Remember: Your pledges ARE NOT processed by Kickstarter unless the campaign is 100% successful. We meet our goal or we get nothing!
"Fight to the Finish" is the story of two best friends who are on two very different paths in life. Our story will follow these men as they fight, one for his dreams, the other for his life. These two have been through thick and thin together and now want to share their story with the world.
The heart of our story is about what it means to be best friends. Fighting for one another no matter what odds are at stake and standing by each other through triumph and tragedy. Lets meet our inspiration...
Tim Dillon is 33 years old and weighs 450lbs. Being overweight for as long as he can remember, Tim encounters challenges each day. Imagine not being able to tie your shoes, fly on a plan, sit comfortably in a movie theater, or go on the rides at an amusement park. Each day, Tim lives without the ability to do the simple things that many of us take for granted. Due to his weight, Tim has been unable to ridiculed and tormented. Today, he's ready to change his life.
Since his father passed away at the age of 63, Tim has been fearful that he could share the same fate if he doesn't change his life. More now than ever, the clock is ticking and he knows that if he doesn't change, he may never live the life he dreams of.
More than anything, Tim wants to find love and raise a family, but his physical appearance has been so much of a burden that he has had no luck in finding a loving relationship with a woman.
Today, Tim begins a journey and we are invited to take that journey with him. For 365 days, we will follow Tim as he works with friends and family against those that said he'd never change. We would like to invite all of you to follow along as we watch one man change his life and the lives of those around him one day at a time.
"We all have the ability to change. Sometimes we have to hit rock bottom before we can believe it. Once we believe it, nothing can stop us."
Craig Pekios is an average family man. He works hard to support his wife and two children. He is currently living in his first house and is an avid fan of MMA and the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As a teenager, Craig would regularly frequent the local video store, hoping to get the new UFC events on video tape. It was then that Craig knew he wanted to be a professional fighter. There was just one problem. Craig is only 5'0" tall.
Growing up as a kid, Craig longed for the opportunity to shine in sports. He worked out for 3 months with his junior high school football team before being cut just before the season began due to his size. He was denied for basketball 6 years in a row. His own father turned down his request to play on the little league baseball team he coached because of his small stature. Craig gave up on his dream years ago, but today, he's ready to take his shot before it's too late. And we want you to take the journey with him.
For one year, Craig will work with professional MMA trainers in Chicago, Orlando, and Las Vegas to achieve his dream. We will follow as he goes through the trials and tribulations that this lifestyle will bring to him, his friends, and his family. The goal? To compete on a nationally televised MMA event.
"It's never too late to fight for what you want."
Creating a series of this magnitude can be one of the most daunting tasks a crew can endure. For 365 days, our crew of eight will be working to capture the lives of two best friends on very different paths to change their lives. While most films and series' shoot for 3-4 months, we will be shooting every day for AN ENTIRE YEAR!
Upon completion, the series will be distributed on DVD, Blu-Ray, and downloadable online including iTunes. At the same time, we will work with national cable and satellite providers to air the show nationwide. You read that right. NATIONWIDE! Afterward, the series will be made available on Netflix and Hulu, making it accessible to millions of subscribers.
Your funding will go towards helping our crew continue filming throughout and will allow us to stay ahead as we film and edit simultaneously. Here are some examples of how your pledges will be used to bring this project to life:
- HD sound, video recording equipment, photography, and maintenance. - Cataloging, organizing, and editing over a thousand hours of footage. - Web hosting and bandwidth - Nationwide distribution of the series. - Marketing and promotion (online and offline). - DVD and Blu-Ray production. - Crew travel expenses.
This is just a small sample of the costs that your pledges will go to making this series a reality!
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.
Pledge levels vary from just $1 to $10,000 and each level opens up a new, creative reward. (For a full list, check out the right side of the page).
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!That's it!
You've played an important role in sharing this message with the world (and get some pretty sweet rewards too!).
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!
Have a question?
If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
A high definition digital download of the FIRST EPISODE once completed to watch on your phone, tablet, PC, and any other wireless device. -- Access to video blog-updates, photos, and reports throughout the filming. -- A very appreciative THANK YOU in the credits of the series.
A high definition digital download of the ENTIRE SERIES once completed to watch on your phone, tablet, PC, and any other wireless device. -- Access to video blog-updates, photos, and reports throughout the filming. -- A very appreciative THANK YOU in the credits of the series.
The official DVD of the series once completed and high definition digital download. -- Access to video blog-updates, photos, and reports throughout the filming. -- A very appreciative THANK YOU in the credits of the series.
The official Blu-Ray (1080p High Definition) of the series once completed and high definition digital download. -- Access to video blog-updates, photos, and reports throughout the filming. -- A very appreciative THANK YOU in the credits of the series.
Receive an official "Fight to the Finish" rubber wrist band commemorating your contribution to our project. These bands will be custom made for Kickstarter backers and will not be available to anyone else in the future. -- EVERYTHING ELSE LISTED ABOVE.
One free ticket to Craig's first MMA bout that will be featured at the end of the series. Travel and lodge not included. Time and location yet to be determined, but all ticket earners will be informed months in advance. -- EVERYTHING ELSE LISTED ABOVE.
You or your company will be featured in a special commercial break of each episode of the series online! See your company advertised to hundreds of thousands of viewers. Don't have a commercial? We'll make a special 15-30 second spot for you! Perfect for business owners or those that want to promote their Facebook, Twitter, YouTube channel, or your own Kickstarter project. EVERYTHING ELSE LISTED ABOVE
SPECIAL KICKSTARTER REWARD: The cast of the series will travel to you (within United States only) for a special workout/MMA training session with you and your friends and family. We'll even film it and you will be featured in an episode of our series!