In 2009, we began production on this ﬁlm, in hopes that it would sell itself. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. So we’re asking for a little help. We’ve already shot more than 20 interviews, amassed a rich database of photos, footage, rare artifacts and original designs. We’ve been inside the building and documented the 8th Wonder in its current condition. We’ve collected a vast archive of newspaper clippings, rare news reports and fan testimony. In short, we have enough to create a version of the ﬁlm, but not the one we’re committed to ﬁnishing.
This building is important to all of us, it embodies something from a simpler time. It represents purity, youth, hope and most of all, dreams. It would be easy for us to ﬁnish this based on what we already have, and sell the ﬁlm on the open market, but that would be short-sighted. We need to make a ﬁlm worthy of this building. So what are we looking for? Most importantly, we need help with rights. Speciﬁcally, NFL and Major League Baseball footage. We also need to create a music score, add ﬁnishing costs to the edit, and have a travel budget for a handful of interviews and speciality shoots that remain. We’re very close, but we need help on that ﬁnal push. So, please, reach out, give what you can, and help deﬁne the legacy of this building that we all hold so dear.
The modern Dome stands as an emaciated version of its once proud and powerful self. Sitting stagnant and unoccupied, dwarfed by a sparkling new version of its former self, the Dome is again making headlines. Its newsworthiness comes in the form of protests, blogs, and distant memories of a time when the Dome graced the pages of the nation’s favorite magazines and announced a rising city to the rest of the world. The Dome documentary will use the ongoing debate for the Astrodome’s fate as a backdrop to tell its amazing history and raise questions about its uncertain future. What we do with the Dome is more than simply an issue of public policy, but one of identity. What obligation do we have to our collective history? Must practicality always triumph over passion? Who are we if we destroy all that we once were? Join us, and help preserve the legacy of the Dome by participating in this powerful and important ﬁlm.
Risks and challenges
Movie-making is an inherently risky business, there’s no denying that. Knowing that, we’ve gone and taken out as much of the guesswork as we possibly could, the story is there, the footage has been shot and all we need from you is that final push to help cover our license fees, additional shoot days and finishing costs. You can also rest easy knowing that the crew behind this collectively has more than 50 years experience and has worked with everyone from 60 Minutes to ESPN to NFL Network to the History Channel.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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