We've met our goal! Yay! But we can keep fundraising until our deadline on July 4th, so keep telling your friends. The more we raise, the easier it will be to complete the shooting of the film and start on editing it into a finished product. We had a projected budget of about $16,500 when we first came to Kickstarter back in January for seed money, and this is a great start at defraying the total cost of this film.
Thank you to everyone who has backed this film on Kickstarter, and to everyone who has supported our production by providing meals, rides, beds, couches, laughter, advice, experience, stories, and friendship. This particular film is a collaborative process involving many people around the world.
peace, love, and bicycles!
meaghan and tom
ABOUT THE FILM
Every day, in cities all over the globe, cyclists must contend with bad roads, poor traffic conditions, and dangerous intersections. Ghost bikes are ways for cyclists to come together as a community and grieve a loss, while making a quiet statement about their struggle for safe passage.
We are tracing the roots of the ghost bike movement from San Francisco to St Louis to Pittsburgh to New York, and examining how it is manifesting in New York, Chicago, London, and Brasil. The end result will be a feature length documentary film, independently produced and privately funded by the filmmakers and people like you. City by city, the film will reveal the stories behind ghost bikes and the people who make them.
So far this year, we've been to San Francisco to speak with artist Jo Slota, and to Sao Paulo, Brasil, to ride with Bicicletada. We'll be riding in Chicago on May 19th for the Ride of Silence. In June, we're visiting ghost bikes in Seattle (Washington), Portland (Oregon), and London (England). We also need to go to Albuquerque, NM, and Miami, FL.
WHERE YOUR PLEDGE WILL GO
Your pledge will help cover the cost of equipment, crew, and travel expenses. Independent films do not have the same freedom and ease as larger ventures with funding, and we've already made a lot of sacrifices to get this far along. We are committed to making this film, even if it means sleeping on couches and eating PBJ sandwiches when we travel... but even DIY won't make a movie for absolutely nothing. Your support is needed and greatly appreciated. We've scheduled a lot of travel in order to complete the film, and are taking a leap of faith that it will all work out well in the end.
Please help us reach our funding goal and make this film a reality. Our plan to finish this film is to pre-sell downloadable copies of the film for $15, and the DVD at $25. Your pledge gives you immediate access to the private production blog with updates, extra footage, and early trailers.
KEEP IN TOUCH
Get updates on the film at ghostbikesfilm.com
You can follow us on Twitter, so you will be notified every time there is a new blog post with news about ghost bikes and the film.
We have been taking stills as we go along. You can view them at our Flickr photoset.
And we do want to hear from you. If you have an opinion, or even if this is all new to you and you'd like to share your thoughts, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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