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North Pole, NY is a documentary about a Christmas theme park and the dreamers who fight to keep it open against all odds.
North Pole, NY is a documentary about a Christmas theme park and the dreamers who fight to keep it open against all odds.
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Santa with his reindeer, 1951
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** UPDATE 11/13 We reached our goal with 60 hours to go. Now every dollar raised will help us get our film farther out into the world! (Details in the FAQ) THANK YOU for your continued support! Let's see how far we can go! **

North Pole, NY is a documentary feature about Santa's Workshop, one of the very first theme parks in the U.S. 

Santa's Workshop was founded in 1949, and created a theme park boom in the Adirondacks. By 1963, when the family road-trip vacation was at its peak popularity, there were over a dozen theme parks for families to visit in the Adirondack park. Santa's Workshop is the last theme park from the 1950's that remains in upstate New York.

This film is a way to preserve this piece of roadside Americana for future generations and inspire other towns to preserve these historic places.

We are a totally independent, two-person documentary team. Our film is the result of numerous people donating their time, resources and expertise, and here in the home stretch, we need to hire a few additional people to get the film mastered and all the licenses cleared to be able to release the film to YOU. We are so close, and with YOUR HELP we'll be able to bring this piece of vintage roadside Americana to the BIG SCREEN.

HOW FAR ALONG WE ARE -- PICTURE LOCKED aka ALMOST DONE!

We've been making this film since 2012. It is shot and edited and we are raising finishing funds to bring the final artists onboard to finish the film and get it out into the world. 

WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING:

  • Color Correction and Mastering (28%)
  • Sound Design  (10%)
  • Archival Footage Licensing (15%)
  • Music Licensing (7%)
  • Film Festival Fees, Copies, Promotional Materials (20%)
  • Rewards Fulfillment (12%)
  • Kickstarter Fees (8%)

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Santa and kids at the North Pole, 1951
Santa and kids at the North Pole, 1951

This is it. If this campaign is successful, we will have a finished movie. Here's how we'll get there.

  • Support our Kickstarter Campaign! Spread the word! Email your friends! 
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LET ME SEE THESE REWARDS:

Tri-Blend T-shirt Design
Tri-Blend T-shirt Design

 

Personalized Santa hats
Personalized Santa hats

 

Charles Phoenix's Addicted to Americana book
Charles Phoenix's Addicted to Americana book

 

        

 

Ultimate North Pole, NY Getaway Vacation
Ultimate North Pole, NY Getaway Vacation

WHY WE ARE MAKING THIS FILM

ALI, director: As a child in the 80's and 90's, all of my family’s vacations were to theme parks and roadside attractions. I was part of the last generation to experience a pre-Internet childhood and there’s something truly magical about that. I believe that all that time I had to dream and play make-believe as a child made me the artist I am today. As I began filming, it became clear that the decline of places like Santa’s Workshop is part of larger stories about economic dislocation in small town America, and the ceding of childhood imagination to corporatized and digitized fun. If theme parks, and Santa Claus himself, are fueled by the magic of believing, our film asks “What will we lose as a culture if we let places like Santa’s Workshop disappear?”

CHRISTA, producer: Only 5% of the theme parks left in America are independently-owned -- most of these places have consolidated into giant amusement park chains or water parks. This mirrors the closing of mom-and-pop businesses across many industries. As a historian, my hope is that by sharing this inspirational story of a town that is trying to keep a theme park alive, others will follow. We must fight to preserve the historical and local places that make our communities unique.

WHEN WILL THE FILM BE FINISHED? WHERE CAN I SEE IT?

We are submitting to festivals right at the end of this campaign! The premiere will be in the spring or summer of 2018, depending on which festival we premiere at. We then plan to tour with the film, and release it through DVD and digital platforms. As our Kickstarter backer, you will be one of the very first people to see the film, as digital downloads and DVD will ship out directly after its festival premiere to backers first.

THE MAXIMUM DONATION I SEE HERE ON KICKSTARTER is $10,000, BUT I WANT TO DONATE MORE THAN THAT.

Please contact us at northpolenyfilm@gmail.com so we thank you personally from the very, very bottom of our hearts. And yes, we have tax-deductible options through our fiscal sponsor, IFP, at this level. 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

Documentary filmmaking is truly a labor of love. We have mitigated the financial risk by waiting until the very end of our fundraising cycle to launch our Kickstarter. The film is shot and edited, and if we raise the money for these finishing costs, we will release it.

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    SANTA'S NICE LIST

    Pledge any amount and we'll tell Santa you're on the nice list next time we head to the North Pole. Priceless! But truly, every dollar counts and THANK YOU.

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    POSTCARD from the NORTH POLE

    We'll mail you (or whoever you like!) a postcard with this year's official Limited Edition postmark from North Pole, NY.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

    You'll get a code for a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD of the film after its premiere date, making you one of the very first people to see the film. PLUS a Thank You on Facebook + our website.

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    NORTH POLE, NY POSTCARD 3-pack

    We'll mail three postcards from North Pole, NY to whomever you'd like. Each one with this year's official Limited Edition postmark from North Pole, NY.

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    DELUXE EDITION DVD with BONUS FEATURES

    Deluxe Edition DVD of the film PLUS over a hour of bonus material – including deleted scenes, never-before-seen vintage footage of Santa's Workshop and other Adirondack theme parks and a photo gallery of vintage photos that didn't make the film. PLUS a Thank You on Facebook + our website and a digital download.

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    DELUXE EDITION DVD + POSTCARD

    Deluxe Edition DVD of the film PLUS over a hour of bonus material -- including deleted scenes, never-before-seen vintage footage of Santa's Workshop and other Adirondack theme parks and a photo gallery of vintage photos that didn't make the film. PLUS a Thank You on Facebook + our website and a digital download.

    PLUS we'll mail you (or whoever you like!) a postcard with this year's official Limited Edition postmark from North Pole, NY.

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    DELUXE DVD + TRI BLEND T-SHIRT

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital Download + a super nice Tri-blend T-shirt (See design in project description). PLUS Thank You on Facebook + our website.

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    DELUXE DVD + ADDICTED TO AMERICANA BOOK

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital Download + a hardcover copy of Charles Phoenix's new book Addicted to Americana -- a celebration of classic & kitsch Americana style and attractions. (See cover in project description) PLUS Thank You on Facebook + our website.

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    THANKS IN CREDITS+DELUXE DVD+SANTA HAT

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital download + Personalized Santa Hat from North Pole, NY. PLUS at this level YOUR NAME will appear in the credits.

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    SPECIAL THANKS + DELUXE DVD + SANTA HAT

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital download + Personalized Santa Hat from the North Pole + at this level YOUR NAME will appear in the credits of the film under SPECIAL THANKS + Personalized Santa hat from North Pole, NY.

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    VINTAGE MEMORABILIA MYSTERY BOX + DVD

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital download + SPECIAL THANKS in the credits + at this level you'll get a piece of rare North Pole memorabilia from the good old days. Limited to 4 people. US only.

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    VINTAGE MEMORABILIA FRONTIER TOWN+DVD

    Deluxe Edition DVD + Digital download + SPECIAL THANKS in the credits + at this level you'll get a piece of rare Frontier Town memorabilia from the good old days. Limited to 1 lucky person. US only.

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    VIP TICKETS + SPECIAL THANKS + DVD

    4 VIP tickets to an NYC screening + the Deluxe Edition DVD + a digital download code. YOUR name will appear in the CREDITS of the film under SPECIAL THANKS + Personalized Santa hat from North Pole, NY. Travel not included.

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    TRIP TO THE ROXBURY MOTEL + SPA

    Two-night stay at the world-famous Roxbury Motel in the Catskill Mountains of New York! You and up to three friends will stay in one of the exquisitely furnished 2 bedroom theme room suites at the Roxbury Motel and Spa.

    Midweek only and transportation not included. Good through end of 2018. Plus Deluxe DVD and digital download of the film AND Very Special Thanks in the credits.

    Check out the room options on their site - Genie's Bottle, Miss Kitty's Saloon, Final Frontier, Noir Boudoir or Amadeus Bride.

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    VIP TICKETS + VERY SPECIAL THANKS + DVD

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    NORTH POLE, NY GETAWAY FOR 4

    Ultimate North Pole, NY Getaway package including: 4 tickets to Santa's Workshop, 2 nights at the Hungry Trout resort + $50 credit at R.F. McDougall's Pub at the Hungry Trout. Summer 2018, midweek only. PLUS DVD and Digital Downlaod and VERY SPECIAL THANKS in the credits. Transportation not included.

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    OFF SANTA'S NAUGHTY LIST + DVD

    At this level, you can redeem yourself for whatever bad thing you did this year. It is officially cancelled out, and you're on back on the Good List.

    PLUS the Deluxe Edition DVD + a digital download code. YOUR name will appear in the CREDITS of the film under VERY SPECIAL THANKS + Personalized Santa hat from North Pole, NY and Tri-Blend T-shirt.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + DVD

    Associate Producer Credit on the film + a Tri-Blend T shirt +DVD with bonus features, + digital download code + personalized Santa hat from North Pole, NY.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT + SCREENING

    Associate Producer Credit on the film + a Tri-Blend T shirt +DVD with bonus features, + digital download code + personalized Santa hat from North Pole, NY.

    AND Anywhere in the continental U.S., we will come, screen the film for you and your friends and do an exclusive Q&A.

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