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A documentary film about Ultra Running... and life.
A documentary film about Ultra Running... and life.
322 backers pledged $33,434 to help bring this project to life.

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The Desert Runners Movie is offering a chance for all of our loyal fans to become PRODUCERS!

That's right--  YOU TOO, CAN BE A PRODUCER. 

WHAT IS THE DESERT RUNNERS MOVIE ABOUT?

In 2010, Director Jennifer Steinman and Cinematographer Sevan Matossian were granted unprecendented access to RacingThePlanet's 4 Desert Ultramarathon Series - a series of brutal 155-mile footraces through some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world.  Desert Runners is a documentary film that will tell the inspiring stories of a group of courageous competitors from all over the world-- ordinary people who are NOT professional athletes-- who chose, for a variety of personal reasons, to take on this extreme and crazy challenge.  The footage, shot on location in Chile, China, Egypt and Antarctica, is quite simply, stunning.  And although it will be an exciting, entertaining, dramatic sports movie at heart, what really will make Desert Runners unique will be its deeper inquiry into the competitor’s psyche, and how there are lessons for us all to be revealed within the context of extreme endurance sports. Why do people run?  Why do some people attempt to do things that others perceive as impossible?  Why do some of us succeed and others fail? Through intimate conversations with this unique, international cast of characters, the film will pose these and other universal questions and in doing so, tell an important story about what it intrinsically means to be human.

VIEW THE OFFICIAL FILM TRAILER

WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE ON KICKSTARTER?

FROM OCTOBER 8 - NOVEMBER 8 ONLYwe're launching this Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign to finish the movie.  Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, and a unique opportunity for fans to get involved in the creation of artistic projects they believe in.  Our Desert Runners Movie Campaign will take place over 30 days with a goal of raising $25,000 (US).   **VERY IMPORTANT**  We MUST reach our minimum goal of $25,000 (US) in order for Kickstarter to fund the project. If we don't raise a minimum of $25K (US) by November 8, we don't receive ANYTHING.  If we go over our goal, great--  we can raise more, but not less.  So we really need your help in making this campaign successful!

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE USED?

Currently the film is approximately 4-6 months away from being completely finished.  We need funding to pay for the last few months of editing, music rights, sound mixing, and graphics/animation.  Our total fundraising goal to make it all the way to the finish line is $75K, and our hope is to jumpstart the fundraising process on Kickstarter by involving as many of YOU as possible-- our dear and loyal fans!

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

Every person who contibutes $5 or more to our Kickstarter Campaign will receive a credit in our "Circle of Producers,"  and every person who contributes $50 or more will receive a custom Desert Runners "I MADE THE MOVIE" T-Shirt!  There are many other AMAZING awards for different levels of contribution, including custom running jackets, film festival tickets, VIP party passes, private screenings and more... but most importantly, you will have our deepest, unwaivering gratitude and the satisfaction of knowing that this movie never would have been completed without YOU!

HOW CAN I PRE-ORDER THE DVD?

By contributing at least $25, you will automatically be one of the first to receive THE DIRECTOR'S EDITION DESERT RUNNERS MOVIE DVD as soon as it's available in 2012.


HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?

  • Please contribute at whatever level feels comfortable ($5 on up), and know that we will forever love you for it!
  • Please SHARE this Kickstarter link with your family, friends, co-workers, clients, email lists... post about it, tweet about it, blog about it, text about it, tattoo your arm with our website address... basically, SPREAD THE WORD BY ANY AND ALL MEANS NECESSARY.
  • Join our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, and tell all your friends!
  • Email us with your ideas, suggestions, input, feedback, inspiration... we'd LOVE to hear from you!
  • Did we mention... TELL YOUR FRIENDS???

We also have SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES available for businesses and corporations, with a variety of amazing benefits-- if your company or a company you know might be interested, please contact us:  info@desertrunnersmovie.com

email us with any questions or visit the website to watch the movie trailer:  desertrunnersmovie.com

Again-- we THANK YOU SO MUCH for all of your continued support!  Passion projects like this would never be possible without the contributions of amazing, loyal fans like YOU!!!


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    1 digital download of the ORIGINAL DESERT RUNNERS THEME SONG and your name in the CIRCLE OF PRODUCER credits on our website

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    All of the above + 1 additional DIRECTOR’S EDITION DVD (2 copies total) and 1 DESERT RUNNERS “I MADE THE MOVIE” T-SHIRT

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    All of the above + your name as SUPPORTING PRODUCER in the film's end credits; 1 DESERT RUNNERS LIMITED EDITION MOVIE POSTER; 3 additional DIRECTOR’S EDITION DVDs (5 copies total)

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    All of the above + your name as FOUNDING PRODUCER in the film's end credits;
    2 VIP Tickets to the NYC PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING of the film;
    1 DESERT RUNNERS “I MADE THE MOVIE” CUSTOM RUNNING JACKET; 1 DVD of Jennifer Steinman’s award-winning documentary film, MOTHERLAND.

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    All of the above + your name as PREMIERE FOUNDING PRODUCER in the film's end credits;
    2 additional VIP Tickets to the NYC PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING of the film (4 total);
    DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS following cast & crew screening (yum!); 5 additional DIRECTOR’S EDITION DVDs (10 total); your website link in the VIP FOUNDING PRODUCER CREDITS on our website

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    All of the above + your name as ASSOCIATE PRODUCER in the film's end credits;
    4 additional VIP Tickets to the NYC PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING of the film and DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS (8 total);
    1 DESERT RUNNERS LIMITED EDITION MOVIE POSTER, SIGNED by cast & crew;
    Your name & website link in the ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDITS on our website; 5 additional DIRECTOR’S EDITION DVDs (15 total)

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    All of the above + your name as CO-PRODUCER in the film's end credits; Opportunity to host PRIVATE SCREENING for your family & friends in your town!; 2 VIP tickets to THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE; 4 additional VIP Tickets to the NYC PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING of the film and DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS (12 total); Your name & website link and LOGO in the CO-PRODUCER CREDITS on our website

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    All of the above + your name as PRODUCER in the film's end credits;
    A two-minute DESERT RUNNERS VIDEO, starring the runners and the filmmakers, made JUST FOR YOU! (use on your website, youtube, send to everyone you know!);
    FILMMAKERS WILL ATTEND DINNER AND A PRIVATE SCREENING for your family & friends in your town! (travel & accommodations additional);
    2 additional VIP tickets to THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD PREMIERE (4 total);
    8 additional VIP Tickets to the NYC PRIVATE CAST & CREW SCREENING of the film & DINNER WITH THE FILMMAKERS (20 total);
    Your name & website link and logo in the PRODUCER CREDITS on our website; 15 additional DIRECTOR’S EDITION DVDs (30 total) to give away to everyone you know!

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