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By WHY WE RIDE Films
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About this project

We made Why We Ride about a community. Now, we want to invite the community to help make our next film: I AM STURGIS.

We need your help, or this movie won't get made!

The real Sturgis is not what you see on Reality TV and read in the tabloids.

The real Sturgis is a patriotic American tradition made up by the most amazing riders on this planet. Inspiring bike builders, great musicians, talented artists and merchants, passionate everyday motorcyclists. They all journey through the beautiful landscape of this country to come together for one week every summer. They come to celebrate what is great about life, freedom and their own individuality.

We will show Sturgis not just for the significant rally it is, but also for the amazing riding adventure you must embark on to get there!

Why make a movie about Sturgis? Because (like with Why We Ride) its not a movie about What, When or How. It will be a movie about the Why. And the Why behind the Sturgis Rally is an American story unlike any other that deserves to be made into a major documentary feature film!

Please help us make this movie by making a PLEDGE TODAY!

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. An estimated 1,000,000+ riders will be making the journey this summer to the Black Hills of South Dakota for this anniversary rally celebration. If ever there was a time to make an epic documentary about this great motorcycle gathering and its riders, it is now!

We invite you to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Please contribute to our Kickstarter campaign! There's a great assortment of limited edition I AM STURGIS memorabilia, including a copy of the finished movie. You can even have your name permanently memorialized for generations to see in the credits of the movie!

In short, here's how you can help!

  • PLEASE PLEDGE. We need your help to make this incredible movie. Become one of our backers. See the list of Rewards below and to the right. Your pledge will allow us to raise the funds needed to start making this movie and continue our mission (started with Why We Ride) of promoting what is good about motorcycling with audiences worldwide.
  • SHARE. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get more people to join and help us. Share this story with everyone you know!
  • LIKE & FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and stay updated on what's going on.

In February of this year we visited the South Dakota State Capitol, the City of Sturgis, and many of the local businesses to discuss this film idea with them. They loved it and have agreed to lend any and all assistance with planning, permitting, and help spreading the word about this Kickstarter campaign! Please join them by becoming one of our Backers!

Left Image: producer/director Bryan H. Carroll, executive producer Brian Klock, & producer James Walker outside the South Dakota Capitol. Right Picture: James and Bryan at the South Dakota Govenor's Office.
Left Image: producer/director Bryan H. Carroll, executive producer Brian Klock, & producer James Walker outside the South Dakota Capitol. Right Picture: James and Bryan at the South Dakota Govenor's Office.
(Left to Right) James Walker, James D. Hagen (Secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism), Bryan H. Carroll, & Katlyn Richter (South Dakota Film & Media Relations Representative)
(Left to Right) James Walker, James D. Hagen (Secretary, South Dakota Department of Tourism), Bryan H. Carroll, & Katlyn Richter (South Dakota Film & Media Relations Representative)
(Left to Right) Bryan H. Carroll, Mark Carstensen (Mayor, City of Sturgis), Brenda Vasknetz (Rally Director, City of Sturgis), & James Walker
(Left to Right) Bryan H. Carroll, Mark Carstensen (Mayor, City of Sturgis), Brenda Vasknetz (Rally Director, City of Sturgis), & James Walker

We're honored and grateful to those of you who have chosen one or more Pledges to support our Kickstarter campaign. Proudly share your support and encourage others to Pledge too!  The images below are for you to download and post on Facebook, Twitter, Instragram, Blogs and other social media sites. Just click anywhere on the images below and you will be directed to a separate download page to save them to your computer. Oh, and please email all your friends to check this out too!

Since its December 2013 release, Why We Ride has quickly become the most critically acclaimed and award winning motorcycle film in the world. The film's aim is to use the power of cinema to not only entertain but also educate, inspire and celebrate the world of motorcycling with audiences everywhere.

Kickstarter represents one of the best ways to start a new project - because it allows (and relies on) the fans to get involved from the beginning!

We’ve received thousands of letters from fans telling us that after seeing Why We Ride they decided to “throw their leg over two-wheels” and become motorcyclists. We can not stop with just one movie. This is now a movement and we would love to have you, the fans, help us continue telling these inspiring stories about our motorcycle culture.

The estimated production budget for the size and caliber of this film is $1.5 million. At this time, we are currently seeking $350,000 of it here on Kickstarter. This will allow us to begin immediately Then, we will endeavor to raise the additional financing through other sources -- unless you all can help us beat our Kickstarter fundraising goal!

Time is of the essence to get started now. If you, the fans, help us then there is virtually nothing that can stop this amazing film from being made! Join us and let's do this together!

Stretch Goals are milestones that we'd love to achieve that are larger than our $350,000 goal. If we can achieve these Stretch Goals, then we will Reward everyone (meaning all of YOU) with Bonus Rewards at no additional cost to everyone's Pledge amounts!

Stretch Goals will positively effect our ability to produce this film. By raising more of our financing needs through Kickstater we are able to devote more of time and energy to producing a great film and less resources to searching for the rest of the film's funding.

Below are our Stretch Goals! With your help, we can reach them! Please share this campaign with your friends. Email them. Post a Backer Image from above (Show Your Support section) on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites. Text your friends. Or, do the old fashioned thing and call them and tell them in person to check out this page and consider backing us too!

  

Risks and challenges

Our previous motorcycle documentary, WHY WE RIDE, took 15 months to make and release. We have designed the I AM STURGIS production plan to follow a similar timeline.

There can be cost over runs and production delays. We can't promise that we can avoid all challenges. But, what we can promise is that we have assembled an experienced team that knows how to navigate every possible obstacle we will encounter.

We have already researched and found a fulfillment company to assist with processing and sending out all the Rewards. We want this to be the best Kickstarter Movie Campaign you will have ever experienced!

We will communicate to our Backers with frequent updates. If there are any delays, our Backers will be immediately informed and provided with thorough answers and information.

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    THE WAVE

    Greet us with the motorcycle wave to show your support and receive a digital copy of the official movie poster!

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    FIRST RIDE

    Be the first to get a digital download of the film before anyone else.

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    BARN FIND

    You're in! Wear your Limited Edition
    I AM STURGIS patch, pin and sticker with pride.

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    GEAR UP

    Roll with us wearing a Limited Edition I AM STURGIS Film Crew Shirt. Only available to our film crew and Kickstarter supporters.

    (Mens/Womens) (S - M - L - XL - XXL sizes)

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    RIDE CAPTAIN

    Ride out front and be the first to receive a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo of the film. Also includes exclusive Bonus Features. Only available to our Kickstarter supporters.

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    STURGIS 75th ANNIVERSARY CLUB!

    EVERYTHING ABOVE! (The Wave, First Ride, Barn Find, Gear Up, & Ride Captain rewards)

    PLUS: Your name listed on our official website.

    BONUS INCLUDED: Why We Ride movie DVD!

    Already own Why We Ride on DVD, then hand this copy to a friend who doesn't ride and let's add a new rider to the fold!

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    TWO UP

    Bring someone along for the ride and receive two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards!

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    MICHAEL LICHTER’S “MOTORCYCLES AS ART” EXPERIENCE

    You and a guest get a ticket to legendary photographer Michael Lichter’s Invitation Only Industry Party on Sunday August 2, 2015 at the Buffalo Chip! You also get a copy of Michael’s best selling postcard books “Sturgis” and “2-Wheelin Across Amerca”!

    PLUS: One (1) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club reward!

    PLUS: Includes the private hour-long media tour for the motorcycle press prior to the party.

    Travel and accommodations not included.

    Note: Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club reward to be delivered around August 2016.

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    RIDE IN THE MOVIE

    Sponsored by: HOT BIKE, BAGGERS & STREET CHOPPER magazines!

    Here's your chance to be in the film! You will join our team and be part of a group of riders that we will film on a preselected picturesque route during the Sturgis Rally! We will provide a catered lunch too!

    Plus: One (1) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club Reward!

    Plus: One (1) passenger included for not extra cost!

    FREE U.S. & CANADA SHIPPING.

    Travel and accommodations not included. Must have valid motorcycle license, proof of registration and insurance. Additional terms may apply.

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    THE RALLY

    Roll on out to Los Angeles and receive two (2) tickets to the RED CARPET PREMIERE and After Party!

    PLUS: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards.

    FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE.

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    TWIST THE THROTTLE

    Make your mark! Your name will appear in the end credits of the film!

    PLUS: Two (2) tickets to the Los Angeles RED CARPET PREMIERE and After Party!

    PLUS: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards!

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    COMMEMORATIVE PHOTO SHOOT WITH MICHAEL LICHTER

    Capture your trip to the 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with a photo session of you riding by legendary photographer Michael Lichter. Your picture will be become a 20”x30” custom signed print! This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

    PLUS: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards!

    PLUS: Your Name in the Credits.

    PLUS: Two tickets to the RED CARPET PREMIERE.

    Travel and accommodations not included. Must have valid motorcycle license, proof of registration and insurance. Additional terms may apply. Purchaser can pick their favorite image from the shoot that will then be made into a custom signed 20”x30” print. Time of the shoot to be agreed upon between Mr. Lichter and purchaser between August 3 - August 6 during this summer's Sturgis Rally.

    Note: Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards and Red Carpet Tickets to be delivered around August 2016.

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    DAVID UHL PRESENTS “GLORIA”

    The 8th painting of “THE WOMEN OF HARLEY-DAVIDSON” series. Own a piece of Sturgis and Motorcycle History: A Limited Edition 24x32 framed/canvas from world renowned painter David Uhl. Inspired by legendary Motor Maid Gloria Stuck, who was also featured in Why We Ride and who is also a part of I Am Sturgis.

    Plus: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club Rewards!

    PLUS: Your Name in the Credits

    PLUS: Two (2) tickets to the RED CARPET PREMIERE.

    Pick up or shipping of the painting will be arranged directly with the recipient. Shipping costs not included.

    FREE shipping worldwide of the two (2) Sturgis Anniversary Club Rewards.

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    THE BAGGER

    ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDMADE SCULPTURE YOU WON’T FIND ANYWHERE ELSE.

    Sponsored by: James Rice / Everlasting Spoonful

    This is a piece of art that you will truly appreciate! This miniature bagger-metal sculpture is made completely from spoons by James Rice and he calls it "The Bagger". James has used stainless steel and metal spoons to make this sculpture by bending and welding them together into one.

    Plus: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club Rewards!

    Plus: Your Name in the Credits.

    Plus: Two (2) tickets to the RED CARPET PREMIERE.

    Image above are of the exact sculpture that the first Reward Backer will receive. Additional Backers will get a custom sculpture after a creative discussion with Mr. Price. Pick up or shipping will be arranged directly with recipient. Shipping costs not included.

    Note: Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards and Red Carpet Tickets to be delivered around August 2016.

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    BIKE NIGHT

    Tell your friends and family to join you for a PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING of the film in your home town where you are the star of the evening!

    PLUS: Your name will also appear in the end credits of the film!

    PLUS: Four (4) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club reward!

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    LONG RIDE

    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit on the screen in the film!

    PLUS: Four (4) tickets to the Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and After Party.

    PLUS: Four (4) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club awards.

    PLUS: You and your three (3) guests will be invited to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party before the L.A. Red Carpet Premiere and mingle with key cast, crew and other Hollywood VIPs and have a private Red Carpet photo session with the filmmakers.

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    RARE REPLICA EVEL KNIEVEL "MEANER THAN A JUNK YARD DOG" HELMET BY EVEL'S EXCLUSIVE PAINTER GEORGE SEDLAK

    George's art and works are in private collections on four continents, are admired by fans and collectors worldwide, and owned and appreciated by a number of celebrities. His work is also on permanent display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC / Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum Las Vegas / Harley-Davidson Museum Milwaukee, and was on exhibit at the Eiteljorg museum.

    George enjoyed a decades-long friendship with Evel Knievel, becoming his exclusive artist in the 70's. He created the images on the bikes and helmets for Evel's greatest jumps and events.

    PLUS: Two (2) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club Rewards!

    PLUS: Your Name in the Credits

    PLUS: Two (2) tickets to the RED CARPET PREMIERE.

    Pick up or shipping will be arranged directly with recipient. Shipping costs not included.

    Note: Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards and Red Carpet Tickets to be delivered around August 2016.

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    FULL CUSTOM

    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the screen in the film!

    PLUS: Ten (10) tickets to the Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and After Party.

    PLUS: Ten (10) Sturgis 75th Anniversary Club rewards.

    PLUS: You and a guest will be invited to join the filmmakers for a day on the set during the filming at this year’s Sturgis Rally for real behind-the-scene experience!

    PLUS: You and your nine (9) guests will be invited to the Producer’s Private Pre-Party before the L.A. Red Carpet Premiere and mingle with key cast, crew and other Hollywood VIPs and have a private Red Carpet photo session with the filmmakers.

    PLUS: A PRIVATE THEATRICAL SCREENING of the film in your home town for you and your friends where you are the star of the evening!

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