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Update #12

Lucky sevens 71%, $7775-to-go say TODAY is the Day Before the Last Day

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FIRSTLY: If you'd like to while reading or anytime, you can listen to one of our favorite tracks the incredibly talented Zack Martin did for the film -- appropriately titled "Coming-of-Age" -- by pressing play at the bottom of your screen. And now on to "Update #12":

To those who are making it all happen,

We welcome 34 backers since our last update – thank you, wonderful people! And thanks to you, we now stand at just over 71% of our goal with just 43 hours to go (Check out the top photo below -- trending upward!)! That's just $180 per hour until the end of the campaign in LESS THAN TWO DAYS – and we're becoming more confident we can get there!

You have already done so much! And because I know you believe in what we are doing, I hope you'll you'll help out with a final push – and that you'll tell friends & family about the important work we are doing to change the political conversation in our country for the better. It is urgent work, time-sensitively linked to the current election cycle, and I think you know by now that all pledges made already completely disappear (whoosh!) if we don't meet our goal that is now just $7775 away.

Did you realize that if every person who has already backed us figures out a way to raise $42 more somehow that we will meet our goal? Some of you have been generously adding more to your pledges – in some cases even multiplying them because you realize how close we're getting -- completely amazing of you! Some of you are also sending individual, personal emails to others you think may want to support us but haven't yet – and it's these emails that are bringing us new backers at an incredible rate. Can you go that extra mile and recruit a couple more backers at any level today?

The people you may want to write to might even be mutual friends of ours. Perhaps you want to write to a few of them individually and ask if they've supported us too? They may not be on my personal distribution list, and may not even know about the project. Thank you for including this link with any emails you send:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/followtheleader/follow-the-leader-and-reality-check-interactive

If you have Facebook and Twitter accounts, we would also be grateful if you can help continue raising awareness by pointing to the URGENT situation we're in right now – by sharing the above link via social media with an urgent call for action: “It's YOUR LAST CHANCE to support a film with the power to change the political conversation in America for the better! http://kck.st/MdPRbF

Tonight we also received a visit from my Godmother Sharon, in with my only first cousin, from Vancouver. You know it's getting late in a Kickstarter campaign when family comes over and someone (that would be me) says “You know what I just realized – this is a gathering of five backers!” At least they thought it was funny (see below)!

Thanks again for your support – more updates will be coming very soon (including details about a last-minute opportunity for an exciting live streaming show featuring ALL THE MAIN PARTICIPANTS at 3pm TODAY as soon as we have them).

You are making a huge difference, and we can't tell you how much we appreciate it!

Jonathan & Team FOLLOW THE LEADER

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    TOWN CRIER • Welcome! • For backers at this level, we'll send you a specialized FOLLOW THE LEADER Kickstarter image so you can help us spread the word about our campaign via your Facebook and Twitter feeds. You'll be at the forefront of our campaign & on the vanguard of our outreach team!

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    CITIZEN • Thank you! • Your name will be inscribed as a supporter on our Official Website, and you’ll receive our Changeworx Newsletter! Our main characters were 11 on 9/11, the defining moment that shaped their views and made them politically engaged. Let your $11 help define our future!

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    POLITICAL PUNDIT • FTL DIGITAL DOWNLOAD Pre-Order + Thank you! • For $25 you’ll receive FOLLOW THE LEADER as a Digital Download (as soon as it’s released), your name on our website & the newsletter! Please help us recruit more backers through your punditry on Facebook, Twitter & as you see fit!

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    STATE SENATOR • Advance DVD copy of FOLLOW THE LEADER + Thank you! • Before it’s available to the general public in the US, you'll be sent a FOLLOW THE LEADER DVD (only available right here!), and your name will be added to our website as a State Senator! (US shipment included, please add $5 for int’l mailing)

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    PRIVATE SCREENING at home of Fellow BACKERS Tom & Joy Campanaro, Founders of Total Gym (www.totalgym.com/), San Diego, CA on October 9th • Filmmaker Q&A via Skype + Snacks/Refreshments Served + Special Film-Related Gifts! + Thank you! (Exact time & location will be sent to you after the end of the campaign!)

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    FTL Digital Download (same as $25 Reward) + "Give Me the Money & I'll Shoot" -- Documentary Professional Trade Book, by Nicola Lees (see Reward at $125 for further description). For Int'l Shipment, please add $12. PLEASE NOTE: WE CAN'T CHANGE TEXT AT $125 LEVEL -- BUT THAT LEVEL ALSO INCLUDES A 30-MINUTE SKYPE CONSULTATION with Nicola Lees, Financing Expert & Best-Selling Author. This was announced in an "Update" -- apologies for any confusion. Here at $75, it's the Download & Book (which sells retail for over $40 itself)

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    PARTY CHAIRPERSON • “Little Elephant" Creamer + FTL DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + Thank you! • For that “Little Republican” in your life (or in YOU!), you get a “Little Elephant" Creamer (pictured left), along with your own digital copy of the film and recognition on our site. Creamers ship in August (US addresses only)!

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    GOVERNOR • OFFICIAL POSTER (w/ Inscription by Filmmaker) + DIGITAL DOWNLOADS -- BOTH Film & Exclusive Music Tracks + Thank you on our website! • As a GOVERNOR, you’ll receive a personally-inscribed, limited edition official FOLLOW THE LEADER poster, illustrated by Charles Ly – who also designed & hand-painted the wallpaper that hangs in the Oval Office today (yes, THAT Oval Office!). As a bonus, you’ll get the film & exclusive music tracks via digital delivery. (US shipment included, please add $7 for int’l mailing)

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    PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING JOURNALIST • “GIVE ME THE MONEY AND I'LL SHOOT” Documentary Professional Trade Book (Published by Bloomsbury July 15th!) + DIGITAL DOWNLOADS -- BOTH Film & Exclusive Music Tracks + Thank you! • So you want to make your way in today’s brave new world of documentary filmmaking? By expert UK film journalist Nicola Lees (TV Mole), this new book features advice for professionals (including an extended interview w/ Jonathan Goodman Levitt & FOLLOW THE LEADER case study!) about traditional and emerging documentary funding models being developed & exploited by filmmakers today. Bound to pay for itself many times over as you fund your own career! (Shipping only available to US addresses)

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    U.S. SENATOR • DVD BOX SET (2 features + 2 short films by Jonathan Goodman Levitt) + Your name on our website! • This exclusive 4-film collection – including an Advance FOLLOW THE LEADER DVD – depicts the refining of Jonathan's approach as a filmmaker over the past 15 years (contains three films not available anywhere for individual sale in the US: the Grierson- and Mental Health Award-Nominated SUNNY INTERVALS AND SHOWERS, award-winning GANGBREAKER, and educators’ favorite LIVING THE ROLLER-COASTER). First 50 backers at this level receive the last of our original “puzzle design” Sunny Intervals extra-large postcards (pictured left) with personal inscription! (US shipment included, please add $10 for int’l mailing).

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    VIP-Treatment BACKER SCREENING in London Tuesday, September 18th • Held at Exclusive Members Club in Private Screening Room: http://www.eightclub.co.uk/ + Filmmaker and Character Q&A via Skype + Snacks/Refreshments + Special Film-Related Gifts! + Thank you!

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