About this project
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).
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 MPH, Ride 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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.
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.
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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