About this project
We reached our initial goal with 10 days left to go! Now we're trying to boost our total to provide more wiggle room in the budget and give us seed funds for distribution expenses. Your contribution today is more helpful than ever!
Tatanka tells the amazing story of Kit Bricca, an activist whose extraordinary life journey defines the promise and the peril of unmitigated idealism. Featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with singer Joan Baez, anti-war icon Daniel Ellsberg, and United Farm Workers co-founder Dolores Huerta, this feature documentary shows what happened to one man who never gave up on changing the world.
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
I started this film as a way to understand what had happened to my dad, who had been a hardcore activist in the sixties and seventies, a hard-charging commodities broker in the eighties, a Native American shaman in the nineties, and an entrepreneur in the aughts. Was the man I knew as a child the same one who changed his name to Tatanka, and what had happened to his dreams? My journey to understand him turned into a drama unto itself, and revealed a hidden history of the last 40 years.
I began shooting this film over three years ago, have spent thousands of hours researching, filming and editing it, and in the process have unearthed dozens of original documents from the Bay Area protest movements of the 1960's and 1970's. Thanks to the generous cooperation of my father, grants from Wesleyan University, and backing from Executive Producer Mark Bomback it's nearly finished, but we need your help to bring it to the public! All donations will go directly toward the sound mixing, color correction, and other post-production processes that will make its completion possible.
THANK-YOU GIFTS FROM OUR AMAZING TEAM
Mark Bomback (Executive Producer) is one of Hollywood's most sought-after screenwriters. His recent credits include the Denzel Washington thriller Unstoppable, the latest Die Hard sequel Live Free or Die Hard, the Disney hit Escape to Witch Mountain, and the forthcoming The Wolverine. He is offering a one-hour script/career consultation to two lucky donors.
Jacob Bricca (Director, Editor) has edited over a dozen feature films, including the international theatrical hit Lost In La Mancha, the New Yorker Films release Con Artist, and two PBS Independent Lens documentaries. His first feature as Director was the award-winning Indies Under Fire: The Battle for the American Bookstore, and his short film Pure was one of only four American shorts to play the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival. He is offering a half-day editing tutorial session as a thank-you gift.
Jonathan Crosby (Producer) has produced several documentaries, including the First Run Films release Fighter, which garnered awards at Newport, Galway, and Hamptons Film Festivals, Looking for Sly, which won Best Documentary Short at SXSW, and Jacob Bricca's last feature Indies Under Fire. He is offering a half-hour Skype session to help you get your own documentary idea off the ground.
Ted Reichman (Composer) is a musician who has worked with such luminaries as Paul Simon, Sam Phillips, Marc Ribot. He has written scores for several feature films including Rick starring Bill Pullman, The Memory Thief by Gil Kofman, and the award-winning Dear Mandela. For a donation of only $120, you can get a download of his finished film score for Tatanka.
Jonathan Swartz (Motion Graphics & Visual Effects) is currently burning the midnight oil as an FX Technical Director on The Hobbit in Wellington, New Zealand, but in his spare time has been creating breathtaking sequences for Tatanka that bring us inside my father's point of view via animated renderings of his journal entries.
We are proud to have 501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsorship from the International Documentary Association (IDA), which allows us to accept donations that are fully tax-deductible. While we cannot accept these donations through Kickstarter, you can make tax-deductible donations through the IDA by clicking here.
Large or small, please make a pledge today. Every little bit helps!
Risks and challenges
ABOUT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:
Kickstarter is the largest crowdfunding platform for creative endeavors in the world. For a Kickstarter project to be successful, it must be fully funded before the end of the campaign. Thus, you will be charged the amount that you pledge if--and only if--our financial goal is reached by December 24 at 9pm EST.
WHY WON'T I GET MY DVD UNTIL AUGUST 2013?
There's an old adage in the film world: everyone always wants things done fast, cheap, and good, but you can only ever get two out of three. We're producing this on a bare bones budget and we want it to be of the highest quality, so we have to work around the pre-existing schedules of our vendors for sound mixing, color correction, digital up-res and the like. Also, our ability to reach a wide audience will depend on a successful film festival run, and festivals like to be the first outlet for the film. Thus, we will not release the DVD/download until after the first festival premiere, and while we have already begun the submissions process, this is ultimately out of our control.
One thing is for sure: everyone on this project is absolutely committed to finishing it in the most timely way possible!
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