A story about the life and legacy of a Louisiana dog trainer, and the global footprint he left after training an estimated 30,000 dogs.
**** June 17th Update**** Hello all! Less than 48 hours to go on our "Dog Man - The Dick Russell Story" kickstarter campaign, and thanks to ALL your AMAZING support, we now have the means to finish the film in a MUCH BIGGER WAY than we could have otherwise done on our own.
Please see the wonderful article on the cover of today's "Business Section" in The Advocate, which offers some more back story on the project.
In the meantime, please continue to spread the word…
…as there is still time to support the project!
All the best, thanks again, and we look forward to getting you your rewards asap!
Richie and the Dog Man crew
*** June 9th Update*** We're pleased to report that last Saturday's day of "dog-loving fun" in support of "Dog Man - The Dick Russell Story" was a huge success! Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we had a great turnout, and many dollars were pledged to the project, getting us that much closer to achieving our new goal of $36K. See the video in Update #4 for a quick recap of the event!
As we near the finish line, consider MANAGING your pledge, as a few dollars more might get you one of our NEWEST PLEDGE LEVELS, including THE PERFECT MUTT ($165)…numbered, limited edition signed relief prints of the future poster artwork) or THE CHIHUAHUA ($225)…a two-hour "Doggie photo shoot" with you and/or your "best friends" (up to 3 pups).
Thanks for ALL YOUR SUPPORT, and please continue to spread the word about the project…
...as there are only 9 days to go!
Richie and the Dog Man crew
** June 1st update ** - Thanks to a hefty boost from our new Executive Producer, Parker Zehnder (aka ZEHNDER COMMUNICATIONS), and Associate Producer, Jennifer Nicole Hack, we are now off to a great start to meet our new goal of $36K! For all you local folks, please join us tomorrow between 11am-2pm at the field across from Zoe's Kitchen in Baton Rouge (Perkins Road location) for a day of "dog-loving fun" to support the project! Also, we've added a new pledge level THE CHIHUAHUA, which includes a TWO-HOUR SESSION (studio or outdoor) with up to 3 dogs, courtesy of FUR LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. Visit furlovephotography.com to see examples of their work!
* See the following article in Scene Magazine's "Scene Weekly"!
** Memorial Day Update ** Hello all! Thank you for all of your amazing support thus far…you wouldn't believe the amazing stories that have come from starting this kickstarter campaign. Not only has it given us additional resources to make a better film, but it has provided us with SO MUCH ADDITIONAL CONTENT we would not have had otherwise.
That said, it's becoming OBVIOUS that with over 20 days to go, WE SET OUR SIGHTS WAY TOO LOW!
To support this effort to raise more funds, we've created some new awesome prizes, like THE PERFECT MUTT, which features numbered, limited edition letterpress prints of the portrait artwork from the future "DOG MAN - The Dick Russell Story" movie poster!
By the way, a huge "thanks" to Smiley Anders of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, LA, who wrote in his column today (5/28/12)...
Richie and the Dog Man team...
In 2010, Richie Adams and a group of filmmakers began documenting the life of Dick Russell, a world renowned dog trainer living in Baton Rouge, LA.
Dick Russell trained dogs professionally for over 50 years and it's estimated that he trained more than 30 thousand dogs in the Baton Rouge community by way of his 6-week basic obedience classes, of which he taught 3 classes per week, every 6 weeks, for the last 30 years of his life.
Photo Courtesy of Liz Achee
"There are people (like Dick Russell) that dedicate their lives to single purposes, that do many, many, many things unselfishly, that touch the lives of so many different people that they become legendary."
- Dr. Craig Alberty
Veterinarian, Baton Rouge, LA
Dick Russell was an innovator.
Dick introduced training methods that were accepted nationally and internationally on how to make dog training easier, more gentle and more rational.
Dick walking in his pasture where he taught Socialization, a training method that he was the first to introduce to North America over 20 years ago.
Photo taken in 2005, Courtesy of Ami Moore, The Chicago Dog Coach
An important thing to consider with the Kickstarter funding model.
$18,000 is the minimum we need to finish DOG MAN "The Dick Russell Story." However, the more money we raise - the further our project can go. It is IMPORTANT TO KNOW that if we DO NOT reach the full amount of $18,000 within the 42 days, Kickstarter will return all pledged money to the backers and NOTHING will go to DOG MAN "The Dick Russell Story." So please send what you can, help us reach the $18,000, so we can share this man's story with the world!
Thanks to all our Sponsors thus far!
What exactly will the money be spent on?
Our Kickstarter campaign was created to raise the necessary funds to "finish the film." These funds will be used for, among other things:
Photo courtesy of Liz Achee
• More INTERVIEWS and FOOTAGE (e.g., We are traveling to Orlando on April 20th, 2012 for our second visit to the IACP conference to promote our project and hopefully secure a few more amazing stories about Dick Russell)
• More TIME SPENT EDITING (e.g., Matt LaFont [our Editor] & our Intern Squadron [aka "The B-Roll Patrol"] combing thru our estimated 300+ hours of footage to refine a powerful final cut of the film)
• More time spent making MOTION GRAPHICS (e.g., cool animation applied to still photos, that might otherwise simply fade up and fade down)
• More MUSIC (e.g., More originally scored music by our composer, Chris Roy, to bring the story to life)
Can you exceed the goal?
YES WE CAN! The more funds we raise, the easier it will be for us to "finish the film" and "make it better and better" (i.e., In the spirit of "you get what you pay for"…if we are able to raise more money than our current goal of $18,000, then we will have that much MORE MONEY to put on the screen to MAKE IT A BETTER FILM…which is our commitment)!
Can contributors increase pledges once they have been made?
Absolutely! If you have already contributed, and are signed in to your account, then instead of a green “Back This Project” button on our page, there should be a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click that, and you can enter a new amount or choose a new incentive!
Can I give one of these incentives as a gift?
Gifting an incentive is a wonderful idea! After the campaign, when we message you for details on your incentives, you can then give us the information for the person you wish to gift.
Rewards that come with Dog Man "The Dick Russell Story" Merchandise.
* For items shipped in the U.S., all shipping costs are covered within your pledged amount. For International backers, please include an additional $10 along with your pledged amount to account for additional shipping costs.
How can you contact us?
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org – feel free to email us with any questions or comments you may have! Given the large volume of emails we may receive, please give us a few days to respond!
You still want more information? Awesome!
You can visit Facebook http://facebook.com/thedogmanmovie or our project's website at thedogmanmovie.com or follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/TheDogManMovie, as well as see the following link on IACP's website about Dick Russell http://canineprofessionals.com/HallofFame/DickRussell.
Thanks so much for your support of our project!
Photo courtesy of Liz Achee
Richie, Matt, Chris and all of the filmmakers on this project
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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THE YORKIE - Donors at this level will receive a "Special Thanks" on the "Dick Russell" Dog Trainer Facebook page, along with their name featured in the SPECIAL THANKS list on our DOG MAN "The Dick Russell Story" website.Estimated delivery:
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THE BEAGLE - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE YORKIE" + a physical copy of the pre-distribution Dog Man "The Dick Russell Story" documentary on DVD, once the film is completed.Estimated delivery:
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THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE BEAGLE" + a CUSTOM DOG COLLAR featuring the Dog Man "The Dick Russell Story" logo artwork.Estimated delivery:
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THE BOXER - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE LABRADOR RETRIEVER" + a SIGNED POSTER of Dog Man "The Dick Russell Story" by the filmmakers, once the film is completed.Estimated delivery:
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THE BORDER COLLIE ("Dick's favorite training dog") - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE BOXER" + a SPECIAL BONUS FEATURE of Dick Russell's last six-week obedience training course caught on video (including the methods he was most famous for pioneering, "Paper Plate Recalls and Yielding"), along with EXTENDED CONTENT [too long for the documentary] that dog trainers will likely find educational.Estimated delivery:
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THE AMERICAN BULL DOG - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE BORDER COLLIE" + a Dog Man "The Dick Russell Story" CREW MEMBER T-Shirt.Estimated delivery:
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THE GREAT DANE - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + YOUR NAME IN THE SPECIAL THANKS in the end credits on the film.Estimated delivery:
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THE PERFECT MUTT - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE GREAT DANE" + a NUMBERED Limited Edition hand-carved linoleum RELIEF PRINT, letterpress printed on a vintage printing press (12" x 18"), by local artist Kathryn Hunter which will provide the background portrait artwork of the DOG MAN "The Dick Russell Story" MOVIE POSTER. Visit blackbirdletterpress.com to see examples of her amazing work!Estimated delivery:
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THE SCHNAUZER * REAL LIFE DOG TRAINING * - A $200 VALUE - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + a basic obedience group training course (once a week for 6 weeks) with Larry Benoit, one of the two men that Dick Russell entrusted to continue training his method, in either the Baton Rouge [Airline Highway], Denham Springs or Zachary location, and you can purchase for your own dog or as a gift for another.Estimated delivery:
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2 backers Limited (1 left of 3)
THE CHIHUAHUA - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE PERFECT MUTT" + a TWO-HOUR SESSION (studio or outdoor) with up to 3 dogs courtesy of FUR LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY (to be shown in the end credits of the film). Visit furlovephotography.com to see examples of their work!Estimated delivery:
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THE PIT BULL *** REAL LIFE DOG TRAINING *** - A $500 VALUE - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + a private in home training session (once a week for four weeks) with Larry Benoit, one of the two men that Dick Russell entrusted to continue training his method, where Larry will come to your home to train your dog for you! This is limited to a 50 mile radius from Baton Rouge, LA., and you can purchase for your own dog or as a gift for another.Estimated delivery:
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THE GERMAN SHEPHERD - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the film.Estimated delivery:
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THE YELLOW LAB *** CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP *** - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULLDOG" + their company name and logo listed beneath a THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS at the end of the film credits.Estimated delivery:
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THE DALMATIAN - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + a CO-PRODUCER CREDIT credit on the film.Estimated delivery:
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THE PUG - Donors at this level will receive all of the rewards of "THE AMERICAN BULL DOG" + an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT credit on the film.Estimated delivery:
- (60 days)