In 1983, Stanislav Petrov disobeyed the chain of nuclear launch commands; changing the fate of the world as we know it. Read more
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About this project
This film has been our labour of love for over 7 years, but with only a few hours left- we could really use your support. If we raise our fundraising goal of $60,000, we'll make the final journey towards completing the film.
Please get in touch if we could answer any questions for you.
At the heart of “The Man Who Saved the World” stands Stanislav Petrov, the Russian Lt. Colonel, who sacrificed everything by disobeying the chain of nuclear launch commands; changing the fate of the world as we know it.
Few people know of him...yet conceivably hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Stanislav Petrov, a retired Soviet military officer, is credited with preventing the start of World War III and the nuclear devastation of much of the Earth.
On September 26, 1983 he was the commanding officer on duty at the Soviet nuclear early warning center, when the system falsely reported the launching of five nuclear missiles from the United States. In the harrowing moments that followed, Petrov overruled the system's warning, personally declaring that it was a false alarm. This monumental decision prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its Western allies.
This false nuclear attack warning is cited by CIA analyst Peter Pry as "the single most dangerous incident of the early 1980s."
His courageous decision deserves recognition and by bringing his story to a wider audience, we believe we can invigorate the global discussion on nuclear elimination. The events of September 26, 1983 remains a stark example of the precarious situation we still find ourselves in as we head towards the future. Mistakes do happen, and it will always be up to human beings to make the final choice.
Over the past 5 years, we have been weaving together the fabric of Stanislav’s story and the impact his decision has had on each and every one of us. We’re currently in the final stages of post-production, so we’re reaching out to you for support in helping us cross the finish line.
HELP US BRING STANISLAV'S STORY TO LIFE.
The Soviet military did not reward or honor Stanislav Petrov for his actions. His once promising military career had come to an end. Like a Greek tragedy, he looses everything; his job, his wife, his dignity.
WHY SHOULD I HELP YOU MAKE THIS FILM?
We would like to see this film play a meaningful role in the growing debate over nuclear elimination. Our hope is that by bringing to life the true story of Stanislav Petrov, we can remind the world of the ongoing threat of nuclear weapons. It is our ambition to combine the truth of the documentary with the artistic, visual language of a feature film.
HOW CAN I DONATE AND BE A PART OF THE PROJECT?
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. Email us if you have any problems or questions. We would like to remind you that anyone can donate and that rewards will be shipped anywhere in the world.
WHAT IS OUR KICKSTARTER GOAL?
Our ambitious production schedule can be met if we raise our fundraising goal of $60,000.
WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DON'T REACH OUR GOAL?
If we don’t reach our goal, we don’t get any money. Donors make pledges, but don’t pay until our goal is reached and our funding deadline has passed. So please help us spread the word! Every little bit helps.
Please help us spread the word about our Kickstarter campaign and our film!
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WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO:
All donations received will go directly to finishing the film.
Here are some examples of what we need to pay for:
Archival Footage Licensing
Recording our Original Musical Score
Final Sound Mix
HOW WILL YOU KNOW WHERE TO SHIP MY STUFF OR WHAT SIZE I WEAR?
Once we’ve reached our funding goal we’ll send you a message through Kickstarter (to whichever email you gave Kickstarter) asking for all your necessary information.
BELOW ARE IMAGES FOR OUR VARIOUS REWARDS:
PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU SHOULD HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. WE'RE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM FOR YOU.
Risks and challenges
Making a film is always a long and expensive process that carries a great deal of risk. At this point, we have garnered all the funding possible from our collaborators, but still need to raise capital to cover our FX budget before the film can be finished. During the filming process, we employed extensive use of green screens, so these elements must be finalized in post FX before the film is ready to go public.
However, we are a team of experienced filmmakers, and we fully understand the complexity, dedication, and funding it will take to see this project through to the end. We have received great responses from various distributors and NGO's and are extremely committed to getting this film out to as many people as possible and as soon as possible, so that we can renew the debate on nuclear proliferation.
If we exceed our fund raising goals, every additional dollar raised will help us engage in a broad marketing and PR campaign that will help bring awareness to this very important issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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I'm just happy to be alive and would love to help the project.Estimated delivery:
"I'm happy to be alive" and would like to show my gratitude to Stanislav Petrov. We'll place your name on a special "I'm happy to be alive" plaque that will be presented to Stanislav. You'll then receive a downloadable photograph of Stanislav posing with the plaque. (This reward will be included with all pledges of $10 or more)Estimated delivery:
You'll receive access to stream the film.Estimated delivery:
A hardcopy DVD of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A t-shirt with the image of Stanislav Petrov and the text "The Man Who Saved the World"Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
A Blu-Ray DVD of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
An unique artwork embedded with 6 frames from the original 35mm print of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
1 backer Limited (99 left of 100)
A authentic Soviet era Russian military pin that was given to members of the military to commemorate their service.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
You'll receive a autographed DVD or autographed Blu Ray DVD of the film by Stanislav Petrov.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
DVD and military pin combo. A authentic Soviet era Russian military pin that was given to members of the military to commemorate their service, plus a DVD of the film.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Stanislav Petrov will personally sign a special limited edition lithograph commemorating the project.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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One of the Russian military uniforms used during the re-enactment scenes viewable on our Kickstarter video. (Available in sizes S/M/L)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
One hard copy and your name /logo in official, Behind The Man Who Saved the World archive book. Shipping & Handling not included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Associate producers credit. Your name will be included in the end credit of the film, plus you'll receive a signed copy of the DVD by Stanislav Petrov.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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The Goodie Bag....Rewards 1-14. PLUS VIP access on site in Prague for final taping of orchestra footage (transport, lodgings and food not included) plus signed soundtrack CD. (Estimated delivery times vary with the earliest reward slated for January 2013 and any additional fees are as stated in earlier reward descriptions).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Become an official Co-Producer of "The Man Who Saved The World". You'll receive an on screen credit and VIP status one of our official special events. Plus 5 signed copies of the film.Estimated delivery:
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Executive Producer credit in the opening credits of the film. You'll also enjoy a private dinner with Stanislav, the director and the producer in either NYC, Washington DC or LA. You'll also receive an authentic Russian officer's watch especially produced and engraved with your name in commemoration of the film. Plus 10 copies of the film.Estimated delivery:
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Group Reward. Access and assistance in setting up your own private pre-screening of The Man Who Saved the World including customized introduction message from the Director, Producer and Colonel Stanislav Petrov. This event would be ideal as a powerful fundraiser for your organization; impactful educational forum for your students; as a exceptional perk for your employees/clients or as a unique special event for personal friends.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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