An inspiring, true story of one man's life-altering 1,500 mile run across Mongolia. Read more
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About this project
Strong To The Finish will be a feature documentary following the dramatic triumphs and heartbreaks of 40 year old Brian Hunter and his young family as he attempts a heroic test of physical and emotional endurance running across Mongolia, a feat that has never been done before.
Why would someone put their body through such a physical challenge ?
A true test of mind over emotion and matter.
Location: Ulan Bator, Mongolia
Imagine waking up huddled next to a handful of other 5 year old orphans, not knowing if you will eat today...
The emotional weight of abandonment and the resulting poverty is more than any child should ever have to bear. But this is the harsh reality for a large number of Mongolian children: 1000‘s of little lives, ravaged by poverty and a country dealing with the social fallout of a deserted generation.
On the other side of the globe...
Brian Hunter lives with his wife and 2 kids of his own in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Upon learning about the masses of homeless children, forgotten by the world, he feels a deep connection to help.
Abandoned by his own father as a young boy and stricken with Polio, Brian’s story shares too many similarities and strikes too deep a chord for him to remain uninvolved.
How could someone half a world away actually make a difference?
The question rattles around in Brian’s mind as he inventories what he can bring to the table. “What can I do to help?”
Then an idea strikes.
“I can run.”
And So A Plan Is Hatched
Brian commits to an audacious goal: A 60 Day Border-to-Border crossing of Mongolia to raise funds and awareness for the impoverished children in country.
That is the equivalent of running 60 marathons in 60 days.
The Run Is Happening Right Now, But We Need Your Help To Make This Documentary Film a Reality.This Kickstarter campaign will help fund the production and distribution of Strong to the Finish. We want to show this visual story of one man’s complex struggle to redefine how individuals can make a difference in the world.
A character-driven film, Strong to the Finish juxtaposes Brian’s idealistic family life, both at home and as they join him on the expedition, against the harsh reality of life on the streets in Mongolia.
What happens during this ten-week expedition across Mongolia will be nothing short of life changing for Brian, his family, the street orphans, and everyone else touched by his inspiring journey.
Who’s On Board?
Brain Farm (The Filmmakers)
Brain Farm Digital Cinema is an Emmy Award winning Production Company specializing in the highest quality action and adventure filmed entertainment. Well known for their films like That’s it That’s All and The Art of Flight. Its roster of directors, producers, cinematographers and specialists are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to “get the shot” and “tell the story” so that every project is as memorable and engaging as it is groundbreaking.
Brain Farm has already helped get this project to where it is and the campaign funds will allow them to craft the raw footage from Brian’s run into a world-class feature documentary.
be.Media House is a company fueled by passion; a multi-platform social business with a focus on philanthropy, culture, and lifestyle. As an umbrella brand, they specialize in publishing, production and events – bringing compelling content across media channels as diverse as print, digital, audio, and TV that appeal to a global audience.
Not only do they create content and exposure for their third-party partners and inspirations but they contribute top quality assets to leverage philanthropic missions and humanitarian causes of those who set out to make the world a better place.
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2. Pledge to the KickStarter campaign. This campaign is all or nothing. If we are even $1 short on the last day, none of the pledges go through. No funds change hands and the story doesn’t get told. It only take 6000 people at the $50 level to make this happen. Taking action, even a small one like supporting this film, is exactly how injustice like this gets better. Pledge Your Support Today.
3. Tell Your Friends. Social media works even better face to face! Start a conversation with your friends about ways they can think of to help. Would running across Mongolia be their response? Crazy-good things happen when people tap into their passions. Feel free to come up with your own ideas and take action!
Risks and challenges
The run is happening now. A film crew is on location. Yet continued production, post production and distribution all depend on meeting our fundraising goal.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This Kickstarter funding is to complete production, post production and distribution for the film, Strong to the Finish.
The production & distribution of this film will help to continue the efforts initiated by Brian in supporting the orphaned children of Mongolia and around the world.
Once Brian is back in the US and the film is complete he will begin to campaign and fundraise for the children using the film for promotion.
These funds will then go directly to the children for food, shelter and clothing.
Please let us know if you have any other comments or questions !
We will be posting updates on Brian and the team's progress but you can also follow them via Brian's Spot Tracker here... -> http://strongtothefinish.com/the-expedition/expedition-tracker/
The 300K is set for productions needs as in multiple flights to and from Mongolia, camera equipment, cameramen and logistics. Post production could also mean additional flights to & from Mongolia for any other footage needed, footage logging, storage, editors, color correction, music and more!
Distribution is for funding our own digital copies, dvds and bluerays.
Brain Farm quality sets a high bar when it comes to the style and technical tools used in the film making process. Already we have invested over 100K to create the teaser and continue production during his run in Mongolia.
to check out who Brain Farm is visit www.brainfarmcinema.com
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HIGH FIVE ! Thank you for believing in our project.Estimated delivery:
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BE THE FIRST TO SEE THE FILM! Receive an early release digital copy of "Strong to the Finish".Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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BRANDED "Strong To The Finish" GEAR! We'll send you branded "Strong To The Finish" gear and you'll also received an early release digital copy of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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GET IT ON DVD/Blu-ray! As well as the above mentioned benefits; an early release digital copy of the film and "Strong To The Finish" gear.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Facebook THANK YOU SHOUT OUT! A personal thank you from "Strong to the Finish" and Brain Farm Facebook pages. You will also receive the above mentioned items; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear and a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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GET YOUR NAME ON THE BIG SCREEN! For your generous donation we will list your name in the end credits of the film in recognition of someone who helped make it all happen! You will also receive; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film and thank you 'shout out' on Facebook.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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FILM PREMIERE EVENT THANK YOU! During our film premiere event we will run your name as a 'thank you' across the screen, BEFORE the documentary begins! Of course, you will receive as well; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film, 'thank you' shout on Facebook and your name listed in the end credits of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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SIGNED PICTURES FROM 'BEHIND THE SCENES' OF THE MONGOLIA RUN! Receive a signed photograph from Brain Hunter and Curt Morgan as a personal thank you for your donation! All above additional benefits included as well; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film, 'thank you' shout on Facebook, your name listed in the end credits of the film and during the film screening event before the film begins.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THANK YOU VIDEO FROM BRIAN HUNTER! A personalized video from Brian delivered to your in box! All other benefits include; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film, 'thank you' shout on Facebook, your name listed in the end credits of the film and during the film screening event plus a signed 'behind the scenes' image.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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TWO TICKETS TO THE FILM PREMIERE EVENT! You and a friend can enjoy 'all access' to the film event --- meet Brian Hunter, his family and the Brain Farm production team. Hear thier first-hand insights from the run in Mongolia. Additional benefits include; an early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film, 'thank you' shout on Facebook, your name listed in the end credits of the film and during the film screening event, a signed 'behind the scenes' image plus a 'thank you' video from Brian Hunter.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
BRIAN HUNTER APPEARANCE OF YOUR CHOICE! Invite Brian Hunter to attend and speak at an event of your choice! Additional benefits; early release digital copy of the film, "Strong To The Finish" gear, a DVD/Blu-ray copy of the film, 'thank you' shout on Facebook, your name listed in the end credits of the film and during the film screening, a signed 'behind the scenes' image, a 'thank you' video from Brian Hunter and two tickets to the film premiere event.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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