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The Bug Movie is a feature length documentary film about the most beloved and recognizable vehicle on Earth, the Volkswagen Beetle. Read more

Missoula, MT Documentary
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The Bug Movie is a feature length documentary film about the most beloved and recognizable vehicle on Earth, the Volkswagen Beetle.

Missoula, MT Documentary
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This is the the greatest automotive story ever told. From race car to art car and grocery getter to road warrior, the VW Beetle has served humanity in ways only limited by the owner's creativity and needs. The Beetle has enabled progress and captured the hearts and minds of the human race over the better part of the last century. A machine rooted in practicality that has brought love and stability where there was none. A car that fulfilled dreams and gave mobility to the masses. It's become an icon, bringing smiles to faces around the globe.

This is the oldest known beetle in the world, a 1938 hand-built prototype belonging to the Grundmann family in Germany.
This is the oldest known beetle in the world, a 1938 hand-built prototype belonging to the Grundmann family in Germany.

With more than 21 million Beetles manufactured from 1938-2003, it was once ordinary and commonplace, where now its become more rare and has all but disappeared from the streets and highways (in most places). We hope to shoot this film in the countries where the Bug was widely produced and driven including, but not limited to, the USA, Germany, UK, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and South Africa.

The factory in Wolfsburg.
The factory in Wolfsburg.

 

 "The Bug" is the "prequel" to our last film, "The Bus" (www.busmovie.com), which was also funded on Kickstarter. "The Bus" has screened in dozens of countries around the world in film festivals, theaters and backyard barbecues in front of smiling audiences of all ages. We know that if you liked "The Bus," you will love "The Bug."With this new film, we aim to continue the fun-loving spirit that these vehicles inspire and let the love and good road roll on.

Sold out crowd for The Bus Movie world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.
Sold out crowd for The Bus Movie world premiere at the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

Please help us make this film a reality by backing this project on Kickstarter today.

Risks and challenges

We're estimating the amount of time it will take to shoot, transcribe and edit countless hours of interview footage and even more b-roll, it could take us longer than we expect. Nothing in this world of scrappy independent documentary filmmaking is easy. But this isn't our first rodeo. If you backed "The Bus," (www.busmovie.com) you know the level of filmmaking our team is capable of.

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    On this pledge level, you'll receive a pair of tickets to the Sneak Preview screening of THE BUG in Missoula, MT (theater TBD). Also includes TWO autographed advanced DVD copies of THE BUG (give one to a friend!), the official silk screened t-shirt and your name in the credits.

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    If you pledge at this level, you will be an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER of THE BUG with credits listed as such in the film and on IMDb.com. Includes transportation to the sneak preview screening and VIP party in a classic VW Beetle (for 4). Also includes, an autographed BUG MOVIE/BUS MOVIE box set, poster and the official silk screened t-shirt.

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