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Help me get my documentary onto Netflix and iTunes, and to put my next album on a NES Cartridge!!
Help me get my documentary onto Netflix and iTunes, and to put my next album on a NES Cartridge!!
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UPDATED 11/10/14 - WE DID IT! WOW THANK YOU!

STRETCH GOALS! VINYL for the new album at $8000 = DONE*

*VINYL of the 2015 album will be added to every backer at $75 or higher. 

an ALL-NEW MEGAMAN album for everyone on Christmas Day AT $9000 = DONE

 CUSTOM CART PERK Added at $10,000 = DONE!

sample custom NES Cart!
sample custom NES Cart!

*Every backer over $250 will get the NES cart album with their pledge!

12K: hard copy perk for the Megaman album releasing 12/25 = DONE 

THANK YOU!

Hello everybody! It's me, your friendly neighborhood teacher/rapper/hero, Random, aka Mega Ran. Here we are back on the Kickstarter with a huge project! 

Every year since I decided to take on this music thing full time in 2011 has been a journey...sometimes good, sometimes bad, but always a challenge. The main goal for me has always been to continue to grow and to keep innovating and giving you great and thoughtful music projects. 

This year we stepped into the world of film, thanks to an amazing director, Mike Cardoza, who agreed to travel with us on his own dime to shoot an awesome documentary of myself and a live band, called Mega Lo Mania. It dropped in August 2014 to some great reviews. 

We were then faced with a task that was more daunting that I ever thought it would be, which was promoting and distributing a film. I know all about music, but the film world was one that I was not prepared for! There's film festivals, movie reviewers and the like, not to mention, putting your film in front of people so they can enjoy it. 

We put in the man-hours to create the content and put it out, out of our own pockets, but when it came time to figure out distribution and promotion, we were quite frankly out of money. Additionally, most retailers and festivals require a film to be 60 minutes, and ours is currently at 40. This requires reshooting, repackaging and re-releasing the video, as Mega Lo Mania: The Director's Cut. 

This Director's Cut will feature: 

  • more performance footage
  • interviews with legendary and influential musicians about me and our work
  • more history of chiptunes, VGM and hip-hop
  • much more! 

Here's a breakdown of costs: 

Getting a movie on Netflix (HD)= $999

Getting a movie on iTunes= $1500 + yearly fees

Getting a movie into Redbox =$1395

Getting a movie into Amazon= $150

Getting your movie into just HALF of the hundreds of film festivals all over the world= over $1000 in submission fees

total= over $5000... to distribute a film...AFTER making it. Whoa. 

So, here we are, back at Kickstarter to figure out how the heck to get the most out of the time and effort we've already put in. Tough stuff.

At the same time, I'm working on my 2015 full-length album, tentatively titled "Wouldn't Miss It For The World," and I honestly think it's my best stuff in a long time. It's the blend of soul/jazz-hop, chiptune and new-age beats that I've been trying to put together for years. It's The Call meets Forever Famicom. Right now I have some amazing contributors to that album, like K-Murdock, Homeboy Sandman, MURS, Joell Ortiz, Austin Wintory (Journey, flOw) and many more. We want to do VINYL for this release as well, so hopefully any additional funds over the $5000 we make can go towards that album. 

I have a lot of ideas for stretch goals that I'll share, like a SURPRISE PROJECT I've been holding for a special occasion, but first things first, we need the distribution funds to make this video do what we know it can do, be a success!

USB Drive ($75 Level)
USB Drive ($75 Level)
Limited Edition Random Crew Neck ($65 Backers)
Limited Edition Random Crew Neck ($65 Backers)
Get Ran's Famicom ($500 Pledge)
Get Ran's Famicom ($500 Pledge)

Thank you for reading and sharing! Let's make history all over again. 

Raheem

Risks and challenges

The video is done, additional footage is being worked on now.. all that we need to do is to distribute it, so your risk is little to none. Time may be a factor, as we don't control when items are available on Netflix, etc, but from our side, we will do all we can to make this work.

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    THANKS+LIVE SET: a thank you tweet, and mp3 downloads of Mega Ran and the Lo Classics Live Set Songs

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    DVD+CD+SPECIAL THANKS: Signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut posters, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    DOC+LIVE SET: A digital download of the documentary (both original and Director's cut), a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of Mega Ran and Lo Classics live set

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    DIGITAL BUNDLE: Digital copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 from the live set.

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    DIGITAL DRAWING - A sketch of you, your favorite character, or whatever you'd like, by Chris Flocco, emailed to you. ALSO: Digital copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, a thank you tweet and several mp3s from the live set.

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    TEE+DVD: A limited edition tee made just for this campaign by NERDS Clothing, physical copy of the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut, digital download of Ran's 2015 album, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    DVD + VINYL: DVD copy of the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut, Vinyl copy of the 2015 album, digital downloads of both, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    DVD+CD+SPECIAL THANKS: Signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut posters, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    RANs 8 BIT TIE: The 8-Bit Tie I wear on stage (I have 3 of them), signed and delivered to you, with signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut posters, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    TWIT-STARTER! Twitter exclusive reward: Limited Crew Sweatshirt by NERDS Clothing, 8GB USB Drive. Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary. CONGRATS for being the quickest!

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    MY SUPER FAMICOM CART: A random game cart from my collection, signed and delivered to you in working condition. Also: Signed physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary.

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    CREW NECK + CDs: You get a specially made crew neck sweatshirt from myself and NERDS Clothing, with signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut posters, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, YOUR NAME in the credits of the documentary disc and packaging, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    USB DRIVE+CDs = Custom 8GB USB Drive with all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, your name in the documentary credits, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    JUST THE CART: a special limited edition BLUE NES Cart containing all of my next album's instrumentals, in a box with a manual, just like your favorite NES Classics. Also includes digital downloads of Ran's discography, Documentary and 2015 album.

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    GUEST SPOT+CDs: YOU will be on the album! record yourself playing an instrument, banging a trashcan, yelling at your dog, anything, and I'll find a way to include it into the album! Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    GOLD CART ONLY: a special limited edition signed and numbered GOLD NES Cart containing all of my next album's instrumentals, in a box with a manual, just like your favorite NES Classics. Also includes digital downloads of Ran's discography, Documentary and 2015 album. (NOTE: orders over $225 get this cart as well)

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    CREW + USB: Limited Crew Sweatshirt by NERDS Clothing, 8GB USB Drive. Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    NES-TALGIA PACKAGE: For the old schoolers. NES Cart containing 2015 album instrumentals. signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, digital downloads of documentary and album, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 downloads of the live songs from Ran and the Lo Classics

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    COME ON STAGE or PRE-SHOW DINNER: Check my tour schedule, because if I'm in your town, I'll invite you to a) come on stage to sing your favorite song with me, or b) have dinner with the crew before or after the show, time permitting. Also: download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    NES CART PACKAGE: A custom made working NES cart with the album's instrumentals, plus Limited Crew Sweatshirt by NERDS Clothing, 8GB USB Drive. Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    YOUR OWN SONG+CDs = YOU name the game, and K-Murdock or myself will FLIP IT! I'l write an original rap song for you and put your name in it. Also: download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    NARRATE MY BOOK: You will read (and possibly prepare if you want) the foreword for my upcoming audiobook, produced by K-Murdock. Also: download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    NES CART, VINYL + USB: You get a working NES cartridge full of Random/Mega Ran 8-bit remixed instrumentals, a Vinyl copy of the album in 2015, an 8GB USB Drive with all music, instrumentals and comics, plus limited Crew Sweatshirt, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary. Organize travel for us, or for you to come to us.

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    GET RAN's FAMICOM: The modded Famicom+ HFC4 chip I use on stage that's been around the world, can be YOURS! Also: download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary.

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    MAGFest with MEGA: If you're attending MAGFest 13 (Jan 23-26, 2015), you'll be my special guest (meaning I cover your admission costs, your food for the weekend, you come onstage to introduce K-Murdock and I on the main stage, you sing backup for a song of your choice, and you'll get every piece of Mega Ran and K-Murdock merchandise hand delivered). ALSO: Limited Crew Sweatshirt, download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary. NOTE: you have to get to DC on your own, but I'll do the rest.

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    LIFETIME GUEST PASS: You get free admission to any of my shows, for LIFE! ALSO: Limited Crew Sweatshirt, download file all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary. NOTE: you have to get to DC on your own, but I'll do the rest.

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    YOUR OWN EP ABOUT ANY GAME YOU LIKE: That's right, I'll write an EP (4-5 tracks) about the game you love best, like I did with Black Materia. You will be listed as the EXECUTIVE Producer of this project and have your name mentioned on the final song. YOU get the ONLY copy of the CD, unless you give your blessing for it to be mass produced. Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    WE SHOOT A VIDEO WITH YOU+CDs = Myself and director Michael Cardoza will come to you and shoot you a professional music video (please contact me before choosing this level). Also: Limited crew sweatshirt, USB Drive, digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    MORGAN FREEMAN (album): YOU will read and recite the INTRO of my new album (it's a poem that I love a lot) and get your name listed as a executive producer on the album. Also: Limited crew sweatshirt, USB Drive, digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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    YOUR OWN ALBUM ABOUT ANY GAME YOU LIKE: That's right, I'll write a FULL album (minimum 9 tracks) about the game you love best, like I did with Black Materia. You will be listed as the EXECUTIVE Producer of this project and have your name mentioned on the final song. Also: digital download of all of Ran's music, comics and instrumentals, signed Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut poster, physical copies of BOTH the Mega Lo Mania Director's Cut and Ran's 2015 album, digital downloads of both, a thank you tweet and a free mp3 download of any of the songs from the new album or documentary

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