About this project
Get your own pair of Ruby Sneakers. These unisex shoes are covered in hand-sewn sequins. Sewing by hand is hard work and time-consuming, and as each pair takes over a week to sew the sequins on, only 5 pairs will be made available! Choose from Men's sizes 3 - 13 or Women's 5 - 13. Get them while you can.
FREE POSTER FOR ANYONE WHO PLEDGES $50 or More!
As a special thank you for anyone who has or will be donating $50 or more you'll be getting an 11x17 Poster Printed and Shipped right to your door! We'll mail these out to you with your other rewards. Thanks for supporting this documentary! Check out the poster below! We've added all of our current Executive Producers and Producers to it! We've got just a couple spots left so if you want to add your name to the poster, there's still time!
It’s been called a classic Hollywood whodunnit mystery.
On August 28, 2005 somebody stole one of the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia, The Ruby Slippers from the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz”.
They were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN on loan from owner Michael Shaw. The crime was surprisingly unsophisticated in execution, not much more than a late night smash-and-grab. Police arrived on the scene only to find a broken rear-door window and smashed display case that once housed the slippers. No fingerprints were found and to add insult to injury, the security camera had not been operating that night.
The shoes were one of four pairs that were actually worn by Judy Garland in the film. The remaining three pairs are scattered across the country, one on display at the Smithsonian, another acquired by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for a proposed museum and the last pair are privately owned. Today, these seventy-five year old sequin-covered heels are valued at nearly two million dollars each.
This case needs to be solved. I believe by making a documentary on the stolen slippers we could raise awareness that would possibly lead to new information coming forward about the whereabouts of the shoes. I will be traveling to Grand Rapids, MN to conduct on-screen interviews with some of the key players in the investigations and find out the current status of the case. The film will be finished by July 2014, just in time for the 75th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz”. I’ll be submitting the finished short film to festivals across the country in hope of starting a nationwide conversation about the stolen shoes.
We've got some cool rewards for the project! Here are some highlights:
For $10 you get the finished film emailed right to you! Share the link with all your friends and family, we want as many people to see the film as possible.
For $25 you can get a DVD of the finished film.
For $100 I'll personally screen-print you a limited edition "Who Stole the Ruby Slippers - Police Line Up T-Shirt".
At $250 you get a PRODUCER credit on the film!
At $350 you get EXECUTIVE PRODUCER credit on the film. There are a limited number of credits available, so get them quickly.
Get the best-selling book "The Ruby Slippers of Oz" by acclaimed author Rhys Thomas! It will be autographed with a personal message just for you!
Hello I'm a documentary filmmaker, I worked on the Sundance Film Festival film "Wordplay", a documentary about The New York Times crossword editor and National Public Radio personality Will Shorts. Then it was all about America's debt crisis, I produced "I.O.U.S.A.", it premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was later nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 2009 I produced a documentary for Nickelodeon about the lovable cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Currently, I'm working at my own production company called SuperFilms! with fellow colleague Michael Barnett. Together we made “Superheroes”. The film was a breakout hit at the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival where it won the first ever “Theatrical Release Award”. It was bought by HBO Documentary Films where it premiered in the summer of 2011. In 2012, SuperFilms! started working on “Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”, an intimate portrait of the last lion of American liberalism. The film premiered at the 2013 TriBeCa Film Festival.
If you have any leads you can contact the private investigators currently working the case: Alexander and Associates at 612-824-2442
Or you can shoot me an email and I'll put you in touch with them.
If you have theories about whodunnit let me know!
Check out there sites here:
The Ruby Slipper Fan Club
The International Wizard of Oz Club
Beyond The Rainbow to Oz (Collection of Oz Memorabilia being auctioned March 29! Check it Out!)
The Daily Ozmapolitan
Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers
The International Judy Garland Club
The Ruby Slipper Fan Club - By Chris~
The Royal Timeline of Oz
The Royal Blog of Oz
Risks and challenges
Documentaries are very challenging to make in general, especially since you don't start with a script. Documentaries are at the mercy of the interviews you collect and your relationship with the subjects in the film. It takes time to build trust and gain access into the world you want to film. On this project, there is a risk that the film could go over schedule due to a longer than anticipated post-production schedule. The "magic" in docs happens in the edit bay so it's important to keep working until it's right. If it does go over I will keep everyone updated on the status and get it released as soon as possible. It's very important that this is out before the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" in August.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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