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An elderly "outsider" artist living in at-risk conditions befriends two filmmakers and causes controversy at his first major exhibition
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    WE THANK YOU! From the bottom of our hearts - and soon from the tops of our Facebook and Twitter pages! We're emailing you AN EXCLUSIVE DIGITAL IMAGE from our project, too. Plus, you're getting a subscription to our JAZZY NEWSLETTER featuring exciting updates about our film. As Mother Teresa said: "Be faithful in small things because that is where your strength lies." And she's right! Thanks!

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    YOU'RE ADORABLE! You're receiving everything above and much more, including a digital download of THE THEME SONG FROM OUR FILM COMPOSED BY JOSHUA ABRAMS featuring some of Chicago's best musicians, as well as a download of THE 82-YEAR-OLD STAR OF OUR FILM SERENADING YOU with one of his favorite tunes from the 1950's. The song begins: "‘A’ You’re Adorable, ‘B’ You’re So Beautiful”...and, well...we couldn’t agree more.

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    YOU ARE THERE! It'll feel like you're at our world premiere because we're sending you A WORLD PREMIERE STREAMING LINK OF OUR FILM (powered by VHX) as it screens at a festival for the very first time. This will be a huge moment for us, and it would be an honor to share it with you. We'll happily give you all of the rewards offered above, too!

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    YOU OWN IT! That's right, we're sending you A DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE FILM along with a digital package chock-full of more images and information about our project. You'll also get the world premiere streaming link, as well as the newsletter and all of the image and music downloads from the Adorable Level. Oh - and our eternal gratitude, too.

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    IT'S IN YOUR HANDS! We're sending you A DVD COPY OF OUR FILM signed by the directors and the film's star. You'll also get a GLOW-IN-THE-DARK BUTTON, our world premiere streaming link, and everything above. Enjoy!

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    YOU REALLY OWN IT! And you might even want to frame it, because we're going to personally choose and mail you A SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT FROM OUR 2010 EXHIBITION at Chicago's Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. Each image was lovingly printed on heavyweight archival inkjet paper, stamped on verso in a unique edition of "1 of 1" - and signed by Anton, Rybicky, and Wickenden. It's a special piece of our history and we hope you like it. The world premiere streaming link, our jazzy newsletter and both music downloads (including Peter's serenade) are all yours as well. Good choice!

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    YOU ARE THERE BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE! You'll receive 2 VIP TICKETS FOR A PRIVATE SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING - AND PIEROGIS!!! Be our guest on July 26th at the historic Hoosier Theater movie palace in Whiting, Indiana. We chose this special time and location because it's during Whiting's annual Pierogi Festival where we first met Peter in 2006. You'll meet the 82-year-old star himself, the directors and many other cast and crew members. All of this and a glow-in-the-dark button, plus everything from the Adorable level, including Peter's serenade - which he just might sing to you live and in person on July 26th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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    YOU REALLY ARE THERE! You'll receive TWO VIP TICKETS FOR OUR INTIMATE AND MEMORABLE CHICAGO PREMIERE, including a Q&A with the directors and a post-reception with the whole filmmaking team. Exact date TBA. (Travel and lodging not included). We'll give you your glow-in-the-dark button at the event, and we're sending you everything from the Adorable level above, including our theme song by the ever-amazing Joshua Abrams.

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    YOU LOVE ART! And you'll be rewarded for it at this premium level with your own one-year MEMBERSHIP TO CHICAGO'S INTUIT CENTER FOR INTUITIVE AND OUTSIDER ART. This means you'll get free admission to Intuit and their special lectures and programs, discounts at the the gift shop, a complimentary copy of Intuit's magazine The Outsider, and so much more. Plus you get our world premiere streaming link and all the rewards from the Adorable level to boot!

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    YOU LOVE GOOD MOVIES! We do, too, and we're proud "Almost There" is a Kartemquin Film. To honor that, we're offering THREE SIGNED KARTEMQUIN DVDS of films that thematically relate to ours, including "Stevie," "Home for Life," and "Golub: Late Works are the Catastrophes." All this, and a signed copy of our DVD, the world premiere streaming link, all the digital downloads (film, image, music), and you're good to go.

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    YOU REALLY LOVE THE LOOK OF THOSE SCRAPBOOKS! Since our campaign began, so many of you have remarked on the image that appears just below our video at the top of this page that we decided to create a special last-minute offer: A VERY LIMITED EDITION PRINT OF PETER'S 12 SCRAPBOOKS TAKEN BY AARON AND DAN! Substantially sized at 13x19, this richly colored print will arrive to you on Hahnemuhle Natural Art Duo 256gsm paper signed by the filmmakers and their star, Peter Anton. And we of course want you to have our world premiere streaming link, a signed DVD, the glow-in-the-dark button, and all of the digital downloads, including Joshua's theme song and Peter's sweet serenade. Show some last-minute love or maybe even up your existing pledge so you treat yourself or someone you care a lot about to this stunning photograph of Peter's snazzy scrapbooks. We can only print 10, so get yours now!

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    YOU'RE GETTING THE FULL TOUR! That's right, you and a friend can GET A PERSONAL TOUR THROUGH NORTHWEST INDIANA AND HANG OUT WITH CO-DIRECTOR AND GARY RESIDENT DAN RYBICKY. Dan will drive you around the region, show you Michael Jackson's childhood home, show you some of the film's locations, and talk about the process of making "Almost There" - hopefully over a delicious beer at the new 18th Street Brewery - first one's on him! Also, you'll get our world premiere streaming link, a signed DVD, and the entire digital package (completed film, photograph and music). And if Peter (who lives in the region) is home and available, maybe you'll be able to meet him, too!

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    YOU CAN LEARN FROM A PRO! If you've made a film or just want to, here's your chance to get a PERSONAL ONE-HOUR CONSULTATION with co-director Aaron Wickenden, who recently edited "Finding Vivian Maier," "The Trials of Muhammad Ali" and "The Interrupters" with Steve James. Aaron will watch material and provide feedback on editing technique, either via Skype or in person (schedules permitting). And yes, you get the streaming link to the film, a signed DVD, the button and ALL of the digital delights.

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    YOU REALLY LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY! Our film's environmental cinematographer is also an amazing and celebrated photographer, and we are offering A SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION OF A DAVID SCHALLIOL PHOTOGRAPH based on an image he took (see left) during the filming of our project. This is the real deal - a 13x20 archival, Digital-C print on 16x24 Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper signed by Mr. Schalliol himself. We'll also send you our world premiere streaming link, a signed DVD, the glow-in-the-dark button, and all of the digital downloads, including Peter's mellifluous serenade. Go for it!

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    YOU ARE PART OF THE TEAM! We're going to be really excited about your support at this level. Moved, even - and we'll start by writing you a personal, heartfelt thank you note. Peter will write one, too. You are special to us and deserve the full experience: an opportunity to host a PRIVATE SNEAK PREVIEW SCREENING & DISCUSSION in your living room for a bunch of your art- and independent film-loving friends. The filmmakers will even call or Skype in for a post-screening chat with you. Also, a specially chosen exhibition print will be signed and sent to you, and you'll get ALL of the digital downloads, as well as A "MADE POSSIBLE BY" CREDIT on our website and in our film's DVD and digital download packaging. For those about to doc - we salute you!

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    YOU'RE COMING TO OUR WORLD PREMIERE! You're beyond adorable. You're a superpower, and we're getting you TWO TICKETS TO OUR FIRST FESTIVAL SCREENING and an invitation to have a private dinner with the directors and their team afterwards. (Travel to screening and lodgings not included.) Also, you're getting a signed DVD, a button, all of the digital downloads, two signed photographic prints from our Intuit exhibition and your name in a special "thank you" section of our website. We're thrilled. See you THERE!

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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    WE ARE THERE TOGETHER! We wouldn't even know how to thank you, but we'll try. First we'll send you a special personal note of thanks stained with our tears of joy. Once we've regained our composure, WE'LL COME TO YOU ANYWHERE IN THE CONTINENTAL USA FOR YOUR OWN PERSONAL SCREENING and answer in person any questions you and your friends have - about the project, about our careers in film...basically, we'll tell you anything for as long as you can stand us. We take care of our own travel expenses, and we'll be excited to meet you and share what we know. What's more, you'll of course get MAJOR CREDIT on our website and in future print materials, two signed photographs from the Intuit exhibition, two signed DVDs, all of the digital downloads, and an extra special personal serenade from Peter, because "'A' You're Adorable, 'B' You're So Beautiful, 'C' You're a Cutie Full of Charms..." THANKS FOR THE LOVE!

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    YOU LOVE GOOD MOVIES EDITED BY AARON WICKENDEN! And you'll be getting three of the greatest: "Finding Vivian Maier," "The Trials of Muhammad Ali," and "The Interrupters" with Steve James! You get these three DVDs signed by Aaron, and a signed copy of our DVD, the world premiere streaming link, and all of the digital delights above. A sweet package indeed!

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    YOU REALLY LOVE ART! As Peter says in the video at the top of this page, he wanted to help out with this campaign, so if you donate at this level, you get YOUR VERY OWN PORTRAIT PAINTING BY THE ARTIST AND STAR OF OUR FILM ESPECIALLY MADE FOR YOU. This is a limited, one-of-a-kind offer to own an original piece of artwork by Peter Anton. Using acrylic or oil paint (your choice) and based on the photograph you send him (of no more than 2 people), Peter will create a portrait on an 11x14" canvas just for you. You'll also get our world premiere streaming link, a signed DVD, and everything from the Adorable level - jazzy newsletter and all.

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    YOU ARE GETTING A REAL TREAT! With the three portraits Peter offered to paint already spoken for, we asked him if he'd do a couple more - and he said yes! Just for you - AN ORIGINAL ARTWORK ON A LARGER 16X20 CANVAS OF WHATEVER YOU'D LIKE. Whether it’s of you, a favorite landscape, your family and friends, a beloved pet, a piece of fruit...it doesn't matter. Peter will do it for you. Using acrylic or oil paint (your choice) and based on the photograph you send him, Peter will create the painting of your choice on a 16x20" canvas. You'll of course get our world premiere streaming link, a signed DVD, and everything from the Adorable level, too. Congratulations!

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