JUST ADDED: A brand spanking new reward for people who pledge (or have pledged) $100 or more!
UPDATE 2: So, we've now reached our initial goal... but we aren't done yet. We haven't packed our bags and called it quits. WE HAVE A NEW GOAL TO REACH. Our new goal for the next 31 days is to reach $10,000. With your help, I know we can do it. This extra amount will allow us to make Let's Do This even better through more equipment and allow us to provide copies to various cancer treatment centers.
UPDATE: Wow. In just under a week, we have reached 65% of our goal! We love our backers. If you support the project but cannot support financially, please post this link on Facebook and Twitter. We all have that one friend with some extra money in their pockets that is looking for a good cause!
Let's Do This: Facing Hodgkin Lymphoma is a feature-length documentary currently in production about Jake Bouma, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 28. Jake, a youth minister at a church in Des Moines, IA, has been "video blogging" his doctor appointments, etc. since just after he and his wife first heard the word "lymphoma" on February 1, 2012.
Nathan Matta will follow Jake's journey through chemotherapy, radiation, and recovery, as well as Jake's continued participation in the life of his church, family, and community using a hybrid of Jake's personal hand-held video diary and high definition cinematography filmed by Nathan.
The film aims to provide hope for patients, families, and friends working their way through cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Funding received through Kickstarter will provide Nathan with extra equipment, as well as covering various production costs and film festival submissions and distribution.
Thank you for your support.
-Nathan Matta & Jake Bouma
Yes. That will not change at all — Jake remains committed to keeping friends, family, acquaintances, and strangers in the loop by posting regular updates and videos to his blog throughout the process.
The final film will combine parts of Jake's videos with Nathan's professional footage, interviews, etc.
All of Jake's original YouTube videos will be included as a "special feature" in the DVD.
If this happens, all additional funding will be used to make the documentary even better by purchasing extra sound and lighting equipment, enter the film in even more festivals to receive wider distribution, and to produce and ship rewards to you, our backers!
All of the equipment that we are currently using is borrowed. We appreciate the people that have been generous in loaning their cameras, but we need our own for the long-term viability of this film. Beyond production and camera gear, all the funding will go to film festival submissions, getting all of our rights in order, and distribution of physical media. It's not cheap and we need your help to finish this film.
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