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An inspiring story and badass thrill ride about Javier Avila, who built his own off-road race truck to compete in the Baja 500.
123 backers pledged $12,719 to help bring this project to life.

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 "I would love to see a feature length film about a man, a dream, and an s10 in Baja" - Dezert Dimes

"Fixed Heart Films is trying to help get Javier Avila to the Baja 500 and making a kick-ass documentary about it!" - Glassworks Unlimited

Chasing Baja” is an inspiring feature documentary and bad-ass thrill ride about Javier Avila, who built his own off-road race truck from scratch on his own dime. We catch up with him as he aims to fulfill his dream of completing the Baja 500! Oh, and did we mention he's accomplishing all of this... from a wheelchair?

Jav and his Co-Pilot Matt, After Winning the Balls Out 250
Jav and his Co-Pilot Matt, After Winning the Balls Out 250
Jav working on a part from his truck
Jav working on a part from his truck

What it's all about...

Now, this isn't some sappy, clichéd story about overcoming adversity. Jav doesn't know the meaning of adversity. We're not even sure he realizes he's supposed to be "handicapped". This is more about stripping away excuses for not doing what you love and realizing that maybe it's not about overcoming obstacles, but simply ignoring them altogether.

Jav: "I'm not handicapped, I just can't walk."
Jav: "I'm not handicapped, I just can't walk."

We appreciate you taking the time to check us out!

We have been working on this documentary for over a year, and we feel like we are barely scratching the surface of who Jav is. We have so much more to learn, and the story will not be complete unless we witness him attempt his life dream, completing the Baja 500. For him, this is the holy grail of off-road racing, and Jav has yet to make it across that finish line. You have an opportunity to make that happen, and allow us to film it! 

We need your help!

The funding of this campaign is essential to enable us to finance the filming of the Baja 500 and the remainder of the documentary. We are only a three-person crew, and we need additional camera operators, editors, and the essential equipment necessary to capture the single most important racing moment of Jav's life. 

Now, $12,500 is just the absolute minimum we would need to complete the film. Anything above that would help us go even further in making this movie EPIC. Sorry, I won't use that word again... but seriously, if we go above and beyond our goal, we will have the flexibility to move into audio mixing, color-correction, animations, music, title graphics, etc. Overall, the production value would increase tremendously. Not to mention, Kyle keeps talking about how awesome a drone-copter would be to be able to get a birds eye view at a fraction of the budget of a helicopter, so lets make that happen, yeah? 

Every single dollar helps, and we genuinely appreciate you believing in us.

Risks and challenges

All cards on the table? We do not know how this will end. We don't know that Javier will be able to complete the race... our equipment might be confiscated at the border... who knows? All we know is we are about a third of the way through completion at the moment, and the footage we already have would make an amazing story.

The most realistic challenge we might encounter is that additional funding or time will be needed to complete the film. There is still a good amount of filming that needs to be done. It's possible that could take longer than we expect, but we've never missed a deadline and we've been on-schedule for this production so far.

We honestly don't foresee any reason this film won't be completed, so rest assured, even if it's not the story we thought it was going to be, you will see one hell of a true story captured on film.

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    WATCH THE DOC AND NAME IN CREDITS! In honor of the 7 series that Jav races, this is your entry to the show! All backers screen a digital copy/download of the film WAY before we let the festivals take a look. Plus, you'll see your name in the credits for making the film possible!

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    AUTOGRAPHED MOVIE POSTER! Javier and the Fixed Heart Crew will autograph and send you a limited edition movie poster when the campaign's over! (Includes the film screening)

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    BLU-RAY or DVD COPY! A high-definition copy of the film on Blu-ray or DVD. Contains exclusive artwork and additional footage! (Includes the film screening)

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    EXCLUSIVE RACING T-SHIRT: A Kickstarter Exclusive designed t-shirt just for this campaign! We'll have all sizes, kids to adult. (Includes the film screening) (We'll get your size after we complete the campaign)

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    BLU-RAY T-SHIRT COMBO: Save $8 when you get both the blu-ray version of the film and the t-shirt! The shirt will be sent earlier than the blu-ray. We'll have all sizes, kids to adult. (Includes the film screening) (We'll get your size after we complete the campaign)

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    YOUR LOGO ON JAV'S TRUCK AND IN THE MOVIE! You will be able to show your support for Jav front and center! Your logo (subject to approval and refunded if not approved) will be prominently displayed on Jav's truck as soon as we receive it and at least through the 2015 calendar year. It will also be included in the film credits as well as the BLU-RAY/DVD artwork. You will also receive a signed poster and a copy of the BLU-RAY/DVD!

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    GET IN THE TRUCK!!! You will have the experience of a lifetime by getting in the passenger seat of Jav's truck and we'll film it! We'll organize an hour-long ride in Southern California where you will get a front row seat to the most thrilling sport on wheels. This will also include lunch and pictures with Javier, a signed poster, t-shirt and digital copy of your racing experience. You will also receive the Advance Screening and Blu-Ray/DVD. The ultimate gift! (must provide your own travel and accommodations)

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    EARLY BIRD RACE PACKAGE! For being the absolute first to ride with us on this campaign, we want to reward you with TONS of cool stuff: You'll get the Advance Screening, the Signed Movie Poster, The Exclusive T-Shirt AND the BLU-Ray or DVD! (all of this will arrive at different times, and we'll get your sizes at the end of the campaign)

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