WELCOME TO OUR KICKSTARTER!
ABV: A Beer Voyage is a 5 episode mini series about…BEER! But it isn’t just about beer. ABV is about stories. And people. Every small brewery has a story, a unique and personal story, and we want to capture those. The first ABV series will start in New York – we’ll explore the history, culture and craft industry that is setting up shop in New York.
Your pledge will allow us to make a pilot teaser. We have the crew, we just need the money to pay them to shoot and edit! Then we’ll pitch this to various media outlets (think PBS, Netflix, Travel Channel). However, our stretch goals will allow us to do it ourselves!
IF WE REACH OUR GOAL IN THE FIRST 5 DAYS, JOANNA AND KYLE WILL VIDEO THEMSELVES GETTING DRUNK AND WRITING THANK YOU NOTES. Stretch Goals: 10k – One Episode 20k – Two episodes 30k – Three episodes 40k – Four episodes 50k – ALL FIVE EPISODES 60k – The ability to research and scope out other locations for our next season!
Why start with New York? Did you know that prior to prohibition, central New York was the leading hop producer in the country, selling 3 million pounds annually by 1855. New York was the #1 brewing capital of the country pre-prohibition! There is a lot of beer history in New York, dating all the way back to when New York City was a little Dutch outpost, with the country’s first commercial brewery.
New York is undergoing beer resurgence, a renaissance if you will, and we want to capture it! Where is the future of beer? The 5 boroughs? Upstate? Long Island?
Our 5 New York episodes are:
Brewing Returns to the 5 Boroughs – NYC
The Rising Tide Lifts All Boats - Long Island
Bringing the Community Back - Hudson Valley
The Farm to Pint Movement - Upstate/Farmhouse
Small Fish Making a Splash in the Big Pond – Western/Upstate
We’ll visit: Brooklyn Brewery
Blue Point Brewing
Southern Tier Brewing
Long Island City Beer Project
Community Beer Works
Good Nature Brewing … and many more!
But New York isn’t our only goal – we’re actively researching our next city/state! Where would YOU like to see us focus? Chicago? Boston? The craft beer industry in the Carolinas?
The project is helmed by Kyle Kensrue, Certified Beer Cicerone at Randolph Beer in NYC, and Joanna Strange, film director whose own successful Kickstarter for Blonde allowed her to finance and direct a short film that has been in 9 film festivals so far!
What does it cost? Our crew/insurance costs about $3600 per day, if we don’t feed them – we will need to feed them (nobody wants a hangry DP) and we’ll need to be able to send out our rewards. Then, the episodes that we shoot upstate will require vehicle rentals and hotel accommodations as well as other local costs.
Also, apparently all successful Kickstarter campaigns mention cats, so here is a cat:
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Risks and challenges
First and foremost, Kyle and Joanna have the backing of the New York State Brewers Guild and the New York City Brewers Guild. This means we have some heavyweight support from the industry itself, which is important. They are all very eager and excited for this project!
Joanna has run a successful Kickstarter campaign in the past, so she is well aware of the pitfalls to avoid, the issues that arise and the challenges of fundraising.
Kyle's background in the restaurant industry means he has to be used to improvising, thinking creatively and critically, and being quick on his feet when problems occur, which is every single day.
Joanna has worked in theatre and film for over 10 years - and if something can go wrong, it will always go wrong. She's struggled with props breaking onstage, sick actors on opening night, quick replacement casting due to injuries and more.
We are both incredibly well equipped to deal with any issues during the production of the show. The biggest challenge we face is not in fulfilling rewards or shooting the show, but rather in selling the show after it is complete to PBS, Netflix, Travel Channel, Amazon or any other interested outlet.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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