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Dying to do Letterman is an award-winning indie documentary. Now YOU can help qualify it for an Academy Award®
Dying to do Letterman is an award-winning indie documentary. Now YOU can help qualify it for an Academy Award®
614 backers pledged $57,569 to help bring this project to life.

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*** The Journey Continues: Click To Join A Thrill Ride ***

We had an AMAZING run here at Kickstarter. Thanks to YOU for embracing this dream and making our Indie Oscar® Run a reality!

Next step: raising even more to bring Steve's story to theaters everywhere. So, for those of you who are just now discovering this page, come join the thrill ride at:

http://www.dyingtodoletterman.com/fund 

-- we'd love to count you part of this incredible family. Look forward to bringing the movie to a theater near you!

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You're Invited! Help Us Compete for an Academy Award®

DocuWeeks™ -- one of the world's most prestigious documentary events -- has invited our self-funded, indie documentary Dying to do Letterman to qualify for an Academy Award® (and yes, we've lost our voice from uncontrollable, joyous screaming!)

But we need YOUR help to compete for the Oscar®...& Beyond, as we try to raise $100,000. Why? That will allow us put Steve's story in theaters everywhere.

The more we raise, the more theaters you can see the movie playing at.

Will you join us on this once in a lifetime thrill ride? We'd love to have you!

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"...a nimble, uplifting film that celebrates life, love, and friendship. Best of all, it's a riot." Letter Grade: A

Andrea Simakis,The Cleveland Plain Dealer

A Movie About Chasing Your Dreams

Shot over the course of five years, Dying to do Letterman follows funny man Steve Mazan as he chases a larger-than-life dream: performing stand-up comedy on David Letterman's show. 

However, his quest becomes far more urgent when he's told he may only have five years to live. 

With long odds stacked against him, and time ticking away, Steve faces the decision of a lifetime: should one persevere in the face of every obstacle? Or is there finally a time to give up? 

A funny, inspiring, emotional film that proves it's never too late to chase your dreams.

What are People Saying?

Here's how movie-goers and critics have responded to seeing Dying to do Letterman on the big screen so far:

How Does Kickstarter Work?

It's pretty simple:

  • We set a goal
  • We set a deadline (September 4)
  • You pledge whatever you can to help us reach that goal. Bigger pledges get bigger rewards from us (like a copy of the movie when it comes out on DVD, for instance.)
  • If we reach (or hopefully far exceed) our goal by the deadline, your credit card is charged, we get our funding, and you get the cool reward you chose.
  • If we don't reach our goal by the deadline, your credit card is NOT charged, and you do NOT get the cool rewards.
  • It's okay to exceed our goal (in which case we can bring Steve's story to even more cities) but it's NOT okay to make even a penny less than our goal.
  • In short, we have to make our goal by the deadline, or we don't get our funding, and you don't get your rewards.

What Rewards?

You get something for your money...even if you pledge as little as one dollar. Just check out the cool, unique, and meaningful rewards on the right hand side of your screen. 

Pick something you like (may we suggest a package that includes the special edition DVD of the movie with tons of extras? Starting at $50) and please pledge as much as you can, because your pledges will help us attend DocuWeeks and help us bring Steve's story to even more theaters (See FAQ below for more on DocuWeeks and our theatrical plans.)

Why Should You Support This Movie?

We'd never ask you to support something we wouldn't put ourselves on the line for...and that's why we put our life savings and six years of our lives into making this documentary. You can bet we will keep putting every penny of our own money into Dying to do Letterman for as long as we possibly can. Why?

We Believe In This Project - And We Believe in You

Though we always wanted this film to be funny, inspiring, and entertaining, no one was willing to back a movie about someone dying of cancer while chasing an “impossible” dream. Would Steve’s health hold out? Would he make it on Letterman? There was no way to know (it is a documentary after all!)

So we funded the film ourselves.  We believed that Steve's story was important and had to be told.  In our hearts, we felt that when the time came, real people just like you would embrace the movie. 

That time is now, and we're asking you to support this film we believe in so much.

Please help us qualify Steve's amazing story to compete for an Academy Award®. Pledge whatever you can to Dying to do Letterman right now. Thank you.

Joke and Biagio

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    DYING TO JOIN THE FUN - - we're thrilled to call you a friend! Get a five-minute mp3 of Steve's stand up comedy and access to the exclusive update and behind-the-scenes videos in our "Backers Only" updates--please promise to tell 10 friends about our project!

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    DYING TO KNOW IF STEVE IS FUNNY- - mp3s of every joke Steve sent to Letterman while trying to get on the show, the special track from above, and access to the exclusive videos in our "Backers Only" updates--please promise to tell 10 friends about our project!

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    DYING TO DREAM - - all of the above PLUS your own I'M DYING TO... button with YOUR dream personally hand-written in by Steve (see rewards section of Frequently Asked Questions--these buttons are SPECIAL. Some claim they are magic. Seriously. Watch Jimmy Carter story in said FAQ.)

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    DYING FOR THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD - - all of the above PLUS the KICKSTARTER ONLY version of the physical DVD. Includes over an hour of bonus materials: feel how nervous we were before our festival screenings, see the graphics Joke and Denise made us yank from the movie, catch outtakes from our Kickstarter video, enjoy a VERY SPECIAL comedy routine from Steve (see our $250 reward for a hint) & see the video thank you message from Steve, Denise, Joke and Biagio. You can only get this limited edition DVD here at Kickstarter (delivered after theatrical release, ETA early 2012)

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    DYING FOR TRULY COOL SWAG - - all of the above PLUS the movie personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write) a physical copy of the CD featuring all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show, an original street team flyer from our festival screenings, and ONE OF THE LAST REMAINING world-premiere tee-shirts from our Cinequest debut (we'll do our best to get your size, but these are the last ones -- without an owner -- on the planet.)

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    DYING FOR TRULY COOL SWAG -- THE SEQUEL -- all of the above PLUS the movie personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write) a physical copy of the CD featuring all the jokes Steve sent to Letterman while trying to make the show, an original street team flyer from our festival screenings, and a special edition "DYING TO DO LETTERMAN" tee-shirt...uniquely numbered by Steve. ONLY available here on Kickstarter. (Get it while you can -- the other swag package sold out in 36 hours!)

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    DYING TO READ THE BOOK -- all of the above PLUS the BOOK personally autographed to you by Steve (you can tell Steve what to write.) The book has just been announced today (August 10) and is being published by HCI -- the publisher of the original CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series. This will be an autographed 1st edition of the book -- don't miss out.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    DYING TO BE PART OF THE ACT - - all of the above PLUS Steve will include your name in a one-of-a-kind comedy performance. See it as one of the featured extras on the exclusive KICKSTARTER ONLY special edition DVD. Let Steve immortalize your support of his life story as only he can...with a laugh and a smile.

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

    DYING TO DO OUR NEXT DOCUMENTARY -- 10 of you will be featured in a one-of-a-kind short film documentary written and narrated by Steve, directed and edited by Joke & Biagio, celebrating your patronage. We'll hop on the phone with you, gather some cool materials (photos, video, your voice, more) and weave those together into a mini documentary featuring those of you who joined the Dying to do Letterman journey in a big way. Released on the web and Special Edition DVD (included with this package and autographed by Steve) plus up to five I'M DYING TO...buttons hand written by Steve.

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    DYING TO BOOK STEVE -- Steve performs a night of stand-up comedy, including a short routine customized just for you! (Travel/lodging/venue not included.) Includes all the photos you want to take with Steve and plenty of I'M DYING TO... buttons written out by Steve at the event.

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    DYING TO HAVE A PRIVATE SCREENING -- your own private screening of Dying to do Letterman. Wherever you like: your home, a theater, a community center...wherever. Steve arrives with the movie, does Q&A after, & writes out all the I'M DYING TO buttons you want. Impress your friends, use the screening as a fundraiser...it's all up to you. Steve's yours to use and abuse. Steve's travel/lodging and any venue costs not included.

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    DYING TO HAVE STEVE FOR THE WEEKEND -- let Steve host your weekend event--company retreat, family reunion, whatever the event, it's your own weekend of Dying to do Letterman fun. A stand-up comedy show from Steve one night, a screening the next, wherever you like...your home, a theater, a community center, camp grounds, a hospital, a garage...your call. Impress your friends, use the screening as a fundraiser...it's all up to you. Travel/lodging and any venue costs not included.

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Funding period

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