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Guts, glory, and sheer determination lead a team out of the darkness and back into the light.

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GIVE US THIS DAY

Hey, thanks so much for checking out the official GUTD Kickstarter page! We're happy you're here and we're excited to present you with this opportunity to join The Pacer Family. We're raising money to help finish and distribute this feature-length documentary. We've spent the last 3 years hard at work on this labor of love and we're on the final stretch. With your help we can get there!

The film is almost complete, now we need your help putting on the finishing touches and getting it out! Please check out our video, the cool rewards you will receive by helping us reach our goal, and please explore and learn more about this project that is very near and dear to our hearts.

WHY FOOTBALL IS SO DARN IMPORTANT

We've all heard professional athletes say "sports was my way out." For the Grant Pacer family, football can be a way out of the neighborhood, but it's also a way in. The term "Pacer4Life" isn't just a catchy slogan on the back of a T-Shirt. This family has as much influence on the outcome of its members' lives, as arguably anyone else. Grant Pacer Football is a family, but it's also a religion. Team Statistician, Reverend Tommie Williams says that Pacer football "brings kids together in ways that churches aren't able to anymore." Grant Pacer Football is a religion, but it is also a barometer for the successes and failures of an entire community. As former Pacer and Minnesota Viking Onterrio Smith proclaims, "when Grant's winning, there's less violence in the neighborhood." 

Give Us This Day is a story about football in as much as it is about a neighborhood, a family, and the individuals within that family. It's a story about football as much as it is a story about life...and death. It's a story about fathers and sons, uncles, brothers, teachers, coaches, role models. It's a story about how the power of faith in something bigger than us, the faith in ourselves, and most importantly, our faith in each other as human beings can overcome even the most challenging obstacles we will face. 

As filmmakers, each one of us has experienced exactly how powerful this game and this team is to this community. When you come to "The G" on a friday night to watch the Pacers battle for much more than just a win, this power becomes palpable. Our goal is to help tell the amazing stories we witnessed over a two year period, and to help recreate this remarkable experience for viewers.

HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN

A film is not a film unless someone sees it, right? We’ve been able to make it this far on our own, but we’re asking for your help for the final push. The footage is all shot and the film is edited, but here’s what we still need to do to make this dream become an actual living, breathing FILM. Any contribution you so graciously make will be spent on one or more of the following:

  • Music Licensing
  • Final Sound Mix
  • Color Correction
  • Hiring a Publicist
  • Film Festival Submission Fees
  • Travel and Hotel for Festivals
  • Legal Fees
  • Theatrical Release
  • Digital Distribution
  • Advertising

Thanks again for visiting our page. If you can't afford to make a financial contribution but would still like to help this amazing film come to life, you can! Simply share this page by email or on Facebook and Twitter!

Many thanks and let's do this!

- The Give Us This Day Team (Adam, Dan, and Milton)

Risks and challenges

We've gotten this far on our own, the major expenses are behind us and we're happy to begin our festival run. So far, we've been accepted to the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Sacramento International Film Festival. Our main challenge will be getting the film out to the general public to as big an audience as possible (distribution is typically as expensive as production) and the money we raise here will go a long way in helping us do this.

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    “Junior Pacer” - Regular email updates + your name will appear on our website’s thank you list.

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    “JV Team” - Regular email updates + your name will appear on our website’s thank you list + exclusive access to bonus footage before the film is released.

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    “All-League” - All of the above + a fresh HD digital download of the finished movie delivered straight to your email address + your name will appear in the credits under “special thanks”

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    “All-Section” - All of the above + an official Give Us This Day poster (designed by Daniel Ecoff - Superman, Friday Night Lights) and autographed by the directors.

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    “MVP” - All of the above + a limited edition Pacer helmet.

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    “Assistant Coach” - Everything from the $100 level + two tickets to the movie’s theatrical premier and V.I.P. reception (travel not included).

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    “Head Coach” - Everything from the $1,000 level + two plane tickets to the movie’s premier (U.S. residents only).

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    “Pacer 4 Life” - Everything from the $2,500 level + an “Executive Producer” credit on the film.

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