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Daniel Johnston stars in this psychedelic short film about an aging musician coming to terms with the dreams of yesteryear.

"Hi, How Are You" is a collaborative short film by a group of dedicated Daniel Johnston fans (creators of the film Archie's Final Project) and Daniel himself. It's a musical tale of an aging artist encountering psychedelic dreams, nightmares, and characters from his past. We began shooting with a simple outline: an intimate interview between Daniel and his younger self addressing his most prolific and maddening era. Our hope was to bring his stories, memories and art to life. What ensued during shooting was beyond anything our crew could have hoped for. Daniel not only opened up and told stories none of us had ever heard, but embraced and relished the idea of speaking with his younger self, gifting advice and warnings from the future. That became the backbone of our script. As shooting continued Daniel interacted with imaginary creatures from his cast of Spirit World characters like Jeremiah and Joe the Boxer. It was a truly unreal and moving experience. The result is something that will appeal not only to Daniel fans, but to any artist trying to find their way.

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Daniel Johnston is a prolific songwriter/artist who gained considerable notoriety in the last twenty years as an outsider, indie music genius, beginning with his fledgling self-promotion on the streets of Austin, Texas in the early eighties. Whether people were listening or not, however, Daniel continued to produce hundreds of songs and art pieces, compulsively expressing a frank, painful, and heart-rending account of love, life, and loss that strikes a chord in the heart of thousands who hear him. He has a remarkable following of fans, most notably the late Kurt Cobain who often wore Daniel's "Hi, How Are You" T-Shirt in public, Matt Groening of "The Simpson's", David Bowie, and an ongoing list of key figures in the music and art world. Daniel has produced over twenty albums, as many singles, and his music is included on numerable compilations, movie sound tracks, and TV ads. He has appeared on MTV, traveled the globe performing, exhibited his art around the world, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, had several documentaries made about him - one a Sundance winner - and several books recounting his legendary life. From nightmarish tales of madness in mental institutions and plane crashes to his fairy tale achievements on MTV, Daniel Johnston has spent the last 30 or so years exposing his heartrending tales of unrequited love, cosmic mishaps, and existential torment to an ever-growing international cult audience.

Visit Daniel's official website for more awesome info!

All donations go to post production. We spent a week shooting with Daniel and have a ton of footage to weave into our story. Our hope is to bring Daniel's Spirit World to life: from editing, animation and music to sound mixing and coloring, this is a post-heavy project with a ton of potential. With your help, we can make it a reality. 

 Storyboard Art by @5NE3R (Sneer)

Daniel is kind enough to donate art and props from our shoot and the show at the Open Borders music festival. During production of the film, Daniel signed and drew on many exciting treats for us to reward for Kickstarter support. 

HOW TO PLEDGE AND BECOME A BACKER!

  • 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 minutes!

That's it! 

Special note: Your pledges aren't actually processed by Kickstarter unless the campaign is 100% successful. We meet our goal or we get nothing!

IMPORTANT LEGAL STUFF!

  • Everything that appears in our project and related projects will be at our sole discretion.
  • If you win the animation prize, its content will be at our direction and our sole discretion.
  • Prize awards will be sent in as-is condition and whether or not they appear in the project is at our sole discretion. Prize awards will be mailed via ground shipping as soon as feasible once the requested funding has been obtained.
  • In order to appear in the project, you must be a US citizen or have a valid Visa, not a member of any film-industry labor unions (such as SAG or AFTRA), over the age of 18 or with full consent from a legal guardian, and with a signed release or other legal paperwork that we may require.
  • This project's fundraising campaign is subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations, movie guild rules, and other applicable law.
  • As is customary in the industry, we retain ownership and copyrights to all aspects of the project, including the short film, related films, artwork, copy, merchandise, and music, including any drawings or portraits of prize-winners.
  • Making movies is a difficult and unpredictable business and artform. We cannot make any representations as to the project's quality or content, the completion date, the delivery date of the project or prizes, or even the realistic likeness of any animation or portraits. In short, we cannot guarantee everything will come together as originally planned, but we will be putting forth our maximum effort to create an amazingly entertaining film and send you unique prizes that come from Daniel Johnston's uniquely masterful and creative mind.

Thank you so much for your support!

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We are dedicated to telling this story and bringing Daniel's Spirit World to life. Any additional funds we receive will go towards making this film a better, more animated project. Our schedule is in place to make the best movie possible. There are always setbacks during post-production. Between additional shoots, animation and sound design there's a whole lot that can set us back so please be patient, this is a huge project for a small group of indie filmmakers.

At this point we don't know when or where the film will premier. We will update you as soon as we know more! Our gifts are ready to send out to you as a thank you for your donations. The digital downloads will take some time so please be patient.

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    DIGITAL MOVIE DOWNLOAD ♫♪♫ You get first access to the digital download of the finished 'Hi, How Are You' short film, once our festival run is complete. You also get lots of love sent your way for contributing and helping out with this project!

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    DIGITAL MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD ♫♪♫ You get first access to the digital download of the finished 'Hi, How Are You' short film, once our festival run is complete, plus a download of the film's original musical soundtrack.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE & SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT ♫♪♫ You'll receive an extra big thank you by having your name in a special thanks section of the finished film's credits. ♫♪♫ This reward includes the DIGITAL MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE, YIP-EYE-TUNES CARD & THANK YOU NOTE ♫♪♫ You'll get everything above plus we'll mail you a YipEyeTunes Daniel Johnston download card that you can use to download any Daniel Johnston album for free, plus a handwritten 'thank you' note created by the director and Sneer. ♫♪♫ This reward includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE & ARCHIE DVD ♫♪♫ You'll get everything above plus we'll also mail you a DVD of 'Archie's Final Project', Gabriel Sunday and crew's previous award-winning feature film. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT, YIP-EYE-TUNES CARD, THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    ALL OF THE ABOVE & DANIEL'S 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' POSTER ♫♪♫ You get everything above plus an 11 x 17 in. poster of Daniel's classic album 'Hi, How Are You'. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT, THANK YOU NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR, DVD of ARCHIE'S FINAL PROJECT, YIP-EYE-TUNES CARD and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' POSTER ♫♪♫ You get a classic 11 x 17 in. Hi, How Are You poster signed by Daniel Johnston himself. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' CASSETTE ♫♪♫ You get a 'Hi, How Are You' cassette tape signed on the cover by Daniel Johnston himself. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    A SONG ABOUT YOU BY GABRIEL SUNDAY & THE FILM'S COMPOSER ♫♪♫ Gabriel Sunday will give you a call, ask you a few questions and write/record a song about you in a classic Daniel Johnston-style catchy tune. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' LP ♫♪♫ You get a vinyl record of Daniel's album 'Hi, How Are You', signed on the cover by Daniel Johnston. ♫♪♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *ORIGINAL* DANIEL ARTWORK PROP ♫♪♫ You get an original, one-of-a-kind Daniel Johnston piece of artwork that was hung in the Open Borders gallery which doubled as a set for the short film. All pieces are drawn on 8½ x 11 in. paper and come with a Certificate of Authentication. Artwork ranges from the years 2001-2010. Note: the piece of art you receive will be randomly chosen. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *ILLUSTRATED* 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' LP ♫♪♫ You get a one-of-the-kind 'Hi, How Are You' vinyl record signed and illustrated upon by Daniel Johnston during our shoot. Very rare, very cool. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    DANIEL JOHNSTON DRAWS YOU! ♫♪♫ Daniel Johnston will draw a picture of you from a photo, that you send to us and we send to Daniel. There is no telling what Daniel will draw. There's no telling Daniel what or how to draw you, but it'll be made for you by Daniel and it'll be cool. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* 'HI, HOW ARE YOU' CEDAR BOX ♫♪♫ You get a handmade cedar box with a branded image of Jeremiah the bullfrog, signed by Daniel Johnston. Inside the box, you'll find a 'Hi, How Are You' T-shirt, signed 'Hi, How Are You' cassette, YipEyeTunes download card and a signed Daniel journal page print from the set. Note: the signed journal print you receive will be randomly chosen. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    BE A CARTOON IN THE FILM ♫♪♫ We will animate a character in Daniel's style with your likeness into the short film. Maybe you'll be hanging with Jeremiah or your head will appear on a three-headed monster or maybe your body will burst into a thousand flying eyeballs... we dunno yet, but it'll be spooky and cool. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* SMURF UKULELE PROP, ORIGINAL *1979* ARWORK PROP & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT ♫♪♫ You get the same make and model, signed by Daniel ukulele that he used to record the song 'Sorry Entertainer'. You'll also receive the oldest piece of original art we had in the movie - 'Find A Chance To Exist', drawn by Daniel Johnston on 8½ x 11 in. paper in 1979 when he was just beginning to record music. In addition, you will be credited as an associate producer on the short film because you're awesome. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the SPECIAL THANKS CREDIT and MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    *SIGNED* SPIRIT WORLD BANNER, ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROP & ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT ♫♪♫ You get an 11.5 ft. x 3.5 ft. prop from the film set, an amazing banner matching Daniel's cassette cover art that Daniel doodled on and signed in the bottom right corner. You'll also receive 'But We Don't Wanna Go To Hell', an original piece by Daniel drawn in 2001 on 8½ x 11 in. paper. In addition, you will be credited as an associate producer on the short film because you rock. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ♫♪♫ This reward also includes a picture of you drawn by Daniel Johnston from a photo, that you send to us and we send to Daniel. There is no telling what Daniel will draw. There's no telling Daniel what or how to draw you, but it'll be made for you by Daniel and it'll be cool. This reward also includes a MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD

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    *SIGNED/ILLUSTRATED* DANIEL'S 'KEEP ON ROCKING' CHORD ORGAN, ORIGINAL ARTWORK PROP & EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT ♫♪♫ You'll get the one-of-a-kind chord organ, signed and drawn-on by Daniel, that was played in his band during his LA tour, plus 'Fear Yourself Your Loneliness Won't Help', an original piece by Daniel drawn in 2002 on 8½ x 11 in paper. You will also be credited as an executive producer on the short film because you're amazing. ♫♪♫ This reward also includes the MOVIE/SOUNDTRACK DOWNLOAD.

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