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This August, the Gods of the Thumb Wrestling world will descend upon the small town of Lowestoft in England for the Annual World Thumb Wrestling Championships. Check out the link to the championships right here: http://www.thumbwrestling.co.uk/

Standing tall amongst them will be U.S. contender James Isaacs, a.k.a. "Tigermonkey." As friends and fans we have decided to support Tigermonkey’s dream by documenting his journey in “Thumbwarrior”, a documentary feature film that will follow his quest from zero to hero.

Self-proclaimed U.S. Thumb Wrestling champ, Tigermonkey, has been undefeated since the 3rd grade. As his thumb wrestling talents grew he discovered he had a real knack for the delicate art, cutting his teeth on his classmates, frat boys, jocks and stoners. Tired of not living up to his potential as he waits tables and obsesses endlessly over the martial arts, James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs now knows what he was born to do. Determined to become match fit for the World Thumb Wrestling Championships he has begun a rigorous training regime consisting of specialist-crafted thumb exercises, a protein heavy diet and a general obsession of engaging everyone he meets in an all out thumb war. But the real test will be come when Tigermonkey meets Graeme "Flash" Cunningham, reigning world champion from Scotland. And James has never been more determined. Since life is at a pretty low point, he needs this. After a relentless twelve months of personal setbacks he knows that this is his ‘time to shine’ and is certain he will win the day and make America proud at the WTWC. As he prepares in Los Angeles, Tigermonkey is optimistic. With the moral support of family, friends and fans, including his new Kickstarter friends, and combined with his incredible tenacity, he is determined to prevail, and with your help, we will be there to capture every moment of this epic journey and root for Tigermonkey to bring home the gold! 

Current world champion, Flash, (who has been known to thumb wrestle with his eyes closed) will return to defend his title, but his reign is about to end: Tigermonkey is coming to town. 

Help James “Tigermonkey” Isaacs realize his dream and help us capture it on film for you to enjoy. Join Team Tigermonkey today and follow his journey in this epic battle as he fights with his wits and his thumbs to bring home the gold. USA! USA! USA! 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of making a documentary film are many and varied. We've anticipated and made contingent plans for everything we think we will need. We've budgeted to make a feature length documentary film, shot by director and film maker Kali Baker-Johnson, and capture Tigermonkey’s dream, or his downfall. We have U.S. and U.K. crews and equipment at the ready for light and sound and have the enthusiastic support of the World Thumb Wrestling Championship organizers allowing us to film the thumb war action in Lowestoft. We have done our legal and budgeting homework and will have signed documents and releases from all participants who appear in this documentary. We will take out production insurance and obtain the necessary permits before we begin shooting and have budgeted for these items. Just as Tigermonkey has carefully planned his awesome assault on the world championships we have prepared our attack on making a successful documentary film. Just as Tigermonkey has a perfect strategy to engage Flash and defeat him, we, his friends and supporters, are fully prepped and ready to capture the whole thing!

This is Plan A. There is no Plan B.

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    SWAG BAG! All of the $25, $50 and $75 rewards including the digital download PLUS a Thumbwarrior: The Documentary movie poster, Tigermonkey T-shirt and a special shout out on James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs VLOG.

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    MAJOR SWAG - All of the $25, $50, $75 rewards including the downloads PLUS an autographed Thumbwarrior poster AND a hand made Thumbwarrior "Use Thumbs Not Bombs" T-shirt designed by Estoy Merchandise (famous for NOPE shirts) ALSO a digital download of deleted scenes not available on final cut of Thumbwarrior : A Documentary.
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    EVEN MORE SWAG - All rewards over $25 including digital downloads PLUS a "Very Special Thanks" credit on end credit roll PLUS 2 tickets to the Los Angeles premier of Thumbwarrior: A Documentary and afterparty PLUS an autographed copy of Thumbwarrior - A Documentary DVD.
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    BIG BAG OF SWAG - All rewards over $25 including "Very Special Thanks" credit on end credit roll and digital downloads PLUS a plastercast of Tigermonkey's painted, glazed and autographed thumb.

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    HUGE BAG OF SWAG - All rewards over $25 inlcuding "Very Special Thanks" credit on end credit roll and digital downloads PLUS an intense training session with Tigermonkey (in SoCal only please otherwise via Skype)

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    WELL F#@K IT COME BE PART OF THE FUN! If you're into the whole thing this much just come with us! You get the works from $25 and up PLUS on screen Co-Producer credit on Thumbwarrior: A Documentary PLUS 1 coach airfare to the U.K. and local accommodation for 3 nights
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