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They are the Holy Grail of movie memorabilia -the Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland - and someone has stolen them! Read more

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They are the Holy Grail of movie memorabilia -the Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland - and someone has stolen them!

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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.  

Hand-Sewn Sequin Ruby Sneakers
Hand-Sewn Sequin Ruby Sneakers

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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.

The actual shoes just two days before they were stolen. Photograph courtesy of Fred Radtke
The actual shoes just two days before they were stolen. Photograph courtesy of Fred Radtke

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. 

Available in S-M-L-XL
Available in S-M-L-XL

 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! 

tj@superfilms.tv

Thank you for spreading the word to the Oz community!
Thank you for spreading the word to the Oz community!

 Check out there sites here: 

The Ruby Slipper Fan Club

http://users.deltacomm.com/rainbowz/rubyslipperfanclub/introduction.html

The International Wizard of Oz Club

http://ozclub.org

Beyond The Rainbow to Oz (Collection of Oz Memorabilia being auctioned March 29! Check it Out!)

http://www.beyondtherainbow2oz.com/index.html

The Daily Ozmapolitan

http://ozmapolitan.wordpress.com

Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers

http://www.judygarlandsrubyslippers.com

The International Judy Garland Club

http://www.judygarlandclub.org/index.html

The Ruby Slipper Fan Club - By Chris~

http://www.therubyslipperfanclub.com

The Royal Timeline of Oz

http://www.timelineuniverse.net/Oz/OzMap.htm

The Royal Blog of Oz

http://newwwoz.blogspot.com

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.

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    You'll receive a very special Ha-ha-ha, Ho-ho-ho, and a couple of Tra-la-las (thank you) in the end credits of the film! And you'll also receive a personal email from me to you, telling you how awesome you are! Jolly good fun!

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    You're Off To See The Wizard and once you arrive you'll receive a copy of the finished film! We'll email you the final film for you to download and keep forever. Or at least until your computer dies. But until that happens, you'll be able to share the film with your friends and family and perhaps even help solve this case.

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    The Wizard Will Explain It - For those of you that are old school, I'll send you a copy of the film on DVD or VHS. That's right, you get your very own physical copy of the film. No need to worry about "downloading" or "streaming" options. All you'll have to do is just dust off that antique player and figure out what remote to use.

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    Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain and receive a very Special Edition Blu Ray version of the film. Loaded with lots of extra features. It will also come with a Digital Downloadable Version too!

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    You'll receive a personalized autographed copy of the best-selling book "The Ruby Slippers of Oz" by Rhys Thomas. This book is everything you ever wanted to know about those famous "sequin-covered heels". Rhys spent years researching for this book, and it has more twists and turns than the yellow brick road! You'll also get a digital copy of the finished film too.

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    A Clinking, Clanking, Clattering Collection of Caliginous Junk - I'll personally make you a "Who Stole the Ruby Slippers? - Police Line Up" T-Shirt. This custom made and exclusively designed just for this kickstarter campaign T-Shirt will be available in S-M-L-XL sizes and will be screen-pressed by yours truly (I'm not kidding!). It features characters from "Oz" posing for a police line up. Pictures available below. You'll also get a copy of the film (digital or physical)!

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    For International Pledges: A Clinking, Clanking, Clattering Collection of Caliginous Junk - I'll personally make you a "Who Stole the Ruby Slippers? - Police Line Up" T-Shirt. This custom made and exclusively designed just for this kickstarter campaign T-Shirt will be available in S-M-L-XL sizes and will be screen-pressed by yours truly (I'm not kidding!). It features characters from "Oz" posing for a police line up. Pictures available below. You'll also get a copy of the film (digital or physical)! -It's an extra $5 for international shipping.

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    You will be an CO-PRODUCER on the film! You'll get an official Co-Producer credit on IMDB and in the credits of the film. (Other than that, co-producers credit will be in name only). But still that's pretty sweet. You'll also get a copy of the finished film (digital or physical) and the custom made T-Shirt too!

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    Follow the Yellow Brick Road and you will be a PRODUCER on the film! WTF, that can't be true? But it is! You'll get an official Producers credit on IMDB and in the credits of the film. You'll also have access to an early cut of the film where you can provide notes and feedback on the cut. (Other than that, producers credit will be in name only). But still that's pretty sweet. You'll also get a copy of the finished film (digital or physical) and the custom made T-Shirt too!

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    You'll Be Hissss, You'll be Hisss, You'll be Hissstory and also an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the Film! You'll get an official Executive Producer credit on IMDB and in the credits of the film. You'll also have access to an early cut of the film where you can provide notes and feedback on the cut. (Other than that, EP credit will be in name only). You'll also get a copy of the finished film (digital or physical) and the custom made T-Shirt too!

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    1 backer Limited (4 left of 5)

    Get your own pair of Ruby Sneakers! These unisex shoes are covered in hand-sewn sequins. Each pair takes over a week to construct. So much time and energy goes into constructing these bad boys that only 5 pairs will be made available! Choose from Men's sizes 3 - 13 or Women's 5 - 13. You won't find shoes like these anywhere else. You'll also get Executive Producer Credit, the custom made T-Shirt and a copy of the finished film (digital or physical).

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    The "Presented By" level. You'll get your name or company's name/logo as the presenter of this film! Your name or company's name with be in the opening credits of the film as "Presented by" which will appear prior to the title card of the film. It will also be in all posters and billing blocks! You'll also get the custom made T-Shirt and a copy of the finished film (digital or physical).

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