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Sheldon NorbergBy Sheldon Norberg
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Sheldon NorbergBy Sheldon Norberg
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About

CONFESSIONS OF A DOPE DEALER – THE DVD PROJECT

If you've ever used drugs, you've known a dealer. Maybe it was just a friend who took the risk for you, because the rewards were so obvious. Maybe it was a skeezy geezer out behind the pool hall, or in the Dead show parking lot, that sold you the fake weed, or the fake ecstasy. Maybe it was a professional (like Sheldon), so you could trust that the drugs were good and the price was fair. In every case, though, there was a risk, one you thought was worth taking.

Maybe you've never scored drugs, or known a dealer, but from the shaman to the apothecary, the dealer is an archetype, one rarely explored in the first person. With the demand for drugs greater than ever before, it’s important that we know, who is this gatekeeper from whom we demand to our minds, and how is his story a reflection of our own?

What is CONFESSIONS OF A DOPE DEALER?

Adapted from his award winning autobiography,

"...the most eloquent examination of the wonders and dangers of drug use that I have ever read." TRIP Magazine
"Parents and teens should read this book together." SF Chronicle

Sheldon Norberg’s solo-performance was lauded by critics and audiences,

"This is one smart, buoyant public service announcement that, in a sane world, would infiltrate our public schools as easily as pot does" - New York Magazine

but in our "just say no" culture, it was simply too radical to reach the mainstream. (Until Now. Until Kickstarter. Until You!)

CONFESSIONS OF A DOPE DEALERThe DVD project will mount the live performance specifically for professional Hi-Def video recording, then produce it as a DVD. Once it’s delivered to all out supporters, it can take it’s next step into the world, through festival release, direct marketing, or whatever means necessary.

CONFESSIONS OF A DOPE DEALER – The DVD will take you on a living, breathing, (he inhaled!)  first-person excursion down the drug dealing road, in the privacy of your own home! Sheldon rolls it out like no one before, from wide-eyed innocence to wild-eyed deviance, with a tad of acid-induced acute schizophrenic paranoid delusion for good measure. It is not another laughable scare film, nor is it “DARE-ing” you to do anything other than think for yourself.  (Something our government prefers you never learn to do.)

Why support CONFESSIONS OF A DOPE DEALER?No other work spans the breadth of our cultural obsession with drugs in the way Confessions of a Dope Dealer does. From the lies of drug education to the wonders of drug experimentation, from keeping cool in front of our parents to losing our shit at the show, from drug fueled sublimation to drug fooled alienation, from the overstated (but existing) dangers to the understated spiritual and therapeutic potentials of psychedelics, Confessions weighs out a critical analysis of drug use that only a dealer could deliver. And with a mind-blowing soundtrack, it totally kicks ass!

One of the most amazing facets of Confessions is the post show Q&A, where audience members engage the dope dealer (who is also a drug researcher/educator) in one of the only non-judgmental, open forum discussion of drugs that happens in America. Help get our young people off the mindless “just say no” mantra and into the “Just Say Know” mentality they need to navigate the world responsibly.

Ha Ha.

The DVD Project
The Confessions of a Dope Dealer - The DVD - Kickstarter project will turn this amazing show into a feature length DVD, and you can be a part of it! Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, and it’s up to you to make them happen. We have 30 days to get this deal done, or we get busted! Simple as that. Your pledge only gets taken if everyone gets on board for this “Amazing Journey.” So pony up your $30 now and tell all your friends.

To meet our goal we need 3,333 subscribers at the $30 dollar level, which gets you a copy of the final DVD and other goodies. So please help us spread the news through your personal networks, facebook, twitter, blog, youtube, email, smoke signals, whatever! There are lots more awesome rewards, including tickets to the shows we’ll be filming, chances at appearing in the final film, and much more.

Where the Money Goes
Since Confessions of a Dope Dealer has been developed over many years, we have a very solid structure from which to create this, as well as a synapse scorching soundtrack already in the tank. (Yes, the NITROUS tank.)  The DVD project will require mounting the show in a selected local theater (You could be in the Front Row, Baby!), revamping the lighting to full production scale (DISCO BALL - LASERS - STROBE!), 3 pounds of Humboldt and a fishtank full of acid, three camera HD shoot with professional crew, 4-6 weeks editing suite rental, post production, titles, color correction, and DVD authoring, not to mention LUNCH! And then there’s getting all the groovy rewards to you! If you want to look at the total budget, contact me at the address below.

Of course, Kickstarter gets a small percentage for providing this awesome service, and as Americans, we all must bow down before Wall Street and pay the merchant service fees of 3%

The Team

I have been writing, performing and producing theater for over 25 years, and the legendary Bill Allard of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater has been doing that and directing for ten years longer. His video production and film credits exceed mine, since I dropped out of UCLA film school to pursue drug dealing. His son, Matt Allard is our lighting designer, as dope dealing is a family business.

On the video production end, I’ve drafted my friend Mark Finkelpearl, who has produced and directed over 80 hours of content for Discovery, National Geographic, and other networks.

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    THE NICKEL BAG
    Who buys a nickel bag anymore? A fourth grader??? But for you, my friend, (and a friend of the dope dealer is everyone's friend), you will receive my sincere gratitude and a thank you credit on The Confessions of a Dope Dealer DVD - KickStarter project website!

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    THE DIME BAG
    This fine selection gets you a hilarious audio message from the Dope Dealer and his director, Bill Allard, of Duck's Breath Mystery Theater and all of the above (AOTA).

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    THE BOX O' WHIPPETS
    There’s nothing cooler you can do with 30 bucks, so be careful not to freeze your hands on your official copy of the Confessions of a Dope Dealer DVD (and AOTA).

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    THE PRIMO EIGHTH
    You’ll be all OG with a special thanks in the credits of the film, plus a signed 8x10 promo photo of the Dope Dealer, and a second copy of the official Dope Dealer DVD (makes a great holiday gift) and AOTA.

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    THE QUARTER BACKER
    Your fat sack of Grand Daddy contains a signed copy of the book, Confessions of a Dope Dealer (and AOTA).

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    THE PARAPHERNALIA

    Toss in that vaporizer and a nug jar! You get the awesome full color Confessions of a Dope Dealer T-shirt (black - choose your size) with the Dope Dealer slogan on the back -"It's not just an adventure, it's a job!" (And receive AOTA).

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    THE OZ
    Welcome to the ranks of Dope Dealing! What’ll it be, Sour D or GDP? Either one goes great with the limited edition tie-dye version of the T-shirt! You’ll also become an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, and will be credited as such in the end title crawl of the movie! (And receive AOTA)

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    THE SHEET
    Now it gets exciting! You've bumped up into dealing acid! You will receive a pair of tickets (on blotter paper) to one of the two nights of the Confessions of a Dope Dealer solo-performances that we'll be filming in a San Francisco Bay Area Theater. (Transportation not included.) Bring a friend, your spouse or perhaps your teenager for the most visceral and intellectual exploration of drug use known to man. Did I mention funny? Funny. Bring a question for the Q & A and wind up in the movie! (And receive AOTA)

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    THE NITROUS TANKER
    You'll be out of your mind and huffing in style in the awesome monogrammed Dope Dealer satin racing jacket, from a reserved seat in the front section of the solo performance of Confessions of a Dope Dealer, where you'll be in the film itself, and possibly a participant! If you don’t make the final cut, we’ll put you in the outtakes! (And receive AOTA)

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    THE POUNDER
    When you can afford to buy in bulk, you'll receive an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit in the credit roll.You'll also enjoy a fine meal or scenic bike ride with Sheldon in your choice of bay area locations, and two more show tickets (and receive AOTA).

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    THE GROWER
    There's no dope dealer without the hardworking grower, so Sheldon will come to your house to preview the DVD for you and your friends and interject witty commentary, or, give a reading from his book, Confessions of a Dope Dealer. (And AOTA)

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    THE CHEMIST
    All hail to the wizards who use science to transform our consciousness. For you, Sheldon will present his 6 lesson Progressive Drug Education program via the internet for up to 12 students (11-17) of your choice. (And AOTA)

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Funding period

- (30 days)