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The story of an unexpected and unlikely hero who helped inspire one of the most memorable come- from-behind-victories ever. Read more

Provo, UT Shorts
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The story of an unexpected and unlikely hero who helped inspire one of the most memorable come- from-behind-victories ever.

Provo, UT Shorts
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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.

Who?

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.

FAQ

  • 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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Rewards

  • You selected
    $1 reward

    13 backers

    You will receive a huge thank you for helping Never Give Up get off the ground. Mel & our team will send you a video message expressing our gratitude.

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  • You selected
    $25 reward

    59 backers

    Receive the ABOVE reward... PLUS a digital download of the completed short film in 1080p HD. You can enjoy this on your computer or mobile device. It's our way of sharing the joy of making this film possible.

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  • You selected
    $50 reward

    19 backers

    ...plus a first-run Never Give Up DVD. Encourage others with this amazing story.

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  • You selected
    $75 reward

    2 backers

    ...plus the Blu-Ray DVD edition of Never Give Up (or two standard definition DVDs). Enjoy the story with high quality DVD picture and sound.

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  • You selected
    $100 reward

    22 backers

    ...plus Limited Edition Never Give Up T-shirt, and your Never Give Up DVD copy (Blu-Ray or standard) autographed by a member of the 1980 "Miracle Bowl" team.

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  • You selected
    $250 reward

    9 backers

    ...plus a special thank you with your name listed in the film and a personal phone call from the film's director.

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  • You selected
    $500 reward

    4 backers

    ...plus a football autographed by a member of the 1980 BYU "Miracle Bowl" team.

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  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    4 backers

    ...plus your name will appear in the film as an Associate Producer. Congratulations, you're on the team.

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  • You selected
    $3,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Get your office/team/family or friends charged up. The first four pledges at this level will get a private screening in your home or office (anywhere in the USA—we will pay to travel to you) with one of the producers. Afterwards you will be treated to other stories of surmounting impossible odds. Get charged up with amazing stories. Plus enjoy all the above rewards.

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  • You selected
    $5,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    The first two people to pledge this level will get an on-camera part in the film (you must provide your own transportation to Utah). Plus enjoy the above rewards.

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  • You selected
    $10,000 reward

    1 backer

    Executive producer credit in the film. You're a starting player. Have your name listed prominently and permanently in the film. Plus enjoy the above rewards.

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Funding period

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