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In 2010, Terry Bolt was told she had six months to live after being diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Tumors (NET)/Carcinoids, a rare and often misdiagnosed form of cancer that was responsible for the death of Steve Jobs. She began playing World of Warcraft as way to cope, and her daughter Andie Bolt, a stand-up comedian, realized that there was a story to tell: many people in the online gaming community play as an outlet to deal with illness, trauma, stress and loss. WoW MoM the documentary was born!
Centered around gamer/cancer patient Terry Bolt and her relationship with her daughter, Andie Bolt, WoW MoM shines a light on the positive effects of the online gaming community while at the same time raising awareness for NET/Carcinoids and helping erase the stigma around talking about cancer. With the fantastical backdrop of World of Warcraft, and the communities that surround this and other games, our film dives into interviews with gamers and cancer patients alike, all of whom have used this unorthodox method of therapy to deal with hardship. Appearances include: Clare Grant, Chris Hardwick, Michele Morrow, Holly Conrad, Chloe Dykstra, Fortune Feimster, Greg Fitzsimmons, Adam Ray, AALG & Jarod Nandin.
A Note From the Director, Andie Bolt
Two years ago on the Nerdist Podcast, Chris Hardwick asked what I talk about in my stand up. At that time my Mom was using World of Warcraft to cope with her cancer and I was telling jokes on stage as a way to deal. Chris Hardwick, to my delight and gratitude, came up with a brilliant plan: “We have to send your Mom to BlizzCon!” My mom heard the Nerdist podcast and was bursting with excitement.
At the time, Mom was about to start a new clinical trial and this felt like a sign: I needed to stay with her and be part of this journey. After Mom got some rest, I told her the rest of the great news: “We’re going to BlizzCon and I’m going to film it! We are going to tell the world about your cancer so that maybe other people won’t go undiagnosed like you.” Her face lit up up as she realized by sharing her story of her battle with NET/Carcinoid Cancer, others may not have to suffer with a delayed diagnosis.
As I started telling this story, it was obvious that this project had much more to say than could fit into a web series. We needed a full-length film to tell these stories and accurately describe all the fantastic people I’ve met on this journey. Making a project you really, truly care about causes people to come out of the woodwork; beautiful, kind humans who want to impact others in a positive way. We weren’t just playing Warcraft, we were making a documentary, but it felt like I had my own guild. Everyone had their roles and we were raiding through on the tiniest of budgets. This crew was giving everything and even at complete exhaustion, giving more. We shot 17 hours worth of footage at Blizzcon on two cameras alone with the entire crew crammed into one hotel room. Not one person complained. When I tried to pay my sound operator he said, “Donate it to your Mom’s hospital.” Needless to say, I’ve cried a lot making this. Lots of happy tears! No one has ever cared this much about something I was making. This isn’t just my movie, it belongs to all of the beautiful people in front and behind the camera.
Director, Producer, Daughter
Here are the facts (per the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation):
WoW MoM is lucky to have gotten the support of Nerdist Industries and Chris Hardwick, who believed in this film from the beginning. They got us this far: we've filmed over 150 hours of footage and knocked off a lot of Terry Bolt's bucket list! But, we realized while making filming, that WoW MoM was a much bigger scale project than just a simple web series or short film.
We need to make WoW MoM a narrative feature documentary, and the first step is getting to a rough cut of the film. Once we get to the rough cut, we feel confident that we can show WoW MoM to the production companies and distributors who have expressed interest in seeing it.
There are so many amazing, personal and poignant stories that interview subjects have shared, and our goal is to get WoW MoM seen by as many people as possible to entertain, raise awareness about NET/Carcinoids, and get people talking about gaming & cancer!
That's why we're coming to you: this film is about a community, for a community. We need your help to get it to the next level: A ROUGH CUT:
Even if you can't donate, by simply sharing this Kickstarter you can help spread awareness for NET/Carcinoids and maybe prevent another misdiagnosis and another lost life. This isn't an MMO, you don't die and get back up, (unless you're a zombie. Which, if you're a zombie, good for you! Learning how to use the Internet!) We're going all out to get the word out about this movie and we need your help! If you can't help fund you can help market!
Here are 3 ways you could make this happen:
1. Share the Kickstarter page on Facebook & Twitter: wowmomthemovie.com
2. "Like" our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wowmomthemovie
3. If you know any TV, newspapers, magazines, radio, blogs or potential sponsors please email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
Andie Bolt - Actress, director, side seat gamer. Andie has her own production company named after her father, Red Bolt. She has appeared and written several TV projects. Credits include: Parks and Recs, Nerdist's Dork Fork & DIYDammit!, Fuel TV's The Daily Habit, National Lampoon's Lemmings, Nick Cannon's Short Circuitz and Dipdive comedy a will.i.am digital vertical. Recently independently released a comedy series Red Baroness: Warrior Single Lady along with the production company In the Shadows. Andie executive produced the very successful multi-nominated series MyMusic for the Fine Brothers and has been tapped by Unvision to write a new series for their digital vertical Flama. Producing she has executive produced and developed 8 shows for Seventeen Magazine's digital vertical helping oversee the launch earlier this year. Oishi High School Battle Season 2 for Ally and 16 Bit High School for SMOSH just to name a few. Favorite game, House of the Dead II. No Contest!
A director / producer / DP with a passion for visual storytelling. In addition to documentary film making, he has directed, produced, and shot sketch comedy videos, music videos, an award-winning live one woman show, and short films. For the past three years he has created comedy videos for UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. His favorite video game has always been Mega Man 2.
Michele Morrow is an actress, host and video game journalist from Spokake, WA who has notably worked for Gearbox Software, 2K Games, Nvidia, DonateGames.org and Blizzcon 2014. Michele also writes for HelloGiggles and Nerdist.com. If you wanna hang out, you can find her every week on her Twitch stream, Massive, for Nerdist Industries.
Born and raised in Texas, Susan Graham graduated cum laude from Yale University in 2006. Upon moving to Los Angeles, Susan founded However Productions, where she conceived the NATPE award-winning comedy NATURAL HAZARDS and co-developed 2 GIRLS 1 COP for Comedy Central. Susan has since focused on issues of social justice including OUT & AROUND, a documentary about global equality, that will be released in early 2015. Susan is thrilled to be working on WoW MoM. Favorite game, Area 51.
A filmmaker/comedian from Chicago, based in Los Angeles. He has previously worked on the television shows Comedy Bang! Bang!, The Birthday Boys, and Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule, as well as producing sketches for UCBComedy and Funny or Die. WoW MoM will be his second feature producing credit. Favorite game, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
Lauren Fash graduated from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2010 with a degree in Film Production. Her thesis film, LITTLE SPOON, premiered at the Champs-Élysées Film Festival in Paris. QUIET, her first independent short film screened at 35 festivals worldwide and won Lauren the Best Director award at the 56.com ceremony in China. She continued with the short documentary THE LANGBEHN-POND STORY, which was licensed by The Human Rights Campaign. Her first feature documentary OUT & AROUND is set to premiere in early 2015. Favorite game, ToeJam & Earl.
Erik's music composition work includes over 55 films and documentaries, including 7 features. Television credits: 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards hosted by Jane Lynch, Duck Dynasty, Entourage, and several shows on MTV. Film credits: Seal Hunting with Dad (Sundance Film Festival), He's Such a Girl. Awards include: Global Music Award for The Four Players, Clive Davis Award for Excellence in Music for Citizen, Best Original Score for Island at the First Run Film Festival. Score producer credits: Immortals by Tarsem, featuring Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill, Showtime's The Borgias (two Emmys, including one for Best Main Title Theme), The Glades, Grey's Anatomy, The Moon and the Son (Academy Award).
Scott Turner is an editor living in Los Angeles who has worked on TV shows such as MTV's PUNK'D TRUE BLOOD & BANSHEE. He is thrilled to help Andie tell her story and spread the word about NET cancer because, "My own mother is a breast cancer survivor of ten years; I remember vividly how important her network of friends was during the toughest times of cancer treatment."
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge you face when making an independent documentary is getting to that first edit. Friends, family, and even strangers have been so giving and kind, donating their production services, sharing their stories, and introducing us to countless interview subjects. But we can only get so far on favors and kindness. We’re at the stage where we need to hire an editor. Editing is a very labor-intensive, mentally draining job, especially when you’ve got 150 hours of footage, shot on many different formats. Our goal is to tell Terry’s story in the strongest, most visually compelling way possible. We can’t rush this. We want to do it justice. Wading through the footage is daunting, but with a professional editor who can make this his or her full time job for the next few months, this movie will turn out amazing! Beyond that, there's still color, sound, scoring, festival entry fees and the costs associated with getting the word out.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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