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A feature length documentary that tells the story of how the American Craft Brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time.

Crafting A Nation is a feature length documentary and new media project that tells the story of how American Craft Brewers are rebuilding the economy one beer at a time.


Despite the recent economic downturn in America, a new and exciting industry is on the rise.  The American Craft Brewers are truly rebuilding the economy from the ground up. They are crafting great beer, generating sustainable jobs, increasing tax revenue, and promoting the entrepreneurial spirit and quality of life for a better tomorrow. This documentary follows several of the key players in the industry as well as many breweries only known within their local communities. The characters that we follow in this film all display a common thread that is about creating great beer that stands for something while staying committed to their local roots. Its been said in many ways that this film is timely, however, it presents a timeless quality as we tell the story of two brothers giving everything they have to achieve their lifelong dream of opening Black Shirt Brewing Company.


So now we need you, our fans, the craft beer lovers, the believers, and our loyal supporters to help us finish this film. Our first Kickstarter campaign helped us to set out and capture this film, but now we need to finish it—and we can do that with your help. The additional funds will go towards the post-production of Crafting A Nation. Many of our potential funding resources have fallen through on us, but giving up is not an option. Our production team has filmed in over ten select craft beer destinations across the country and principal photography has been completed. These locations include: Austin, TX; Saint Louis, MO; Minneapolis, MN; the Front Range of CO; Boston, MA; Milton, DE; the Bay Area and Chico, CA; Portland, OR; and Asheville, NC.

Our Film Crew Work Shirts, Yours with a $100 contribution
Our Film Crew Work Shirts, Yours with a $100 contribution


For the past three months the post-production team has been working around the clock to edit this film in time to hit deadlines for film festivals. Within that time we have taken over 180 hours worth of footage and crafted a full 100 minute, tight, rough-cut of the film. We are working diligently in an effort to submit this cut to several top-name film festivals both nationally and internationally.


This film has been funded solely by small businesses and individual backers like yourself that have a passion for craft beer and/or the indelible entrepreneurial spirit that continues to thrive. Each day we dedicate our talents and energy striving to create the film that will capture the heart and soul of American Craft Beer.

The 11x17 Poster you'll receive with a $15 dollar Contribution.
The 11x17 Poster you'll receive with a $15 dollar Contribution.


How can you help? By making a donation here on Kickstarter you secure the completion of this documentary. Really? How so? Once a film is locked down and the content is crafted into a story, so many more elements are needed to amplify the film's experience. Those elements are sound effects, an original music score, motion graphics, stimulating visual effects and proper color correction.


You can make this happen. Your contribution really does matter. And your name will forever be a part of this film.  The moment you see your name on the big screen in the “Thank You" credits will be the moment you understand the significance of your contribution. In addition, you will receive special incentives for the level of contribution you chose to make. We really appreciate any and all of the support that we receive. We raise our glass and say thank you!


Cheers
Thomas Kolicko
Director and Producer of Crafting A Nation


Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

This project has seen its share of challenges through out production and heading into post production. Our main challenge has been the challenge of any independent business: finding proper funding. We spent months working on collecting funds, taking pitch classes, and seeking coaching, but all our funding resources have fallen short due to our age and "lack of collateral". Though our age has worked against us, we are now using it to our advantage and getting creative on how to fund the completion of this film. No matter what, we will continue to push on. All along this has been a shoe-string budget, but we are determined to keep this project on schedule.

We have applied to several film festivals, which will decide when the world premiere of the film will be and when the DVD will be able to be released. We are seeking to pick up a distributor for the film to get it shown in several markets both nationally and internationally.

The production team is highly qualified to overcome any challenge that we face, because giving up is just not an option.
We are all recent college grads trying to make our own way as filmmakers in the professional world. In addition to our years of professional experience in this field, it is our strong will as a production team that qualifies us to tell this story. This project is something that has deeply inspired us to pursue our own dreams despite the financial difficulties that come with starting a business.

A special Thank you to:
Condor Cam- for use of the CC slider for the production of the video
Pretty Girl- for writing the song The Revolutionary as the theme for Crafting A Nation

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