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The Georgia Guidestones Movie is a documentary film about the Georgia Guidestones of Elbert County, Georgia

The Basics

The Georgia Guidestones Movie is a documentary film about the Georgia Guidestones of Elbert County, Georgia, an imposing granite monument cryptically inscribed with ten guidelines for mankind in eight different languages. A wealthy benefactor using the pseudonym “R. C. Christian” commissioned this immense monument in 1979, but his true identity remains a mystery.

The Georgia Guidestones have long been the subject of myth and curiosity from both tourists and locals, and the monument provokes reactions ranging from proud to bemused to irate. This one-of-a-kind landmark is ripe for a film treatment that both documents its strange and fascinating history and reveals the talent, history, and varied personalities of the small town that brought it into being and now shares in its fame and notoriety. The producer has striven to ensure that the story of the Georgia Guidestones is documented and preserved in a way that will entertain, educate, and inspire discussion among its viewers and further encourage the current growing interest in this Northeast Georgia treasure.

The mystery that surrounds the Georgia Guidestones makes for a great story! In examining the creation, placement, and unique features of the Georgia Guidestones, this documentary delves into the most intriguing questions about the Guidestones: Who is R.C. Christian? Why does the monument exist? How did it come into being? Answering these questions takes the film beyond the site of the Guidestones themselves and into the homes and workplaces of a variety of “key players” and sources, as well as into the quarries and stoneworking facilities of Elberton, Georgia, “The Granite Capital of the World.”  The monument’s mysterious conception and physical creation are dual threads of the Guidestones narrative, and these two primary topics interweave throughout the film. 

The producer of this documentary has made it a priority to include Elbert County locals in this production, filming many people originally involved with the creation of the monument. Elbert County storytelling has a particular warmth and flair, as does Southern storytelling in general.  The film is thusly enriched as local residents contribute their reflective accounts of the Georgia Guidestones, and Paul Floyd, an Elbert County native, adeptly narrates the film with color and candor.

Production Status

Production on The Georgia Guidestones Movie began in October 2009. It has been funded largely from the filmmaker's own resources, along with donations and support from family and friends. As of April 2012, the filming and editing have been fully completed and the movie has entered the latter stages of post-production.

Why Does This Project Need Money? (Or, What Will My Money Be Used For?)

Since this documentary is near completion, one might ask, "Why donate to a project that is almost finished?" Post-production and promotion are the final steps remaining to bring the completed film to viewers. The producer's resources no longer fully cover his costs, as the expenses of post-production and promotion are unavoidable and significant.

The funds raised from this Kickstarter campaign will purchase the software and hardware required to transfer the movie to a quality DVD. The premiere screening of this film will take place in Charleston, South Carolina and will likely be via laptop, which, though serviceable, is a less-than-desirable format for picture and sound quality. Other theaters have preliminarily agreed to screen this film but will only accept a high-quality DVD or Blu-ray format. Therefore, your generous donation will facilitate further public screenings of the film and ensure that the viewing experience of the film be a complete and satisfying one.

The filmmaker intends to screen The Georgia Guidestones Movie in venues throughout the Southeast and greater U.S. as permitted, and also to make the DVD of the film available for individual order and purchase. Therefore, your donations will fund public screenings at theaters and film festivals by covering related rental and/or entry fees, produce the DVDs and their packaging, print posters and other promotional materials, allow travel to theaters and festivals, and be applied to all remaining expenses required in releasing and distributing this film to the public.

As you heard in the video and will read below, this project benefits from nonprofit sponsorship. This sponsorship provides accountability to donors by ensuring that your donation will be used for, and only for, the post-production and release of The Georgia Guidestones Movie.

This project has been a DIY (do it yourself) venture, though a community effort has already played a significant role in bringing this film into being. A successful Kickstarter campaign will build upon the cooperative spirit of all who are interested in seeing The Georgia Guidestones Movie. All are now invited to participate in bringing the film into release while receiving added rewards for doing so. (Rewards for each giving level are detailed on the right side of this page.)

Nonprofit Sponsorship

The Georgia Guidestones Movie has been awarded 501(c)(3) nonprofit sponsorship from the Greater Park Circle Film Society of North Charleston, South Carolina.  The Film Society promotes film as an art experience that brings people together and strengthens community ties while contributing meaning, value, and relevance. The Film Society assists and nurtures the filmmaking community in the Charleston area of South Carolina and surrounding Southeast region by frequently screening local films, providing workshops, and generally being cool people who love movies.  

Tax-Deductible Donations?

Yes. Because of the above-mentioned sponsorship, your donation to The Georgia Guidestones Movie is partly eligible as an income tax deduction. Here is how it works: Let’s say you contribute $50 to the film via this Kickstarter page. You would then receive a receipt for a tax deduction, less the value of your reward. In other words, you wouldn't be able to write off the value of the DVD, postcard, and poster (approximately a $31 value), but you would get a receipt for your available tax deduction of $19. Make sense? If you have any questions, please contact the filmmaker via this Kickstarter page or at mike@guidestonesmovie.com

About the Filmmaker and Crew

Mike Reser - Producer, Director, Camera Operator, and Editor. Mike has produced short content for the Travel Channel, as well as for local businesses in the area of Charleston, South Carolina. The Georgia Guidestones Movie is his first full-length film. To his burgeoning film experience, he adds tenacity and passion for both the technique of filming and his subject matter, and he champions the DIY ethic of hard work and creativity. His love of Southern storytelling is derived from many years spent in the rural South near Eutawville, South Carolina, as well as his years spent as a City of Charleston licensed tour guide. In addition to filmmaking, Mike also works as an ESL (English as a Second Language) instructor.

Paul Floyd - Featured Narrator and Associate Producer.  A proud son of Elbert County and frequent traveler of its familiar back roads, Paul currently resides in Athens, Georgia. His warmth, insight, and eye for detail make him an excellent chronicler in the film, and his tireless off-camera contributions to the project have proven just as valuable.  In his spare time, Paul enjoys keeping his 1963-1/2 Ford Galaxie running, devouring history and science fiction books, and spinning yarns to his beloved wife Christy.

Christy Sinksen – Associate Producer.  From its conception, Christy has contributed intelligent and creative ideas for this project, which has also benefitted from her considerable skills as a wordsmith.  A resourceful supporting player in every aspect of this film, Christy lends similar enthusiasm to working behind-the-scenes at an art museum, experiencing her favorite music near and far, and digging into buttermilk pie at Richards Restaurant & Lounge whenever in Elberton.

Kyle Dawkins - Kyle is a talented musician and composer based in the Athens, Georgia area with several years of concerts, recordings, and awards to his credit. He composed and performed the soundtrack for The Georgia Guidestones Movie, which will include original, never-before-released material! Kyle performs with the trio Revien, the Georgia Guitar Quartet, and as an accomplished solo artist and composer, and he has been a prizewinner in competitions sponsored by the Georgia Music Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, and Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Kyle teaches classical guitar at Gainesville State College and Piedmont College.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this documentary project or this campaign, the filmmaker can be contacted via this Kickstarter page and at mike@guidestonesmovie.com . Your comments and inquiries are welcome! The Georgia Guidestones Movie also has a website and a Facebook page.

Rewards

As mentioned, the rewards for your donation are on the right hand side of this page. 

The following is the official poster for The Georgia Guidestones Movie : 

The official movie poster was designed by ElectricPaintbrush: The Art of Baird Hoffmire

Fundraising Goal

Thank you very much for taking the time to watch the above video and read about this project. The filmmaker and supporters of The Georgia Guidestones Movie hope you will consider making a donation to this project.

The fundraising goal is $2,000 with a time limit of 35 days. Please remember that if the goal is not met at the end of the allowed period, this project will not receive any of the Kickstarter contributions raised. Therefore, your contributions that help achieve the Kickstarter fundraising goal are essential for completing the film’s post-production and a full, quality release of The Georgia Guidestones Movie.

Your help is needed! If you find this topic and documentary interesting, please consider making a contribution of any size and share this page with your friends. Again, thank you for your time and attention, and please donate -- it is greatly, greatly appreciated!

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