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A documentary about the 1964 Championship Game in which the underrated Cleveland Browns stunned the Baltimore Colts with a 27-0 victory

Danny Tharp
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About this project

We are creating this documentary to inspire and educate Browns fans (and outsiders) about the rich history of our beloved franchise. Many fans simply don't know that before the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, the Browns were the perennial champions having played in 10 championship games in a row and won 8 overall; Otto Graham is the greatest quarterback of all time; the Browns were a dynasty, and winning was embedded in the Cleveland tradition.

Our other goal is to bring back to life this untold story that's been shelved for so long. Plenty has been said about the negatives in the Browns past and recently Cleveland was voted the worst franchise in sports history! This is simply foolish and wrong. This documentary will make that perfectly clear.

Finally, by interviewing fans and players, we realized that something truly amazing happened on December 27th, 1964. From the dinner parties the night before the game, to the kid that stole Frank Ryan's game ball and the championship parade, these are all stories that haven't been told for ages.

We, Cleveland sports fans, have been through a lot in the past few decades: the fumble, the drive, the shot, the Browns moving, losing the World Series in 95 and 97, the most tortured sports city in America (2004 by ESPN), the worst franchises in sports history (2013 by GQ.) 

To all outsiders we are a failure. Everyone forgot we were the absolute best. That's why it is Cleveland against the world! This documentary will tell a story which the world forgot that happened. It will make you feel something you've never felt before: The Browns winning the world championship. It will make you see something you've never seen before: A championship parade, right here, in downtown Cleveland! And it will inspire you to believe again, that one day, our Cleveland Browns will be on top of the world.

Despite the recent misfortunes, the Cleveland Browns fans are standing strong. The Browns Backers is one of the largest organized fan clubs in all of professional sports, with a presence in 10 countries.

Source: Dwight Burdette
Source: Dwight Burdette

Production has begun in Northeast Ohio and will continue through April 2014. We will be interviewing many of the legendary players from that game as well as fans who lived in that era. 

We are going to interview: Jim Brown, Frank Ryan, Vince Costello, Gary Collins,  Jim Houston,  Leroy Kelly, Paul Warfield, Ernie Green, Jim Kanicki as well as notable Cleveland Browns figures from the past decades such as Bob Golic, Hanford Dixon, Bernie Kosar, Herman Fontenot, Kevin Mack, Coach Sam Rutigliano, Dan Coughlin and many more.

Our film will be ready in May, just in time for the 50th anniversary season.

The Greatest Day in Cleveland Sports started as a personal project and it has been funded 100% by ourselves. We were able to accomplish some pretty cool stuff, but in order to make this the greatest documentary about our Browns, we need your help.

The lion's share of your contributions will go towards licensing footage from the 1964 season, especially the Championship game. The rest will be used for expenses incurred during production such as travel, equipment, print, and of course producing our awesome rewards and sending them to you.

$5 - Website Credits + Collectible Sticker

For a $5 contribution, we'll put your name in the wall of fame section on the film's website and you'll receive a limited edition sticker with the Greatest Day in Cleveland Sports stadium, designed and printed here in Cleveland by JakPrints.

$10 - Tailgate Party + All of the Above

Come celebrate the last home game of the season with us, against the Bears on December 15th. We will be in the first section of the Muni Lot, right by the Browns Bunch. Bring a friend, food and beverages are included.

$15 - Koozie + All of the Above  

Although it will be cold, you'll still need an awesome Koozie for our tailgate party so everyone in the Muni Lot will know you've backed the Greatest Day in Cleveland sports documentary

$30 - DVD Copy of the Documentary + All of the Above

Our goal is not only to create a great film, but a collectible memorabilia as well. The final product will be a 3 panel digipack that will include a DVD of the film, the 2 audio CDs of the re-creation, a 12 page booklet and 2 stickers. Only 2,000 Kickstarter special edition copies will be produced and will be numbered in ink by hand. 

$50 - Film Credits + All of the Above

This is your chance to have your name in the credits of a film that you could be proud of and show it off to friends and family.

$75 - T-Shirt + All of the Above

We are going to design a special, limited edition t-shirt for all our backers who contribute $75 or more. 100% jersey cotton will make this the softest and best fitting t-shirt!

$100 - Your Name in the Booklet + All of the Above

Each DVD set will come with a 12 page booklet, containing different photos, information and stills from the film, as well as a special thank you section where your name will live forever.

$150 - Limited Edition Poster + All of the Above

A limited edition film poster (24" x 36") signed by the producers and directors.

$500 - Autographed Film Poster + All of the Above

Receive a poster of the film (24" x 36"), signed by all the players from 1964 team that will be interviewed. This is your chance to get a rare memorabilia signed by Cleveland Browns legends! 

$5,000 - Executive Producer Credits + All of the Above

You're our executive producer for this film. Your name will be one of the first included in the opening and closing credits, on the film poster and DVD case, and on IMDB! You will also be included in all the submissions we make to film festival, and you'll receive two passes to each festival we get into! 

From Left, Sorin Bica, Robbie Flair, Brian Marks and Uncle Danny Tharp.
From Left, Sorin Bica, Robbie Flair, Brian Marks and Uncle Danny Tharp.

The Greatest Day in Cleveland Sports was founded in 2012 by Danny Tharp, Sorin Bica and Robbie Flair. Our mantra is to create nostalgic Cleveland memorabilia and to give back to our community.  So far to date, we've donated 30% of our revenue to the Cleveland Police Athletic League and the Cleveland Touchdown Club on behalf of the Browns Alumni Organization.

Born in 2005, Red Bicycle Media approaches the film industry with the idea that anyone's story can appear cinematic. As an internationally known studio, our team focuses on using natural talent and diverse backgrounds to create custom films by working closely with each client from storyboard to screen. We work with clients big and small, tall or short, with paws or feet, smiles or frowns. We prefer smiles though :-)

We've traveled all over the world, experienced different cultures and told the stories of countless people through film. Everyday is an adventure and we're continuously humbled. Below you can find a reel of some of our work:

Follow us for updates about our project: 

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatestDayInClevelandSports

https://www.facebook.com/RedBicycleFilms

What happens if we don't reach our goal?

We get nothing. Contributions are not charged till the end, and if we don't reach our goal, the backers get their money back.

Can you exceed your fundraising goal?

Yes! The more money we raise, the more footage we can acquire, the more players and fans we can interview and our documentary will be even more awesome!

Can I increase my pledge once it's been made?

You sure can! Once you donate to our campaign, you can change your reward or increase the pledge amount. To do so, sign into Kickstarter, come to our project and you should notice that the green "Back this Project" button has been changed to a blue "Manage Your Donation" button. 

How much is shipping?

All shipping and handling costs are already built into the rewards, so you don't have to pay anything in addition to your contribution to receive your awesome rewards.

How can i contact you?

Leave us a comment below or shoot us an email to film@greatestdayincleveland.com Feel free to email us with any questions you may have, and we'll answer promptly.

We are not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the NFL or the Cleveland Browns

Risks and challenges

As with any documentary, there are risks and challenges that may arise over the course of the production of this film.

One of the biggest challenges we may face during this process is acquiring enough interviews, in a timely manner, to tell the full story. We have a large list and many commitments, but with such a big task, it's easy to get caught in chasing the perfect story. We are confident that by interviewing dozens of people we will be able to show a compelling story about that glorious day.

We will also have to negotiate licensing rights for as much footage as possible from NFL Films. Not only we have to pay them a lot of money to use the footage, but also must get their approval once the film is completed. We have been in contact with NFL Films and WME to ensure that we are fully aware of every single guideline required, to ensure that our film is approved.

Another risk is the age and health of a lot of the players from that game. We will have to work around their schedule and often will have to travel to them.

Although we will surely face adversity, with your help, we will overcome any obstacle that will be in our way. It is time to show all outsiders that Cleveland is not as bad as they make it sound! All contributions, small and big, are going to bring this documentary to life, and YOU will play an integral part in Cleveland Browns history!

Thank you very much,

Uncle Danny Tharp, Brian Marks, Sorin Bica, Robbie Flair and Red Bicycle Media

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  • You selected
    $5 reward

    3 backers

    WEBSITE CREDITS + a COLLECTIBLE STICKER

    We will thank you individually on the film's website and we'll send you a one of a kind Greatest Day in Cleveland Sports sticker

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    $10 reward

    4 backers

    All of the above + a TAILGATE PARTY INVITE

    You are invited (plus a guest) to our tailgate party in the Muni Lot on December 15th, 2013. Includes food and beverages and you'll get to meet and greet Uncle Danny and the crew.

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    $15 reward

    3 backers

    All of the above + an AWESOME KOOZIE

    A Greatest Day in Cleveland Sports koozie (so you can bring it to the tailgate party)

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    $25 reward

    25 backers Limited (75 left of 100)

    **** EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!! **** All of the above + a DVD COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY

    The ultimate fan collectible, delivered in a 3 disc set (dvd of the documentary and two audio CDs of the broadcast re-creation.) When the film is ready, you will be the FIRST TO SEE IT! Only 2,000 Kickstarter special edition copies will be produced and will be numbered in ink by hand.

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    $30 reward

    12 backers Limited (988 left of 1000)

    All of the above + a DVD COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY

    The ultimate fan collectible, delivered in a 3 disc set (dvd of the documentary and two audio CDs of the broadcast re-creation.) When the film is ready, you will be the FIRST TO SEE IT! Only 2,000 Kickstarter special edition copies will be produced and will be numbered in ink by hand.

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    $50 reward

    12 backers Limited (238 left of 250)

    All of the above + FILM CREDITS

    Your name, mentioned in the ending credits, as a special thank you

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    $75 reward

    8 backers Limited (492 left of 500)

    All of the above + OFFICIAL T-SHIRT

    We are going to design a special, limited edition t-shirt just for you. 100% jersey cotton will make this the softest and best fitting t-shirt!

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    $100 reward

    12 backers Limited (88 left of 100)

    All of the above + YOUR NAME ON THE INSERT!

    Be featured on the insert of our Blu-Ray/CD package.

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    $150 reward

    3 backers Limited (47 left of 50)

    All of the Above + FILM POSTER AUTOGRAPHED BY THE PRODUCERS

    Recieve a limited edition film poster (24" X 36"), signed by all four producers.

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    $500 reward

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    All of the Above + FILM POSTER AUTOGRAPHED BY 1964 PLAYERS

    A chance to get a very rare item: a poster of our documentary (24" X 36"), signed by all the players we interview!

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    All of the Above + EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDITS

    Secure a place in history by having executive producer credits in this production! You will be credited as a EXECUTIVE PRODUCER in the opening and closing credits and your name will appear on the poster and DVD case, as well as on IMDB!. You'll be invited to all the documentary shootings (must provide own lodging & transportation,) get to meet Cleveland Browns legends that played in that game You will also be included in all film festival nominations and receive two passes to any film festivals that the documentary will be invited to (transportation and lodging not included) BONUS: we will fly you and a friend to a film festival of your choice (US locations only), we'll provide a hotel room and take you out to dinner.

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