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Every body dreams of flying. 
This is a story about one girl’s quest to make that dream a reality.
Every body dreams of flying. This is a story about one girl’s quest to make that dream a reality.
142 backers pledged $11,078 to help bring this project to life.

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It’s at the heart of every little kid’s core – the dream of flying. It’s a dream that most of us never believe will come true, or could come true.  But, for one girl, an unshakeable belief that life is made up of simple choices that allow you to soar, led her to do just that: choose to live the dream.

This film chronicles the path of one person’s aspirations to fly, through the lens of twenty-seven year old Sara Close.  Having never previously touched any free flight equipment, she moves to Wallaby Ranch, Florida and is met with a world-renowned cast of characters who introduce her to the unique sport of hang gliding, a passionate community, and the experience for the first time in her life of what it feels like to fly.  What was supposed to be a story filmed over 4 weeks turned in to a 6-month project as Sara and award-winning filmmaker, Seth Warren, set off around the country to see what else the sport had to offer.

With the combination of unique aerial footage, narration celebrating the sport, and beautiful scenery from Florida, to Montana, to the West Coast of the USA, “Live The Dream” is free flight made tangible to the every day person – with a dose of humor to boot.

The film will feature music by Josh Garrels, Barefoot Truth and Tres Altman & The Paper Stars.  

Project funds raised will go toward post-production costs associated with finishing the film.

"Live The Dream" is a project made out of love of flight, about flight, and for flight. It's growth and explosion in to an amazing story came about solely because of the support from key members of the U.S. free flight community, our friends and our families.

Thank you so much for your support, and helping us to finish this project so that we can continue to inspire not only the growth of the free flight community, but empower others to seek out living their own dreams as well.  

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to send us a message on Kickstarter!  With love - Sara and Seth.    

Seth Warren, filmmaker, shooting Sara's first solo flight.

Flight #1. Lessons with Malcolm Jones. Wallaby Ranch, Florida.

Sara, getting ready to embark one month (which turned in to six) of learning how to fly.

Flight #35. Thermaling at Wallaby Ranch, Florida.

Flight #74. Training hill madness with Jeff Shapiro. Missoula, Montana.

Flight #92. First foot launch. Tarkio, Montana.

Flight #97. On tow above Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, Washington.

Flight #103. Sunset and ocean-side dune session. Cape Kiwanda, Oregon.

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    (1 = number of flights before Sara was hooked on flying.) Thanks for supporting our project!

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    (5 = minutes it took Sara to agree to do this project. Actually... it was 1, but we already had that level.) You're such a rockstar, we're giving you a virtual fist bump (blow it up!).

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    (10 = number of days at the training hill in Montana.)

    We're giving you a virtual fist bump (blow it up!) AND a huge thanks for supporting our project.

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    (26 = number of tandem flights before soloing.)

    We think you're so great that we'll give you a virtual fist bump (blow it up!), a huge thanks, a Live The Dream postcard from us, and a downloadable copy of "Live The Dream".

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    (50 = minutes of longest soaring flight at Wallaby Ranch.)

    You're awesome! In addition to the virtual fist bump (blow it up!), a huge thanks, a postcard from us, and a downloadable copy of "Live The Dream", we appreciate you SO much that we'll list your name in the credits of the film.

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    (108 = number of flights Sara did from start to finish.)

    In addition to all of the above, we'll also send you an autographed Live the Dream poster, and a commemorative t-shirt, and do a little dance in your honor.

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    (250 = number of days spent on this project.)

    For those of you who want a little suspense, we'll send you an "Air Guitar Mystery Sick Bird Bonus Bag"... full of loads of worthy goodies we found along the way during our filming process. Trust us, you want one :) [*This is an exclusive level, the benefits of which are not carried to additional packages above this level.]

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    (300 = number of hours editing the film.)

    Feeling inspired and want to share the film with your local community? In addition to the benefits of the $108 level, we'll send you a Film Premier Package - all you need to show the film and have a good party: a commemorative DVD, licensing to show the film, schwag, and free flight-specific educational materials.

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    (750 = number of seconds in a tandem flight.)

    In addition to everything at the $108 level, plus a commemorative DVD, you'll get to enjoy a tandem flight with professional hang glider pilot and co-star, Jeff Shapiro! No joke.

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    (1000 = number of minutes we had permagrins on our face coming up with this project.)

    We think you have so much style supporting us like this, that we're going to give you everything at the $108 level, plus a commemorative DVD and a custom-designed, hand-embroidered "Live The Dream" flight jacket. Top Gun style ;)

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    (2500 = number of minutes of GoPro footage captured.)

    Okay, okay... we love you already!! We want to ensure your smile is as big as ours, so in addition to everything at the $108 level and a commemorative DVD, co-star Malcolm Jones is hooking you up with a stay at his ranch - lodging, food and flight towing for 1 week. Time to soar with the eagles!

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    (5,000 = highest elevation flown in the film.)

    THANK YOU so much. Wanna go flying? In addition to everything at the $108 level, and a commemorative DVD, your name will appear in the opening credits of the film, AND you'll get to learn how to fly for real with co-star Malcolm Jones at his ranch - one week of lodging, food and lessons to get you up in the air and living your own dreams.

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