Share this project


Share this project

Crew of 5 criss-crosses the country interviewing people stuck in complacent lives & those who've forged a different path to happiness.
Crew of 5 criss-crosses the country interviewing people stuck in complacent lives & those who've forged a different path to happiness.
4,477 backers pledged $116,164 to help bring this project to life.

It's August already... Where's my flippin' movie???????

Hey everyone, I wanted to give you a much needed update on the progress of the downloads and the DVDs.

Originally when we created the campaign (and you had backed the campaign) we had set a goal to have the movie out to all of your by the end of July...

...and it's now August.

So let's state that obvious: we'll be a week or two late on you.

We take being late very, very seriously. We're frustrated we have to rely on your patience for another week or two - after we've relied SO heavily on your support to even make this happen. We're asking a lot of you - and we know that.

That said, the *last* thing we want to do is sacrifice the *quality* of what we are doing to rush something out. Because of you, we believe this movie can have an impact for decades to come. On that scale, it's easier for us to make the tough decision to be a week or two late.

In hindsight (which is always so perfect), we should of given ourselves more than 5 weeks after the finish of this campaign to pull this all together! After all, we only received the funds a little more than two weeks ago (yikes).

Rest assured though - your money is safe, the movie is amazing (if you ask me), and your rewards will be sent out very, very soon.

The first wave will be the online downloads.

Anyone who donated more than $5 (basically everyone) will have the chance to download it if they want. This will be the earliest you can see the movie. Our goal for this is next week.

Left to do:

  • Finalize the last few typos and edits.
  • Render the master file.
  • Re-render and compress multiple file options for different devices and internet connections.
  • Set-up a username and password generator for each user.
  • Host the backend on our website so you can visit, login, and download away.

The next phase will be the issuing of the DVD. This may take extra time due to the complexities of working with a third party.

Left to do:

  • Send the final file to the transcriptionist.
  • Finalize DVD cover, DVD menu, DVD chapters, insert design, and transcription file.
  • Send everything to the DVD duplicator.
  • Wait
  • Receive huge shipment (we'll likely film this, haha).
  • Piece together all the parts and package the DVDs
  • Pack them lovingly into envelopes and boxes
  • Address 2,000+ said envelopes and boxes
  • Make a sure-to-be-interesting trip to the post office...

Lastly, we'll work on getting the public-facing site up - and the shopping cart to ensure that the general public can share in our glorious film watching. This will come after we've got the downloads and DVDs out to you - but many of the parts are in the process now.

I share this all with you because you deserve to know everything that's moving behind the scenes here.

We're working hard to pump this out - and appreciate your patience. We know once you see the final film, the agonizing wait will be worth it. :)

Please don't hesitate to ask any questions (as many of you have) - and I'll do a better job of updating you more often in between work sessions!


Two Chances to See the Film Live Coming Up...

As cool as the download will be (and the DVD) - the best way to see "I'm Fine, Thanks" is in a live theater. Whoo-hoo!

We're showing it NEXT Friday in Wilmington, OH (our midwest premiere)...

This is the hometown of the majority of the crew - and it's in a historic, amazing local theater. It'll be amazing if you are within driving distance. We'll be coming from Indiana. :)



Also, our Canadian premiere is happening at the OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL coming up in a few weeks.

AUGUST 18th - 5 pm - Ottawa:


It's our hope that after the public release of the download and the DVD, that we will be able to bring "I'm Fine, Thanks" to even more cities. Even though you'll have seen it by then - it's still fun to bring friends and family to a live theater. :)

On behalf of the entire team, please accept our apologies for running a few weeks late. And our apologies for the unrealistic original timeline (we were a little over eager).

I will update you this coming Monday on our exact progress - and your downloads should be ready very soon.

Can't wait!

-Baker, Grant, and the Crank Tank team.


Only backers can post comments. Log In
    1. Missing avatar

      Catherine M. Skarbek on August 9, 2012

      I did wonder at your original timeline...and am so happy you have had "grand openings" from coast to coast...of course, we can wait for our very own DVD, are certainly many parts to this major event...Thank you for the updates, they are much appreciated!

    2. Missing avatar

      Kelley A. Peterson on August 7, 2012

      Excited to see the film but know it will be worth the wait. No stress here...

    3. Vince @ Mental Magnetics on August 7, 2012

      Don't even worry about it. You guys have something really amazing, enlightening and inspirational going on here. Anything worth having is worth waiting for.

    4. Missing avatar

      Shaun on August 7, 2012

      Im fine Thanks, i can wait a bit more!

    5. Christopher Francis on August 7, 2012

      Triple agree, take your time. No rush.

    6. Missing avatar

      Aaron (deleted) on August 3, 2012

      Agree with the other commenters, take your time. A great film is like a good bottle of wine when aged slowly. I know it'll be great and I can't wait to see it.

    7. Missing avatar

      zara on August 2, 2012

      Take your time, breathe, feel good about the work you do. It's gonna be fabulous.

    8. Maggie Dodson on August 2, 2012

      No problemo guys. Take your time, I say. I want you to feel happy with the end product.

    9. Guthrie Straw on August 2, 2012

      Take your time, excited to see the film. :)

    10. Missing avatar

      Jet Harrington on August 2, 2012

      No worries on the timeline. You are doing important work. As Christine ^ said, I can wait for work you are proud to share. I have backed many kickstarter campaigns, and you are not nearly the first to not hit your target ship date. Seriously, enjoy the work you are passionate about.

    11. Christine Odle on August 2, 2012

      Thanks for the update! Anything worth doing is worth doing well. While I can't wait for the finished product, I can wait for one you will be proud of sending. Thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of such an important project!

    12. Kitty Baby Love on August 2, 2012

      Hey Guys

      If I don't get this DVD tomorrow, I may just FLIP OUT. Actually no, wait- it's noooo problem at all! =^______^=

      I just wanted to add my 2 cents on your "Left To Do" list.
      From being seasoned in shipping, I'd HIGHLY recommend taking advantage of shipping software. I personally use Endicia (you can probably find a free month trial online- I also have a referral code somewhere...). It will save you SO much time & money with this project.

      All you have to do is export your addresses from Kicksarter, import it into Endicia, select everyone's address with the right shipping option (say, FIrst Class 5oz or Priority Flat Rate Envelope), click print and BAM! 2000 labels cued straight to your printer while you finish other work.

      The program will also come with discounted postage & super discounted Delivery Confirmation rates.

      Once that's done, you can just schedule a pickup on They will actually come to your door and get it for you.

      That way you can focus on other more important stuff.

      Can't wait to receive our DVD!

    13. Missing avatar

      Revé Fisher on August 2, 2012

      I'll assume $5 and more (since I see now that the vast majority of backers are in just this group), can't wait to see it!

      (Sorry for so many comments, can't edit/delete :-p)

    14. bob banner on August 2, 2012

      will we be able to host screenings? and if so when?

    15. Missing avatar

      Revé Fisher on August 2, 2012

      I donated exactly $5, just wanted a clarification.

    16. Theresa Pridemore on August 2, 2012

      Personally, I generally don't support projects with any anxiety about things happening on a certain timeline (unless my reward is, say, a ticket to an event that gets canceled altogether). I want to support the project creators in making the best product they can, otherwise I wouldn't have contributed the funds! I'm eager to see the film, but not at the expense of you guys feeling your best about your creation. After all, isn't Kickstarter supposed to be a way to support creators in a way that leaves them with more creative freedom than if they had investors? I appreciate that you're keeping us apprised, and for me that's plenty enough to make me feel comfortable in an investment. Looking forward to seeing what you put together, whenever it comes together!

    17. Missing avatar

      Revé Fisher on August 2, 2012

      "Anyone who donated more than $5 (basically everyone) will have the chance to download it if they want. This will be the earliest you can see the movie. Our goal for this is next week."

      Sorry, do you mean "more than $5" or "$5 and more" regarding who will be able to download the movie soon?


    18. Missing avatar

      Mark Christensen on August 2, 2012

      Don't sweat it - people will remember the great movie, they won't remember the slip. (I bet most of the folks flying into the Denver airport today aren't concerned that they had delays when building it!)

    19. Missing avatar

      James on August 2, 2012

      jeeez, talk about dragging your feet...

    20. Missing avatar

      T. C. Davis on August 2, 2012

      *need not neit LOL

    21. Missing avatar

      T. C. Davis on August 2, 2012

      My Mom likes to say "Done is better than perfect." But in this case, late is better than shoddy. :-) Take all the time you neit. I, for one, will be patient. And enjoy it all the more when I get to see it!

    22. Fran Sorin on August 2, 2012 need to apologize. It's a first attempt. Anyone who cares about you and what you're doing have your back 100%. Pssshhh.... delay...we're not talking brain surgery. Get the job done to your satisfaction...that's all that matters. Fran

    23. svalrani on August 2, 2012

      I think it is unfair that you can just delay the delivery of the movie on a adhoc basis and all we get is an electronic apology.

    24. Naomi Brons Tapia on August 2, 2012

      It's cool with me :) I'm glad that you guys were able to get this project off the ground and I'm looking forward to seeing the movie, when the time comes.