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A feature-length documentary-in-progress about the life and legacy of Olympic champion diver Greg Louganis.

When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board at the 1988 Seoul Games, it was an unforgettable moment of the Olympics.  But when, despite his injury, he earned the highest single score for his next dive and went on to win the Gold medal, it was among the most incredible feats in sports history.

Olympic Champion Greg Louganis is considered by many to be the greatest diver of all time.  We are making a feature-length independent documentary about Louganis to highlight his heroic personal story. We're here on Kickstarter because we need your help to finish shooting our film!  Our goal is to get our film finished and released by 2013 -- the 25th anniversary of Greg's incredible performance in the 1988 Olympic Games.

We will be shooting with Greg in London in August during the Olympic Games and for a few more months this fall. We need to raise $50,000 to finish shooting. We ultimately need to raise over $300,000 to finish the film, but raising $50,000 now will allow us to keep going towards the finish line! You can be a part of this exciting project by pledging whatever you can afford.

BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS is an engrossing story about an American legend on the cusp of a comeback. This film reveals Louganis’ evolution from childhood diving prodigy to Olympic champion, and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to a sometimes forgotten sports icon. His recent return to diving as a mentor to US Olympic divers competing at the 2012 London Games provides an exciting new chapter to his life-story.

Our film is an independently-produced project.  We don’t have the backing of a production company, a TV channel, or a big film studio.  We're counting on donations from people like YOU who are willing to help us bring this important story to the screen.

WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS FILM

Greg Louganis’ story is so inspiring and his life so extraordinary -- we really wanted to watch a documentary about him to learn more. But that film didn't exist. We are in the process of changing that with BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS.  

Greg's story is connected to so many important moments in American history including the Olympics, the AIDS epidemic, the gay rights movement, and even the recent housing crisis. His return to diving, after a long absence, gave us a natural way to tell his unique story and explore his enduring legacy. What is really great about Kickstarter is that we can share the experience of the making the film that tells this important story with others.

OUR GOAL FOR THE FILM

This is a film with a message of hope and against-the-odds courage. It is a story that will inspire all those who see it.  In order to make this film a reality, we are looking to involve many of Greg’s fans, documentary film aficionados, divers, athletes, and members of the LGBT community. 

We are confident that Louganis’ legacy will become even more powerful as this film travels throughout the world affecting the lives of the next generation. Louganis’ life has touched, and been touched, by so many of today’s important social issues; LGBT issues; HIV/AIDS; bullying; the housing crisis; dyslexia; adoption; depression; and domestic violence, to name a few. As filmmakers, we are committed to using this film to do educational outreach in connection with the distribution of the film.

WHAT WILL THESE FUNDS BE USED FOR?

The funds will go directly toward the making of BACK ON BOARD GREG LOUGANIS. Expenses include: 

  • air travel for crew and production team to shoot with Greg at events in late summer and early fall of 2012
  • camera equipment rental
  • sound package rental
  • hiring a camera person
  • hiring a location sound recordist
  • transferring rare archival clips of Greg from his personal home video library
  • archival research
  • hard drives to store and back-up our footage
  • paying the editor to work her magic with our extraordinary footage

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Finishing this film is only going to be possible with your help.

  • Support our Kickstarter Campaign! 
  • Spread the word! Email your friends! Post to Facebook! Tweet it!
  • Check us out on the web: Facebook / Twitter / Email list
  • Help us get press about this movie and our Kickstarter campaign! Share this news w bloggers, journalists, etc!

WHEN WILL THE FILM BE FINISHED? WHERE CAN I SEE THE FILM?

We are currently still in production on the film. Our goal is to submit to film festivals and secure a wide release in 2013 - the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Seoul Olympics. We will explore all distribution options including theatrical and broadcast. We plan on taking the film to film festivals around the country and beyond.  If all of our filmmaker dreams came true we'd also have a theatrical release and a national TV broadcast!  Eventually we will release the film on DVD and digitally (e.g. iTunes, Netflix, etc.). 

IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Donations made via KICKSTARTER are NOT tax-deductible.  To make a tax-deductible donation to support the making of BACK ON BOARD you may donate through our 501(c)(3) non-profit fiscal sponsor the CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY (CID).  All donations made to CID on behalf of BACK ON BOARD are tax-deductible.  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation BY CREDIT CARD. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation BY CHECK.

I WANT TO DONATE MORE THAN $10,000!  I WANT TO BE THE EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!  I WANT TO BROADCAST AND/OR DISTRIBUTE  THIS MOVIE!   I HAVE SOME GREAT OLD FOOTAGE OR PHOTOS OF GREG THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO USE IN YOUR FILM!    I WANT TO CONTACT THE FILMMAKERS!

GREAT IDEA!  We want to hear more!  Please get in touch with Will Sweeney at will@louganisdoc.com or Cheryl Furjanic at cheryl@louganisdoc.com and and let's get to talking!

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