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UPDATED: This is it. We're making a Peter Mayhew "Chewbacca" Documentary! Now the only question left is, "How far can we take it?"

Letter from the "Chew Crew:"

We have now seen a truly great man pursue a goal, and rise to meet it's challenges, but the journey is still far from over. Now it's time to make sure we share it with the world! We've reached our first stretch goal. With that money we'll be able to bring Peter's journey to you. This is enough to get us started, and we would like to do better than that! 

 As filmmakers we're not satisfied with just stopping there. As storytellers we want to bring you closer to the real story of our favorite giant. With additional funds, we'll be able to interview important people who've played a big part in supporting Peter and motivating him in this journey, and we'll be able to dig deeper into Peter's life and story. Conducting interviews and traveling to various conventions/locations and really fleshing out the story, well, that will cost money. Rest assured, every dollar we're able to raise will go right back into this documentary and supporting the Mayhew Family. 

 The devil is in the details -- technical needs of the process including sound, original sound track, titling, editing, color correcting, etc... The bottom line is that, the higher the quality of documentary we make, the further we can take it. If we raise enough, we can even look into international film festivals/appearances in addition to major network distribution, more celebrity interviews, and more added content. 

That's what we want to do, make the best product that we can. We don't want to just bring this to you. With Peter standing tall the world will stop and take notice. So when you look at the incentives that we have available, please keep in mind that not only are you getting something for your contribution, but you're become a part of the Chewbacker team too! Thank you from all of us who support Peter and this new journey that we will take together. Help us in this campaign, to share it with the world and bring both Chewbacca & Peter Mayhew, back into the hearts of his fans the world over.

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For Immediate Release!

The Mayhew Family has opened the doors to their personal collection of memorabilia spanning the decades. We present to you, our fans, a special selection, all signed by Peter, as an exclusive release from the Wookiee Vaults. Images below, see the incentives column for pricing and availability. Wookiee Vault packages start at $100.

Fellow Chewbackers.

When someone passes Peter Mayhew on the street, they do a double-take. It could be because he stands a head taller than the crowd at 7’3”, or it could be because they recognize him as the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films. Peter was born with a condition called Giantism, which brought him both his astounding size and his famous role, but carries with it some serious health concerns.

Over the years, it has become more and more difficult for Peter to stand upright and walk, requiring the use of a cane or a wheelchair.  He and his family are determined to get him back on his own two feet.  His doctors came up with a solution: an intense series of surgeries that would replace his knees and give him the potential to walk unassisted.

Filming Schedule

  We will be following Peter to his last convention before the surgery, interviewing him and other celebrities from the star wars universe and the convention circuit.  You'll get a peek into his life and struggles at home as a giant.  We'll be interviewing his doctors and the engineers behind his prosthetic knees that have been specially constructed for him.

Then, you'll follow Peter through the day of his 4 surgeries. During that single day they will be replacing the top and bottom of both knees. They will also be cutting through his tendons to lengthen them and allow him to straighten his legs and lock his knees.

After the surgery we will follow Peter through the two months of intense rehabilitation and recovery. Then with his friends, family and fans present we will celebrate as we get to see Peter stand and walk on his own at his full height.

Why we're doing this?

Peter wants to share this, his most difficult battle yet, with his friends, fans, and family. Our goal is to be able to film an account of the struggles and successes Peter faces on his path to recovery, and to help his many fans learn more about what he goes through every day.

Your support, along with the love of his friends and family, is what is giving him the drive to reclaim his mobility. This documentary will also give its audience a chance to learn what Peter’s life was like growing up as a Giant in England. It will tell story of his giantism and how it has affected his career and life to this point. He and his family are very excited for this opportunity, and Peter is opening up the wookiee vaults (his private collection) and signing special memorabilia solely to support the project. We hope that you’ll show your support for our project and for a man with a giant body and an even bigger heart.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Understandably, most of the risks are being taken directly by Peter. Invasive surgery of this sort on anyone can be dangerous. On a giant with Peter's unique medical condition it is even more dangerous.

The challenges we face in filming the documentary are making sure we accurately and respectfully record the events with journalistic integrity from front to back. Funding all our own travel and keeping after our own equipment is one of our primary goals. Allowing Peter and his family to have the space they need and introducing the least amount of stress from a film crew is of the utmost importance to every member of our team.

The reality of this project is that the recovery process from this type of surgery is a grueling one, and we'll be following along showing progress, but also setbacks. We're following Peter's most difficult and fantastic journey yet and in the process we'll be learning about what makes him so unique.

This surgery could allow Peter the chance to pursue his passion as an actor and re-enter the film industry while standing tall, but regardless of the outcome, his friends, fans and family will be taken on an unforgettable journey. This journey will be documented, the story will be told, and we will all be a part of Peter Mayhew's rise or fall.

Star Wars and all it's characters and related intellectual property © and ™ 2013 Lucasfilm ltd. All Rights Reserved.

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    ˆ°º◙ Break a Leg ◙º°ˆFor this generous donation you'll receive an Associate Producer credit in the film's credits and on IMDB. + Signed Personalized DVD + T-Shirt + Fortune Wookiees with Wookiee Wisdom + Wookiee Awareness Fur Pin + ...wait for it... tickets to the official Chewbacca Museum on The Mayhew Family Farm! (Please note that travel and lodging NOT included for domestic or International backers.)

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    ˆ°º◙ Break a Leg ◙º°ˆ For your donation you'll receive an Executive Producer credit in the film's credits and on IMDB. + Signed Personalized DVD + T-Shirt + Fortune Wookiees + Wookiee Awareness Fur Pin + Admission to the Mayhew Family Farm's Chewbacca Museum + A personal interview, guaranteed in the final cut of the documentary, sharing how Peter, Chewbacca and/or Star Wars have impacted you! (Please note that travel and lodging NOT included for domestic or international backers.)

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    ˆ°º◙ Stay on Target ◙º°ˆForget all the other incentives. At this incentive level we bring you to Fort Worth, with accommodations at the Marriott Hotel, with a daytrip to the Mayhew Family Farm where we will bid a "special" farewell to Peter's wheelchair. It's sure to be a BLAST. Additionally, a guided tour of the Mayhew Family Farm and the Chewbacca Museum is included, where a one of a kind collector's pack will be waiting just for you. (Please note that travel NOT included for domestic or international backers.)

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