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Official Documentary about Eddie Kidd the 'Black Knight' a forgotten Hero!

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Hi Kickstarters we are excited to join in and be one of the first documentaries from the UK on here!

Please Note: For those who are new to Kickstarter and 'crowd funding' platforms, please read the following, it is really simple:

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White Men Can Jump! is a feature length documentary about the life and journey of Eddie Kidd, ‘The Black Knight’ ….. a forgotten British hero. World Record Holder and Daredevil Stuntman, Eddie Kidd, was a legend to many, a sex symbol to thousands of women, an inspiration to millions of fans, a loving father with a heart of gold and double to Hollywood stars including Pierce Brosnan, Michael Caine, Roger Moore, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford to name but a few. He was on top of his game and on top of the world.

Tragically, on August 11th 1996, at the Hells Angel’s Bulldog Bash, Eddie had a horrific crash leaving him unconscious and close to the brink of death. Doctors battled to save him after he flat-lined twice but then he slipped into a deep coma. In truth the Doctors didn’t know when or whether he would ever come around.

The documentary is an awe Inspiring insight into the man that became a legend and his struggles to overcome his horrendous brain injuries to hopefully and eventually one day, walk again.

The Film is Directed by Nick Kennedy and produced by New Forest Pictures with a running time aprox 100 minutes.

10 years in the making, we are releasing this next year for the 20th anniversary of the Great Wall of China jump.  Ray Winstone is kindly providing the voice over for the documentary.

Now that we are closer than ever to completing the film, with the fabulous platform that 'Kick Starter has provided, with your help Eddie's story can now be realised and completed and all of his fans around the world will be overjoyed when the film is released in the cinemas next year.
 
Eddie Kidd & Nick Kennedy would like to wish you well and thank you for joining us on this page and apologise for the time it has taken to get this movie off the ground....we are getting closer and with your help we should be able to raise all the money required to complete it. Our aim is to release the film in the autumn of 2013. Help us spread the word and if you know of anyone who would like to help raise funds for the film please direct them here!

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White Men Can Jump! - Story Synopsis 
 
The Incredible highs and lows of a daredevil stuntman, Eddie Kidd. The riches-to-rags tale of Eddie Kidd, daredevil extroadinaire, who having lived a fantastical life of adventure, must now struggle with the pain of reality.
Over his 30-year career, Eddie Kidd’s death-defying stunts were witnessed by hundreds of millions of people across the world. At his dizziest heights Eddie was loved and adored by women; admired and followed by boys and men alike. As well as being a world record breaking daredevil, Eddie became a
stunt double for James Bond and Indiana Jones, becoming pally with the International A-list.
 
A working class London lad who loved his bikes and had no fear was living the life that dreams are made of, mixing with movie stars and models, money in the bank, and an authentic living legend. China even honoured Eddie with a first class stamp after a billion people watched him jump the Great Wall in 1993.
 
Then it all came crashing down one tragic day in August 1996.
 
Having officially ‘died’ twice in the operating theatre, Eddie fell into a coma that was to last three months. When he finally awoke there was joy and
great relief that his mental faculties were intact and the Eddie of old was still there, but the catalogue of life-threatening injuries meant he was crippled, thus beginning Eddie’s biggest fight of all: to walk again.
 
This feature length documentary will reveal the all-too-human vulnerability
of a man who lived a larger-than-life existence in the global public eye.
White Men Can Jump! will look behind the myth of Eddie Kidd and reveal a man, living alone in a council house in Peacehaven, still fighting, still showing the guts that made him a legend. The film will reveal the dramatic juxtaposition of a man who seemed to have wings and could fly, to the same man now struggling to walk. The lasting impression from this unique time capsule of a life truly lived will be one of the triumphs of the human spirit over all obstacles.
 
Director Nick Kennedy has been filming Eddie for over 10 years from the high life through to his struggles with rehabilitation. This film will combine over 200 hours of unseen footage and extensive material of Eddie’s prolific career, plus interviews with life-long friends through to Hollywood stars, including Ray Winstone, who will narrate the film.


On the set of Bullseye with Roger Moore & Michael Caine
On the set of Bullseye with Roger Moore & Michael Caine
White Men Can Jump! aims to be up there with the most spectacular sporting documentaries, such as Senna, When We Were Kings, Riding Giants and Dog Town And Z-Boys, ultimately scaling the heights of the Oscar-winning Man On Wire - but without the wire. This is a white-knuckle nostalgia trip for grown-up boys, cataloguing bravery and heart from a time of real heroes, as a truly extraordinary man goes into battle one more time.

Death defying leap on the film set of Riding High
Death defying leap on the film set of Riding High
Recent news.... Former stunt rider Eddie Kidd finally crossed the finish line of the 2011 Virgin London Marathon 50 days after setting out on the 26 mile route. Eddie, who is paralysed and brain damaged after a motorbike stunt went horrifically wrong in 1996, defied doctors who said he would never walk again to complete the gruelling course.

Crowds of supporters went wild as a beaming Eddie walked the last steps on
a special frame, aided by his wife Sam and celebrity pals Ray Winstone and
Graham Cole (former actor from The Bill).

Eddie's dedicated support towards charity has seen him raise hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years. His epic achievement finishing the marathon raised over £90,000 for Children with Leukaemia and
The Eddie Kidd Foundation.
 
In 2012 Eddie was also nominated to carry the Olympic Torch for the London Olympics and later in the year was also celebrated in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Eddie who suffered serious brain injuries in a crash at a motorcycle rally in 1996, became an OBE.  He was recognised for his services to charitable giving.
 
Eddie Kidd recieves OBE from Prince Charles
Eddie Kidd recieves OBE from Prince Charles
How You Can Help
 
Nick Kennedy, Director, who has been a friend of Eddie’s for over 20 years, is solely working on a documentary project, since Eddie’s crash in 1996.
White Men Can Jump!  will be a definitive film about Eddie’s life and Nick felt it was the one way that he could help his dear friend to try and get back on his feet and because Eddie is unable to earn any money, with the anticipated success of this documentary, the rewards would give Eddie the independence and the daily therapy he so desperately needs.

They’ve been so close but luck hasn’t come their way in this difficult financial climate. But with the current momentum; Eddie carrying the Olympic Torch and being awarded an OBE and after a great British year, they now believe it is the right time to appeal to Eddie’s friends and fans from around the world - both the long standing ones and to all of the new ones. They will all appreciate this incredible man who achieved No 1 status as a Dare Devil Legend, World Record Holder and who continues daily with guts and determination and the belief that one day that he will walk again.

We now need your help. If you are new to Kickstarter this is how it works. Have a look at the various gift packages on the panel on the right and choose whichever one that most suits you and you can afford.

The money raised on Kickstarter will fund the additional filming and editing needed to finish the film.

For your kind involvement, your contributions will be rewarded with limited edition and unique collectable gifts.

To distribute the completed film as widely as possible internationally, we will need to utilise as much of your kind donation in the making of the film. We hope that the rewards are attractive enough for you to make your contribution.
We would like to thank you in advance and ask you to spread the word as much as you possibly can to help us reach our goal.
Helping Us Reach Our Goal
Eddie was seen all over the world from Japan to USA, from Sweden to South Africa and even from Leatherhead to Dubai. When he jumped the Great Wall of China in 1993, he reached a viewing audience of over 2 Billion people worldwide. That’s pretty amazing. With today’s technology and with your support, we believe we can reach that target again.

However, if we are unable to reach the funding target before the expiry date, then sadly we will not be able start and complete the project. We chose ‘Kickstarter’ as the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world and we believe it is the best platform to achieve our goal. With the help of like-minded people like yourselves, we believe you will surely see the incredible potential this film has and donate towards the campaign goal and the success of the film.

If you truly believe that you can help, then have a look at one of the gift packages on and please tell as many people as possible about the campaign and urge them join the kickstarter page and donate.

The campaign runs for 35 days so spread the word and follow us on Facebook & Twitter and share this link.

Contact Us
Please feel free to contact Sharon Day (Production Assistant, New Forest Pictures) if you have any questions, or require further information, and or would like to know how you can become more involved in the making of
White Men Can Jump!
Twitter: @whitemencanjum1
 

Status of Project

We are 50% through making the film and have so much footage but just need to raise the rest so we can release it next year and remind Britain and the World of one of the greatest forgotten heroes!
 
The total budget that we are asking for is £142,000

£92,000 Budget for Production - shooting over a 6 month period covering all aspects left to shoot - Interviews, reconstructions of events, therapy footage over 6 month period, different stages of progress etc

£50,000 Budget for Post Production - Sourcing all archive footage, film & tape transfers, digitising hundreds of hours of material, scanning images, voice over recording, editing, music clearances and mastering.
 
Please have a look at the rewards we are offering.
 
Thank you for your support we really appreciate it.
 
 
Nick Kennedy, Director
Nick Kennedy, Director
 
Sharon Day, Production Assistant
Sharon Day, Production Assistant
 

Risks and challenges

It is widely known that making films in particular is high risk and can often take years to make. If there was a simple formula that was secure with guranteed returns, then everybody would be doing it.

As film makers, we understand the risks and challenges and are prepared to put literally thousands of hours into conceiving and writing the story and getting enormous amount of information required to attract cast & crew and investors alike and more often unpaid but that what makes a film maker a film maker..... determination, professionalism, endurance and more determination.

Risks are there for all involved but it is our job to minimise them as much as possible to make the project as viable as possible...I hope we have achieved that.

We see that the main risk for the project is how widely the film will get distributed and ultimately how successful it will be at the box office...nobody knows the answer to that in advance, however, we can guarantee that with the production budget raised, the film will be completed and our team will endeavour to get the best distributor possible so to maximise its potential. The film will marketed around the world and in this digital age we will utilise all mediums.available.

The key challenge in the past was raising money in a diffcult financial climate. We have received such a great response and support from the industry for the story and all contributors are on stand by. Once we have secured the funds, we can go straight into production.

We received strong indications that broadcasters will 'pick it up' once the film is ready for market. The Challenge now is to reach our target over the next month. This will secure the future for the project.

Despite trying to source funds from the usual avenues available to film makers, we feel going direct to the public platforms like Kickstarter is the best way to achieving our goal. Often enough investors fuss over sometimes unimportant issues which delays a project. We feel confident that in this instance, Eddie's fans and friends will support this project and we believe the general public are more in tune today when they see a great story, invention or business and make the right decision to invest in it or not.

We know times are hard but film and television programmes are made each week, each month and throughout the year.. Some slip through the net, however, this film shouldn't be one of them. With Ray Winstone and a whole host of celebrities, friends & family guiding us through the story culminating with incredible stunts and unseen footage, the story of Eddie Kidd's life is long overdue and millions of fans from around the world are waiting in anticipation for the premiere of White Men Can Jump.

We believe the risk is fairly minimal, however, but there is no guarantee we can achieve all our goals but we need to finish the film so it can be the best it can be so in turn further minimise the risk and maximise its potential.

Filming of key interviews, family and friends are required along with archive footage of historical events and news items about his jumps. In addition, we are planning to visit the set of the next James Bond movie with Eddie to meet some old friends as he was double to some of the previous James Bonds. And then finally, we will need to put it altogether.

We hope you understand and appreciate the risks and the challenges ahead. If you have any questions or require additional information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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    'The 'Pin-Up' Package - Limited Photo of Eddie Kidd and Special Thanks on Facebook, Twitter and Website

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    'The Kidd' Package -

    Limited Movie Flyer, Limited Photo of Eddie Kidd, Movie Sticker and all in the above package.

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    ‘The Bullseye' Package -

    Digital Download of Movie and all in the above package.

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    'The Wicked' Package -

    Limited Movie Poster, Digital Download of Movie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘The Double Decker' Package -

    Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, ,A Copy of the DVD, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘Pickett’s Lock' Package -

    BlueRay DVD of Movie, A Copy of the DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘The Riding High' Package -

    Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘Levi’s 501' Package -

    Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘The Olympic Torch' Package -

    DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website.

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    ‘The OBE' Package -

    Special Preview Screening in UK (x1), Limited Movie 2014 Calendar, DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website. (travel accommodation costs not included)

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    ‘The Black Knight' Package -

    Special ‘On Screen’ Credit, Special Preview Screening in UK (x2), Limited Movie 2014 Calendar, DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website. (travel accommodation costs not included)

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    ‘The Marathon' Package -

    Exclusive Photo with Eddie Kidd, Special ‘On Screen’ Credit, Special Preview Screening in UK (x4), Limited Movie 2014 Calendar, DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website. (travel accommodation costs not included)

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    ‘007' Package -

    Exclusive Film Premiere (x2), VIP Party, Exclusive Photo with Eddie Kidd, Special ‘On Screen’ Credit, Special Preview Screening in UK (x4), Limited Movie 2014 Calendar, DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website. (travel accommodation costs not included)

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    ‘Great Wall of China' Package -

    Dinner with Eddie Kidd, Director Nick Kennedy and other Special Celebrity Friends, Professional Portrait Photograph with Eddie
    Kidd, Limited Movie Wallet, Limited Movie Leather Wrist Band, Exclusive Film Premiere (x2), VIP Party, Exclusive Photo with Eddie Kidd, Special ‘On Screen’ Credit, Special Preview Screening in UK (x4), Limited Movie 2014 Calendar, DVD Credit, Limited T-shirt, Baseball Cap, Signed BlueRay DVD of Movie, Movie Fridge Magnet, DVD, Key Ring, Signed Limited Movie Poster, Appear on the actual DVD Special Edition with your tribute to Eddie, Signed Limited Movie Flyer, Movie Badge, Limited Photo of Eddie, Movie Sticker and Special Thanks on Twitter, Facebook and the official Website. (travel accommodation costs not included)

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Funding period

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