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An unemployed dreamer and a veteran hotdog vendor take a leap of faith to keep the American Dream afloat in a sinking industry.

Introducing the 48-Hour Dog Days $1 Donor Campaign!

During the final 48 hours of the DOG DAYS Kickstarter, we’re launching the “Dog Days $1 Donor” campaign! We’re introducing a new reward to anyone who donates $1 to the film – the chance to have your name printed at the end of the final credits of the movie under “Dog Days $1 Donors”!

Thanks to the incredibly generous support of more than 440 friends and supporters, we reached our minimum goal of $30,000, making our Kickstarter project a success! As discussed in our original appeal, our actual goal for funding the film is $70,000, which will allow us to complete the film to its fullest potential, i.e. to build creative motion graphics sequences, to develop a movie website, to pay for film festival fees, legal fees, insurance and numerous other elements.

Beginning at 2 am on Wednesday, March 13th until 2 am on Friday, March 15th, we’re asking all of our supporters to send our Kickstarter link to everyone you know, asking them to donate just $1 to finish the film!

Help us Reach an Exponential Number of Fans!

There are more than 440 current supporters. If each of you encouraged a minimum of 200 friends to give just $1, we’d reach more than 80,000 people! If even a fraction of those reached give a $1, that would take us a long way toward funding all aspects of the movie.

Thank you all again for your amazing support – you’ve made our dream become a reality and we can’t wait for you to see the film!

Sincerely,

Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby

ABOUT DOG DAYS

Plunging into the colorful, micro-entrepreneurial underworld of street vending in the nation’s capital, DOG DAYS follows two unlikely business partners as they challenge the status quo by offering Washingtonians a gourmet alternative to the ubiquitous hot dog. Coite, an unemployed industrial engineer with no kitchen experience, comes under the culinary guidance of his idiosyncratic Aunt Deane and her harp to launch “Food Chain.” Staking his meager life savings on the new business, he hopes to help the city's 300 remaining street vendors compete with the food truck craze that’s driving hotdog customers away in droves. The stakes intensify when his first customer, Siyone, a former refugee from East Africa, pushes already strained relationships with her suppliers to sell Coite’s Jerk Chicken wraps, a risk she must take to provide for her four children.

Amidst the worst economy since the Great Depression, will Coite’s gastronomic vision turn into a street-food sensation? And will Siyone’s dreams for her family’s future be realized? DOG DAYS journeys to a world within a world where the underdogs of DC street vending speak for a nation wondering if the American Dream has become just another fantasy.

CURRENT STATUS (& WHERE YOU COME IN!)

For the past 4 years of production, Laura and Kasey have financed this film entirely on their own as a labor of love. To date, approximately $200,000 of hard cash and sweat equity has been poured into the project. Today, we are in the final days of shooting and greatly need your help to complete the entire movie. The bare minimum needed to finish the editing, sound design, music, graphics, and other post-production elements is $30,000. In reality, we need closer to $70,000 to truly complete the film to standards of fullest excellence and launch our outreach and marketing campaign.  

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

First teaming up on the student Academy-Award winning documentary AS WE FORGIVE, DOG DAYS is Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby's second feature-length documentary together, and first where both are co-directing. 

MUSIC

We have an incredible array of musicians who are contributing their music to DOG DAYS, including Ryan O'Neal of Sleeping at Last, Zach Williams of The Lone Bellow, Andy Zipf, Wendell Kimbrough, Taylor Carson, and more.  The film's original score will be composed by the talented Joachim Horsley. We are honored such talented musicians are on board for the project, and look forward to working with them to spread the word!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with any film and its release plans, applying to festivals and pursuing distribution lies somewhat beyond our control. While we hope for this film to reach audiences far and wide, not only through festivals, but also through digital and traditional distribution, it is never guaranteed--especially in this cluttered digital age.

However, the earlier we build support with audiences and fans like you, the more we increase our chances! Even the smallest contribution means so much to us, because we know you are behind us.

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