About this project
We are so close!!!! Only $9k more to go!!!
We can do this everyone!! It's cuz of you that we have gotten this far!! Let's get this over the top!!! Every $20 will make a difference!!
Thank you to everyone that has been working so hard to share and spread the word! We have gotten some great press coverage too! Check it out:
Go here to make the campaign go viral: https://www.thunderclap.it/my/edit/18319-ace-in-the-hole-film
FYI pledger people:: All pledges under $50 will get a bumper sticker (except the PATCHTASTIC level pledgers), and online access to the film and soundtrack AFTER its released. Everyone that donates over $50 gets a bumper sticker, and EARLY online access to the film and soundtrack upon completion.
Images of the NEW REWARDS -
Ace Junkyard seems like an impossible, mythical place. I was so struck by this place and by the man who ran it, I decided to make a movie about it. The world should know that sometimes, piles of junk can define a culture, make a huge difference and be the raw materials for art that changes the world.
Ace Junkyard, run by Bill “The Junkman” Kennedy, was an unlikely epicenter of San Francisco’s industrial, mechanical, kinetic, maker and artist community. Under Bill's stewardship, Ace evolved to provide a space for industrial artists, makers, freaks and geeks to find parts, co-conspirators, share skills and experience each other’s creations. Ace Junkyard hosted a wide range of live cultural events: music, comedy, theater, experimental performance, and of course, the Power Tool Drag Races which was aired on the Discovery Channel. Many Burning Man projects came to life and went to die here.
The magical story of Ace Junkyard is a critical look at the evolution of a one-of-a-kind space, what it brought to the community that loved it and served it, and how its untimely end continues to unite the individuals it served even years after it is gone.
If you want to see this movie, please consider supporting this Kickstarter!
WHY AM I RAISING $60,000?
I have completed about 70% of principal photography of the film. The $60,000 I raise through this campaign will give me the resources to interview a handful of key people, such as Bill's family, the landlady, Larry Harvey (one of the founders of the Burning Man festival), and a number of very important employees and customers of Ace Auto Dismantlers. The money will help me license footage that's important in telling the story, employ a lawyer so I don't screw anyone or anything up, insurance, permits, and other very necessary but too-boring-to–list things. AND, it will help me employ and feed an editor full-time to start editing this mother of a project, plus a team of people to make music, color correct, distribute and market the heck out of this film!!
Now – December 2014 – Complete production cycle, continue fundraising and grant writing, begin post-production: logging footage, transcribing interviews, make paper edits.
January 2015 – April 2015 – Collect archival footage, continue fundraising and grant writing, continue editing footage and sound design, plan community outreach and distribution strategies.
May 2015 – August 2015 – Fundraising and editing cycle ends, begin composing score, color correcting, sneak previews and conduct market surveys.
September 2015 – January 2016 – Launch marketing and distribution campaign, hold community screenings, screen at festivals, and secure local and global television contracts.
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?
By donating to this film you will:
1. instantly become part of Ace Junkyard crew
2. help Billy become a film star
3. (all joking aside) get to tell the world how awesome freaks and geeks are and show how collaborative culture can literally change the world
4. have access to lots of really really cool rewards that no one else can offer you
5. help preserve the San Francisco underground art and culture scene
Cliff Traiman (photography)
Randi Jacobs (sound)
Yasmin Mawaz-Khan (writing & editing)
Anna-Lena Isaksson (additional editing)
Chris Weakley (logo animation)
Jason Chinn (website & graphics)
Featuring music by the Fishtank Ensemble, Rosin Coven and Samla Mamma Manas.
My family, Bill Kennedy, Fernanda Rossi, Sara Maamouri, James Wallis, Maya Zuckerman, Pouneh Mortazavi, Charlie Gadeken, John Law, Jarico Reese, Sue Glover, Cheri Brugman, Kimric Smythe, Kal Spelletich, Chicken John, April Rood, Beth Klem, David Duran, Stef and Kay, Jason Chinn (<3) and many many more!
Many of the rewards will most likely get to you way before February 2016, but for the lucky people that will get copies of the film, that will be delivered when the film is completed, in 2016. We still have a year of editing ahead of us.
*Note – Anyone that donates at $50 and above will receive an EARLY ACCESS DIGITAL COPY of the film before it's released.
Here is the original t-shirt design by Seth that you will get if you donate at the OBTAINER level...
At the COLLECTOR level you can get a piece of original junk from the yard...hand picked by Billy...you never know what treasure you can get...it will be good I promise!
WHAT ELSE CAN I DO?
Please share this project far and wide! Tell others that you support it, and ask them to do the same.
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AceintheHoleDoc
Please continue to spread the word. Encourage your friends and family to donate. This support will help get us to this next step, and your participation in getting the word out is just as valuable as your individual pledges.
You can spread the word by linking to our Kickstarter campaign on your Facebook page and use #aceintheholedoc and #junkyardoc tags on your Twitter feed. This is a word-of-mouth campaign, and its success relies on people being aware of it.
We will send you updates on our progress as we go. Thank you so much for your support and making this film a reality!
Risks and challenges
Filmmaking is a risky business. Any number of things could go wrong - namely not getting enough funds to finish the film! So please donate as much as you can! But seriously, we don't anticipate much that could go wrong with this since we have access, passion, experience, and an amazing team to help make this happen!
We know that this is an ambitious project, but also know that it's our job to make the impossible happen. If you don't try, you don't know if it will ever happen, right?Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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