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PAY 2 PLAY chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do fix the system. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on May 30, 2014.

PAY 2 PLAY chronicles the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we can do fix the system.

About this project

WHAT PAY 2 PLAY IS ABOUT:

PAY 2 PLAY: Democracy's High Stakes is a fun, entertaining film, which just happens to focus on the corrupting influence of money in politics and what we the people can do to fix it.  We look at what it takes to run for office in this day and age.  But to make it fun, we also look at how our national pastime, the game Monopoly, has created a monopoly mindset of winner takes all.  And lastly, we look at the power of the people coming together and having their voices heard in the streets, through both protest AND street art.

WHO IS IN OUR FILM?

We have an amazing cast!

Robert Reich  •  John Nichols  •  Lawrence Lessig  •  Noam Chomsky  •  Jerry Springer  •  Van Jones •  Marianne Williamson  •  Jack Abramoff  •  Thom Hartmann  •  Marge Baker  •  Mark Crispin Miller  •  Bob Edgar  •  Brad Friedman  •  Lee Fang  •  Jason Leopold  •  Jessica Levinson  •  Rashad Robinson  •  Kathay Feng  •  Ciara Torres-Spelliscy  •  Robert Weissman  •  Paul Hackett  •  Subodh Chandra  •  Surya Yalamanchili  •  Ralph Anspach

OUR FILM TEAM:

  • John Wellington Ennis - Writer/Director/Producer (Free For All, Wild Girls Gone, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, Pay 2 Play)

  • Holly Mosher - Executive Producer (Vanishing of the Bees, Bonsai People - The Vision of Muhammad Yunus, Hummingbird, Free For All, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety, Pay 2 Play)

  • Rebecca Lynn Minkin - Executive Producer

  • Vivian Umino - Editor (Free For All, Pay 2 Play)

  • Shepard Fairey - Key Art

  • Rick Ray Perez  •  Fortunato Procopio  •  Yvonne McDonald •  Dorian Cheah  •  Lisle Engle  •  Brody Alexander

With cool music such as The Revolution Starts Now by Steve Earle, and featuring artists such as Oddisee and Saint Eve.  

WHERE WE ARE WITH PAY 2 PLAY NOW:

We are in the final throes of post-production.  We are beginning having the music composed and graphics finalized for the film.   We've shown the film to test audiences, including one at Netroots Nation, and they are LOVING IT!  They're thrilled we have been able to make a film about a very depressing topic that's both funny, entertaining and makes you leave feeling that you can make a difference. 

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

Hiring all the talented people it takes to finalize the film really adds up.  We've been given grants and donations to make the film up to this point, but now we need your help to get across the finish line. 

It is also important for us to widen our reach so that as many people see the film as possible.  So we need not only your financial help, but also your word of mouth. 

Unfortunately, we don't have the budget of a big film - although we will with your help!

WHAT WILL YOUR MONEY PAY FOR:

We need funds for additional clearances for music and licensed footage.  We need to pay our composer, sound mixer, music supervisor and colorist.  We also have all the costs associated with mastering and printing the DVDs.

WHAT WANT TO GIVE YOU:

There is so much we are excited to share!  First of all, we are proud to make out movie poster by Shepard Fairey available for sale, exclusively through this Kickstarter campaign.  Second, we have a brand new photo book of street artists and their work in Los Angeles.  And of course we have the film and some other goodies.

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?

YES and please!  The more money we raise, the more we have to work with to bring the film to you.  You may not realize that the average Hollywood blockbuster spends upwards of $30 million just to get the word out about their films.  So if we can raise more, the further this film can go...  Our dream raise is $350,000.  So if you're in a generous mood, please up your give.

WHO CARES?

Over the past year, we have created an amazing team of grassroots partners:  Center for Media and Democracy, Color of Change, Common Cause, Free Speech For People, Global Exchange - Elect Democracy, MOVI (Money Out Voters In), Move To Amend, Public Campaign, Public Citizen, Rebuild The Dream, Rethink Media, Rock The Vote, Rootstrikers, Represent US and Stamp Stampede.  They all believe in the film, having seen a rough cut, so we hope that you will join us too!

WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL:

If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get any money, and you don't spend a dime...  

So please help us make our goal by spreading the word!   Every little bit helps.

I'M REALLY INSPIRED AND IGNITED BY YOUR FILM. HOW ELSE CAN I BE INVOLVED?

Please help us spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign AND our film!  

  • Share our main video, any of the daily telethon videos by posting a links on your Facebook and Twitter  (and of course LIKE and FOLLOW US!)

  • Visit our website and sign up so we can get you our newsletters, which will have future actions you can take.

Drop us a line at filmmakerforchange@gmail.com if you know someone who might be interested in PAY 2 PLAY.  We’re always looking for introductions to like-minded organizations, local theaters, libraries, community colleges, universities… you name it!

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

Not through this website. But if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do it through our 501(c)(3) partnership with PUBLIC INTEREST PICTURES. To make your support fully tax-deductible, please donate through via their website.

CAN I BECOME A PRODUCER OR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER?

Yes! If you are interested in making a more significant contribution to the film, producer or executive producer credits are an option. Please contact us at filmmakerforchange@gmail.com to discuss ASAP, as we will be locking picture soon...

CAN I DONATE ANONYMOUSLY?

Yes! Most donation levels are rewarded with actual credits in the film. But just let us know that you don't wish to have your name included in the film credits or website.

CAN DONORS INCREASE THEIR PLEDGES ONCE THEY’VE BEEN MADE?

Hell yes!   If you have already donated but want to tip your hat again, then click the blue “Manage your Donation” button once you've signed in to Kickstarter.  Enter a new amount and choose a new reward at any time before the campaign ends.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHERE TO SHIP MY REWARD OR WHAT SIZE I WEAR?

Once we’ve reached our funding goal, we’ll send you a message via email (to whichever email you gave Kickstarter) asking for all your necessary information.

CAN I GIFT A REWARD?

Yes!  We're happy to send your reward to you, or whomever you choose. Just send us a note to let us know: filmmakerforchange@gmail.com

WHAT IF I DON'T WANT A REWARD?

That's fine too.  You can easily make a donation and just check the box indicating you'd like to forego the reward when you make your donation, thereby maximizing the value of your support. (You will still have our sincerest of thanks though!)

HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU?

Please feel free to contact us any time with questions or comments.   Email filmmakerforchange@gmail.com.   We actually love hearing from you, because we made this film for you, the audience, after all.  We haven't been slaving over this project for 7 years for nothing ;) 

WHAT DO THE REWARDS LOOK LIKE?

Who knew a film about getting money out of politics came with such cool swag?

Check back as we add special items during our campaign!

 Preview the book at Blurb

KICKSTARTER TELETHON

We are doing a Kickstarter Telethon, releasing a video a day!

We hope you will enjoy our daily video and share them widely.

You'll be meeting the street artists in the film, our film partners and all the amazing work they are doing and some other fun videos.

CHECK OUT OUR FIRST VIDEO

MAY 4TH IS STAR WARS DAY, so check out this spoof video we made that we thought you'd enjoy!

CHECK OUT OUR KICKSTARTER TELETHON CHANNEL!

Risks and challenges

There is little risk in supporting our film because we are really close to the finish line. There could be a delay because of shipping, but we really hope to have the film finished by June and then start making the DVDs and preparing for our theatrical release in August.

We are seasoned filmmakers and we know how to make this happen. Our executive producer, Holly Mosher has produced 10 films (you may have seen Vanishing of the Bees or Bonsai People). And director John Wellington Ennis has made 4 films as well as having a hit cable TV show in NY.

We will do our best to deliver everything on time and to your satisfaction, but if there is any reason for delay, we appreciate your patience.

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