About this project
I'm Fine, Thanks is a new, feature-length documentary about complacency. It's a collection of stories about life, the choices we all make, and the paths we ultimately decide to follow.
We examine the factors that motivate and drive our major life choices. And, most importantly, whether or not the path we follow through life - and the habits we form based on that path - are truly connected with who we really are as individuals.
This is a movie about the moment people realize the life they're living is not the life that's true to their heart... and, as a result, what they decide to do about it!
For more insight, don't miss the trailer featured in the video above!
We (a film crew of 5) spent two months traveling the U.S. interviewing dozens and dozens of every day people from different backgrounds about their lives and past choices (over 60+ interviews total).
To sum it up simply: the journey of making this film changed our lives forever.
We knew we had something special when we started. Yet, we had no idea how powerful the stories of the people we met would be until we completed the filming.
And now it's our responsibility to share these stories and the inspiring message with the world in the most engaging way possible.
And that's where we need you.
WE CAN'T DO THIS ALONE -- WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We've given our blood, sweat, and tears (not to mention tens of thousands of our own dollars) to organize the whirlwind road trip and capture the first initial chunk of the film.
Here's the problem: as much time, energy, and money it took to FILM the movie - it costs even more to edit, produce, release, and distribute it!
For example, here's just a small slice of where our Kickstarter funds will go:
- Editing and organizing the raw footage.
- Shooting additional footage (we need to "pick up" some shots).
- Storyboarding and planning.
- Color correction.
- Sound mixing.
- Licensing the soundtrack.
- Researching archived footage and commercials.
- Legal fees and release licensing.
- Distribution rights for the film (online and offline).
- Our 3-city premiere screening schedule (before it's public).
- Marketing and promotion (online and offline).
- Film festival and registration fees and filing.
Bottom line: there are too many moving parts for us to do this all ourselves!
Our world premiere of the documentary will be in July - at the World Domination Summit (a creative conference) in Portland, Oregon. We're scheduled to release the film online a few weeks later (late July)!
Several of the crew members and our families have moved out to the San Francisco Bay area to push towards finishing production. With the help of this campaign we can team up with Stillmotion, an Emmy-award winning production studio, to help build the story, edit the film, and consult on the post-production schedule.
It's an ambitious schedule, but we're an ambitious crew! :)
With your help we can make it happen - and get this message out to the world in July!
OUR GOAL WITH THIS DOCUMENTARY
We believe that the stories we captured deserve to be told - and that by sharing them we can inspire thousands and thousands of people to take action and change their lives for the better.
Our goal is to ignite a movement of people who are tired of settling for mediocrity. We want to eliminate "getting by," "doing fine," "could be worse," and "can't complain" from the vocabulary of our modern culture.
We want to rally together a like-minded group of people who are fed up with living life through someone else's script - and ready to live life on their OWN terms.
Together, with your help, we believe we can challenge people to dig back up their childhood dreams... to tap back into their deepest passions... and to take action to make those values more of a priority in their life moving forward.
Help us do it!
HERE'S HOW THE PROCESS WORKS!
Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Every month, tens of thousands of people pledge millions of dollars in money to creative projects in dozens of categories.
A person who supports a project is called a "backer." The process of giving money to the documentary is called a "pledge."
In return for your pledge, we (the creators of the campaign) are able to offer "rewards," depending on the amount you pledge.
For example, if you pledge $5 to help back the project - we'll offer you a full-length, HD download of the documentary. You'll get access days before it's made public! :)
Pledge levels vary from just $5 to several hundreds of dollars. And each different level opens up a new, creative reward. (For a full list, check out the right side of the page - or scroll down the page a bit more).
HOW TO PLEDGE AND BECOME A BACKER!
You can become a backer in just three easy steps:
- Step 1: Read through the pledge levels and rewards we're offering in the right sidebar of this page.
- Step 2: Click the large, green "BACK THIS PROJECT" button to the right of the trailer video at the top of this page.
- Step 3: Enter your pledge amount - and complete the steps for filling in your information. This process takes just a few seconds!
You've played an important role in sharing this message with the world (and get some pretty sweet rewards too!).
We owe you big time!
Special note: Your pledges aren't actually processed by Kickstarter unless the campaign is 100% successful. We meet our goal or we get nothing! Don't worry, with your help we know we can knock this out of the park!
AMAZING REWARDS (WHAT YOU GET AS A BACKER)
Note: All levels have FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING. Yes, really. Anywhere in the world - we'll ship it out to you. Super simple. :)
$5 pledge -- You'll get a full-length, HD download of the movie. It's DRM-free, which simply means you'll be able to transfer and play it from all your devices! (A couple people have called us "crazy" for giving away the complete documentary for just $5 - but we're really dedicated to making this story accessible to as many people as possible!)
$25 pledge -- You'll get the physical DVD of the documentary, along with the digital download. Again, this is the most affordable price point we could offer for creating the full DVD (it includes free shipping anywhere in the world!).
$50 pledge -- You'll get what we're calling a "swag pack" along with the DVD and the download. At the minimum your pack will contain a special kickstarter-only, signed movie poster and unique DVD cover. But we reserve the right to add in extra miscellaneous goodies! ;)
$100 pledge -- Starting at this level, we'll put your name in the actual credits of the movie (only if you want us to, of course)! Whoo-hoo! Obviously, you'll still get the swag pack, the DVD (except yours will now be signed!), and the download.
$250 pledge -- This level gets you two (2) VIP tickets to one of our three scheduled premieres. There are three different options for you - one for the world premiere in Portland, one for the east coast premiere in NYC, and one for the Hollywood premiere in Los Angeles. Each ticket gets you special seating, free food and drink, and time hanging out with the crew before and after the showing. And of course, you'll still get your name in the credits, the swag pack, the DVD, and the downloadable version.
Special note: The world premiere in Portland won't be open to the public. It's only available to people attending the World Domination Summit (a sold out conference) and VIP Kickstarter ticket holders through this campaign. However, the NYC and L.A. premieres will have general admission tickets available at a later date (you just won't get the royal treatment of the VIPs). ;)
$500 pledge -- You'll receive a special "home screening" kit to premiere the movie at you home (or wherever you want actually!). Your kit includes 15 signed DVDs, 15 signed, limited-edition movie posters, and 15 individual download codes for your guests (yep, international shipping included for free!). In addition, Adam (producer) and Grant (director) will do everything possible to call or Skype live into your home premiere to personally thank you and your guests! In the unlikely event we can't call in live - we'll record a custom video for you to play before the movie. :)
$1000 pledge -- Starting at this level, you'll receive official "Associate Producer" credit (yes, even in IMDB) for the film and in the credits. We (Grant and Adam) would also love to share a private meal with you, your family, or your friends. We'll make every attempt to be able to schedule this at a time that's convenient to all parties (travel for you and your guest is not included). You'll also receive four (4) VIP tickets (optional, if you can make it) for one of the three premieres listed above (Portland, NYC, L.A. - travel not included). And, as is typical, we'll still send you the full "home screening" kit listed above with multiple DVDs, swag, and downloads for your friends and guests.
$5000 pledge -- We'll bring the party to you! We'll come to your city or hometown, anywhere in the United States or Canada, to premiere the movie in a local theater (or a creative location). We'll work closely with you to coordinate the best premiere we possibly can (we'll help get the word out - and make it a memorable screening!). You'll also be entitled to everything in the "Associate Producer" level above (including the official movie credit). Essentially, you get it ALL, baby!
THE BRILLIANT PEOPLE WE MET ALONG THE WAY!
In addition to the remarkable individual stories from across the country, we were fortunate to also be able to grab the insight of dozens of experts, academics, bloggers, and authors - including:
- Jonathan Fields
- Josh Kaufman
- Sam Stratman
- Derek Halpern
- Pace Smith
- Nick Reese
- Johnny B. Truant
- Pam Slim
- MJ DeMarco
- Joshua Becker
- Pat Flynn
- Max Spiker
- Erica Douglass
- Eric Handler
- Lewis Howes
- Neal Frankle
- Scott Dinsmore
- Chris Guillebeau
- Jonathan Mead
- Mark Silver
- Charlie Gilkey
- JD Roth
- Danielle LaPorte
- Kim and Jason Kotecki
The perspectives of these experts - on various related topics - was a fantastic compliment to the passionate stories we collected along the way.
Note: These are just a portion of the people we met along the way. We won't list out all the individual stories we captured - you'll get to see those in the movie itself! ;)
HOW TO SHARE THIS WITH THE WORLD!
As we mentioned in the video message before the trailer, we don't have the help of a hollywood studio or television network with deep pockets. But we have something better -- your word-of-mouth!
The best way to help is to share this very page with your family, friends, and coworkers!
Best ways to share this campaign and our exciting trailer:
- On Facebook. By far, our best tool for sharing this message is through Facebook. You can simply click the "Like" button directly below the video at the top of the screen. Or paste the URL straight onto your page with a message!
- On Twitter. You can also tweet out the video - once again by click the button under the video or simply sharing our the direct URL for this page.
- A short email. Think about the people in your life that may benefit from this message (or appreciate helping to spread the message). Write a short note to them in an email! We'll owe ya! :)
- Old fashioned word-of-mouth. Unplug the computer and your phone and just talk with people in your lives about it! Few things beat a genuine, face-to-face conversation. :)
Again, any way you can help - big or small - is deeply appreciated! The more conversations we can start around this issue... the better!
GET A HOLD OF US - WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Contact Adam Baker (producer):
- AdamCBaker@gmail.com (via email)
- @ManVsDebt (on twitter)
Contact Grant Peelle (director):
- Grant@CrankTank.com (via email)
- @grantpeelle (on twitter)
More about the project and team:
- "I'm Fine, Thanks" Facebook Page (new)
- The Making of "I'm Fine, Thanks" (Part One) Blog Post
- The Making of "I'm Fine, Thanks" (Part Two) Blog Post
When in doubt, reach out to the team. We'd love to chat about any media opportunities, unique circumstances, or hear your feedback.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can you pledge outside the U.S.?
Absolutely. Orders are processed through Amazon, which operates in the far majority of countries. We also include international shipping for free!
Can I change levels after I pledge?
Yes, you can. If you can't decide between two levels, pledge the smaller one - and up until the end of the campaign you can change it to the higher level (and still get all the rewards)!
Can I give this as a gift?
Yes, again! Once the campaign is over, we will reach out to confirm shipping addresses, how your name should appear in credit (for $100+ pledges), and other details. You can provide us with the information for the lucky gift getter!
Can I get more information about larger pledge levels?
Absolutely. Email AdamCBaker@gmail.com directly. Adam would love to talk with you and answer any questions you may have.
What happens if we don't reach our goal?
We get nothing! You aren't charged and we don't receive any of the funding. Don't worry, this won't happen! It's going to be amazing! :)
What happens if we go over the goal?
We make a larger impact on thousands of more people! We get to receive any funds that go over our goal - and will funnel those back into the film to have an even larger premiere schedule and release.
How is my pledge processed and charged?
Once the campaign is successful, your pledge will be processed by Amazon. It's safe and secure - Amazon is one of the premiere online retailers.
Is shipping included for rewards?
Absolutely! We'll ship your rewards anywhere in the world - 100% free.
Thanks again for all your support! It means the world to the team!
We'll leave you with one of the crew's favorite quotes...
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Howard Thurman
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