About this project
GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story is a passion project five years in the making that has been 100% funded by personal donations from people across the world just like you who believe in Chris’ story. This is our 3rd Kickstarter campaign, and we've made tremendous progress thanks to all of our previous donations.
Christopher Rush was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at seven months, and his parents were told by his doctor that “Your son will be nothing more than a dishrag, and he will be dead by the age of two.” Christopher defied all expectations and died two weeks shy of 31. He was the first quadriplegic to become a licensed scuba diver. He graduated from the University of Michigan with honors, and he graduated from Wayne State University with a law degree. He was the national poster child for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, working alongside Jerry Lewis. He was an honorary NASA astronaut. And this is the shortlist of Christopher’s accomplishments.
Shortly before his death Chris developed a motivational program called GO FAR that was a five step acronym which used his life as an example for how to overcome extreme adversity to achieve your goals. Unfortunately, he died before he fully realized his program, missing the chance to share it with other organizations that help those with disabilities.
My intention for this film is to continue Chris' work, teach his GO FAR program, and spread his message of optimism and hope.
HERE IS A SAMPLE SCENE:
WHERE IS THE FILM NOW?
The film is very close to being complete. The editing is done and I am currently in the "post-production" phase, meaning that I have a team of professionals working on the film's score, sound design, graphic design, visual effects, and color correction.
WHAT WILL $15,000 IN DONATIONS PAY FOR?
- Our film composer
- Our sound designer
- Our graphic designer
- Our music supervisor
- Our sales trailer
- A clip clearance company
However, it will require a significant amount of funding beyond the $15,000 to secure the rights to various film clips and music used in the film. There are also various legal fees and self-distribution costs outlined below. I hope to reach my funding goal and be able to self-distribute the film by September 2013.
WHAT WILL DONATIONS BEYOND $15,000 PAY FOR?
- A self-distribution website
- Music & Clip licensing fees
- DVD replication costs
- Publicity fees
- Legal costs
- Errors & Omissions Insurance
- Festival submissions
- Various broadcast deliverables
MY GOALS FOR THE FILM:
My ultimate dream is to travel across the country to various organizations that deal with disabilities and screen GO FAR for their members free of charge. I want a struggling nine year old in a wheelchair to know that he too can Go Far. I want the parents of a newly-diagnosed disabled infant to have hope that their child is still capable of achieving amazing things.
I also plan to self-distribute the film and have it available for purchase on DVD, streaming on demand, and available as a digital download on iTunes and Amazon. And best-case scenario we will sell the film for broadcast on various cable channels both domestically and in foreign markets.
Risks and challenges
This film has dealt with nothing but "Risks and challenges" for the last five years. And we have overcome every single obstacle thus far. Nothing will stand in the way of getting this film to people it can truly help.
The greatest obstacle at this point to releasing the film to the public is securing (and purchasing) the rights to various film clips and pieces of music. So the more money we're able to raise, the less of an obstacle this becomes. These film clips and music choices are absolutely essential to telling Chris' story as they helped Chris to develop his GO FAR program.
WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU. Thank you for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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