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Telling the story of hard-knocked Rockford, IL by telling the story of its parts.
Telling the story of hard-knocked Rockford, IL by telling the story of its parts.
Telling the story of hard-knocked Rockford, IL by telling the story of its parts.
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Our City, Our Story. Rockford, IL

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Help spread the stories of Rockford, show you care. Throw $1 to the cause — share with your friends.

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The story here is a tremendous one. 100 people believe that Rockford's story needs to be told, and that this is an important project. I'm thrilled the first step we took was a solid one. But we still need your help!

These stories are us reminding us who we really are.

The sharing of those stories is the mission of Our City, Our Story. Every other Tuesday at OurCityOurStory.com (& FB + Twitter) of the unique facets here — to change the social discourse…

Stories that if you're from here, make you feel proud to be. That if you live here, make you glad to be. That if you live elsewhere, make you want to come here.

The videos will be released on the first Tuesday of every month as the Tornado Sirens are tested at 10am, and on every third Tuesday. 

This Kickstarter Project will fund the first video, along with startup costs associated with the project. This includes website, business card printing, logo design, website design…  Corporate sponsors are being sought to cover the expenses of the research, the filming, photography, editing, writing and overall production. It will create jobs for a staff of 5.

There is an experienced advisory board in place, providing accountability and executive insight as well as lending credibility and vision to the project. 

An editorial board is in place which brainstorms, researches, selects and develops the stories to be told.

Why does Rockford need this? Recent labels and reputation which gained national attention:

  • Forbes - #9 Most Dangerous City in US
  • Forbes - #9 Most Miserable City in US
  • Wall Street Journal - #10 Most Dangerous in US
  • New York Times - Portraits From a Job-Starved City
  • Comedy Central's Daily Show - Portrayed us as a wasteland, littered with chain fast food restaurants.

*UPDATE CONTINUED:*

This has never been done before in this community, so the costs/time in starting it are large.

We've fund-raised and covered the launching expenses. Additional funds benefit sub-contractors (musicians, photographers, designers, designers…), an archival data storage system, website management/video delivery… So many components necessary to do this correctly.

The 1,000 backers goal. It may be unrealistic, however, so was the fact we reached our initial ask in 48 hours. In the interest of spreading this project, we're asking for these small contributions if you appreciate what you see.

Thanks!

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    Lunch with Pablo Korona, producer of Our City, Our Story at a downtown restaurant of your choice. Plus an Our City, Our Story t-shirt and your name listed on the sponsor page of our website.

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    First light of 2012 Top of Amerock building panorama.

    Pablo Korona liaised with the city of Rockford to get permission for a group of photographers up onto the top of the Amerock (Ziock) building in downtown Rockford on New Year's Eve. This tremendous shot is by Ryan Davis. It will be printed 11.5" x 40" by Shawn Kelley at Wallblank Printery, and framed by MainfraiM by Jeremy M. Klonicki… 50% of this reward will go directly to the artists/craftsmen responsible.

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    A feature on top of the sponsor page, speaking to why you support the project. You'll be one of 9, prominently placed. This short message will be shot and directed by Pablo Korona. You can embed it from here to be anywhere, as well.

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