Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
“Canvasman” tells the story of a man who is less concerned with doing what is expected of him than he is with living a life that is fueled by passion.
“Canvasman” tells the story of a man who is less concerned with doing what is expected of him than he is with living a life that is fueled by passion.
53 backers pledged $17,955 to help bring this project to life.

About

Canvasman - The Robbie Ellis Story: A Documentary project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$17,955

53

Most people know Rob Elowitch as a lifelong resident of Portland, Maine who runs one of the most respected art auction houses on the East Coast. Through his Barridoff Galleries, he sells great works by artists such as Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, to art collectors and museums all over the world. He’s been married for fifty years to his high school sweetheart and has devoted much of his time to developing artistic and cultural programs throughout Maine. He comes from one of Maine’s most accomplished and respected families and is very involved in the Maine Jewish community. He and his wife live in a large brownstone, which is beautifully decorated with priceless works of art. Elowitch is a family man and recently became a grandfather.

But Rob Elowitch has a secret life: He’s a professional wrestler. Even his wife has never seen him wrestle. Although he is now 66 years old, Elowitch travels all over North America and Europe to wrestle under the “mat name” of Robbie Ellis. He takes on men in their twenties in dingy wrestling clubs in primarily working class neighborhoods and defies anyone who thinks age might make him a sucker. Age is incidental to Ellis, not a handicap. And it is in this second career that he finds his greatest lust for life and passion for the world.

“Canvasman” is a portrait of a man who is less concerned with doing what is expected of him than he is with living a life that is fueled by passion and the excitement of the wrestling ring. His journey is one that teaches us that if we follow our hearts, even if they take us in unlikely directions, we can live our lives uninhibited by age and stereotypes and find out who we really are.

More Information and a trailer can be found at - www.canvasmanmovie.com

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A personal thank-you post card with an image of the movie poster on the front and a personal thank-you from the Director.

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Full Size Movie Poster - along with the thank-you postcard, you receive a copy of what will be the official Full Size Movie Poster.

    Less
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Signed Limited Edition Poster - along with the previous 2 rewards you will also receive a limited edition poster signed by the Canvasman himself - Robbie Ellis

    Less
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Thank-you Credit and Crew Member T-Shirt - along with the previous 3 awards you'll get to see your name on the big screen during the end credits. And to add to your bragging rights we'll give you an official "Crew Member" t-shirt

    Less
    20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Signed DVD - along with all the SWAG listed above - once the DVD is released Robbie will sign a personal copy for you.

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    "Special Thanks" Credit - Get more press ! we will give you all the great stuff listed above - and we'll bump up your "font size" on the end credits with a "Special Thanks" Credit.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Invite to Sneak Peak Screening - So cool! All the stuff of the "Special Thanks" level and an Invite to a private "sneak peak" screening of the movie - held exclusively for the crew, family and friends in Portland, ME. Come hang with Robbie and the Crew for the first ever full screening of our movie.

    Less
    2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Associate Producer Credit - See your name on the big screen - This package includes all the stuff we've talked about - but you'll see your name in the opening title sequence, in the end credits, on the official movie poster, the dvd package and the web-site.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Executive Producer Credit - This is the big one - The Title of Executive Producer - This package includes all the stuff we've talked about - but you'll see your name in the opening title sequence, in the end credits, on the official movie poster, the dvd package and the web-site. Along with Lunch with Canvasman Robbie Ellis and Director Gary Robinov the Day of the "Sneak-Peak" Screening.

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (89 days)