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A documentary short about the history, characters, and sounds of the National Hollerin’ Contest.
40 backers pledged $1,901 to help bring this project to life.

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WE DID IT!!!

It's hard to believe, but in just 9 days we made our Kickstarter goal! Words cannot begin to express our love and gratitude for you all. Thanks to all our backers for getting us to the mountaintop. But hey...we're not done yet.

STRETCH GOAL:

If we raise $2,500 we will create an additional living, breathing document of the 2014 National Hollerin’ Contest by producing a soundtrack of the whole competition. By doing this we will be preserving the historical record of the contest so that it can be heard for years to come. Our goal would be to make The Hollerin’ Contest soundtrack available on the likes of iTunes, Amazon, or another suitable platform.

Right now, our film is only a glimpse into the 2014 National Hollerin’ Contest. A comprehensive soundtrack would be a way for audiences to experience the entirety of the competition. We captured and recorded every holler from the 2014 contest already - but in order to make the soundtrack sound as good as possible, we’ll need to edit it, perfect it, and sweeten it. And again, this all costs money. If we make our goal, we will send all our backers a digital copy of the soundtrack.

Delivery Date: TBD

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The Hollerin' Contest at Spivey's Corner is a forthcoming 15-minute short documentary that follows the stories of three unique competitors at the National Hollerin' Contest, an annual competition that’s been held in Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina since 1969. Hollerin’ itself is considered by some to be the earliest form of communication between humans. It was originally used in rural areas before the days of telecommunications to convey long-distance messages. At the height of the contest’s popularity in the 1970s, winners would regularly appear on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Late Show with David Letterman. Interest and awareness of the competition has waned in recent years, but our three contestants still have the same goal in sight – to become the undisputed National Hollerin’ Champion.

Characters:

Tony Peacock > 5-time Hollerin’ Champion from Siler City, NC

Robby Goodman > 1978 Jr. Hollein’ Champion from Fayetteville, NC

Iris Turner > 1977 Ladies’ Hollerin’ Champion from Fayetteville, NC

Why we need your help?

The documentary is roughly 90% complete and we’re hoping to start submitting to festivals ASAP. Seeing as how the crew for this film is comprised of underemployed WFU graduate students with student loans, we are in desperate need of your help. It costs money to submit the film to festivals and we just don’t have the funds to do that. We want to share this documentary with as many people as we possibly can, and we are hoping you will help us do that by contributing to the project. The more money we receive from backers, the more festivals we can ultimately apply to, and that will allow us to share our documentary with you and your friends!

Filmmaker Bios:

Brian Gersten is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker and non-fiction writer from Chicago. Brian previously graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, and subsequently interned at Kartemquin Films. His first job in film was as the outreach coordinator for the award-winning documentary "The Trials of Muhammad Ali". Last year, Brian completed a documentary short entitled "The Amazing Mr. Ash", which has been screened at festivals across the country and overseas.

Liv Dubendorf is a television veteran and documentary filmmaker. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she left the north to attend Elon University, where she got her B.A. in Media Arts. She worked her way up the production ladder in LA from associate producer to audio supervisor, working some research jobs in between. She's had the pleasure of seeing her documentaries win awards at festivals, including seeing her film "Win or Lose" win the bronze Student Academy Award.

Geoff Groberg received his B.A. degree from Brigham Young University in 1997 with a major in Film (documentary emphasis) and a minor in Music. Since that time he's worked in various film and media arts related jobs, including several years of freelance work and a few creative projects of his own. Geoff also records and performs bluegrass, celtic, and other styles of traditional acoustic music.

Risks and challenges

The documentary is far along in the post-production phase; so really, the biggest challenge will be distributing the film. There are literally thousands of film festivals around the world, and it can cost upwards of $75 to apply to a single festival. And even if we apply to a festival, it doesn’t mean the film will be accepted. Consequently, we have to strategically pick and choose where and when to apply. We have no intention of applying for the Oscars, but we also don’t want to sell ourselves short. Our big goal with this film, as with any film, is to make it available to as many people as possible. You can help us do that by contributing. After months of production and post-production work, we’re extremely proud of the film and think it has great potential in the festival circuit.

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    Hollerin’ is all about communicating, and so, because of your generosity we will send you a personal thank you email.

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    Look forward to a thank you email, a social media shout out, and a sneak peek of the film via a private vimeo link that will be available up until the world-premiere of the film.

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    You’re too kind! We’re going to send you a digital copy of the documentary and bonus materials from the film (i.e. – production stills, unused footage, soundtrack, etc).

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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! You get everything from the $25 pledge PLUS a special credit in the film.

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    WE LOVE YOU!! You get everything from the $25 pledge, and will be credited as an “Associate Producer” in the film.

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    Ok, you’re simply the best! You get everything from the $100 pledge, and we’ll send you the Audio CD of the rare 1976 album "Hollerin’" with hollers from many of the legendary, original winners of the contest. You will also get to Skype with the producers of the film – and we’ll have a localized Hollerin’ contest of our own.

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