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:
-- 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!
"...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.
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
- (60 days)