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Heroes are alive & well & living in New York City as Jim discovers when he makes a special wish that turns everyday people into heroes. Read more

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Heroes are alive & well & living in New York City as Jim discovers when he makes a special wish that turns everyday people into heroes.

Tyler, TX Animation
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Selecting the Face of Jim
Selecting the Face of Jim
Judy Reading Christmas at Jim's Place
Judy Reading Christmas at Jim's Place

Every good project has in it the seeds of a great adventure and the unwavering belief that it can succeed.  The best projects are those that combine passion and belief with solid groundwork.  They make participating in the adventure irresistible.  Our dedicated team is busy turning "IM-possible" into "IN-credible" by bringing back the magic to the Christmas season via a new hero called Jim. All of the money raised through KickStarter will be used to: Illustrate the book, secure the first run of sculptures of all the characters and to create the movie script which will serve as the basis upon which a full-length animated movie will come to life. Christmas in New York brings snow, excitement and the possibility of miracles and magic.  When a young boy with an uncertain future makes an unselfish wish he unwittingly turns everyday people around him into heroes. 

As a published author, Judy wrote Christmas at Jim's Place after the tragic events of September 11 with the intention of turning a tragedy into a triumph.  With our proven track records in global human resources and psychology, we want to reawaken the "can-do" spirit that makes America great.  Instead of focusing on what's wrong in this country, we want to engage and inspire a nation to rediscover its sense of community, vision and caring hearts for the many unsung heroes amongst us.

We have already lined up illustrators, sculptors and animators currently affiliated with such groups as Disney and DreamWorks.  The story has been written and the screen writer is ready to begin work once funding has been secured.             

Risks and challenges

With anything creative, there is always a risk of production delays and identifying the right team of talented individuals to create the phenomenon we envisage. Our project plan includes sufficient time and resources to execute all of our goals; all we need now is the financial support of the KickStarter community. We have invested our heart, soul, time and money and have already located and begun working with a well-established group who’s creative projects include work for Pixar, Disney, Jim Henson’s Muppets, LeapFrog, San Francisco Music Box Company, the sci-fi movie The Fly, Being John Malkovich. Additionally, one of the partners has a long history of sculpting dolls including the Spice Girls, Rita Hayworth, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake which makes her the perfect choice for sculpting the characters in Christmas at Jim’s Place. Based upon our story, they have drawn and delivered 6 potential faces for Jim, the main character from which we’ve selected the face of our hero.

This company will be instrumental in helping us to lock in an illustrator and screenplay writer with exactly the right skill sets and the time to commit to the project due dates.

For delivery of the rewards, we have identified the vendors and our schedule is designed to maximize both creation and delivery of the merchandise to our new KickStarter fans in time for Christmas 2014.

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  • You selected
    $25 reward

    6 backers

    The adventure begins - along with a huge thank you on facebook, you will receive your KickStarter exclusive Christmas ornament artistically decorated with Jim's face and a backdrop of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the Twin Towers representing tragegy to triumph.

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  • You selected
    $50 reward

    5 backers

    Bring the warmth of Christmas into your home with an exclusive Christmas at Jim's Place coffee mug. Each mug will be artistically decorated with Jim's face and a backdrop of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the Twin Towers representing tragedy to triumph. Your autographed pre-illustrated KickStarter exclusive book will be a reminder to you and to others that the American Dream is alive and well.

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    7 backers

    Just For You.
    What better way to celebrate the festive season than with your first Christmas at Jims Place collectible KickStarter Christmas ornament and 2 coffee or hot chocoate mugs. Each features an artistic rendention of Jim's face and a backdrop of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the Twin Towers representating tragedy to triumph. Your autographed pre-illustrated KickStarter exclusive book will be a reminder to you and to others that the American Dream is alive and well and taking shape in a new Christmas Classic.

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    4 backers

    Calling all Dream Believers & Entrepreneurs! This executive set will remind you every day that there are heroes in each and every one of us!
    What better way to celebrate the festive season throughout the year than with an exclusive Christmas at Jims Place leather mousepad & calculator set for your desk. In addition you will also receive 2 collectible KickStarter Christmas ornaments and coffee or hot chocoate mugs. Each features an artistic rendention of Jim's face and a backdrop of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the Twin Towers representating tragedy to triumph. Your autographed pre-illustrated KickStarter exclusive book will be a reminder to you and to others that the American Dream is alive and well and taking shape in a new Christmas Classic.

    While our customized leather mouse pad will grace any desk, the book is sure to make its way into homes and become a lasting tradition and remind them of you for many years to come.

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  • You selected
    $500 reward

    1 backer

    Want to be the one to give something other than a tie or sweater this holiday season? Make sure the ones on your list know you took the time to be practical and thoughtful but sprinkled a touch of magic on their gift this year. You will receive the exclusive Christmas at Jims Place leather mousepad & calculator set along with 2 collectible KickStarter Christmas ornaments, 2 coffee or hot chocoate mugs, Ma's Hot Chocolate and the autographed pre-illustrated book. Each features an artistic rendention of Jim's face and a backdrop of the famous Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the Twin Towers representating tragedy to triumph.

    While our customized Christmas at Jim's Place leather mouse pad & calculator will grace any desk, the book is sure to make its way into homes and become a lasting tradition and remind them of you for many years to come.

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    1 backer

    It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas! And just to make sure that there is a constant reminder of all that is possible when we wish and believe, your journey begins with an illustrated hard copy of the new Christmas classic - Christmas at Jim's Place, 4 customized Christmas ornaments, 2 coffee mugs and 2 adult or children's backpacks of your choice.

    Who knows where this adventure may lead?

    • Limited edition, numbered, illustrated and autographed Christmas at Jim's Place book limited to 10,000 copies.
    • Set of 4 Customized Christmas Ornaments
    • 2 adult or child's Christmas at Jim's Place Backpacks
    * 2 Christmas at Jim's Place coffee mugs

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  • You selected
    $2,500 reward

    1 backer Limited (49 left of 50)

    Time Together Festive Season Package. Take time out for busy parents and child to connect around the festive season. What better way than to bake up a festive storm? Then decorate together, sit and enjoy the fruits of your labor with a good book and Christmas at Jim's Place mugs to instill the warmth of the festive season into happy hearts?

    • Limited, signed and autographed edition of Christmas at Jim's Place - the Book
    • 2 dozen Christmas at Jim's Place cookies and decorating supplies.
    • 2 adult or children’s aprons (your choice)
    • 1 Customized Backpack - Adult or Child
    • Mr. Bartelsman's leather mouse pad & calculator set
    * Customized dual function laser pointer / flash drive 2 GB
    • Set of 2 customized Christmas at Jim's Place mugs

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  • You selected
    $3,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)

    Deluxe fun-time package - Calling ‘children of all ages’. Our exclusive Christmas at Jim’s Place Cookies and decorating supplies will bring out the child in everyone! You get to have those cookies and eat them too! Customized mugs… exclusive cookies…and the new Christmas tale of a young hero waiting to sprinkle a little magic on a weary world…it doesn’t get any better than that! And just in case you need to justify your more practical side – we’ve added a customized leather Mouse pad with calculator and an engraved pen. One last touch, a Christmas at Jim’s Place backpack for an adult or child to make sure the magic travels with them year round!

    • Limited illustrated edition of Christmas at Jim's Place - the Book
    • Christmas at Jim's Place cookies and decorating supplies for children's party for 12.
    • Set of 4 C@JP Christmas Ornaments
    • Customized Leather Mouse pad with Calculator
    • Christmas at Jim's Place Backpack
    • Christmas at Jim's Place Engraved pen
    • Set of 4 Christmas at Jim's Place Mugs

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  • You selected
    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    The Gift that Keeps on Giving Package.
    Celebrate the magic of the holidays. Make Christmas at Jim’s Place your new family tradition. A limited edition copy of the newest Christmas classic - Christmas at Jim's Place, your own live potted and pre-lit Christmas tree and goodies from Ma’s heart to yours, will ensure that your home is the best place to celebrate ‘home for the holidays’ this year!
    • Pre- lit 4 ft. live potted Christmas tree with 4 signed Christmas decorations
    • Limited Edition Copy of Christmas at Jim’s Place - the Book
    • Ma's Hot Chocolate' and 'Ma’s Pancake mix'
    • 4 decorated coffee or hot chocolate mugs
    * Your choice of 2 children or adult aprons
    * Your choice of 2 children or adult backpacks
    * 2 Christmas at Jim's Place fleece-lined hoodies - your choice of male / female / adult or children.
    * Executive leather mousepad & calculator with the faces of Jim & Mr. Bartelsman.
    * Engraved floating pen

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  • You selected
    $7,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (15 left of 15)

    Share the Joy Christmas Package.

    For lovers of the festive season, here is a very special way to share the magic of the holidays. In classic Christmas style, invite 12 of your best friends to decorate, bake and enjoy our special Christmas at Jim’s Place cookies. We provide the cookies and decorating supplies for a tummy-warming experience. On display in your home – two customized Christmas stockings with scenes from the book including Jim, Ma and Uncle Joe, our customized tree decorations and a limited edition of Christmas at Jim’s Place, the book. This story of a young boy whose wish turns everyday people around him into heroes will fill your home with goodwill and create new family traditions! Under your Christmas tree make room for an elegantly customized and engraved leather mouse pad set with calculator and an engraved pen. To wrap it all up, you can use the 4 Christmas at Jim’s Place coffee mugs and fill them up with beverages of your choice. Truly a magical beginning to the season of celebration!

    • Limited Edition of Book - KickStarter Exclusive with 6 faces of Jim (limited to 35)
    * Framed and numbered artist rendering of the 6 potential drawings of Jim's face along with the one chosen to tell the story Christmas at Jim's Place.
    • Cookies and decorating supplies for your own cookie party for 12 ‘chosen co- adventurers’
    • Set of 4 customized Christmas Ornaments
    • C@JP Leather Mouse pad with Calculator
    • Engraved pen
    * Dual function laser pointer / 2g usd pen
    • Set of 2 Deluxe Customized Christmas Stockings
    • Set of 4 Christmas at Jim's Place Mugs
    * Ma's Hot Chocolate and Ma's Pancake mix

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  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (7 left of 7)

    The Ultimate Memories & Memorabilia Package. Calling all forward thinking, first edition, memorabilia collectors! Christmas at Jim's Place - the book - will include the original renditions of the 6 suggested ‘faces of Jim’ signed by Kamela B. Portuges - the award winning artist/animator. This package is designed for the visionary who can spot a great advnture long before it even takes center stage. We will mail you a certified copy of the movie script for the animated movie version of Christmas at Jim’s Place as soon as available. AND: You may choose to have either a private reading by the author with 25 of your closest friends OR for the ultimate collector, a limited edition sculpture of one of the main characters created by the illustrator in preparation for our next big step. Our customized leather mouse pad & calculator and engraved pen give you visible bragging rights. Customized Christmas ornaments and your exclusive one of a kind mugs will let everyone know that you were one of the original adventurers to back the newest American hero. A small hero with a heart the size of New York City!
    • Limited Edition of Christmas at Jim's Place - the book which includes the 6 faces of Jim, PLUS the one selected, signed by the author
    • Certified copy of the original script of the movie.
    * Certified copy of the drawings of each character signed by the author and illustrator/sculptor.
    * Exclusive framed drawing of Jim which all 6 potential faces, including the final selection, signed by the author, illustrator/sculptor.
    • Leather Mouse pad with Calculator with the faces of Jim & Mr. Bartelsman
    • A private book reading and refreshments by the author at a hotel in your town for up to 25 of your closest guests. OR a limited edition sculpture of one of the characters.
    • Set of 4 C@JP Mugs

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Funding period

- (60 days)