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"Tearing Down the Tent" is a circus documentary that gives a glimpse of life with a circus. We look to take the movie to various venues to promote it. Read more

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"Tearing Down the Tent" is a circus documentary that gives a glimpse of life with a circus. We look to take the movie to various venues to promote it.

About this project

I used to travel with the Clyde Beatty Cole Bros. Circus as a child. When I traveled with them I would ride elephants bareback, work with the clowns, sell cotton candy and help put up the tent.

As an adult, and a reporter starting my career as a filmmaker, I learned the struggles the circus was going through and the fact that it could shut down. I did the only thing I knew ... grab a camera crew and try and capture a memory of this dying artform.

My friend, Jamie Reel, joined the circus and we filmed his adventures as he worked as a clown, rode an elephant, made cotton candy, worked with the camels and stood in the Moto-Globe of Death as a motorcycle raced around his head at 30 miles per hour.

The film is complete and we now look to take it on the road with a promotional road trip that will place the movie in various venues.

Hellblinki Sextet, one of the bands whose music is featured on the circus documentary, "Tearing Down the Tent," has agreed to coordinate the promotional road trip. We look to go on the road together, with me screening the circus documentary, followed by the band playing music from the movie.

While we are on the road with the band we plan to start on our next documentary project, a road trip documentary following Hellblinki Sextet as we tour with them. This will allow us to get started on another movie, while promoting, "Tearing Down the Tent," as well as the documentary I am currently working on which focuses on the Blue Ridge Rollergirls, the Asheville based roller derby team.

In addition to the road trip with Hellblinki Sextet, I also look to find venues to put the film in, such as colleges with digital projectors and film studies as well as colleges with an interest in the circus arts. I also plan on approaching senior centers and independent movie theaters that might be interested in screening the film.

We are also looking to do a screening in Asheville with another band featured in the movie, Sirius B, who provide a gypsy rock sound to the documentary. The movie has already screened at Modern Film Fest and Asheville Film Festival and looks to be a part of Ricochet Film Festival.

The goal is try and get as many people as possible to see the movie and hopefully when they are done want to go see a real live circus and try and help this dying artform.


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    E-mailed updates as we go on the road with the circus documentary.

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    previous reward and name listed in the movie credits on "Tearing Down the Tent," under a special thanks section. This will give the backer a low budget way of saying they helped make a movie.

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    previous rewards plus a signed copy of the DVD screener.

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    Previous rewards plus passes to the screening of "Tearing Down the Tent" that the backer is closest to, so they can see the film with an audience and see their name listed in the credits on the big screen.

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    previous rewards, plus a personal thank you from the director, Michael Knox. This can be in the form of a personalized e-mail, or a phone call, if the backer can be called in the continental US.

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    previous rewards plus an Associate Producer credit listing on the movie.

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    previous rewards plus dinner with the director, Michael Knox, and the editor, Martin Ramsey, in Asheville, N.C.

    The backer must make arrangements to get to Asheville, where we will show you around town before dinner.

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    previous rewards and a private screening of "Tearing Down the Tent" for you and 25 guests at a venue in Asheville, N.C.

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    the previous rewards, plus the hat worn by director, Michael Knox, during the filming of "Tearing Down the Tent," signed by the production crew. This is a personal part of this film and a treasured hat that Knox still wears often as a reminder of the fun he had filming this circus documentary that honors his life with the Cole Bros. Circus.

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