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Aaron BiebertBy Aaron Biebert
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Aaron BiebertBy Aaron Biebert
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, February 25 2019 6:48 PM UTC +00:00.

About

It was a caring community of passionate leaders from around the world that brought A Billion Lives (our last movie) to over 4,000,000 people. 

To make an even bigger impact this time, we'll need your help.

Now that we've reached our initial goal, we need you to fuel the energy and keep this trending as the most popular documentary currently on Kickstarter. That's vital to reaching the public.

You can help by quickly picking a reward level (starting at $5) so you can signal to the world that this project is worth attention. You can upgrade later if you choose, but this will allow you to get our private Kickstarter updates in the coming days.

For larger amounts or to use PayPal, please click here to donate on The Film Collaborative website.

We're excited to announce that You Don't Know Nicotine is fiscally sponsored by The Film Collaborative, a California 501(c)3 organization based in Los Angeles. This means your donations to this project through the Kickstarter campaign are tax-deductible in the U.S. & countries with reciprocal tax laws. Regardless of where you live, we would be honored to have your help as we make a powerful film for a global audience. 

Nicotine is a very complicated molecule. Historically, it was mainly found in harmful cigarette smoke. In recent years, the use of clean nicotine without smoke has been growing due to changes in technology. Many are using nicotine to quit smoking. Despite a historic drop in teen smoking rates, nicotine use by young people is on the rise. Many do not understand the actual risks. 

With all the media hype surrounding nicotine, it's time to end the harmful misinformation and educate the public on what nicotine is, isn't, and what should be done with it.

We will answer three big questions during this 75-minute eye-opening journey: 

  • How does nicotine actually affect developing brains?
  • Are there any benefits to adults who use nicotine without smoking?
  • Who's covering up the truth about nicotine, and why?

We will chase down as many experts (willing & unwilling) as our budget allows. It's time to get answers from all sides of this debate.

If you're curious, here's the trailer for our last award-winning documentary:

The team is fired up to get going on this. All it takes is $50,000 to secure the base. We'll use these initial Kickstarter funds to pay for necessary travel for interviews, crew time, and equipment needed to get started. 

Stretching beyond this goal will lead to substantial benefits for the strength and ability of the film to break through to the general public. We hope to see it get picked up by broadcast networks like A Billion Lives did, as well as major film distribution channels like Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/HBO/etc.

In order to maximize it's potential, we'll use additional funds to create an even better movie and drive additional publicity for our call to truth.

We'll keep adding stretch goals until we're the #1 most funded documentary project on Kickstarter and we're able to market this film widely to the public like other blockbuster documentaries. Let us know if you have any ideas for stretch goal perks you'd like to see. We'll add them as support grows! 

If we can reach this goal in the coming weeks, we'll be on track to finish the movie this year. Here's our expected timeline: 

  • February 2019 - Filming begins
  • March 2019 - Initial digital perks delivered
  • July 2019 - Primary filming finished
  • September 2019 - Final draft completed
  • February 2020 - World premiere at a key film festival
  • April 2020 - Massive Milwaukee premiere & worldwide theater events to follow

We plan to get it out to the public as quickly, intelligently, and widely as possible.

To the right (or tab above on mobile), we have a variety of special rewards for our backers. These include limited edition shirts, special coffee mugs, movie premiere experiences, and much more. 

Just like our filmmaking, we plan to make sure each reward is carried out with craft and awesomeness. Below are several concept designs of what the final coffee mug and shirt may look like. 

Are you a designer? We'll be taking design submissions and feedback during the campaign. After you make your pledge, check out our Facebook page to join the discussion. 

  • Director:  Aaron Biebert 
  • Producer & Editor:  Jenni Biebert
  • Cinematographer:  Jimi Jake Shaw
  • Soundtrack:  N43 Records & Four Giants
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Our team has won awards on four continents and shown movies in the theaters of more than ten different countries. This will be our third feature-length movie project.

Follow behind the scenes with the Third Line Films team (in association with Attention Era) on Facebook & Twitter

You can connect with the new #YouDontKnowNicotine community here: 

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For all levels over $250, please provide your mailing address. In accordance with IRS regulations, The Film Collaborative (TFC) issues tax receipts for all donations of $250 and over. Kickstarter and credit card processing fees are deducted before TFC receives the funds. TFC issues tax receipts on the amount they receive.

 Thanks again for your support! We're excited for this new movie! 

Risks and challenges

We think the time for this documentary is now, and we are committed to making the most impactful film we can, as quickly as possible. That said, documentary filmmaking is an art, not an exact science, and there could be some bumps along the way.

If production obstacles cause delays, that could mean that we get the film out to you, our backers, later than anticipated. But, based on our experience creating 900+ productions and the strong team we have put together, we are confident that we can make a great film by the end of 2019.

The biggest factor in hitting our goals will be funding.

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