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UPDATE 4/8/14: WE DID IT!
Holy cow, we can't thank you all enough. We set an ambitious goal, and thanks to your incredible support, we surpassed it with 72 hours remaining! But just because we've safely got our funding doesn't mean we should stop now. It's the perfect time to pre-order this film, or be a part of the Los Angeles premiere, and of course we need a ...
Stretch goal #1: $30,000 - Original soundtrack (COMPLETED!)
This is going to be a special film, and we'll need a special kind of soundtrack to push it to that next level. If we can raise an additional $4,000, we'll be able to hire a fantastic musician to create the pitch-perfect accompaniment to our documentary. Please donate at whatever level you are able to, to help us hit this next big milestone!
Stretch goal #2: $32,000 - Film Festival Submission (ACTIVE!)
One of our dreams for this project is to take it on the festival circuit. With the theme we have, we think it'll really resonate. Imagine us and R.G. (who hasn't ever left Kansas!) sitting on the director's chairs in Austin at SXSW, or in Park City at Sundance ... and the credits finish rolling (hopefully with your name on them!) ... the lights come up, and a room full of people start geeking out over R.G. and his incredible story. I'm seriously just going to be crying happy tears the whole time if that happens. Help get us surpass $32,000 to cover the entry cost of all the festivals, so we can get our feet in the door!
Double Digits is a feature-length documentary about Richard “R.G.” Miller, an inspiring artist and prolific DIY filmmaker who NOBODY has ever heard of. The film will explore what it means to be an aging artist in the 21st century, while delving into the life and creative process of a gifted and truly unique person.
The title “Double Digits” comes from RG’s answer to the question, “How do you define success for one of your films?” Meaning, if one of his films (which run from 30 to 50 minutes and take about 3 months to create) gets more than 9 views online, he considers it a success. We think his story should be told to more than 9 people. Help us make that happen.
Below: The trailer for R.G.'s latest internet art film - a superhero movie we're going to premiere at an awesome theater in Wichita!
Double Digits is directed by Justin Johnson and Erik Beck, aka “The Indie Machines.” Erik and Justin are co-creators of the online DIY filmmaking network Indy Mogul, as well as the Webby Award winning low-budget special effects show “Backyard FX.”
Together The Indie Machines have made over 300 short films, won multiple awards, created on-air content for cable networks, and worked with big brands like Star Wars, Pringles, YouTube and Lego.
While this isn’t their first venture into documentary filmmaking, as they crowd-funded and completed a 25 minute documentary about a father-son cross-country road trip in 2013, Double Digits will mark their first feature-length film.
The film follows Richard G. Miller (“R.G.”) as he tirelessly follows his filmmaking dreams while working the graveyard shift at a local prison. It’s a movie about inspiration, the joy of creating, and second chances.
Through meeting Richard, we uncover 35 years of his filmmaking history - from a simple black and white film camera in 1979, to his beat-up Handicam today.
The film touches on the hurdles he’s faced in his life, including alcoholism, drug addiction and incarceration. Through it all, he’s battled the odds with his unflinching desire to create the big, epic movies he saw in his head ... even if he had to play every character himself.
We want to showcase Richard’s work to the world through this documentary, to show any creative person who is second-guessing themselves, just how much you can accomplish when you put your mind to it.
We’ve already been working on this documentary for over 2 years, and have a lot of it in the can. Up to this point we have covered all the production costs ourselves, or with small loans from close friends, but felt we needed to launch a Kickstarter at this stage for two main reasons.
Number one, is that we finally think the film is at a place where we can share it with the world. While the film is obviously not done, we want people like you to start getting as excited about R.G.’s amazing story as we are.
The second reason, is that we are preparing to make our third, and final trip out to Kansas in April. We’re going to complete some final interviews, and film what we think will become film’s “third act.” We’ve rented out an awesome local theater to play R.G.’s latest film for a gathering of his fans, friends, and family. We can’t wait! Your donation will help us cover production costs of getting our bare-bones crew out to Kansas, and pave the way for the post-production and festival expenses as the film nears completion.
Good question! Here's a full breakdown on why exactly we're raising $25,000.
Crew: $3,850 - Pays for our 2 awesome DP’s and our field producer (Erik and Justin are working for free).
Travel: $4,500 - Flights, meals, rental car and accommodation for our 5 person crew as we journey to Kansas.
Gear: $1,500 - Portable lights and cost of camera / lens rentals.
Movie Theater Rental: $950 - For RG’s big screening in April we're renting out what we call the "Alamo Drafthouse of Wichita," a super cool venue with over 90 seats (double digits!)
Color Correction: $3,000 - Once the film is edited, to make this great content really shine.
Sound Mixing: $7,000 - Lots of clean up and sweetening needed for a full feature film.
Reward Fulfillment: $4,200 - All the GOODIES! Posters, DVD’s, t-shirts and shipping.
This is absolutely a dream project for us. We could have never anticipated how touching Richard’s story would be, and how inspiring and life-changing he’s been to us. We know the world is going to love this guy, and we know we’re the right messengers. We’re so close to the finish line, help us get there, and be a part of this one-of-a-kind feature film.
Whether you donate $1 or $1,000, if this is a project that you believe in and want to see succeed, please Share on Facebook and Twitter to help us spread the word about this amazing story. It would be very very appreciated.
Oh, and of course, check our Richard's channel and subscribe! (he's at 79 subscribers at the time of this posting ... let's get him to 1,000!)
Risks and challenges
We're confident we'll be able to finish the film, and we're confident it will get a great reception. With the money from this Kickstarter, we'll be able to give this film the kind of love it really deserves, to knock it out of the park. After two years already invested in the project, this isn't something we're just going to forget about! Your donation will be going towards an active project, that is going to make waves. Be a part of our wave!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It was late one Wednesday in 2008. A manila envelope, addressed to the “Legal Department” arrived at the internet startup we were working at … and contained within it a DVD, and on that DVD, the spark of something that would change our lives.
At the time, we were working at a hip young company called “Next New Networks,” one of the first startups focused on creating higher-quality content for the Internet. One of the channels we co-founded for the company was called “Indy Mogul,” a network dedicated to aspiring filmmakers, with a DIY aesthetic.
Inspired by Indy Mogul, and hoping to showcase his new work to a wider audience, 50-something Wichita filmmaker Richard “R.G.” Miller lovingly packed up his first “Internet Art Film” into that previously mentioned manila envelope. Our reaction was immediate.
“Oh my god. This is … amazing.”
RG’s work was captivating. “Art” was a great way to put it - he was transforming his tiny studio apartment and side lot into dozens of different locations.
His film, “Garden of the Heathens,” was an ambitiously written “big-budget” sci-fi blockbuster (with a running time of over 30 minutes). We loved the alien space craft made of spray-painted Sprite bottles and fire alarms, but more than anything, it was RG’s omni-presence in every shot that drew us in. He was literally playing every character (or voicing the action figures that made up the rest of his cast). Richard’s creation was one envisioned, and executed, totally solo. Every element, every frame, was entirely his.
We were hooked, immediately sharing the video with anyone we knew who appreciated scrappy low-budget films. We even screened the film on our Manhattan apartment rooftop for a group of friends - all of whom were totally transfixed.
After over a year of correspondence with Richard, we decided to make the trip out to Kansas, to meet him and document his unique process. We knew at the very least, it’d be fun to see him messing around with action figures in his apartment, but we had no clue the amazing, and inspiring story we were about to uncover.
You can check out R.G.'s YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/cheaphomemademoives
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