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A feature-length film about the oldest people in the world and their lessons for living life right.
A feature-length film about the oldest people in the world and their lessons for living life right.
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Help make WALTER eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award and screen in theaters Nationwide starting this October.

WALTER is the 5th feature-length documentary Hunter Weeks has directed. His films have reached millions of people and have inspired them to live fuller, happier lives. Hunter has used creative techniques to reach the world with his films including being the first person to put a feature documentary on YouTube not long after he released his first film, 10 MPH

Music in WALTER trailer by Andrew Duhon, Steve Bayley

To further his innovative approach to making and releasing films, Hunter Weeks, along with his wife and producing partner Sarah E. Hall, are hoping you'll help them reach for the stars with this film. If this campaign is successful, WALTER will play in theaters nationwide starting in October and will ultimately be qualified to be nominated for an Academy Award (Essentially this requires a week long run in Los Angeles and New York, creating a DCP version, advertising, and sending the Academy 250 DVDs). 

Official poster - Limited Edition, 11x17 signed copy with $50 and $75 DIY reward
Official poster - Limited Edition, 11x17 signed copy with $50 and $75 DIY reward

Artwork by Frank Wiedemann

WALTER was inspired by a visit to Walter Breuning, the oldest living man in the world at the time. He was 113 years old. A year later, Hunter Weeks and Sarah Hall set out to tell his story along with that of several living Supercentenarians by exploring their major contributions to the world and their personal philosophies on how they were able to make it past the 110 mark. Their journey helps capture the stories of the last few people born in the late 1800s. This movie celebrates life and will help people think differently about their personal timeline differently. Everyone has the chance to become the oldest living person in the world, which Guinness World Records recognizes as an official World Record.

It's such a rare opportunity to meet with people who were alive in the 1800s. Today, there are less than 10 known people living who were born in the 1800s.

Minute #1 of Words from Walter reward. $50. Dedicate one exclusive minute from his interviews to someone who inspires you. A new minute of interview will be published daily until the film launches in theaters:

For 10 years, Hunter Weeks has been producing inspiring and motivating films like 10 MPHRide the Divide, and Where the Yellowstone Goes. His love for adventure, knowledge, and people continues with WALTER. Hunter remains true to his storytelling style and once again teams up with producer Sarah E. Hall, artist Frank Wiedemann, and composer Steve Bayley to present a feel-good, heart-warming story.

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest challenges most filmmakers meet is figuring out how to distribute a film and build an audience. Hunter Weeks has mastered his own technique for this which usually involves a big event-based release. Unfortunately, this can be costly and most films are unlikely to make the money back during the theatrical release, but this is what ultimately helps with reaching larger audiences downstream (Netflix, International, DVD, etc.).

So, we appreciate all the help you can provide to get this film launched right. We sincerely can't do this without all of you. Thanks always for your support.

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FAQ

  • Where the Yellowstone Goes, LLC is the business we set up to make Where the Yellowstone Goes. We are the same production company making WALTER, so don't worry - you'll get WALTER rewards described here.

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  • Yes - It'll be region-less, but we are adding a digital option to the rewards in case you don't want to pay for the shipping.

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  • Well, it really depends. Some studios have been known to spend millions in a campaign to be nominated or even win the award. We looked up the rules and realized to be considered you only have to do a few things:

    1. Screen commercially in Manhattan, New York and Los Angeles for one week, at least two screenings a day between designated hours.

    2. Advertise in an NY and LA newspaper (certain requirements and certain acceptable newspapers).

    3. Get reviewed in the New York Times or an equivalent level paper in LA or NY.

    4. Screen the film as a DCP (Digital Cinema Print) version with at least 3 channels of audio (preferred 5.1) and 24 frames per second.

    5. Send the Academy 250 DVDs with no extra content and contact information.

    Now, that'll cost us about $20,000 to pull off. We plan to invest a significant amount of additional money and play in a number of other theaters. We naturally want to be at as many screenings as we can, but probably won't make all of them.

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    This story started when Hunter sent a Christmas Card to WALTER asking if he'd be willing to be in a film. We'll be sending all our supporters a little special card for the holidays with a handwritten note from one of the filmmakers.

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    The DVD will be loaded with extras and full-length interviews from the supercentenarians (110+) - or digital versions of these if you prefer. And because you helped us become eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award, we'll make sure you get the DVD well before anyone else does. You also get the $10 reward.

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    DIGITAL Same as DVD option above, but we'll send feature film and extras from the supercentenarians (110+) as a high-quality digital package. And because you helped us become eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award, we'll make sure you get the files well before anyone else does. You also get the $10 reward.

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    WORDS FROM WALTER. Dedicate one minute of Walter's interview to a person you love. Every day, we'll release a new minute from the raw footage of interviews with Walter Breuning and we'll dedicate one of the minutes we release exclusively to a special person in your life. You also get the rewards above. Note: We'll send you an email after your pledge to get the details of your dedication and then embed into a video we release sometime in August or September. See example below.

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    WORDS FROM WALTER & FRAME IT UP. Get Frank Wiedemann's limited edition 11x17 poster signed by the filmmakers and dedicate one minute of Walter's interview to a person you love. Every day, we'll release a new minute from the raw footage of interviews with Walter Breuning and we'll dedicate one of the minutes we release exclusively to a special person in your life. Note: We'll send you an email after your pledge to get the details of your dedication and then embed into a video we release sometime in August or September. See example below. Also get DVD (in January) + Greeting Card.

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    DIY FILMMAKERS. Get the limited edition 11x17 poster signed by the filmmakers and the DVD. You'll also get a "tell-all" detailed report from award-winning director Hunter Weeks and Producer Sarah E. Hall after the film's release. They'll tell you the strategy behind this release with details on the good, the bad, and how you can release a film like this. Transparency is everything here - you'll know exactly how the launch of this film goes.

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    ALBY PACKAGE. Many of you know Alby, the dog who's appeared in a few of Hunter's films. He only makes a sneak appearance or two in WALTER, but he's working on his own feature now. Select this package and you'll get ONE of only FIVE special Alby-grams which includes a video he shoots for you and a little paw printed something in the mail. You'll also get the DVD + Greeting Card.

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    NEW YORK VIP at World Premiere**. We'll host you and a guest at our premiere screening and after party in New York City on October 4 in Greenwich Village. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card.
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    BEVERLY HILLS VIP at Los Angeles Premiere**. We'll host you and a guest at our premiere screening and after party in Beverly Hills on October 11 at a location TBD. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card.
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    AUSTIN VIP at Texas Premiere**. We'll host you and a guest at our premiere screening and after party in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse. Exact date and location TBD. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card.
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    DENVER VIP at Colorado Premiere**. We'll host you and a guest at our premiere screening and after party in Denver, CO. Exact date and location TBD. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card.
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    BOZEMAN VIP at Bozeman Premiere**. The filmmakers' home town - sure to be an incredible screening. We'll host you and a guest at our premiere screening and after party in Bozeman, MT. Exact date and location TBD. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card.
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    SCREENING LICENSE. You get a one-time license to screen the film and raise money. We'll send you a whole package to promote the film with posters, postcards, etc. You'll also get a blu-ray screener, DVD or DCP copy of the film.

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    SCREENING LICENSE. You get a one-time license to screen the film and raise money. We'll send you a whole package to promote the film with posters, postcards, etc. You'll also get a blu-ray screener, DVD or DCP copy of the film.

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    HONOR SOMEONE. Share the wisdom or oral history from an elder in your life. Make a 3-minute video featuring your special someone, send it over**, and we'll make it part of our DVD extras. You'll receive 3 copies of the DVD + Greeting Card.
    **Content must be submitted by Saturday, 8/31/13

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    FAN FOR LIFE of Director Hunter Weeks' films (www.hunterweeks.com). WALTER is his fifth film and he's not stopping anytime soon. With this reward, you'll always be the first to see Hunter's latest film as a digital download. You'll see WALTER the week after it releases in theaters via a special download. You'll also get signed DVD copies (or print collateral post-DVD era) of every film he makes in the future. Also, if Hunter is in town at a screening event, he'll do every thing he can to get you into the event. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting Card.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER. Want to be on this team and possibly work with us on future opportunities? This is your chance to be credited in the film**, on our website, and help the world see an incredible story. Much of making a film extends way beyond the creative side, so there will be lots of opps to get your feet wet in marketing and distributing this film. You'll also get the DIY FILMMAKER reward + DVD + Greeting card + 2 tickets to any screening near you (along with VIP event).

    **Pledge by August 20 to be included on Film Print.

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    ANGEL. Making films is tough. Our society undervalues the work that good creatives do. Get Fan For Life, Associate Producer and VIP treatment for you and 3 guests at a screening near you**, plus a commitment from us to always be in touch about what we're doing to help make the world a better place.

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