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Man vs. Food meets Extreme Home Makeover! A celebration of the food, music, and rebuilding of New Orleans, and a history-making quest. Read more

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Man vs. Food meets Extreme Home Makeover! A celebration of the food, music, and rebuilding of New Orleans, and a history-making quest.

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UPDATE: $5K threshold achieved! Let's keep going and shoot for $10K! Every dollar contributed means more time I can work full-time to make this the best film it can be!

Shortly after Katrina, a Presbyterian pastor from New Jersey moved his family to New Orleans to help rebuild. He fell in love with the city and eventually decided to become the first person in history to eat a meal at every restaurant in town (over 700 of them!). Along the way, his tiny church helped rebuild over 500 homes. This is his story -- it's like Man vs. Food meets Extreme Home Makeover!

Paste Magazine and Gasoline Films are proud to present The Man Who Ate New Orleans. We've filmed the first hour of the movie, but it's taken a lot longer than we thought, and costs have run way over. That's where you come in. Please watch our video above and if you are inspired, please give. Your donation will help us cover costs through the rest of production. We've set the total target amount relatively low, but please know that the more money we raise, the more we will be able to pay to help make the film better and better. And all the net proceeds from our film will go to "Help Rebuild the Next 500." 

We have some truly great partners, including winners of prizes like Oscar, Emmy, James Beard (several), Heisman, and Miss America. We're filming on the RED One camera with a pro crew. This film will look and sound amazing, have incredible music (including the great Rebirth Brass Band, who you hear in the clip above), and inspire people all over to continue to help rebuild this great city. Can you help us bring it to life?

P.S. "The Last Supper" is our big event on September 1 in New Orleans, where Ray will eat at his final restaurant and complete his quest. The great Chef John Besh will be cooking, the great Rebirth Brass Band will be playing, and Ray and Bernice will be sitting at a head table with nine of NOLA's ten James Beard award winning chefs from the last five years. Won't you join us? Email for details.

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    A hug and high-five from the director (must claim in person), and eventual access to “download vault” of donated unreleased songs by big-time musicians (in process).

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    All the above PLUS thanks on website/facebook/twitter, and optional upgrades to an extra-long hug and extra-emphatic high five from the director.

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    All the above PLUS two tickets to regular showing of movie, and a profession of eternal devotion on the director’s personal Facebook page.

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    All the above PLUS movie poster signed by at least two big names (Emmy winner, James Beard winner, Heisman, winner, Miss America, etc), soundtrack download, and one half day with your photo as the director’s Facebook avatar.

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    All of the above PLUS a “Man Who Ate New Orleans – Crew” T-Shirt, DVD copy of the movie, physical CD of soundtrack, two tickets to the New Orleans premiere, a call from the director, and a short video of the director extolling your virtues.

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    All the above PLUS "Special Thanks" in the rolling credits, a signed Ray Cannata book, a call from Emmy winner Natalia Livingston and from Ray Cannata, and an MP3 of a song that the director will write, sing, and record, inserting your name in a dreamy voice.

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    All the above PLUS "Second Assistant Producer" in the rolling credits, a “Man Who Ate New Orleans – Producer” T-Shirt, two tickets to the Last Supper, two additional tickets to either the premiere or a regular showing (4 tix total, your choice of screening), and a private lunch with the director and Ray Cannata. PLUS – a cameo in the film (shot in New Orleans; does not include travel or lodging)!

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    All of the above PLUS "Assistant Producer" in the rolling credits, the two day Ray Cannata restaurant and music tour of New Orleans (does not include your travel and lodging costs but does include food), and an MP3 of a completely original song about you that the director will write, sing, and record based on your personality, appearance, and history.

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    All the above PLUS "Associate Producer" in the rolling credits, two more tickets to the Last Supper (total of four tickets), a reading in your home/location by Ray Cannata of his book (continental US only), a special screening of the movie in your home/facility (continental US only), and a 5 minute documentary about you (or another person or event you choose), which will include a film crew that will come to you (or where you tell us) to make YOUR 5 minute documentary (continental US only). PLUS, a slow dance with the director at the premier afterparty while an 80s hair metal ballad of your choice plays. Groping not included.

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    All the above PLUS "Executive Producer" in the rolling credits, two more tickets to the Last Supper (total of 6), the Ray tour for two that does include travel and lodging (within the Continental US only), dinner at the restaurant of your choice with the director and Ray Cannata, and a 15 minute (rather than a 5 minute) documentary about you (or another person or event you choose). PLUS, the director will tell the assembled crowd of celebrities at the Last Supper that you are the most handsome/beautiful/talented/kindhearted person he has ever known (100% sincerity not guaranteed).

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