About this project
***THANKS TO THE BACKERS WHO HELPED US REACH OUR GOAL!!!*** We passed the $22,000 mark and we are excited that the Film Born to Lead is hitting a cultural nerve with sports fans.
Why go beyond our goal? To improve the film, $22,000 was the budget we needed for post production. Every dollar from here makes it BETTER!
What will we do with the additional funds?
- Make the film even better
- Add 3 more weeks of editing and fine tuning
- More graphics and more music
This film is much more than a film about a football player, a high school football team, or a major university team.
This story transcends sports and is a reflection of what we should all strive for in life.
This film is a universal story. Check out site http://www.salaunese.com/
Sal's story touched not only a community, a city, and a state but had an impact all the way to the White House where President Reagan called Sal to wish him well.
Sal's story definitely captures the triumph of the human spirit in every way. Please click on the YouTube trailer below to get to know his story a little better:
Through Sal's spirit, and the leadership of new quarterback Darian Hagan (Sal’s protégé), the team went on to carry out Sal's wishes and goal of going to the National Championship.
Many people who were influenced by Sal's leadership went on to achieve great things in life because of Sal's inspiration.
T.C. McCartney, Sal’s son, has gone on to follow his father’s footsteps as a quarterback, with his father’s number ‘8’ at LSU, and is currently an assistant coach with Darian Hagan at Colorado.
Why the documentary? The actual people in Sal's story were so compelling that we couldn't let that opportunity go. We have set out to leave no stone unturned in our search for archival footage.
We scoured basements, went door to door, conducted dozens of filmed interviews and filtered through various sources of news footage, archival footage and video footage across the United States to implement and integrate in to the film.
To this end, we have acquired incredible footage that consists of 8MM film footage, film recordings, vintage photos, clippings, letters and never seen before interviews with Sal himself.
Are leaders born or are they made? In Sal's case, he was BORN to lead. Sal Aunese showed advanced signs of leadership as early as the ages of nine and ten years old. When Sal was doing pushups and sit-ups, others were eating pop-tarts. Thus, Sal was Born To Lead, not made to lead according to the old adage. He carried on these leadership qualities his entire life, and many people looked up to Sal for those traits.
WHO IS INVOLVED
Director: Lara Slife
Producer: George Antonopoulos
We are so very proud to have the incredible team and participants that have been assembled to make 'Born To Lead: The Sal Aunese Story' a success. Some of the participants in'Born To Lead: The Sal Aunese Story' include:
- Junior Seau [Grew up with Sal Aunese] (All-Pro NFL Linebacker; San Diego Chargers; New England Patriots)
- Coach Bill McCartney (National Championship Coach From CU, Current Head Of "The Promise Keepers")
- Coach Lou Holtz (Former Notre Dame Head Football Coach)
- Coach Rick Neuheisel (Former UCLA Football Head Coach; Former CU Head Coach)
- Coach Les Miles (LSU National Championship Head Coach; Former CU Recruiting Coach [Recruited Sal Aunese])
- President Ronald Reagan (Called Sal Aunese prior to Sal's passing)
- Coach Dick Haines; Coach Gary Barnett; The Aunese Family; The McCartney Family; Vista High School Alumni; Vista High School Teammates; University of Colorado Teammates; AND the list keeps growing !!!
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
With your help, we will get the film completed to its final version.
Livin' Large has already invested $500k into the production of this film, to achieve our goal of finishing the film, we are raising funds through Kickstarter. With your help, we will be able to combine archival images, audio, CGI and editing in to the most compelling, exciting, and entertaining story. Since technology has changed so drastically in the past twenty-five years, it became extremely expensive to transfer all of the archival footage to honor the integrity of the film.
We have constantly sought to produce the film in the most economical way possible, and many professionals have made incredible contributions of both their time and capital. The filming, editorial needs, and special effects (VFX) are extremely expensive and this should come as no surprise for a great sports documentary film. Your pledge will help us with the above needs.
Also, the Kickstarter campaign will allow us to obtain the necessary rights to certain footage so that we can include it in to the film. This Kickstarter campaign will allow us to achieve our final goal of completing this film.
WHY DO WE NEED KICKSTARTER?
Let's put it this way: funding a sports documentary in Hollywood? Not so easy !
This is a passion project for all of us involved. We have sacrificed a tremendous amount of time, resources, and capital to get the film to its near completion, and we are very grateful to all of those who have helped along the way.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FINISH THE FILM AND GET SAL's STORY TOLD!!!
Now, we are asking you, your family and all of your friends to help us get this over the goal line and 'punch it in' for Sal.
As a thank you for pledging your support and joining our journey in getting Sal's story out to the world, we have created the "Born To Lead" collection as rewards. These items will help spread the word of the film as well as being heartfelt tokens of thanks to you for your kindness and generosity.
BORN TO LEAD COLLECTION
Rewards include the following: t-shirt, coffee mug, tote bag, bumper sticker, baseball hat, postcard, poster, pen and stylus and a signed official poster.
No matter what level you pledge, we are extremely grateful to you for your help in bringing Sal's story to the world !!
Images of The Born To Lead Collection Will Be Updated Throughout The Campaign !!! Below is an example of your gifts without the logo. Items will be updated to display logo(s) as the campaign goes on !!
- Born To Lead Pen & Stylus
- Born To Lead Baseball Hat
- Born To Lead Tote Bag
- Born To Lead Coffee Mug
- Born To Lead Poster
- Born To Lead Bumper Sticker
TO STAY IN CONTACT WITH US
We look forward to keeping you posted on all progress related to the film, and we hope that you will continue to be a part of Sal's incredible story!! Simply click on the social media choice below and join the mission !!
- Like us on FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/borntoleadfilm
- Follow us on TWITTERwww.twitter.com/borntoleadfilm
- View our official YouTube trailer by clicking HERE
- Official Website http://www.salaunese.com/
- Production Company http://www.livinlargeproductions.com/
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT
Risks and challenges
To get to where we are in Sal's story, it has taken us more than four years. To be able to tell the entire story, has taken nearly twenty-five years, as many elements to the story were still unfolding as the years went on. With your pledge in this Kickstarter campaign, we will be able to complete the film in a way that will ensure that we reach our final goal of delivering an exceptional story to the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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