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A feature-length documentary following the 2013 race to grow the world's largest pumpkin. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 5, 2014.

A feature-length documentary following the 2013 race to grow the world's largest pumpkin.

About this project

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THE BEGINNINGS

It all started with a picture of a man paddling his giant pumpkin boat and I was hooked. A little more research uncovered images of pumpkins as big as cars, so I delved deeper to find the story behind this amazing fruit. We started interviewing groups of pumpkin growers in Utah, Napa, and Oregon, amassing incredible stories of the great pumpkin that is such a powerful image of magic and wonder in our world. Since then it’s been a blazing path of incredible people, intriguing stories and surprising excitement about giant pumpkins that can gain over 50 pounds in a single day!

The image that started it all.
The image that started it all.

TODAY

We’ve gathered jaw-dropping footage and wonderful stories as we follow the best growers in the world. We even went to a jail where they grow giant pumpkins in a 2.5 acre garden as part of a rehabilitation program making for some real Cinderella stories.

Spanish Fork Jail
Spanish Fork Jail

Are you curious why we eat pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving or carve pumpkins at Halloween? We've also interviewed experts like Cindy Ott Ph.D., and author of Pumpkin: The Curious History of an American Icon, who talks of the profound impact the pumpkin has on American culture. 

Cindy Ott Ph.D.
Cindy Ott Ph.D.

WHY WE NEED THE FUNDS

Rise of the Giants is 95% done in shooting and we are now editing . I'm asking for your help to push the film to completion so it can be seen on the big screen this fall (just in time for Halloween and Thanksgiving).

Before and After
Before and After

These funds will be used for two main purposes: 

1. HOWARD DILL FARM An expedition to Nova Scotia to document where Giant Pumpkin growing began: Howard Dill's Farm. We’ve been invited by Howard’s son to come to the farm for an exclusive look at archival scrapbooks and photos.

Howard Dill - The man who started it all.
Howard Dill - The man who started it all.

 2. POST-PRODUCTION The rest of the funds will be used to finish editing, purchase music rights, get great motion graphics, sound mixing and final color mastering and marketing the film to attract the best buyer to get this film out to the world. 

I need your help to complete this wonderful iconic American story. If you are a grower, someone who loves pumpkins, or if you want to see a positive story about community, the earth and farming, please join our campaign and share it with your friends.

Thank you,

Daria Matza

Risks and challenges

There are always challenges in filmmaking, but with these funds we can finish the film by late summer/early fall. We are almost done with production, so it's time to focus on the edit and bring the 25 hours of footage we have into a entertaining compelling feature film.

The Rise of the Giants team has years of experience and many accolades for making independent films/documentaries and we will overcome any challenge with skill, teamwork and creative confidence.

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    9 backers

    Want to know how to grow the World's Largest Pumpkin? We will send you Tim MATHISON'S (the current world record holder) POWER POINT PRESENTATION that he gave to the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. We will also give you a big thanks on our Facebook wall.

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    4 backers

    We will send you our original blend of GIANT PUMPKIN PIE SPICE and 3 of our favorite pumpkin recipes. (This is not just pumpkin pie spice, it's GIANT pumpkin pie spice! Big, bold and delicious flavor to celebrate the fall season.) We will also send you Tim Mathison's presentation and give you a big thanks on our Facebook wall.

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    8 backers

    Receive an ONLINE SCREENER of Rise of the Giants for your home viewing pleasure and the Tim Mathison presentation.

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    10 backers

    RISE OF THE GIANTS DVD, so you can watch it over and over and Tim Mathison's presentation.

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    6 backers

    Get your RISE OF THE GIANTS DVD with EXTRAS! Watch footage that didn't make it in the final cut of the film: additional interviews & tips from some of the greatest pumpkin growers in the world.

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    3 backers

    Get your Rise of the Giants BLU-RAY with EXTRAS! Watch beautiful HD footage that didn't make it in the final cut of the film. See additional interviews & tips from some of the best pumpkin growers in the world.

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    17 backers

    Exclusive Rise of the Giants T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS. Watch footage that didn't make it in the final cut of the film. See additional interviews & tips from some of the greatest pumpkin growers in the world.

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    4 backers

    Exclusive Rise of the Giants FLOWER POT MUG & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS. Watch footage that didn't make it in the final cut of the film. See additional interviews & tips from some of the greatest pumpkin growers in the world.

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    9 backers

    Exclusive Rise of the Giants FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS. Watch footage that didn't make it in the final cut of the film. See additional interviews & tips from some of the greatest pumpkin growers in the world

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    17 backers Limited (83 left of 100)

    VIP SCREENING Get 2 tickets to a screening in one of three cities: Salt Lake City, UT; Napa, CA; or Los Angeles, CA. Come watch the film with the growers in the film, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.
    Quantities are limited, until each screening is full. Please include your city preference for the screening.

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    2032 MATHISON SEED. Get a seed from last year's world record pumpkin.

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    10 backers Limited (90 left of 100)

    VIP SCREENING and FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS. Get 2 tickets to a screening in one of three cities, Salt Lake City, UT; Napa, CA; or Los Angeles, CA. Come watch the film with the growers in the film, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.

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    3 backers Limited (7 left of 10)

    Documentary Filmmaker's Package: CREATIVE CONSULTATION: Interested in making a documentary/film or want to know about pumpkins? Spend an hour with Daria and Mark (SKYPE if outside of Los Angeles area) and talk about whatever you please. In addition, you will also receive 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS and a special thanks in the end credits of the film.

    VIP SCREENING and FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    1894 MATHISON SEED. Get a seed from Tim Mathison's 1894lb pumpkin, the third largest pumpkin in the world in 2013 competition. Also receive an autographed photo of Tim on the Mike and Kelly show.

    Also receive 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS.

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    2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)

    Take your pick from some of the best seeds of Napa.
    1985 MILLER,
    1784 GLASIER,
    OR 1874 MATHISON.

    When you pledge, choose your seed. Limited quantities available, first come, first serve.

    Also receive special thanks in the film credits, 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS.

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    2 backers Limited (18 left of 20)

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT on the film. It will be listed in the film credits and on IMDB.

    Also receive 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS.

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    2 backers Limited (3 left of 5)

    The WORLD RECORD PACKAGE: Get the incredible seed from the LARGEST PUMPKIN IN THE WORLD: the 2032 MATHISON seed! Also receive an autographed photo of Tim on the Mike and Kelly show, 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS.

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    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT, name listed on the film's website and film's credits and IMDB.
    Also receive 2 VIP SCREENING TICKETS, the FLOWER POT MUG, T-SHIRT & BLU-RAY or DVD with EXTRAS.

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Funding period

- (30 days)