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About this project

Thank you for reviewing our Kickstarter Campaign and learning more about our unique project. Our team has worked tirelessly to develop a film that’s unique, inspirational, and appealing to a broadly diverse demographic; a film that frolics across generational boundaries and finds common ground with everyone.  

Creating film, music and photography, because we can! The access and ability to create art has never been easier; it's no longer reserved for the professionally trained; it's readily available to anyone who feels inspired to do so. The advancements in creative technology have spawned a younger, savvier generation of digitally driven filmmakers, musicians and photographers eager to create. So, what does this mean for art?

Concept Summary
Our feature length documentary examines the meaning and relative importance of art in today's technologically advanced society where everyone has the access and ability to create. Our film explores the depths of these concepts while chronicling the spiritual and artistic journey of accomplished music photographer, Christopher Durst.

This inspirational documentary reveals intimate details of Christopher’s personal life and career including the development of his first biographical book, behind-the-scene moments from his network television show, and the increasingly strained relationship with his family due to his unwavering desire to broaden his artistic body of work. 

Our film also features commentary and in-depth interviews with some of the most influential figures in film, music and photography regarding the advancements in creative technology and its artistic impact on their respective industries.


Who is Christopher Durst?

Christopher is an internationally published photographer that specializes in live performance photography, tour & set documentary, event coverage and high-impact media imagery for musicians and entertainers. His unique and distinctive style has afforded him the opportunity to photograph some of the industry’s most recognized names.

Aside from his professional life, Christopher is a devoted husband and father of two little girls. His career is guided by his love for film, music and photography yet driven by the overwhelming desire to provide security and stability for his family. He is widely known for his humility, integrity and charismatic personality.

To learn more about Christopher Durst please visit www.christopherdurst.com.


Why should you help us make this film?

You should help us make our film because we are passionate people that believe in the perpetual advancement and exploration of new technologies that encourage normal everyday people to create art. With your help, we can promote the overall meaning, significance, and relative importance of art in today's society. PLUS, we've developed some extremely rewarding packages in exchange for your generous support!

Why is this project viable?
There are so many reasons why this project is viable. For starters, Christopher Durst is one of the most respected and uniquely talented photographers in his field. If that isn't enough, consider the fact that he's currently in pre-production for a major network television show produced by two of the biggest EP's in Hollywood.

Furthermore, Christopher is also in the process of writing his first biographical book which is expected to hit shelves in May 2013. But most importantly, Christopher has strong professional ties to a variety of creative outlets including major film studios, television networks and online distribution. If this isn't viable, we don’t know what is!

How can I support this unique project?

The best way to support our project is by clicking on the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner and choosing the pledge package that most appeals to you. We want you to feel great about your pledge so if you have any additional questions, please let us know.

Can I follow the development of this project?

Absolutely! We would love for you to experience the overall development of our project. Our website will feature a password secured area that provides our supporters with an exclusive insiders peek of our current progress and the exciting things we’re doing. Our supporters will have access to behind-the-scenes video diaries of cast & crew, still photography of our experiences and travels, and a newsletter subscription for even more detailed updates.


Tell me more about your Pledge Packages!
Our pledge packages are designed to reward you for your generous support.  Our goal is to excite you with options that are entertaining yet sensible; we want you to feel good about your contributions and the faith you’ve put in us. In an effort to assist you with your decision making process, we have provided some detailed information below regarding our pledge package incentives. 

Self-Portraits:  The self-portrait of Christopher Durst, featured above, was shot inside Willie Nelson’s infamous ‘Luck Jail’, a movie set that was built in 1985 for the film 'Red Headed Stranger' in which Willie Nelson starred.

Film T-Shirts:  Our t-shirts feature the film's artwork across the front center and the title of the film across the upper back of the t-shirt along the shoulder blades. We use American Apparel for all of our clothing accessories due to the durability and softness of their products.

Photography Books:  
Our limited edition hardcover photography book will feature behind-the-scenes imagery from the development of our project. Every aspect of our film is being photographically documented in an effort to create the ultimate collectors piece. Only 100 available!

Film Soundtrack:
 The film's soundtrack features the entirety of each individual song used throughout the film. All music is written, performed and recorded by industry musician, Chris Potter. 

Director's Cut DVD:  
The director's cut DVD features behind-the-scenes moments from the development of our film as well as commentary from featured guests, cast and crew.

Digital Download of the Film:  
The digital download of the film features everything that the hard copy does but it’s delivered to you via email in digital form. That’s right, no shipping, no waiting; it’s delivered to your inbox as soon as our film is released.

Special Edition Hard Copy DVD:  
The Special Edition hard copy DVD features behind-the-scenes moments from the making of our film as well as personal commentary from Christopher Durst regarding the development of the project.

Movie Posters:  
The 11”x17” and 18”x24” movie posters are printed on recycled paper using environmentally friendly ink. They feature the main marketing imagery used to promote the film and capture the overall essence of the project in a very artistic and creative way. All posters are hand signed by Christopher.

Limited Edition Movie Posters: The limited edition movie posters are 24"x36" in size and feature the film’s original artwork; they're beautiful and vibrant.and individually numbered and hand signed by Christopher Durst. Only 250 of these will be produced making them instant collector pieces. They are printed on professional photographic paper and presented in a matte finish.

Private Screening: 
 You and three guests will enjoy a private screening of our film with Christopher Durst and select cast/crew prior to public release. The screening will take place during the week of our Austin movie premier. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous contributors. Only two of these private screenings are available!

Private Dinner:  You and three guests will enjoy a private dinner hosted by Christopher Durst prior to the release of our film. The dinner will be hosted during the week of our Austin movie premier. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous contributors. Only two of these private dinners are available! 


ALL ACCESS VIP PASSES
Movie Premier Passes:
  The movie premier will be the first public screening of our film. This event will feature Q&A from the film's cast and crew and an opportunity for us to thank our supporters; premium drinks and designer foods will be abundant. Your Movie Premier Passes provide you all access to this red carpet event.

After Party Passes:  The after party will take place directly after the movie premier. This event will feature music, food, drinks and an opportunity to become intimately familiar with the cast and crew. Your After Party Passes provide you all access to this event. You DON’T want to miss it!

Film Festival Passes:  Every film festival is different so your experience will be determined by the festival of your choice. Depending on your level of support, you may choose from any one film festival that we’re screening at. You’re sure to have a great time, especially if you choose a festival that we’re actually attending!

Film Set Passes:  Our film set passes provide the ultimate behind the scenes experience! Join us on set during the actual production of our feature film. You’ll have the opportunity to hang with us, discuss the current stages of the film with cast and crew and experience the overall detail that goes into the making of a feature film. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous supporters. Only six of these passes are available!


MOVIE CREDITS
Big Screen / DVD Rolling Credits:  Have you ever wanted to see your name on the big screen? Well, now you can!  Everyone that contributes $50 or more will see their name in the rolling credits of our film at the movie theaters and on the DVD. There will be a section in the rolling credits entitled, ‘Thank You to Our Supporters’, where supporters who contribute $50 or more will be listed.

Associate Producer Credits:  There are two levels of Associate Producer credit. The first is based on a $1000 or more pledge which features your name in the opening credits of our feature film. The second is based on a $2500 or more pledge which features your name in the opening credits as well as a credit on IMDb. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous supporters. Only 30 of these credits are available!

Co-Producer Credits:  
Based on a $5000 or more pledge, this level of contribution showcases your name in the opening credits as well as a Co-Producer credit on IMDb. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous supporters. Only 6 of these credits are available!

Executive Producer Credits:  
There are two levels of Executive Producer credit. The first is based on a $7500 or more pledge which features your name in the opening credits of our feature film. The second is based on a $10,000 or more pledge which features your name in the opening credits as well as a credit on IMDb. This is an exclusive opportunity limited to our most generous supporters  Only 6 of these credits are available!

The IMDb (Internet Movie Database) is most commonly used by industry professionals when researching someone’s background in film. Being listed as a Producer on IMDb is a great way to further your career in film.

Is your film currently in development?
Yes, our film is currently in development but we need your help to complete it. Creating a feature film of this nature takes time, patience and money! Your contributions will be used for a variety of pre-production expenses including script revisions, storyboard creation, location scouting and licensing.

In exchange for your generous support, we have developed some extremely rewarding pledge packages that we know you’ll enjoy. In an effort to accommodate your level of financial generosity there are 12 different options for you to choose from. Whether you choose to pledge $5.00 or $10,000, we want you to know how grateful we are for your support!

When will your project be completed?
Our goal is to wrap production of the film by May 2013. Over the next year we'll be traveling around the world interviewing some of the most interesting characters in film, music and photography in an effort to capture the true essence and heart of our film. This takes a lot of time, effort and planning but we're confident in our time management abilities.

What is your Kickstarter goal?
We have set a conservative goal of $30,000. This figure is based on our collective experience, understanding and knowledge of the film process. This is a responsible estimation of our current expenses and what is needed to move our project forward.

What happens if you meet your goal?
Well, aside from celebrating ecstatically reminiscent of someone scoring a winning goal in the World Cup, I’m sure we’ll begin planning the next phases of our journey. There's a lot of work to be done; we certainly don’t plan on wasting any time.

What happens if you EXCEED your goal?

If we happen to exceed our goal, we would be ecstatic! The additional contributions would be used to explore a variety of other creative options and better the overall film. Again, there are a lot of expenses associated with making a feature film. So please, we could use every bit of your generous support!

What happens if you DON’T meet your goal?

Though we believe this scenario is highly unlikely, there is always a chance we won’t meet our goal. Every Kickstarter project must meet its goal within the specified timeframe or no money changes hands. In the remote event we don’t meet our goal, your credit / debit card will NOT be charged.

Can I donate on behalf of someone else?

Yes, of course! Once we complete our film we’ll contact all of our supporters to discuss the delivery and transfer of our reward packages. At that time, just let us know what you’d like to do. Our pledge packages are great gifts!

Are there any shipping charges?

There are absolutely NO shipping charges. Once you generously contribute to the development of our film the last thing we’re going to do is charge you to deliver your reward packages. We utilize the US Postal Service for our shipping needs.

What if I have more questions?

Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our feature film or reward packages, please contact us directly by emailing staff@christopherdurst.comPlease note, it may take up to 48 hours to respond to your inquiry. We look forward to speaking with you! 

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    Receive an 18”x24” movie poster of the film. PLUS a CD of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS a Director's Cut DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS a t-shirt featuring the film’s artwork. PLUS a Special Edition hard copy DVD of the film once it's released. PLUS your name featured on the big screen/dvd rolling credits. PLUS an 8”x10” self-portrait of CD. All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive a 24”x36” Limited Edition movie poster of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. PLUS two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film once it's released. PLUS your name featured on the big screen/dvd rolling credits. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive an ‘All Access VIP Pass’ to the movie premier. PLUS a 24”x36” Limited Edition movie poster of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. PLUS two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film once it's released. PLUS your name featured on the big screen/dvd rolling credits. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive an 'Associate Producer' credit with your name appearing in the OPENING credits. PLUS an ‘All Access VIP Pass’ to the movie premier AND the official after party. PLUS a 24”x36” Limited Edition movie poster of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. PLUS two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film once it's released. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. (transportation & lodging not included). All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive an 'Associate Producer' credit with your name appearing in the OPENING credits AND on IMDb. PLUS two ‘All Access VIP Passes’ to the movie premier AND the official after party. PLUS two 24”x36” Limited Edition movie posters of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. Plus two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film PRIOR to its release. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. (transportation & lodging not included). All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive a 'Co-Producer' credit with your name appearing in the OPENING credits AND on IMDb. PLUS two festival passes for any one festival we screen at. PLUS two hardcover photography books. PLUS two ‘All Access VIP Passes’ to the movie premier AND the official after party. PLUS two 24”x36” Limited Edition movie posters of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. Plus two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film PRIOR to its release. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. (transportation & lodging not included). All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive an 'EXECUTIVE PRODUCER' credit with your name appearing in the OPENING credits. PLUS two all access film set passes (one occasion) during production. PLUS two festival passes for any one festival we screen at. PLUS two hardcover photography books. PLUS two ‘All Access VIP Passes’ to the movie premier AND the official after party. PLUS two 24”x36” Limited Edition movie posters of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS two CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS two Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS two t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. Plus two Special Edition hard copy DVD’s of the film PRIOR to its release. PLUS two 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. (transportation & lodging not included). All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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    Receive an 'EXECUTIVE PRODUCER' credit with your name appearing in the OPENING credits AND on IMDb. PLUS a private screening of the film prior to its release. PLUS a private dinner with Christopher Durst for you and three guests. PLUS four all access film set passes (one occasion) during production. PLUS four festival passes for any one festival we screen at. PLUS four hardcover photography books. PLUS four ‘All Access VIP Passes’ to the movie premier AND the official after party. PLUS four 24”x36” Limited Edition movie posters of the film’s original artwork SIGNED and NUMBERED. PLUS four CD's of the film’s soundtrack. PLUS four Director's Cut DVD's featuring behind-the-scenes footage. PLUS four t-shirts featuring the film’s artwork. Plus a four Special Edition hard copy DVD's of the film PRIOR to its release. PLUS four 8”x10” self-portraits of CD. (transportation & lodging not included). All tangible items hand signed by Christopher Durst.

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