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Rick LarsonBy Rick Larson
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Rick LarsonBy Rick Larson
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$123,686
pledged of $300,000pledged of $300,000 goal
823
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 11 2012 6:57 PM UTC +00:00

About

ALERT!

We have learned that Kickstarter rules do not allow the $100K match! It turns out that the most any one person may pledge is $10,000. This means we cannot double your pledge as we intended. You are free to increase, decrease or cancel your pledge, whatever seems right to you. Thank you all for coming on this amazing journey!

Must read FIRST!

New to Kickstarter? Here's the most important thing about it: It's all or nothing. If we reach our $300,000 goal, The Christ Quake gets funded, you get to help make a great film, and everyone is happy! If we don’t reach our goal, the pledges you see above instantly vanish, none of you is ever charged, you don't get to help, The Christ Quake is not funded, and everyone is sad. 

Nutshell: get your DVDs -->NOW<-- or we can't make the film!

The Motive

The New Testament records unexpected, unlikely physical events forming bookends of the earthly life of Jesus. Many doubt the historicity of the Star of Bethlehem marking his birth, or the quake on the day of the cross marking his death. But if these bookends were actual historical events, would there be some evidence of them? Can we identify such evidence at 2,000 year’s distance? 

That’s the fundamental question and endeavor behind two film projects. Our first film foray investigated the first event. It resulted in The Star of Bethlehem. A roaring success. Now we're moving to the second event. Instead of looking up to the heavens, we’re looking down at the earth—The Christ Quake is a geophysical investigation. And it, too, is proving hugely exciting! 

The Goal

We hope to amaze you, perhaps blow you away with fresh revelations deep within a story you thought you knew. You, your friends, your family, your coworkers will join a journey of eye-witness discovery. Nature is blindly destroying the evidence at this moment. But, before the traces are erased, we will document a stunning story for the eyes of the world. We’ll examine mysteries sometimes thought sacrosanct, beyond inquiry. If we do our job right, the rocks will "cry out.” They will give stony witness to the most well-known event in human history. This film, your film, will entertain, but always from a firm foundation of fact. It's a real-life adventure, chasing vanishing clues to a pivotal mystery before it is too late. The clock is ticking!

The Money

You're looking at this page because we need funding to make the film. So, how does that work? Our Kickstarter goal is $300,000. We’re hoping for a great deal more. The more stout our budget, the more we can share with you on screen.

You can see we spent a good chunk of savings to make the trailer for you. I have “skin in the game,” as they say. I’m committed to a full-quality production whatever the budget might finally be. Whatever is required of me financially, I will do. Because, this story must be told. But, good people, we need your generous help to make this film all it can be!

The Reward

There are many ways to get paid. Money is only one. Likewise, there are many types of Rewards. We've setup great Rewards for your support! But your real Reward is quite different. Here is a chance for you to enable something important. To empower a project that will have a worldwide impact. Wouldn't you like to be part of that?

Risks and challenges

THE BUDGET
If you’re familiar with budgets for Hollywood films, you know that even simple stories normally cost millions of dollars to tell. This project will be completed with high production values, including gorgeous photography and a dramatic original orchestral score. What will be different from a studio production is our budget! We’ll be on a shoestring.

Kickstarter projects are allowed to raise far more than their goals, and we certainly hope you dear donors will provide us seven figures to work with. But, however much you do provide, we commit that this film will be exceptionally strong for the money spent. Your support will be applied wisely, artistically, cleverly! The result will be a satisfying movie value.

TECHNIC
We hope to break new ground, and this will require use of materials and processes which are not common. We have consulted with experts and academics for guidance in these areas. We are excited to bring to screen fascinating results of fairly esoteric technical analysis.

POLITICAL STABILITY
Fortunately, most of the Israel location footage is already in the can. But we may need to return for interviews with our intrepid Israeli academics. While this could be problematic if Israel goes to war footing, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

CAN WE DO IT?
What makes us think we can produce this film? Our team and our experience. Our last film, The Star of Bethlehem, has repeatedly been a top-selling indie (non-studio) documentary worldwide. That includes multiple visits to the #1 spot at Amazon.

In addition to wide success of the physical DVD, Larson has spent hundreds of hours doing television and radio interviews reaching audiences of millions. He and/or the DVD have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, EWTN, TBN, FOX News and numerous international and radio networks. Both PBS and the BBC flew film crews to film in the Larson home. When both American and UK public networks get on planes, that's a pretty big deal. We would love to do all of this hard work again! You've just watched the teaser. You know we can do this. Help!

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    I'M IN PAK! Firstfruits and fast! One Quake DVD with free delivery to your address in the USA!

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    SHARE PAK! You get two Quake DVDs early, delivered, and for less than retail! Any USA address!

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    FAMILY PAK! This is the famous, crazy-successful 6-pack. It's amazing to us but true, that this is the MOST popular way to purchase the Star DVD. Of course, this time you get a QUAKE 6-pack, with free delivery. It's a good quantity at a great price point, and it's to your door at no added cost!

    We've tried to figure out why the 6-pack is so popular. First we realized that people want to SHARE these ideas. Especially with people who are not normally interested. Added to that, we realized that delivery and sales tax costs WRECK these sales. You find a good price for what you want. Then the TOTAL price swells and swells until it runs you off the order page. Not here. Everything is included!

    Get the whole family in on the discussion! Includes a PEBBLE from the Dead Sea dig you see on the film! Does a rock from on site sound dumb? Then you don't have kids. How many kids do YOU know who like to collect pebbles? Hey, you probably did!

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    EARTH & SKY PAK! This pack is good for people who appreciate that there were "bookends" to Jesus' life, and want to share that idea. Two 6-packs of Quake DVDs, one of these signed by Rick Larson. One 6-pack of Star DVDs. A Christ Quake poster signed by Rick. A Christ Quake cap.

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    FRIENDS & FAMILY PAK! This a good-sized quantity, and we add a CD of the Christ Quake soundtrack album by award-winning composer Julie Davison Larson. A case of 30 Quake DVDs, one of these signed by Rick Larson. A Christ Quake poster. Now, we're REALLY able to spread the news! Maybe you've got a family reunion coming up? Maybe you've got a bunch of dear friends who need to hear something like this? Go for it!

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    CLIENT PAK! We discovered with the Star DVD that MANY business people were jumping at a way to spread the news without being heavy-handed. Here's a box of good news to share! They'll be gone so fast, it will amaze you! Two cases of 30 Quake DVDs, one of these signed by Rick Larson. A Christ Quake poster. One copy of the Star DVD. The Christ Quake soundtrack CD.

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    SPONSOR PAK! Four cases of 30 Quake DVDs, one DVD signed by Rick Larson. A Christ Quake poster signed by Rick. One copy of the Star DVD. A Christ Quake clapper slate used in making the film signed by the Director. And a screen credit: "Sponsor" for you or your organization! Your name in lights on a worthy project! It'll be fun when friends discover you or your organization is a major player in making this happen!

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    BOOSTER PAK! A telephone call from Rick Larson, 10 cases of 30 Quake DVDs, one DVD signed by Rick Larson. A Christ Quake poster signed by Rick. One copy of the Star DVD. A Christ Quake clapper slate used in making the film signed by the Director. And a screen credit: "Sponsor" for you or your organization! Your name in lights on a worthy project! It'll be fun when friends discover you or your organization is a major player in making this happen!

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    PRESENTATION PAK! This reward is actually a gift to your group or congregation—a live presentation of the Quake research by Rick Larson! This presentation is for your group in the USA, and includes Rick's travel expenses! Intimate small group with Q&A or major outreach, it's up to you! It includes 10 Quake DVDs, 10 Christ Quake posters, plus "Sponsor" screen credit for you or your organization!

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    PRODUCER PAK! 10 quake DVDs, one Star DVD, periodic telephone calls from Rick Larson to keep you abreast of progress, snafus, disasters, victories. etc. The kind of info you would expect to go along with your screen credit: "Associate Producer" for you or your organization. That's not a phony title. At this level, it is appropriate, and we want to recognize you and take you into the insider's information loop!

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    EXEC PAK! This is actually a $100,000 pledge. The Highest Reward the Kickstarter site creates is $10K, so to receive this Reward, you must purchase TEN of this Reward, for a total of $100,000. You will receive 10 Quake DVDs all signed by Rick, a Star DVD signed by Rick, a Christ Quake poster signed by Rick, a Christ Quake clapper slate used making the film signed by the Director, and "Executive Producer" screen credit for you or your organization! Rick, and/or Vidano, the Director will call with regular progress reports so that you're fully up to speed on what is happening. PLUS, we'll transport you to a shoot, so you'll be in on the actual making of the film! You'll sit on your own personalized director chair. You'll wear your Christ Quake Exec Producer cap. Wanna take a shot at directing a scene? Maybe the start of a new career! Yes, even international donors will be flown to the shoot! Buy two for $200,000, and bring your spouse to TWO days of shooting. An exclusive vacation that will be forever remembered, forever discussed, forever cherished!

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    STAFF PAK! 10 Quake DVDs, one signed by Rick Larson, a telephone call from Rick, a Christ Quake poster signed by Rick, a Christ Quake clapper slate used making the film signed by the Director, and a screen credit: "Associate Producer" for you or your organization. PLUS Rick's Leki Wanderfreund hiking staff used during the Dead Sea Expedition! Rick was grateful he had this baby while atop the 2,000 foot cliff above the Dead Sea, as seen in the trailer. Good condition, super-high performance, featherweight, collapsible, but a bit salty!

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    BOOT PAK! 10 Quake DVDs, one signed by Rick Larson, a telephone call from Rick, a Christ Quake poster signed by Rick, a Christ Quake clapper slate used making the film signed by the Director, and a screen credit: "Associate Producer" for you or your organization. PLUS Rick's Nike Military Field Boots, size 12, worn during the Dead Sea Expedition! Excellent condition, super-high performance, featherweight, but a bit salty!

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    POLE PAK! 10 Quake DVDs, one signed by Rick Larson, a telephone call from Rick, a Christ Quake poster signed by Rick, a Christ Quake clapper slate used making the film signed by the Director, and a screen credit: "Associate Producer" for you or your organization. PLUS Rick's Leki Carbonlite AERGON Trekking Poles (Pair) used during the Dead Sea Expedition! Like the boots, excellent condition, super-high performance, featherweight, adjustable, but a bit salty!

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