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The story of Frank Springer and the town he served as a police officer from 1938 to 1973 as told by Frank today and by archival images. Read more

Portland, OR Documentary
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The story of Frank Springer and the town he served as a police officer from 1938 to 1973 as told by Frank today and by archival images.

Portland, OR Documentary
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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

Frank's Town tells the story of Frank Springer and the town in which he served as a police officer for 35 years. In the course of a career that spanned the Great Depression, World War II, post-war corruption and the social unrest of the 60s and 70s, Frank shaped Portland in ways large and small. Through interviews with Frank and archival materials, this project hopes to present a unique look at the changing nature of Portland life and the evolution of police work over more than three decades. 

But the goal of Frank's Town is more than just presenting an interesting slice of local history. At the heart of this project is the opportunity to meet a character whose anecdotes, observations and continued engagement of life at age 99 I find remarkable and inspiring. I think you'll feel that way, too. 

PROJECT PLAN

This is a multimedia project that will use articles, audio and video podcasts and other media to share the story of Frank's Town as well as the production of the project. The core of the project is a feature-length documentary using interviews with Frank combined with archival material from the Springer family, the Portland Police Museum, Oregon Historical Society, City of Portland Archives, and other local archive sources.

For the past two months, the project has been conducting interviews with Frank, researching archival material and digitizing archival images. Over the next two months, the project will complete shooting interviews, archival material collection, editing and post-production for the feature length documentary as well as for the shorter media that make up the project.

FUNDING

Kickstarter funds will be used for remaining expenses related to pre-production, shooting, editing and post-production. Other expenses for which Kickstarter funds will also be used include DVD reproduction and distribution, project promotion and publicity. 

FAQ

  • Yes. Although we've reached our pledge goal ten days early, pledges will still be accepted up to 8:57 PM (EDT) on June 24. Anyone pledging after the pledge goal was reached receives the same rewards as other pledgers (including our sincere appreciation).

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  • The project budget represents the minimum funds needed for the project as described above. In the process of developing that budget, there were production elements that would enhance the final product - use of copyrighted period music and film, for example - but were absolutely essential to telling the story. Any additional funds would be used to restore those elements in the production plan. And, of course, pledging after the limit has been reached only improves the rewards you'll be receiving.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    0 backers

    You receive our gratitude and regular emailings of the Frank's Town Rap Sheet containing project updates and exclusive stories.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    1 backer

    You receive the exclusive downloadable video short "Memories of a Rookie" containing stories from Frank's early days as a patrolman in the 1930s and 1940s, and all the above rewards.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    3 backers

    You receive the exclusive downloadable video short "Sin City" about crime in 1950s Portland and Frank's role in shutting down vice in the Rose City, an invitation to a post-production reception, and all the above rewards.

  • You selected
    Pledge $35 or more

    4 backers

    You receive a downloadable version of the full-length documentary Frank's Town, listing as a "project associate producer" on the Frank's Town facebook page, and all the above rewards.

  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    6 backers

    You receive a special boxed version of Frank's Town including the full-length documentary and exclusive special features, a personal thank you note from the project creator, and all the above rewards (except for downloadable version of documentary).

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    Pledge $100 or more

    18 backers

    You receive a listing in the end credits under "This film made possible by the support of the following individuals...", and all the above rewards.

  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer

    You receive a listing in the end credits under "Special thanks to the following individuals..." (in lieu of above credit listing), a personal phone call from the project creator, and all the above rewards.

  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    3 backers

    You receive listing in the opening credits as "executive producer" (in lieu of other credit listings above) and all the above rewards.

  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer

    You receive an invitation to dinner with the project creator and Frank, and all the above rewards.

Funding period

- (40 days)