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Bidding for Gold, is an ultimate documentary following Team USA as they travel to Cali, Colombia to compete in the 2013 World Games.
Bidding for Gold, is an ultimate documentary following Team USA as they travel to Cali, Colombia to compete in the 2013 World Games.
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Bidding for Gold is a documentary following 13 of the greatest Ultimate players the world has ever witnessed as they plan, practice, and eventually play at The World Games on July 28-30 in Cali, Colombia. 

I followed the team here to Cali, where I am now writing from. I was able to gain unprecedented access to the team that exceeded even my expectations. I am extremely grateful for the team's welcoming attitudes and openness to the camera. I was able to film the team as they arrived in Cali, hung out in the hostel, went out to eat, shopped around Cali, and prepared for the World Games. The behind-the-scenes access has allowed for the film to become a personal account of what playing for Team USA is really about: creating lifelong friendships, managing hardships (fighting through sickness and migraines), and playing the games themselves. I was able to film many huddles and locker room talks before games. The players opened up about their experiences and spoke of moments on the field that tell the story of earning Gold at The World Games.

The documentary has become an all-consuming project since its inception over a month ago. I have had the opportunity to spend a great deal of time with the players both in Colombia and the United States and have grown to respect not only their skills as players but even more paramount their equally monumental level of spirit. Each of the players, coaches, advisors, and even observers (that's you, Dengel), have the highest regard for the sport along with an unsurpassed level of Spirit. The sport does not stay on the field. It becomes part of every one of us who has been lucky enough to be able to call ourselves an Ultimate player.

Bidding for Gold is attempting to write the history of the sport as it unfolds before us. We are at the most pivotal time in the history of the sport, with its recognition by the International Olympic Committee; ESPN coverage; the invention of not one, but two pro leagues; and USA Ultimate's golden child, The Triple Crown Tour. Paraphrasing Dr. Tom Crawford, USA Ultimate's CEO, the goal of USAU and the Triple Crown Tour is to both highlight the highest level of Ultimate in the world and put on a "show" so that the sport will further develop at the youth level. As an Ultimate player who has been touched by the sport, I truly believe it is my duty to help in the best way that I can to bring the sport to more people of all ages across the country. 

The film will set up the sport and tell its history so that any passerby may understand both its simplicities and its nuances. I hope that they may find inspiration in the athletes representing our country at The World Games, and in turn become both players and fans of the sport. As I mentioned, it is my and the rest of the Ultimate community's duty to proliferate the sport across borders, boundaries, and cultures. 

Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart for reading this, and I hope you can join me as I march forward for what is proving to be the adventure of a lifetime. 

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Ultimate, which combines the non-stop movement and athletic endurance of soccer with the aerial passing skills of football, is played by two teams with a flying disc or Frisbee™ on a field with end zones, similar to football. The object of the game is to score by catching a pass in the opponent’s end zone. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Ultimate is a transition game in which players move quickly from offense to defense on turnovers that occur with a dropped pass, an interception, a pass out of bounds, or when a player is caught holding the disc for more than ten seconds. Ultimate is governed by Spirit of the Game™, a tradition of sportsmanship that places the responsibility for fair play on the players rather than referees. Ultimate is played in more than 80 countries by an estimated 7 million of men and women, girls and boys. The international governing body, WFDF, represents 59 member associations in 56 countries.

Risks and challenges

I have been in Colombia with the team filming. My original intent for this kickstarter was to help me cover the expenses of filming in Cali. I am already finished filming with the team during the games. I was able to gain much more access than I ever expected. However, I do not have the funds for a ticket home. Right now my money is quickly running out.

I have found a free place to stay while I wait out my time to book a ticket back home. I will say, staying in Cali is not too expensive, and the hundred dollars I have in my pocket, along with the help of strangers will keep me off of the street.

If you can help now there are great gifts that you will be eligible for and will gain access to many special features and behind the scenes cuts.

The greatest risk I have taken so far is pouring every cent of mine into the project. It began so fast, that I have had no choice but to put all I have into the project. I have already received over $1000 in donations, which has been sufficient up until this point. Now I need your help.

I am hoping to raise much more than $1000 to help begin the post production process and continue working on the film. I still need to film interviews in Atlanta on my way back to my home. And then I will be hiring an editor to edit the first version of the film. The more money I raise today, the easier it will be to continue working on the film right now.

Below is an earlier post from when I expected to have the kickstarter running during the trip to The World Games. I left it in because I think it gives a good idea about where my head was at before the games.

(Earlier Post) 7/22/2013
I am not as concerned as far as safety just traveling while in Colombia. Having read a lot about how the country has developed since the days of Pablo Escobar, it has become a much safer and touristy country. And luckily we will be at Team USA's side for the whole trip. So we will not be wandering off to dangerous areas. I have travelled on my own to Costa Rica (hitch hiked), Italy, Scotland and Denmark. Each trip was about a month. I have become comfortable getting around foreign countries on my own. Also, my spanish is half decent. While this is not to say that I must not worry about thieves and kidnapping, I am very away of the dangers, I am not entering the same country that it was 20 years ago.

(Cali has been an amazing city, and they people here have been extremely friendly and open to tourists. This trip has come together better than I could have ever expectied) 7/31/13

I have been able to be with Team USA, but have not be allowed to film the games themselves. The rights have been sold to a German Production company, which now with a completed Indiegogo Campaign by the World Flying Disc Federation, will be covered in its entirety. So the tough hurdle will be getting the funds together to gain rights to the games. My greatest worry would have been if the games were not covered. And to be honest, the fact that a professional company is covering the games is quite a blessing. The coverage will be much more comprehensive and allow for a more compelling final product!

Once we have come home and begin editing, I already have an editor lined up. His name is Kyle Kelly, from Bullmoose Productions in NYC. I was brought on to a documentary Kyle was doing with Chris Buchannan of the College of Wooster mens basketball team. I ran the camera and helped with interviews. Kyle has experience editing and we will need to raise a second round of funds for him to cover post. It will be between 5 and 10 grand depending on how fast we would like the turnaround to be.

My goal is to have something in the hands of ESPN by October so that they may get rolling on something that could around my birthday, June 14th. My goal is to have the World Premiere air at Poultry Days a year after it began.

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    You will receive an HD digital download of the film upon its completion, A postcard from Colombia, AND a high quality 8.5"x11" fine art print of the Team Because you helped out at the start, your version of the film will have special behind the scenes, long takes, extended scenes from in the huddle, all because you were generous enough to help make this happen!

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    CREDIT! You will now be listed on the credits under the donors section at the end of the film. You will receive the HD digital download upon the film's completion, a postcard from Colombia AND a high quality 8.5"x11" fine art print of the Team Gifts other than the film will be sent by August.

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    Have you ever needed love advice? Nicky Spiva, Team USA's very own pretty boy, will be writing a special pair of donors a love advice column similar to the Dear Abbey letters. Skyd Magazine once wrote of Spiva, "He is the most gorgeous player to ever don an Orange Observer jersey. We continually find ourselves at a loss for words when trying to interview him due to his dashing looks and boyish smile."

    You write him asking for advice, and you can expect a one of a kind letter you will cherish and (probably) share with your friends and teammates for years. There will only be two of these one of a kind opportunities. We expect them to go fast. You will also receive credit and the print AND the postcard.

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    We all know Beau Kittredge as the mysterious Alaskan transplant who soars over his competition (literally). He has quickly found himself at the heart of debates over whom is the greatest player of all time. What none of the other players in contention have going for them is their very own children's book. Beau has THREE! "Unbroken", "No No Kitty", and "How to Pet a Porcupine" are the first three of Beau's entirely self-produced children's books. So what do you get?! You not only get a signed copy of the book of your choice, but you will also get a one-of-a-kind DVD of Beau READING YOU HIS BOOK! I will be flying to San Francisco to video Beau while he reads the book to you by the fire on a comfy chair (possibly sipping scotch). He will introduce the book and welcome you BY NAME to sit by his side and enjoy the story. There will only be 13 of these DVD's ever made. AND you will still get the Credit on the film, the Print of the team, the HD download, AND postcard from Cali.

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    45 Minute Skype Consultation with Team USA Coach: Matty Tsang Are you a coach or a player/coach? Ever wanted to coach? Ever wanted advice from one of the greatest coaches of all time? Well Matty Tsang just might be your guy. He has won 7 Club Nat'l Championships with FURY, a World Club Championship and 3 Spirit Awards. He is not stopping there. He is planning on coming home with a World Games Gold in just a couple weeks! Matt will sit down with you for a 45 minute consultation. You will be able to ask him anything. Send him a list of things you need some help with, and he can come prepared to give you the best advice on coaching the game, bringing in new and young players into the game, having fun and most of all Spirit. Oh and he will only do this with One lucky donor. You will also receive a signed disc from Team USA And finally, you will get all of the above listed gifts: Credit, Postcard, Team Print, HD Download with bonus behind the scene footage.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! Every produced a film before? Ever wanted to? Becoming an Associate Producer is more than just having your name roll by at the beginning of the film. You will be involved in the process now! I will sit with you once a month over the process for a 45minute skype session to discuss where the film is at, let you watch everything up to that point, and give your thoughts and suggestions. You will be a guest of honor at the world premiere which I am currently planning to be at Poultry Days next June. (Poultry Days is one of the largest and most beloved tournaments in the country each summer in Versailles, OH) Let's not stop there! You will receive a signed disc AND a signed print from the entire Team USA! I don't even know what those are worth

    but I'm calling them priceless. Along with living on in Ultimate history as a name rolling by in the greatest ultimate doc ever made, you will get all the rest of the gifts.

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    PRODUCER You are now on the team. You will be updated weekly. Every step of the way, we will be running ideas, questions, plans, edits, right by you. I will be doing weekly Skype sessions with you (as long as you want them). A signed Team USA Jersey!!!!!! There may only be a select few of these ever made, and you will have one of them, along with a signed disc AND a signed print. Oh and you will have all of your chicken dinners covered for you at the Poultry Days World Premiere.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER You have made this project succeed and move into a place in ultimate history. You will be right by my side every step of the way. Your goals for the film will be taken into account and help move us forward. Your name will be at the top of list. IMDB the whole nine. You will be part of any question and answer sessions regarding the film. You will be part of the team. You will be the guest of honor at the world screening in Versailles, OH for Poultry Days. You will have both a Dark and Light Team USA Jersey printed up for you from 5 Ultimate. You will have all of the signed gear. A video thank you from Team USA sent specially to you. You will be choosing to come along this journey with me, and I will look forward to having you there.

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