The story of an unexpected and unlikely hero who helped inspire one of the most memorable come- from-behind-victories ever. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on February 19, 2012.
About this project
This inspiring, true, and virtually unknown story must be told. It’s the story of an unexpected and unlikely hero—some say the true hero of the 1980 Holiday Bowl, now hailed as the Miracle Bowl.
It’s the inspiring story of Mel Farr.
Yes, you’ve probably never heard of him. He never caught a winning touchdown pass. Never kicked a field goal. Never even suited up for a game. But most importantly, he never gave up. And it was his tenacity that inspired an entire team to mount one of the most memorable come-from-behind victories in college bowl history.
Even if you’re not a football fan, this story will speak to you because the film is really about the triumph of the human spirit—that thing inside us that makes us want to do more or be more. If you’ve ever had a dream or an impossible or out-of-reach goal, this story will spark you to stick with it. Or maybe you want to inspire others.
Never underestimate the value of spreading encouragement.
Several notable motivational speakers have recounted this story—Lavell Edwards (NCAA Hall of Fame Coach), Steve Young (former NFL quarterback), Vai Sikihema (NBC Head Sports Anchor), Tom Holmoe (Athletic Director, BYU), and others who were on the 1980 BYU football team have used this story to inspire young people. Now it’s time to bring this story to life in a way that could possibly inspire millions.
The short film
We want to turn this story into a dramatic short film, but we need your help. Your help and any of your friends who you think might be willing to give assistance.
Through the power of group funding via Kickstarter.com we are looking for people who would like to join in and contribute money for the production of this short film.
How Kickstarter works
Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects. It’s a grass roots social media platform where people like you who believe in the value of a project can get involved and help kick start it. And in return get some pretty cool inside rewards.
This project will be open until mid-February. If the project is fully funded (meaning we got enough supporters to pledge enough to meet our minimum budget required to film) then everyone gets charged the same day. Conversely, if the project is not fully funded, no one gets charged. It’s all or nothing. But we’re hopeful with your help and the help of your friends and their friends, we can do it.
Even if you can’t make a pledge there are other ways to help. Forward this link to your own networks. “Like” our Facebook page. Post a comment/link on your own Facebook page. Help us spread the word.
The more people know about the story, the more chances we have of finding enough support to film this.
It’s been more than 30 years since that fateful game and people still talk about it. Yet they don’t know the whole story. The story of the short, developmentally challenged equipment manager who inspired an entire team to never give up. No matter how daunting the task.
Please help bring this story to life. Help spread encouragement.
No. You only get charged if/when the project is fully funded. Kickstarter has taken much of the project risk out of the equation by requiring that projects meet their minimum goal before anyone gets charged. That way, if there's not enough support to make the project successful neither the backers nor the filmmakers are left with the burden of trying to complete a project with insufficient funds. If we have enough support you will be charged after February 19th when the Kickstarter campaign ends.
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