About this project
A Word From The Filmmakers...
Yes, quidditch!!! Quidditch originated in the Harry Potter series. In the books, quidditch is a magical game that involves flying brooms, enchanted balls and a fair amount of DANGER.
In 2005 at Middlebury College in Vermont a small group of creative students decided to do the impossible; adapt quidditch into a real-life sport. Only a few years later quidditch has exploded on over 300 college campuses across a dozen countries, and has quickly become a grassroots sporting phenomenon.
Mudbloods is a feature documentary that captures the resilient spirit of the people who have made quidditch a real-life sport.
Mudbloods follows the UCLA quidditch team on their journey to the 5th Annual Quidditch World Cup in New York City in 2011. The film is a culmination of 2 years spent documenting the fearless, bold individuals who dedicate their lives to the sport of quidditch, including the entrepreneurial force behind the International Quidditch Association (IQA), the primary governing body of this fledgling sport.
It’s a sports doc unlike anything you’ve ever seen because it’s a sport you could have never imagined, until now.
In the fall of 2009 an incoming freshman noticed something missing from the UCLA campus. Tom Marks asked around but nobody could point him in the direction of the next quidditch match. Tom - who heard about the game from a friend at Middlebury College - decided to make a change: UCLA needed its very own quidditch team. Two years later, Tom attempts to take the upstart team he created to the summit of the quidditch universe – the IQA's Quidditch World Cup.
Alex Benepe was one of the first ever seekers in the very first game of quidditch at Middlebury College. His friend Xander Manshel came up with the original idea of playing real-life quidditch. Alex quickly recognized that what they had stumbled upon at Middlebury for fun was something that could change the way people think about sports, change the conventional views of athletes in our society and, ultimately, change the world.
THE MUDBLOODS TEAM
Farzad Nikbakht Sangari - Director
Eric F. Martin - Writer/Producer
Jeremy David White - Associate Producer
Jason Knutzen - Cinematography
Jen Sapanski - Graphics & Animation
Kevin Matley - Composer
WHY WE NEED YOU
It has taken the Mudbloods team two years to get to this point. We've nearly locked picture and are now putting the finishing touches on the film. We believe that Mudbloods is the most comprehensive, emotional, and exciting portrayal of what it means to play quidditch. We couldn’t be more proud of the film.
But, as quidditch players know, while you can be leading on the scoreboard the game isn’t over until you get the snitch. This is where YOU come in. We need your support to finish the film in the most professional manner possible, and to help us bring this story to as many people as we can.
Specifically, we need finishing funds. These go to supporting some new, important Mudlbood teammates – an amazing animator and talented composer. And these funds also contribute to some of the most important components of the final film: graphics, color correction, a comprehensive sound design and mix, as well as final mastering. Our story is incomplete without these crucial final touches.
Finally, we need your help to spread the word. Festival submissions, DVD/ Blu-ray and digital duplication will allow us to create the broadest possible exposure for what we think is an important and exciting film. If we’re able to raise enough funds, we might even be able to bring the movie to a theater near you ...
BECOME A MUDBLOOD
Join our team! Your support goes a long way, and anyone who contributes at any level will get their name in the special thanks section of the credits.
If you love and play quidditch, or even if you just want to see a movie about it, share the trailer and this page with your friends and your family. Share it with your boss. Share it with your ex-boyfriend. Share it with your dog if he's got an Amazon account.
After 2 years spent making this film we've discovered an inherent magic in this real-world sport of quidditch and the people who play it.
Now, we're excited to share it with you.
Risks and challenges
Making this documentary has been an exciting adventure, but it has also been filled with challenges. For the past two years, we've been meeting these challenges head on, working to creatively overcome obstacles in an effort to put together the best film possible.
We know that being on the home stretch doesn't mean we're home free. We'll continue to apply all our ingenuity and creativity to whatever comes our way, and we're committed to making Mudbloods a reality, no matter what.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
We're working on final designs for shirts, posters, and disc art, and we'll share the works in progress very soon! Stay tuned...
Good question. The term "Mudbloods" was originally coined as a derogatory term in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter universe. It's used to describe wizards of non-magical birth.
Over the course of shooting our film, we discovered that UCLA team captain Tom Marks was jokingly called a “mudblood” by his brother because he started the non-magical sport of quidditch at his school. However, rather than shy away from the original meaning of the word, MUDBLOODS came to represent real-life quidditch players in a unique and appropriate way.
The re-appropriation of this word distinguishes a group of fearless, resilient individuals with the audacity and imagination necessary to take a fictional game from a book series and make it real.
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