From his first 110-pound York Barbell set given to him at age 12 to setting a 100% RAW World Record Total of 1780 pounds at age 38, Greg's passion for strength has carried him through a journey filled with incredible highs and devastating lows. As a diagnosed manic depressive, his life is comprised of extreme checks and balances: a young all-star athlete with a violent and troubling home life; an Army Ranger combat veteran who's distinguished military career ended with a prison term; a record-breaking car salesman and entrepreneur who's earned millions, but also experienced foreclosure and multiple bankruptcies; a loving father and husband who is equal parts hero and, at times, villain.
Greg often says that no gem is polished without friction, and no human character is developed without trial and tribulation. It's not what you're going through, it's how you choose to deal with it. For Greg, a key ingredient to his ultimate success has been the daily application of discipline, focus and determination, which he simply calls DFD.
Over the last six years, Greg has been developing his Strongman training center within his family-owned car dealership. For his customers, an ordinary car-buying experience becomes extraordinary as young and old alike explore this unique and dynamic world of power, a place often referred to as the "weight room-waiting room." At a time in life when most people begin to wind down, Greg, at age 50, continues to evolve, growing stronger as he competes to train instead of training to compete.
On October 6th 2013, Greg will be competing at the 100% RAW World Championships in Las Vegas, where he plans to set the all-time Master Powerlifting Total World Record.
Completely self-funded, we were initially planning to document Greg's training and the championship itself for future promotional use (Greg's website, speaking engagements, etc.), but after pre-production and the start of filming, it became clear that the story goes a lot deeper. What we've encountered is an inspirational tale that is just as much about the man as it is his achievements.
Once you hear this story, it's impossible not to ask yourself these questions:
How, at age 50, is Greg continuing to get stronger and stronger? How, after 38 years, does he continue to do it 100% drug free? How can he run a successful car dealership and also manage to train at such a world-class level? And, perhaps most inspiring, how has he been able to accomplish so much while also coping with manic depression?
Mission 2013 will answer all these questions and more.
To create a feature-length documentary and do Greg's story justice, we are turning to you, the community and the individuals that will benefit most from it. Your pledges will go directly towards the costs of filming, which includes a full-time staff, an extra camera crew, photo and video production, final editing, travel expenses, lodging and more.
Show your support with these limited-edition items, available only through Kickstarter:
Preliminary filming has already begun and will continue through the end of the year. Since the documentary focuses on an event taking place later this year, the film itself does not currently have a release date. Once footage has been shot, we will begin the editing process and address any post production needs that arise.
All backers will receive updates of our progress, keeping you in the know as completion of the project approaches. Backers with pledges that include private screenings will be contacted individually to schedule a date and time for your screening.
SPECIAL THANKS IN FILM CREDITS plus a signed physical copy of DVD (includes a digital download), set of three (3) 18x24 motivational posters, a Mission 2013 T-shirt, red silicone wristband and autographed 8x10 press shot
SPECIAL THANKS IN FILM CREDITS
plus a limited-edition commemorative photo album of the documentary autographed by Greg, a physical copy of DVD (includes a digital download), set of three (3) 18x24 motivational posters, a two-sided Mission 2013 T-shirt, red silicone wristband and autographed 8x10 press shot
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT prominently displayed in opening title sequence plus an exclusive private screening and live Q&A session with Greg Stott in addition to all of the items listed in the $500 bracket (backer will have to pay any additional travel costs over 50 miles)