Funded! This project was successfully funded on July 26, 2012.

Update #20

Huffington Post & FoxNews, NYC Backer Preview, A Unique Premiere Idea and Exclusive Clips!

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Dear amazing FTL & RCI backers!

What a whirlwind two weeks since our engagement campaign ended it has been! Your belief in & enthusiasm for Follow the Leader & our overall outreach plans has continued to push us forward since we last updated you just after the campaign ended. There hasn't been much time to catch our breath, and we've hit the ground running as this new chapter began this month.

We've been meeting with various parties to discuss our distribution, and have been blown away by continuing interest that's come our way even before more concrete plans are finalized & announced. The most recent coverage was published Friday in The Huffington Post, and FoxNews did a segment about the film (and an interview with me) on Thursday.

We don't want to bombard you with an “update” every time there is coverage that might interest you – but we will announce press & appearances we know about through our social media. Please “like” us on Facebook & follow us on Twitter if you don't already. Apart from keeping you informed, supporting us through social media helps show the demand for the film to many people we still need to convince. You are our most engaged & knowledgeable supporters, and we would absolutely love it if you tweeted about the film as you saw fit, and posted & participated on Facebook. We want our Facebook page to become a home for thoughtful & civil cross-partisan dialogue throughout this election season, and we need your help to make that a reality!

This Wednesday, we also welcome many of you to our Backer Screening at RH Gallery in TriBeCa, New York City, at 7pm. We've reviewed our “backer reports” and changed our stated rules – so if you'll be in NYC this Wednesday & pledged $50 or more during the campaign, you are invited to join us (whether you selected the screening as a reward or not)! By the demand of a few people who missed the Kickstarter deadline, we have also opened it up to post-Kickstarter supporters who've donated $100 or over (via the PayPal link on our website). There is also a Facebook event, if you would like to share your attendance with friends! Please RSVP to jgl@changeworx.com (that's me directly) if you haven't already so that we can provide for food, drink & chairs accurately. The event remains an intimate gathering for just 40-50 people & will feature:

Q&A with Filmmaker Jonathan Goodman Levitt (plus surprise guests);
Refreshments including delicious cheese & cracker selection, and some home-baked treats;
Crew, outreach team & backer recognition (with several on our team in attendance);
A celebration of last month's success thanks to YOU!

The coming weeks & months will bring further news about what we have in the works, but for now we'll share one new idea: We don't want to wait for a traditional premiere because the film needs to be seen right away to influence more thoughtful political dialogue starting NOW. So we are trying on short notice to organize our Premieres during the RNC & DNC in just a few weeks – and on principle, we don't want to screen at one Convention if we can't also share the film at the opposing Convention too. If you have contacts in either Party or perhaps among the Convention organizers, or any advice to offer, please contact me/us as soon as possible. We welcome all input as always.

Thank you again & forever for backing us & making what we're doing now possible!

Jonathan & Team Follow the Leader

P.S. Before the Conventions, we'll be adding a featured clip with each main character to our website...but we'll be releasing them first exclusively here on Kickstarter. First up (in alphabetical order) is Ben, here seen as he starts his internship with the current Attorney General of Virginia & Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli.

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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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