Ladies and gentlemen, this is it...OUR FINAL KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN! For those of you who have been along this journey with us the last five and a half years, thank you so much for all of your support. For those that are coming upon this film for the first time and missed our three previous Kickstarter campaigns, this Michigan Today Article best exemplifies my struggle to get this film made. Once you have had a chance to read it, continue below.
The GOOD NEWS: Thanks to all of you, the film is 100% complete! If we get our funding, we can show the film at festivals and legally sell the film publicly once we secure a distributor. Christopher's message can be spread to the world!
The BAD NEWS: If we don't receive 100% of our funding, this completed film will live on a hard drive in my closet for all eternity, and the over $100,000 we've raised so far will be wasted. It's a pretty nice closet, don't get me wrong. But it's not what Christopher deserves. Don't let his message go unheard, help us reach our goal.
GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story is a biographical documentary 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 and message. The film is narrated by Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker from the original Star Wars trilogy).
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.
SAMPLE SCENE #1:
Christopher makes his journey from his high school National Honors Society at Adams High School (Rochester, MI) to graduating with honors from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), to graduating with a degree in law from Wayne State University.
SAMPLE SCENE #2:
FOCUS: The 'F' in GO FAR. Featuring film clips and music from Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as our narrator Mark Hamill.
SAMPLE SCENE #3:
ACT: The 'A' in GO FAR. Christopher's journey to become the first quadriplegic licensed as a scuba diver. At age 16.
WHERE IS THE FILM NOW?
- We have an international sales agent on board to sell the film to both domestic and international distributors.
- Lucasfilm has officially granted the rights to use film clips and music from the original Star Wars films.
- We have secured the rights to all of our films clips and music, including material from Good Morning America, The Today Show, and a multitude of clips provided by the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
So if the film is done, why am I still raising money? Unfortunately the final steps of the process are quite expensive, and in order to deliver the finished package to our sales agency, everything must be paid for, so....
WHAT WILL YOUR DONATIONS PAY FOR?
- Legal rights to use all of the music in the film
- Our final 5.1 Dolby Surround audio mix, and various deliverables
- High-Def digital mastering, as well as PAL (international) delivery elements
- The final transcription of the film, for foreign dubbing
- Film festival submissions
- A DCP (Digital Cinema Package), which is the new industry standard for theatrical distribution in digital theaters
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. 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.
Additionally, I want to get a copy of GO FAR into every middle and high school in America so Christopher's GO FAR program can be used by students as a roadmap for achieving whatever goal they can dream...and then achieve it, no matter the obstacles.
HOW FAR AM I WILLING TO GO?
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge is knowing that if we don't reach our funding goal, five years of blood, sweat, tears, and your money will be wasted. We've come too far to not make it to the finish line. Secondly, it is difficult not knowing when this process will be complete and the film will be available to my donors. I literally have hundreds of pre-orders for DVD's, some of which were purchased over 5 years ago. So if you pre-order a DVD, all I can ask is that you're patient. I assure you once distribution is secured, I will know when I can give you a copy of the film on DVD. Trust me, now that the film is finished, I want everyone to have their copy. But I have to be very careful with the film until I'm able to sell it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
For now, just pledge and select the $100 signed script option. When the campaign is successful, I will send a survey to all of my backers to gather info about the scripts and how you would like them signed.
You choose anything for me to sign, mail it to me with a paid return label (any shipping carrier is fine), and I'll sign it with or without a personalized message. It could be your favorite season on DVD, a poster, a photograph, a t-shirt. You name it, I'll sign it! Please allow at least a week to return the item to you once it arrives.
Currently donations via Kickstarter are not legally tax-deductible. However, I have a fiscal sponsor 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that can accept donations for me, so if this is something you prefer, please contact me directly.
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