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WHO DO I THINK I AM? is a documentary that looks at the craft and challenges of mounting a one-person show.

About this project

WHO DO I THINK I AM? is a documentary that looks at the craft and challenges of mounting a one-person show. Be it stand-up or storytelling, on stage or screen, there are unique circumstances that face a performer working alone to entertain an audience. We will follow character actor Tom Lenk (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Transformers, Broadway’s Rock of Ages) to Edinburgh, Scotland where he will be performing his show “NERDGASM” at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival on August 12th for more than 300 people. Along the way we will document his experience performing at events prior to his appearance in Scotland. We will also interview successful and recognizable performers who have mounted their own one-person shows over the years.  Did we mention this will be a documentary that will not make you depressed?  It will in fact be funny and potentially uplifting? How's that for a change?!

Where the funds will go

The funds raised will go toward airfare, lodging, transportation, promotional materials, and hiring some local crew to help shoot the performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We’re talking the cheapest coach-class flights we can find and hostel living. This is art, people. We’re sacrificing.

While we are aiming to raise $15,000 to fund the production phase of this project, know that any amount above and beyond the base amount will be put to good use throughout post production. We are certainly capable of editing and finishing the film on our own without additional funds, but if we are fortunate enough to exceed our goal, we will hire an editor, composer, sound mixer, and colorist to help us finish the film. Plus you still get one of those awesome rewards over there!

Links

Tom’s Website: http://www.tomlenk.com

Tom’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/tomlenk

Andrew’s Website: http://www.ninjagoldfish.com

Andrew’s Twitter: http://twitter.com/ninjagoldfish

Tom and Andrew’s Award-Winning Short Film, HELLO CALLER:

http://hello-caller.com

FAQ

  • Thanks to the incredible support of our backers, we were able to meet our goal in just 10 days! Our heads are still spinning (but not like that scene in The Exorcist...) -- that said, $15,000 is enough to make the movie through production, but additional support will allow us to do things like potentially bring a director of photography with us to help make it look as good as possible, and bring on an editor to shape the story from what is certain to be dozens of hours of footage. It'll help us get the project done faster by enlisting the talents of a few other folks, which means everyone gets to see the finished film faster.

    PLUS - we still have those awesome rewards over on the right! They'll be available through the whole campaign!

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  • Everyone at the $35 level and higher will get a signed DVD as part of their reward (unless you specifically request a NON-SIGNED dvd... which will probably hurt Tom's feelings... but has the benefit of staving off the carpal tunnel...)

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  • Not a problem! We're thrilled to have your support. If you want to help us out and pledge more than a particular reward level, you have the option to choose any reward from the level you pledge or below upon confirmation. And if you wish to combine rewards at lower levels, just send us a message so we know to make a note when it comes time to deliver.

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    NAMING RIGHTS: Tom will fly to your home, wash your car (while wearing lederhosen), perform his show in your kitchen or living room, prepare a meal for you (no guarantee that it will be edible), sing you a lullaby before bed, and watch you while you sleep. Also, you or your production company will be named in the OPENING credits as a co-presenter (“in association with”) of the film. Will MOST DEFINITELY be filmed as part of the documentary!

Funding period

- (21 days)