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Update #18

Seriously the series

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Happy 2014! I hope your year is off to a spectacularly silly start! 

We've got some big news! If you're on the film's official mailing list then you probably already know what I'm going to say. If you want your news hot off the press from now on then you might want to sign up on our mailing list. Okay fine, I'll cut to the chase...

Our humble, one-hour show is becoming a six-hour series for PBS. That's right, a SIX-HOUR SERIES!!! We just can't do justice to the compelling stories about the emerging play movement and the way it's effecting every area of life in one hour. So we're rolling up our sleeves EVEN MORE, finding great partners, finding more great partners, and drinking heavily (mostly kale smoothies) to prepare us for the marathon ahead. It's going to be a big year!

Sooooo...in case you're wondering what's going on with your rewards. For those of you who are getting the MP4 file, digital downloads and DVDs, we will be sending you the first hour that launches the series just as soon as it's done. It's really the movie I had in mind when I did the Kickstarter. The only difference is that it's going to take a lot longer. We are still planing on having a sensational world Premier, so those of you with VIP passes can look forward to that. And for those of you who (secretly) can't wait to see your name in the credits, not to worry, they'll roll at the end of the first show. We don't have an air date for the series so we don't have a timeline so I can't tell you exactly when you'll see your rewards, but I'll definitely keep you posted.

In the meantime...

We'd Love Your Help!

We have three hot opportunities for the right match and would love your helping finding them.

1) Series underwriters! Do you have a connection to a company or organization that might want to sponsor the series? Let us know!!

2) Social media intern! It's hard to imagine replacing Jennifer, but we're going to try. Here's the job description from Craig's List.

3) A business partner with successful media and internet biz experience to work with me to develop the web platform and business for the ongoing play content, opportunities, and resources we'll be offering. 

And finally, I thought you might enjoy my latest Huffington Post blog. This one is very close to my heart and gives Macy-the-mutt her well-deserved 15 min. of fame (Sorry Garbanzo; next time). I hope you enjoy it.

It's a big wish list for 2014 so thanks for any leads. As an expression of gratitude Garbanzo will come to your house and give you a big wet kiss. Or not. 

With ongoing gratitude to you for playing your part,

Gwen, Garbanzo, and the Seriously! team


Update #17

Seriously! still playing

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Hello my dear backers,

I'm writing to acknowledge that, although I had hoped Seriously! would be finished by now and you'd be sitting on the edge of your seat, stuffing popcorn in your mouth, totally engrossed in one amazing story about play after another...well, it's not, so you're not. 

Sorry about that. As almost any filmmaker can tell you - if you want to make God laugh, tell her your production schedule. However unpredictable and curvy the path may be, I'm happy to tell you that the team is passionately at work and we're excited to tell you what's new. 

After spending much of the past year doing original research on play, publishing articles, directing animations for a film, and creating playgrounds for women over 50, I've gotten my butt back into the Seriously! saddle. And wouldn't you know, she broke into a gallup. I'm now working closely with Josh Rosen from SPINE Films in a new phase of pre-production - honing the stories we want for the film. 

Here's the big news: Thanks to Josh we have been guaranteed a spot as a PBS special!! 

To celebrate we've gussied up our website and are now offering a little incentive to fluff up our mailing list as well. Sign up and you get Play Pops - a darn near daily dose of delight that pops up right in your inbox. It's curated by Garbanzo (the fearless wonder-pug and Seriously! sidekick), who can't wait to share his favorite play videos. His obsession of the week? Bulldogs on surf boards. sick.

Also, I'm delighted to announce my debut as a Huffington Post blogger. In this piece I describe how play is a dynamic meditation and a path to wisdom. I appreciate your liking, sharing, commenting, and subscribing. 

We're also looking for an experienced, playful sponsorship coordinator to join the team. Contact me through Kickstarter if you're qualified and interested. 

So now that we're off and running, I look forward to keeping you posted more regularly on the exciting developments. I promise to let you know when you can start heating up the popcorn.

With delight,

Gwen, Garbanzo, and the Seriously! team

p.s. If you haven't already, just go like us on facebook already. We're trying to break 3K by Thanksgiving! www.facebook.com/seriouslythemovie


Update #16

clarification

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Hello again,

I've gotten emails from a few of you with questions and concerns related to my work with Pepsi. Some of you are wondering whether I spent all the Kickstarter funds and others want to know if Pepsi is benefiting in any way from your contributions. Quite a few of you want to know what Pepsi's interest is in play and, frankly, why I would want to have anything to do with a company that profits from selling sugar water. I really understand and appreciate these concerns and grappled with some of them myself. So, I'm happy to address them in this rather long email. If you don't have any of these concerns, you can skip the whole thing and just have a great day.

I'll start by saying that I have not spent all the Kickstarter money. The money is in a pot waiting to be spent on the new pre-production package and infrastructure that will enable me to attract and handle large sponsors like Pepsi. The remainder will go into the production once the sponsors are in place.

I think the best way to address any concerns about my affiliation with Pepsi is to share the whole story. Nine years ago a nutritionist named Dondeena Bradley went to Pepsi to help them improve their nutrition scores. She did her best and established her credibility for seven years while another vision was growing in her heart. She wanted to develop truly nutritional offerings while providing a space for midlife women to support each other to thrive personally while bringing feminine values to the collective. Whatever food products she developed would fund this community of purposeful play. Two years ago, she decided she couldn't wait anymore. She would either leave Pepsi to start this venture or  get support within the company. Somehow, Pepsi's CEO (an Indian woman) decided to support Wello as a pet project, even though it completely breaks the Pepsi mold. Wello was born.

As Wello began to take shape, it became clear that play was central to their vision but they didn't quite know how, what, or why. They needed someone (particularly someone within their demographic) to ground this vision and help them integrate it into everything they do. That's when they stumbled upon my Kickstarter.

Since I've gotten involved with Wello, I've been impressed with their good hearts, clear intentions, and true vision for individual and collective well-being. They really understand how important play is to a healthy world not just as the context for their big venture but for the future of life as a whole. They appreciate the impact Seriously! could have and want to see it get made. Unfortunately, they don't have their own marketing budget for the film so it will need to get supported through Pepsi, which is quite a process.

The process has started with the three play articles. With that public exposure and credibility it will be easier to sell me and the film to Pepsi. So we're continuing to develop the relationship that will make the film possible as I continue to consult to Wello. 

By the way, it's also clear to everybody that the Wello and Pepsi brands aren't compatible so within the next two years, they will be shedding themselves from Pepsi.

After grappling with my own concerns about a Pepsi affiliation when they first approached me I have been absolutely delighted (and relieved) to find Wello to be a truly life-affirming enterprise and I would like to think that it is even becoming more so by its affiliation with me. I hope that answers any questions and lays any concerns you may have to rest. I can assure you that your contribution to Seriously is being put to good use and that now, with Wello's help, it might have an even bigger impact than ever!

To a more playful world!

Gwen


Update #15 - For backers only

It's about time!

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Update #14

YOU ARE AMAZING!!

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To my very dear playmates, all 623 of you!

WOW!

and... 

THANK YOU!

and...

HOLY COW!!!!

I'm truly speechless, but I'll do the best I can. Your amazing show of support (we raised 170% of our goal) really means the world to me. Many mental health professionals would consider launching a big film project in this economic climate to be "high risk behavior." Thank you for showing me that I'm not entirely out of my mind and that this film is not only possible, it's inevitable. I'm touched, honored, and humbled by what we've already accomplished together!

I'll be following up in the next few days to get the information I need to send you your rewards.

But first, a heads up! A few of you have told me that you thought you'd increased your pledge amount but the backer summary didn't reflect it. If you intended to give more than your backer report says you did, let me know asap and I'll take the matter directly to Kickstarter headquarters!

In the meantime, here are a few ways you can stay connected (I'd love that)!

More ways to play

  • Let's stay in touch! Please sign up on our mailing list and we'll update you on our progress and let you know about special events. There is so much to come: http://seriouslythemovie.com/play/
  • You can still buy tickets to join the team and fellow Kickstarter donors for a celebratory Rooftop Wine and Twister Party in Oakland on Sunday, NOVEMBER 18th from 2 - 6. Tickets are $50  buy them here: http://seriouslythemovie.com/play/
  • Come run away and join the Circus Arts Play Day with me, Garbanzo, Jefe & Kelly the day before our SF Premiere (9/13). Here are Jefe & Kelly to inspire you. Tickets are $100 (all proceeds go to the film). You can buy them here: http://seriouslythemovie.com/play/ 
  • You can buy some Swanky SERIOUSLY! Swag at our store and proceeds will go directly to the film: http://cafepress.com/seriousythemovie
  • You can always donate more, whenever the mood strikes. Don't fight the feeling, just go to http://seriouslythemovie.com/play/ 
  • And finally, I'd love to help you make your workplace more playful! I offer a Keynote, a Teambuilding Training, Coaching services and more. Find out more at: http://seriouslythemovie.com/now-playing-at-work

Deeeeeeep breath, and away we gooooo...

With all our love, gratitude, appreciation, adoration and delight!

Gwen, Garbanzo and the whole Kickstarter Team

(Priya, Michael, Sharath, Elizabeth, Audrey, Marisa, Chris, and David)


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