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A documentary film exploring the power of heroic stories & the inspirational impact of Batman. HELP US FINISH!
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Brett Culp

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Legends of the Knight - WEareBATMAN!

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Dear Friends,

For the past year, we've been sending updates on Legends of the Knight via email.  You can sign up HERE.

It has been an incredibly inspiring year for this project!  Just in case you haven't been receiving our updates, here are the highlights from 2014:

- Legends of the Knight is now available on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, & many other locations.  If you'd like to pick up a Christmas or holiday gift, grab a DVD, Bluray, or Shirt on our Website HERE.

- This year, the film played theatrically in 90 cities around the world with proceeds benefiting charitable organizations, including Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish, St Jude’s, Boys & Girls Club, MDA, Special Olympics, children’s hospitals, and more.  Each event was a evening of heroic inspiration!  You can see the list of screenings at www.WEareBATMAN.com/showtimes

Screenings of Legends of the Knight in 90 cities
Screenings of Legends of the Knight in 90 cities

- We've had some wonderful Press Coverage by: WIRED, the LA Times, Cinema Blend, & Movie Pilot.

- We were invited to record a podcast by filmmaker Kevin Smith.  He loved the film!  Listen to the recording HERE.  Our PG-rated re-edit is HERE.

“You will not see a more emotionally-engaging Batman movie in your entire life.” - Filmmaker Kevin Smith
“You will not see a more emotionally-engaging Batman movie in your entire life.” - Filmmaker Kevin Smith

- We started a 501c3 not-for-profit called The Rising Heroes Project.  Our upcoming films will be produced by this by this organization and will be used to inspire the heroes in local communities & support charitable organizations.

- Our Trailer won a Geekie Award.

After an incredible year, my heart is so full.  THANK YOU for all of your support & belief in this project.  Together, we created something incredible.  We are already working on our next film, & I can't wait to share more details with you soon.

Happy Holidays to you & your loved ones!

WEareBATMAN!
- Brett

www.WEareBATMAN.com 

www.RisingHero.org

A Heroic Journey... Is Just Beginning!

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Dear Friends,

I am overwhelmed by your kind messages & notes about "Legends of the Knight".  Thank you for being so thoughtful & sharing the impact the film had on you as you viewed it.  I hope you will keep sharing your experiences with us & with others!

Perhaps the most exciting part of the adventure is ahead as we work to share this film with the world!  

As we wrap-up the goal & mission of the campaign, I am planning for this post to be my final Kickstarter update.  We will be sharing our upcoming announcements with you by email.  I promise we will only email occasionally, & you can easily opt-out at any time.  

Please add our domain name "@brettculp" to your Safe Senders List to insure you receive our messages.  

Stay tuned for some wonderful announcements we have to share with you this week via email about:

  • Theatrical Screenings of the film that I will be attending,  
  • Opportunities to bring a Theatrical Screening to your community, and  
  • The ability to order additional DVDs, Blurays, & newly designed shirts... As a Kickstarter supporter, you will receive a special discount code in your email! 

(If you are too excited to wait for the email, you can check-out our newly designed website www.WEareBATMAN.com to learn more.)

If you filled out a Survey to provide us your contact info, & you haven't yet received your Rewards, please contact tricia@brettculp.com for assistance.  Or, if you haven't filled out your Kickstarter Survey, there is still time to receive your Rewards... do it ASAP!

I know I have said this countless times, but... THANK YOU!  We could not have done this without your support.  

As we move ahead, please take a moment to say a prayer or make a wish for this project.  That light would shine in dark places. That the broken would find healing. That the hopeless would have their faith restored.  

Thank you for believing.  

WEareBATMAN!
- Brett 

www.WEareBATMAN.com 

WEareBATMAN!

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Dear Friends,
 
I continue to be so grateful for your support & excitement for “Legends of the Knight.”  It is wonderful to feel your anticipation as we continue the journey of bringing these inspirational stories to the world!  To honor your belief in the project, it is my goal to keep you updated on the status of the film. 

We had a great screening of the film in Tampa this past weekend. So glad a few of you could attend.  The audience engaged with the film exactly as we hoped, and we received two standing ovations after closing credits.   It was so affirming that we are on-track.  After viewing these reactions & seeing/hearing the film on the big screen, we are making a few tweaks, but we are so close to completion.  
 

Today, I want to share my best answer to the question…
                   “When will ‘Legends of the Knight’ be released?”

From the very start, this film’s most important mission has been to inspire everyone on the planet to embody the spirit of Batman, engage with the world, and make a difference.   This goal rises above all others.  And it’s the reason “Legends of the Knight” is NOT about generating profits, but about encouraging as many people as we can to pursue their own heroic journey.

In every decision we are making about the film, the guiding question is: How can we do the most good?  We want you, as a contributor, to know that your pledge to “Legends of the Knight” did MORE than finish a film.  We want you to know in your heart that by joining with us, you made the world a better place.  Together, WEareBATMAN!

“Legends of the Knight” is independently produced – it is not connected to any type of studio or distributor.  When we originally released the Trailer, we did not anticipate that the storyline and message of this movie would have mass appeal.  I continue to be overwhelmed that our Trailer has over 225,000 views on YouTube!   I assumed we would find a niche audience who would support us as a grassroots, independent project.

But, distributors and educational groups are initiating discussions with us about bringing the film to larger audiences.  We are having conversations with organizations that could give us a much larger platform for our heroic message than I could have imagined 18 months ago.  This is unexpected, and we are working to determine where “Legends of the Knight” might fit into this landscape.  We may not find the right fit for our mission in traditional distribution, but we feel it is important to investigate all of our options.

Most Hollywood films that you see in the theater are connected to distributors from the start.  The studio and distributor set a release date long before the film is finished, and then they work together with their production and marketing departments toward that date.   As an independent film, we have to finish the film and then show it to distributors.   Once they see the finished film, more serious conversations may begin.

It could be an amazing blessing to work with a distribution partner who is excited about our larger vision for the film and can help us achieve it.  This is potentially VERY exciting because it could allow us to inspire more people than we can reach alone.

But, here’s what we are learning: Our distribution of downloads, DVDs, & Blurays to our Kickstarter contributors may need to be part of a larger plan with a distributor.  For maximum buzz, we would likely need to create a release plan with a focused impact.  And releasing over 1,000 copies of the film too soon could severely damage our ability to build a relationship with a like-minded film distributor.  By sharing copies without a release plan in place, we steal a distributor’s confidence that they can generate excitement for a big release.

I am thankful for your support and patience.  YOU have made this film possible and I want you to be proud of what we achieve together.  It is my faith that you share the bigger vision for what this film can be and how it can impact the world.  We do not want to make any decisions that will limit our ability to reach the ultimate goal.  You have already been patient, & I ask that you bear with us as our team pours every bit of passion, energy, and belief we have into uncovering the best path for the film.

In the weeks ahead, our focus will continue to be: How can “Legends of the Knight” do the most good?   The answer to this question is not yet clear.  But I will be excited to share it with you in the days ahead!

WEareBATMAN !
- Brett