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The award-winning feature documentary Sync or Swim is finally coming to DVD! Be among the first to get a copy! Dive in today!

*** NEW BONUS FOOTAGE INCENTIVE! *** If we pass the $10,000 mark by 5pm (EST) on Monday, December 27th, I'LL POST A VIDEO OF ME GETTING MY MAKEUP DONE LIKE A SYNCHRO SWIMMER!!!

*** WE'RE NOT STOPPING! ***

UPDATE!! We met our minimum goal in less than 3 days! We have the best backers ever!

While our minimum has been met, we still have buckets of rewards left...and we want to give them to YOU!

And we'd love for you to be the proud (pre) owner of your very own splashy Sync or Swim DVD!

Please join our amazing Kickstarter team TODAY!
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OUR MINIMUM GOAL:
I need to raise $5,000 in the next 30 days to help pay for the production of the Sync or Swim DVD!

OUR POTENTIAL TEAM MEMBERS:
You!

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ABOUT THIS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN:

As you may have heard, I directed a documentary called Sync or Swim -- the first-ever feature-length documentary about Olympic Synchronized Swimming. You can learn more about the film here: http://www.synchromovie.com/. I'm really proud of this movie! Sync or Swim has played at a bunch of film festivals (Slamdance, Silverdocs, Hot Springs, and more!) and won some awards (Billie Award for Journalism from the Women's Sports Foundation, Best Feature at the Kansas City Film Festival, and more). Now we're ThisClose to releasing the film on DVD and we need your help!

We need to raise $5,000 in the next 30 days to help pay for the production of the Sync or Swim DVD! The funds we raise on this website will go directly towards things like editing special features, DVD design (from menus to graphic design on the cover), DVD encoding, DVD replication, and more! And it'll help us get the DVD done (and into your hands) that much faster!

Check out the rewards on the right side of the this page. We're hoping there's something there that catches your eye (an advanced copy of the Sync or Swim DVD! A cool Sync or Swim poster! A phone call from an Olympian!) and makes you want to take the plunge with us on Kickstarter!!

Remember, just like synchronized swimming, this is a team effort. But here's the thing about Kickstarter, it's all or nothing! If we don't meet our goal of $5,000, we won't get any of the money that you guys pledge! So if you decide to back our project (and we hope you do!) please tell everyone on your synchro team, or at your office, or at your local YMCA! But remember, regardless of how fast our funding goal is reached, no backers will be charged until Thursday Jan 6th.

And for those of you that want to buy additional copies of Sync or Swim later on, we expect it to be on sale by February/March (give or take a few weeks) on our website http://www.synchromovie.com.

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HOUSEKEEPING (ER...POOL CLEANING) NOTES:

* HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING! We designed a special Holiday Gift IOU that you can put in stockings or under trees or wrap up for your holiday of choice! This will let the synchro/movie lover in your life know that they'll get the Sync or Swim DVD in February -- hot off the press and before it goes on sale to the general public!!!

* TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATIONS: Donations via this Kickstarter campaign are NOT tax-deductible! If you'd like to help out but would prefer to make a tax-deductible contribution, you may do so here: http://www.synchromovie.com/community/donate-now/

* USA ONLY: Right now we have rights to distribute our DVDs in the USA only! So while we welcome assistance with our Kickstarter campaign from our synchro-loving friends from overseas (and north and south of the boarder) please note that we can only ship DVDs to US addresses or do a screening at your club if you're in the USA!

* SHIPPING: All shipping costs are included in the donation levels at right. :)

* WHEN WILL I GET MY DVD? We expect the DVD to be complete by February 2011! Your DVD will ship after we're finished making them! Please note, this DVD is for HOME VIDEO use ONLY! If you'd like to hold a public/community screening of Sync or Swim, please contact cheryl@synchromovie.com.

* HOW CAN I ORDER MORE DVDS? The first batch of DVDs will be shipped out to our Kickstarter backers in February 2011. After that, Sync or Swim DVD will go on sale to the general public at http://www.synchromovie.com.

* CAN I WATCH SYNC OR SWIM ONLINE? Not yet! We still need to raise more money to pay for the online streaming rights for the footage and music we licensed for the film. After the DVD is done, that's our next priority!

* CAN I BOOK SYNC OR SWIM FOR A COMMUNITY SCREENING (SYNCHRO CLUB, SWIM MEET, CONFERENCE, UNIVERSITY, ETC)? Yes! We're very exited about this! We'll be rolling out our community screening initiative in 2011! If you're interested in booking a screening after our Kickstarter campaign ends, please contact cheryl@synchromovie.com.

* HOW CAN I BECOME A SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER OR LEARN MORE ABOUT SYNCHRO? Head over to USA Synchro http://usasynchro.org/ to find a team or event near you!

* IS THE BACKGROUND OF YOUR VIDEO A $1.99 PLASTIC TABLE CLOTH FROM PARTY CITY? Yes it is -- wrinkles and all! See how much we need your help!!!

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THANK YOU: A special thank you to Erin Greenwell and Anne Patterson who helped produce and direct this video. I couldn't have done it without them!

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    DINNER (OR SKYPE) MEET & GREET PACKAGE: Lots of team spirit, exclusive Kickstarter Backer updates, 15 Sync or Swim postcards, 5 Sync or Swim DVDs, 5 full color Sync or Swim posters (12" x 18"), 5 names listed on the Sync or Swim website and Facebook page, 5 Sync or Swim swim caps, 5 Sync or Swim Tank Tops or T-Shirts, and 5 names (and/or the name of your team) thanked in the Sync or Swim film credits. DINNER ON US: Five synchro fans will dine with a US Olympic Synchro Swimmer and/or Sync or Swim Producer (NYC, LA, or Bay Area only). *OR* (if NOT in NY, LA, or the Bay Area) A SKYPE CHAT for you and your friends with a US Olympic Synchro Swimmer and/or Sync or Swim Producer.

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