Dear DRIVEN Community,
This is my 60th, and likely final, update to you about our project JENS PULVER | DRIVEN. It's been nearly a year since I began sending out DVDs to all of you, and I still can't adequately express my appreciation for your very kind and generous efforts in getting behind this project from day one. It simply would not have become the success it has without your early support of the project, and willingness to build community around it.
The making of the film and this endeavor here on Kickstarter has taught me a great deal over the course of the past two years, and worked to crystalize the focus of my career... to explore our contemporary American culture through the stories of remarkable people.
It is in that spirit that I now embark on my next journey, and my next story of a truly remarkable person, Kirk Noble Bloodsworth.
In 1985, Kirk Noble Bloodsworth was sentenced to die in a Maryland penitentiary for the brutal rape and murder of 9 year old Dawn Hamilton. A crime he did not commit.
My new film, BLOODSWORTH, recounts the remarkable true story of how this honorably discharged ex-US Marine with no criminal record was charged, convicted and sentenced to death for this crime, and, how through this ordeal, Kirk Bloodsworth became the first individual in the US to be exonerated by DNA evidence, sparking an important shift in the criminal justice system.
Beginning production on an independent documentary film, even with some level of success behind you, is always a difficult task, especially when it comes to funding. A reality that once again brings me to the Kickstarter platform as I start work on this new film.
As DRIVEN has made it's way out into the world, I've spent the past several months working to gain momentum and support for BLOODSWORTH, but am at the point now where I need to push forward with production. To do so, I've launched this campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gregorybayne/bloodsworth-an-innocent-man
I know many of you came out in support of DRIVEN out of your respect and admiration of Jens, and his story. I appreciate and thank you for that, and understand if your interest in independent documentaries does know some bounds. :)
That said, if you appreciated my work on DRIVEN, I would sincerely appreciate you taking a moment to review BLOODSWORTH, and if it moves you, please considering joining me in this next endeavor.
Finally, I'm happy to report that DRIVEN continues to do well in it's North American Video on Demand release (http://thislovelymachine.com/jenspulverdriven/driven-on-demand/), garnering numerous 5-Star reviews across the web, and ranking in the top 100 documentaries on iTunes since its release in July.
Thank you again for you belief, your interaction, and your generous support.
I sincerely apologize if this message is redundant for any of you.
With Warm Regards,