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A film documenting WI Gov.Scott Walker's attack on working families and how it is reanimating the American labor movement.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL WE HAVE REACHED THE GOAL!!

We are hoping to ride the momentum of the last two days and still bring in funding from people who would like to help roll out this important story. 
As you know, the costs of filmmaking are very high. 
The more we can raise with this campaign now, means less time that we have to spend in the future fundraising and more time actually working on the film.
Thanks so much to all of you for getting us here!

Love, Sam

Project Description


WISCONSIN RISING!

Following Governor Scott Walker’s announcement of his controversial 'Budget Repair Bill,' the people of Wisconsin rose up, occupied their state capitol and took to the streets as rarely seen in American History. Many say Walker’s bill is an assault on working people, unions and the poorest, most vulnerable people in society. While bringing you into the lives of those most affected by Walker's bill, this film introduces you to the reanimation of the American labor movement.

While Wisconsin Rising highlights one state's rejection of a conservative take-over, it is a microcosm of what is at stake in America today, at a time of fiscal crisis and ideologically-driven budgets and social reforms. As we hear from economists, lawyers, labor activists and those most affected by the bill, we learn that Walker’s agenda is not unique. While we watch the people of Wisconsin set an example for the rest of the country on how to act collectively and re-engage in the democratic process, even harsher bills are passed in other US states.

Wisconsin Rising tells the story of how Wisconsin became a testing ground for the nation in a political environment where corporations have greater and greater clout and ordinary citizens are losing their ability to obtain redress. At a time when millions of families are feeling the crush of debt and joblessness, and while large corporations are seeing record profits, Badger State residents are demonstrating the strength that comes from a shared sense of identity and pride, and that these bonds can shake even the most powerful political machines.

This film will be a testimony to the value of people rising up in the face of injustice and corporate greed.

Hundreds of thousands of everyday working people are coming together across multiple platforms around the world to fight for justice. 

Together, we are unstoppable! Another world is possible!

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS

If you are able to contribute financially we have amazing incentives to the right. If you can spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign to your friends, on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or to strangers in the grocery store we would be eternally grateful!

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. It's a GREAT WAY TO SUPPORT INDEPENDENTLY MADE MEDIA!! Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. In other words, if we don’t raise our goal of $40,000, we lose everything. Once we have reached our goal we will contact you to get your address and then we will start working on getting those awesome incentives to you!

HOW TO PLEDGE

Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked for your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card is not charged.  We hope this doesn’t happen! Those 25 days will fly by, donate today!

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes, we need to exceed our goal! Help us!
We need $200,000 to complete this film.  We have finished filming and are now moving into post-production. 

Money raised here will pay for principal editing, composition and licensing of music, sound engineer to record final narration and create audio mix, an assistant editor to organize data files, create back up, color correcting, writing, narrating, installing a safe back up system for multiple terabytes of data, website development, shooting any additional b-roll footage that is needed, promotional materials, graphics, and postage for shipping you your nice rewards
Movie making has many layers and is very costly.

CAN YOU DONATE IN ANOTHER’S NAME?

Of course! Great idea!!! We will contact you once funding is complete to gather information so that we can get your incentives to you. Just let us know the name you would like to donate under. What a neat gift idea!! Just in time for groundhog day!!

CAN YOU DONATE AS A GROUP?

Yes, Great idea!!! Same deal as above. We will contact you once funding is complete to gather information so that we can get your incentives to you. Just let us know the group / family / organization name you would like to donate under.

CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?

Yes and Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you will see that you can pay with a credit card from any country! But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems just contact us.

WANT TO HELP BUT CAN’T DONATE?

You can help by spreading the word about our film in your community. We need your help broadcasting the Kickstarter campaign. Facebook it. Tweet it. Upvote it on Reddit. Shout it out on the streets!!!

Please spread the word, every dollar helps!

Thank you!

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    You will receive a thank-you email and a good feeling that you are contributing to independently made media that is representative of the movement. You will also receive project updates! If every person who stood in the cold in Wisconsin in February and March gives one dollar, we can fund this film!!!

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    Dinner with the director! Bring a guest and share a meal with Sam. The director will fly to your city. You pick the cuisine, she will pick the restaurant and take care of the tab!! Limited to within the United States. You can also have any of the above mentioned rewards. We are happy to give you one of each if you would like! Plus, you will be given a very special thank-you credit at the end of the movie.

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    As a $5,000 backer, you will get a private screening and dinner with the director or a member of the production team in your city, PLUS a very special thank-you at the end of the movie credits. You can also have any of the above mentioned rewards. We are happy to give you one of each, if you would like!

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    As a $10,000 backer, you will receive any and all of the above mentioned rewards, PLUS an Associate Producer's credit at the end of the film, PLUS an early screening of Wisconsin Rising and dinner with the director or a member of the production team in your city. Help make this movie!

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    If you have interest in being an Executive Producer please contact me. EP credit will be given to those contributing greater than $10,000. Thank you!

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