We did it!! You did it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!! Thank you all so very, very much!! From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your support!
We are still in awe of what just happened in the past 24 hours. As some of you noticed the last few days had been a bit slow compared to the CNN - WashPost -frenzy of the Christmas days. We needed to find a way to keep the momentum going, but really had no idea how. Nahid, our mother and mother-in-law likes to say "ask and you shall receive." So we tried that trick, as you'll remember from yesterday's update. We asked for a year-end-miracle. We had hopes this would put the campaign back on track (needing to raise 1K per day on average). But we certainly didn't expect what then happened.
We came home last night after a very slow day at the office, frankly a little discouraged. Decided to watch a little NBA basketball since the Knicks were playing the Lakers. Figured this would get our minds off the campaign. Around 1:30AM we decided to go to bed, even the NBA couldn't keep us up - we were basically half-asleep when we checked Kickstarter one more time before bed, as has been our habit in these crazy last 40 days (don't laugh, we know for a fact that some of you have that same habit...:-). Sleepy-eyed we kind of saw that we had two new backers, and that the three numbers to the right had moved by a total of 15. So we thought - "15 bucks through 2 backers... that's much better than a kick in the chin".
Then we noticed that the two numbers on the left had actually changed too... from 38 to 48... Scrolled down the page to see that the "Revolutionary Reward" had been taken! It wasn't a mistake! Someone had just pledged 10K to put our campaign within striking distance of 50K. Needless to say we needed to find a way to calm down now. We couldn't even call anyone! 2:00 AM by that time! Plus we have two small kids (more on them later) and they wake up at 6:45AM, or earlier!, no matter what goes on with kickstarter, so we needed to find a way to go to sleep!
We would like to point out that the two backers who - between the two of them - basically took the 40s all by themselves came from the Middle East and Switzerland. This just confirmed what's been going on in the past few weeks - people pledging from all over the world because they see the importance and the timeliness and the value of this movie. We had always hoped someone other than ourselves would see it, but to have this confirmed by people from all across the world is quite frankly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Thank you thank you thank you!
The most amazing part about all of this is that we reached the 50K mark with 10 days left on our campaign clock (9 days by the time this update goes out).
Immediately after we got to 50K people asked if they can still pledge. Luckily some of you responded on FB to point out that YES, YES, YES anyone from anywhere in the world can still pledge until January 9!
need much more than that to cover distribution and marketing expenses.
Kickstarter will allow you to donate as much money as you want/can
before the deadline. All of it will go into the film — footage
licensing, marketing, promotion, additional screenings etc. —
everything to move the film forward and give it the widest possible
audience. Film is still an incredibly expensive medium. Every dollar
helps. In a perfect world we’ll raise twice our goal.
It's not over yet!
We now have a real opportunity to hit this thing out of the park - or in basketball terms - to slam dunk it.
This community of backers here is 450+ strong now, and we want to open it up to as many people as possible - people who share your views about the potential of this film, people who'd like to see the world become a place with less conflict, stereotypes and aggression.
In the remaining 9 days, let's grow this film! Let's not let up now!
Please consider asking one or two friends to join this movement and see if they would either match your pledge or pledge whatever they can. If everyone of you, and each one of us here, succeeds in getting just a few friends to play a part, the number of backers will double!
This alone will give us crucial leverage in negotiating with distributors and broadcasters - because through the sheer numbers of backers and the success of this campaign we can prove to them that there is already an audience out there. And they need to see this film!
For comparison, here are some Kickstarter campaigns that went well beyond their goal.
WE ARE MANY
In the last 67 hours they raised $22,000 past their goal. They had 480 backers and 67 hours later they had 658 backers
All of these campaigns had longer durations than ours. And none of them reached their goal, in relative terms, sooner than we did. In other words, we run very competitively with all three of these campaigns.
We have an amazing opportunity. Let's use of it!
Please keep spreading the word: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554272471/the-iran-job?ref=live
- Post this link to your Facebook and Twitter with your endorsement! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/554272471/the-iran-job?ref=live
- Send an e-mail blast to your friends and family, encouraging people to watch the trailer and get involved. The minimum donation is $1, and every little bit counts!
- If you're in the U.S. and you'll be receiving a reward via mail, consider increasing your pledge by $6 to cover shipping, so more of your donation goes to making the film!
- If you don't already, please follow us on Twitter (@TheIranJob)!
If you'd like to change your pledge amount, please visit the kickstarter page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box.
If you'd like to change your reward selection, please visit the kickstarter page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” To change your reward, make a new selection. Note that changing your reward selection does not automatically change your pledge amount.
Thank you all for being tremendous ambassadors. This film would not happen without you.
Before we go we want to thank Stephanie and Kristen, our tireless and absolutely outstanding former-interns-turned-outreach-professionals! Steph and Kristen, this would never be possible without you. We can't wait to celebrate with you on Thursday!!!
And everyone, please join us at our Fundraiser Dance Party next week!
Finally, we'd like to share with you what happened this morning at the office once we realized that we had in fact cracked 50K.
Enjoy this video.
Much love, eternal gratitude and a happy last day of the year!!!
Sara & Till