Set in the world of professional stone skipping, this film will examine the competitive nature of mankind. World Records will be tested, rivalries will fester, and a sport will rise from the ashes of obscurity.
The idea was born on Memorial Day 2014 outside Austin, TX. Directors Ryan Seitz and Daniel Skaggs were celebrating with friends on a secluded lake. Beers were flowing, stones were skipping and things got competitive. Eventually the thought materialized, "What if people skipped stones competitively?"
After a quick Google search, we discovered that competitive stone skipping is surprisingly a global phenomenon. These men and women take this simple past time to a mind blowing and professional level.
Fueled by curiosity we reached out to the current Guinness World Record holder. With his blessing and words of wisdom, we had found our next project.
Over the last six weeks, the Highway Goats have been filming in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York State capturing the backbone of our story. We have been fortunate enough to gain access to Russ “Rock Bottom” Byars (who holds the current record with 51 skips) and former record holder Kurt “Mountain Man” Steiner. Their rivalry has endured thirteen years of grueling competition. With the next generation of skippers hot on their trail, Russ and Kurt race feverishly to raise the bar and cement their places in the history books.
Your donations will go toward the numerous production expenses that we encounter. Travel, lodging, hard drives, camera equipment, audio mastering, festival submissions, and the unforeseeable are just a few to mention. Making a movie is not cheap. We shoot and edit everything ourselves, travel expenses across America are on the rise and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Propelled by the success of our award winning debut film “Freeload”, Highway Goat Productions is proud to announce our second feature length documentary project. With "Freeload", we made an independent film on a budget of less than $20,000 and we plan to do it again. Seitz, Skaggs, and partners Mather McKallor and Alex Downey are thrilled to have this opportunity.
Risks and challenges
Independent filmmaking is littered with risks and challenges. However,
Highway Goat Productions is a tight-knit crew of four highly determined artists whose current mission is to bring this story to the big screen.
With the success of our debut film "Freeload", we are confident that our tenacity and hard work will pay off once again.
Bottom line: We CAN and WILL succeed with support from YOU, our backers!
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