and reach out to their community so that at the end of the day they can smile, because they don’t have to make beer, they get to.

Chad measuring the gravity of his home brew
Chad measuring the gravity of his home brew

 After nearly a year of filming everything from home brews, production, expansion, festivals (even the Great American Beer Festival), ups and downs, this film will takes an intimate look at the people who own and operate NoDa brewing Company.

Smile! sign in brewing facility
Smile! sign in brewing facility

Risks and challenges

There is still much to be done to complete the film like editing, marketing, distribution, and production of materials. In order to finish the film to the best of it's ability and get it out to the public as much as possible, I need your help.

Your support will go a long, long way in helping fulfill the goals of this project. You, in a sense, will become a part of making this collection of images into a finely crafted film.

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  • Plans are to have the film finished by May of 2014.

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  • There are a number of places around Charlotte that are being looked at for screenings as well as a few screenings in Winston-Salem, Wilmington, NC and Spartanburg, Sc. Check updates for potential times and places.

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  • This is a short film project with a running time that will be close to 30 minutes however there are plans to have an extended version on the DVD.

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    A Smile, We Get to Make Beer! T-shirt. Multiple designs will be available. They will be wicked sweet. Promise. + DVD + Name in the Credits.

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    4x Tickets to the Premier + Exclusive Pre-Premier BBQ with Filmmakers and Brewers. There might even be a game or two of Corn Hole. DVD + Name in the Credits.

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    Executive Producer Title + Access to ALL Special Events + A Special invitation to a sneak peak of the movie with the NoDa Staff and SWGTMB crew + Special Crew only shirt + DVD of the film + your name and title in the credits.

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