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A documentary about Bill Kennedy, the magical fairy of Ace Junkyard, who helped SF's collaborative art community achieve their dreams.
A documentary about Bill Kennedy, the magical fairy of Ace Junkyard, who helped SF's collaborative art community achieve their dreams.
A documentary about Bill Kennedy, the magical fairy of Ace Junkyard, who helped SF's collaborative art community achieve their dreams.
609 backers pledged $61,220 to help bring this project to life.

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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: 

Miss P writes about us on Broke Ass Stuart
Miss P writes about us on Broke Ass Stuart
KQED's Truly CA mentions us on Facebook
KQED's Truly CA mentions us on Facebook

Go here to make the campaign go viral: https://www.thunderclap.it/my/edit/18319-ace-in-the-hole-film

UPDATE 7: 

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 -

Steampunk Goggles made by Kimric Smythe - example only
Steampunk Goggles made by Kimric Smythe - example only
Hand made 'Ace Auto' medallions
Hand made 'Ace Auto' medallions
Cyclecide Bike Rodeo patch
Cyclecide Bike Rodeo patch
Cyclecide Bike Rodeo t-shirt
Cyclecide Bike Rodeo t-shirt
Flaming Lotus Girls tank
Flaming Lotus Girls tank

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.

Like us on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter #aceinthehole #junkyardoc

Bill in his Blondie days
Bill in his Blondie days

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!

Power Tool Drag Races circa 2008
Power Tool Drag Races circa 2008

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!!

Production Timeline

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

Clown Patrol
Clown Patrol

TRAILER CREDITS

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.

SPECIAL THANKS

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!

REWARDS

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...

Seth Maxfield Malice original design
Seth Maxfield Malice original design

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!

Handpicked by Bill
Handpicked by Bill

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.

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aceintheholefilm

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?

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    BUMPER — “I bought this car at Ace Auto Wreckers” vinyl bumper sticker, a DIGITAL THANK YOU on our Facebook and Twitter accounts AND online access to the film upon completion.

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    **NEW** PATCHTASTIC level - custom screen printed Cyclecide Bike Rodeo patches to sew onto your punk rock jean jacket cutoff vest, you hipster you! Limited to 5 in red, black and blue! A DIGITAL THANK YOU on our Facebook and Twitter accounts AND online access to the film upon completion.

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    CINEPHILE — DVD copy of the film, online access & DIGITAL download of the film’s soundtrack upon completion, music by Los Banos, Cookie Mongoloid, Extra Action Marching Band and Mark Growden.

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    **NEW**MEDALOMAKER level - a hand forged medallion made by Kimric Smythe, with 'Ace Auto' hot stamped into it, along with the name of your car engraved on the back - junkyard style. Limited to 10, get 'em while they're hot! Includes, online access to film and soundtrack.

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    OBTAINER — “Ace Obtainium Specialists” t-shirts with original art by Seth Maxwell Malice. These are being brought back from the depths of junkyard history JUST FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. Plus online access to the film BEFORE it’s released.

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    **NEW** REVOLUTIONARY — A copy of Polly Superstar's NEW HOT memoir "Polly: Sex Culture Revolutionary." Get to know the brains behind the infamous Kinky Salon parties.

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    **NEW**COCKADOODLE — A copy of Chicken John's "The Book of the IS" where he tells you how to fail to...W I N! Read Laughing Squid's article about it here: http://laughingsquid.com/book-of-the-is-essays-by-chicken-john-on-engineered-disperfection

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    **NEW** ROADIE level — Limited edition Cyclecide Bike Rodeo t-shirts in red, black and brown! One of a kind memorabilia from Ace Junkyard's very own cycle freak punk rock band! Limited to 4, sizes are limited too.

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    **NEW** FLAMINGLOTUS level – Limited edition Flaming Lotus Girls tank in grey and black and green t-shirts! Why? Because they are HOT and you WANT them! Limited to 4.

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    **NEW** CACA — A copy of John Law's "Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society." Everything you wanted to know about the prankster culture and where it all got started!

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    COLLECTOR — A piece of ORIGiNAL JUNK from Ace Junkyard. Hand picked by Bill just for you. This is the real deal folks, you won't be able to get this stuff anywhere else on earth! A true rarity! Plus online access to the film BEFORE it's released and a DVD copy of the film upon completion. Shipping NOT included, may vary depending on the size and weight.

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    **NEW** TOURIST — A personal tour of Kal Spelletich’s studio and you also get to PLAY with one of his machines. Date subject to availability.

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    **NEW** EXPERIENTIAL — Custom performance art piece by Dave Duran aka #3. This is an experience not to be missed! Date subject to availability.

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    ** NEW** FORKLIFT — Super Dave and NIMBY will host an introduction to forklift driving to the first ten folks to donate $100 to the cause. This class will give the complete novice an opportunity to understand and drive a forklift. This is just the basics, It's intended for someone with very little or no experience. It is not intended to be a certification class just a well thought out introduction.

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    **NEW** MAGICBOX – Super secret mousetrap reward from the personal shop bench of Mark Perez builder of the Lifesize game of Mousetrap! Mysterious gifts from days of old, one of a kind objects, photographs, mechanical artifacts, oddities, and a treasure map guiding you to a secret location within the united states! All-guaranteed to impress your friends when you start digging into this mystery box and find the treasures within! Limited to 2 surprises! Shipping not included. Only in the US.

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    WINENDINER — An intimate dinner salon in an old house with characters from the film! Dinner cooked by yours truly. Junkyard chic attire required! Plus online access to the film BEFORE it's released AND a DVD copy of the film. Date subject to availability.

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    **NEW** AUTOBOUGHT — A private phone or Skype consultation with the king of used car deals - Bill the Junkman will consult you on how to BUY a USED CAR, plus a follow-up email. Date subject to availability.

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    **EXTENDED UNTIL NOV 5th** STEAMRIDER — A personalized ride in Kristie's Flyer, an antique Steam Car made from junk
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    **NEW** TELEGRAMMER – A singing telegram for someone of your choosing. Personalized song written by Dr. Hal Robbins and performed by Kimric Smythe. In-person or Skype delivery available. Limited to 4 telegrams.

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    **NEW** GOGGLER – Custom made steampunk goggles by Kimric Smythe. Limit to ONE!

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    THRILLER — A private tour of the Oakland Tribune Tower given by John Law. Bonus slideshow of Mr. Law’s illegal scaling of the Golden Gate Bridge! Plus online access to the film BEFORE it's released AND an exclusive DVD copy of the film with extras that are not in the film. Date subject to availability.

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    **NEW** BIKER level - a custom made chopper or talk bike (within reason) made by the one and only Cyclecide Bike Rodeo Clowns. Limited to 1! Shipping not included. Only in the US.

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    **NEW** DOGHEAD – One visit by the iconic Doggie Diner heads at an event of your choosing. The Doggies will grace your event with their magnetic power of drawing crowds AND making you look like the super-cool-freak-in-the-know that you want to be! No political or religious events - ONLY FUN STUFF! Date subject to availability and weather conditions.

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    **NEW** ART4FIRE — Run a piece of fire art with Charlie Gadeken at the BoxShop in Hunter's Point, San Francisco. Date is subject to availability.

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    15MINUTER — Have your 15 minutes with a CAMEO in the film, an in-depth INTERVIEW with Bill Kennedy and the director about the film, a private SCREENING before film is released (can accommodate international backers virtually), an exclusive SIGNED DVD bundle with extras, the soundtrack and a digital album of film stills.

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