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A documentary feature chronicling the bizarre evolution of the DBFH event & the planning, production, and execution of our 10th year!
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The 10th annual Desert Bus for Hope fundraising marathon is coming in November 2016, and it’s been a weird ride to get to this place.

What began as a handful of us pointing a camera at our living room, has evolved into a 40-volunteer-strong, week-long telethon that’s raised a lifetime total of $3,112,329 for Child’s Play Charity in its nine years.

We want to document that weird ride—both the history of the event, and the preparation and production of its tenth year

Finale of DBFH9 — Photo: Andrew Ferguson
Finale of DBFH9 — Photo: Andrew Ferguson

However, LoadingReadyRun & Bionic Trousers Media are so ingrained in the planning and running of the event, that we don’t have the people, equipment, or mental bandwidth required to produce this feature ourselves.

So we’ve brought in Russ Pitts and Flying Saucer Media. With years of experience in video production—working with folks like Epic Games, Harmonix, SpryFox, Polygon, and TakeThis.org—Russ is a storyteller first and foremost, trusted by game makers and other creative types to tell complex stories in genuine and relatable ways. Which is why he’s the person we trust to tell our story. Bionic Trousers will still have creative control of the project, but we wouldn’t want anyone but Russ to produce it.

The Desert Bus for Hope Documentary [uninspired working title] would cover the history of the event, from its humble beginning in our living room, to the week-long production it’s become, and it will take you behind the scenes of the months of hard work that will go into producing Desert Bus for Hope 10.

We think DBFH is a wholly unique event, and we believe it deserves documentation. The 10th anniversary event makes the most sense, both as a milestone, and as an appropriate time to look back on what brought us here.

Furthermore, we hope that this documentary will inspire others to do good. We started so small, just wanting to do something nice, and through the support of an amazing community we accidentally created something giant and wonderful. We hope that this documentary will showcase what is possible when a community bands together to do good things.

Photos: Andrew Ferguson
Photos: Andrew Ferguson

This documentary project is not for profit—we don’t want or expect to make money from this.

In fact, we believe in this project so much, that Bionic Trousers is funding the first $30,000 ourselves. This campaign is for the remaining amount. You can read a detailed funding breakdown below.

We want this project to be seen—distribution will not be limited to Kickstarter backers. However, backers will have access to an early release. 

Physical copies (DVD or BluRay) will be available for purchase after the project is completed, and we will investigate digital distribution options for the physical media's special features.

If you're in the US, this project is asking for what appears like way more money than it actually is, because we are based in Canada, and the Canadian dollar is pretty crap right now. We're actually asking for around $65,000 USD, but converted into CAD (and factoring in the Kickstarter fees, and producing physical rewards) that's $92,000 CAD. We realize the sticker shock isn't great, but just think how far your US dollars will go!

Note: All rewards higher than $6 receive thanks in the credits, and all rewards higher than $12 get to "attend" the digital premiere. Other rewards are as written.

Cards Against Humanity, Cards For The Children

LoadingReadyRun and Cards Against Humanity are going to team-up to write a 15-card pack, entirely Desert Bus themed! This one-off pack will only be available through this campaign.

Kickstarter Exclusive Poster

Michael Lunsford, Desert Bus poster laureate, will be providing the key art for this project, and you can get a wonderful print of said artwork. While the design will be revealed during the campaign, enjoy these examples of Michael's previous Desert Bus work.

Kickstarter Exclusive Fangamer Shirt

Since Desert Bus 5 the wonderful folks at Fangamer have provided the official, gorgeous DBFH t-shirts, and they're doing one just for this campaign! Here are some examples of their previous work, so you can be confident in its pedigree. But just in case, the Kickstarter shirt design will be revealed during the campaign!

We're in the happy position of being able to tell you exactly where all the money for this project is going. Here's a breakdown from Flying Saucer Media.

 Pls fund documentary, k thanks.

Risks and challenges

If we don't get funding, the documentary won't happen. That's... well, the main hurdle. Everyone involved has done this before, and we've budgeted for emergency contingencies. If we fund, this is happening.

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    Thank you! [approx $5 USD]
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    Thank you for helping to make this possible.

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    Red Carpet Treatment! [approx $10 USD]
    Remotely "attend" the online live-streamed premiere of the final cut, hosted by LRR.

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    Cards For Hope! [approx $16 USD]
    A custom pack of DBFH-themed Cards Against Humanity cards, co-written by LRR and CAH.

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    A high-quality download of the original soundtrack, composed by Ian Dorsch.

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    Poster! [approx $24 USD]
    The Desert Bus Documentary key-art poster, by Desert Bus poster mastermind, Michael Lunsford.

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    An exclusive t-shirt, designed and produced by our wonderful friends at FanGamer. Design to be revealed during the campaign!

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    All of the things! [approx $85 USD]
    The 15-card pack of CAH, the original soundtrack by Ian Dorsch, the Michael Lunsford poster, and the Fangamer t-shirt—all for you!

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