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"WE'VE GOT IT SIMPLE"  A Phish Fan Documentary that shines a light to expose and celebrate the unique and fanatical world of Phish fans
"WE'VE GOT IT SIMPLE" A Phish Fan Documentary that shines a light to expose and celebrate the unique and fanatical world of Phish fans
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WE'VE GOT IT SIMPLE - A Feature Film about Phish Fans

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"Phish is celebrating our 30th Anniversary and we're talking about how lucky we feel to be part of such a loving community, and that means the audience as well as the band members" - Trey Anastasio

Thanks for visiting the "WE'VE GOT IT SIMPLE" Kickstarter!

We are so excited to begin production on this film. For those who haven't heard about the film yet, "We've Got It Simple" is a documentary about Phish fans, made by Phish fans, and will ultimately serve as a Gift from the fans to the band. Every aspect of the film will focus on the collective whole of Phish fans. From photos and videos, graphics and titles, storyboard art and animations, all created and submitted by the fans. In fact, even the title was one of ten potential titles submitted by fans via social media and voted on by over 5000 fans thanks to Surrender to the Flow and PhanArt. "We've Got It Simple" was the run away winner taking over 75% of the first place votes!

The film and its unique structure will allow us to tell the true story of us, the fans, and the unique and artistic sub-culture world that we have created. Beginning in the early years in Vermont and continuing through the 30th anniversary year, "We've Got It Simple" will allow us to celebrate our community and tell our story from the inside, while exposing the most unique and eclectic fan-base in music to those who may not be as familiar. 

Perhaps the most important part of this film is that although Philly Philms is the production studio putting this film together, the author of the film will be all of YOU! We have been gathering and will continue to take submissions of photos, videos, stories and even graphics, art work, posters etc. Just about anything you could think of that is Phish fan related, that you would like to contribute to this film, WE WANT! Remember, this is your film too! We have some amazing fan created and band inspired art that will be used for both the kickstarter rewards as well as in the film that includes work from the top artists in the scene! But that is not nearly enough, we still need you!

SO WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS FILM?

I am the writer/director of the film, but more importantly a Phish fan since the early 90's. Phish has changed my life in many positive ways, including sculpting and developing me into the filmmaker I have become. Making this film is important to me, and I am proud to be the one to direct it.

Having said that, I am still an indie filmmaker and Philly Philms, if you are unfamiliar with us, is an ultra-small production company that consists of just two employees. Myself and Kelly Wood Jobes, our rockstar producer! But that's it. Making films on the indie level, especially ones that are in such a niche market as Phish is not only difficult but near impossible without the help of community support. So we've brought our film to kickstarter and thank you in advance for your support!

What we have to offer is not only a chance for you to become a part of the film and the story of the fans, but also part of our collective gift to the band, showing them from our point of view the world in which their music has created for us.

WHAT REWARDS HAVE WE CREATED IN EXCHANGE FOR YOUR SUPPORT?

If there is one vibe that flows through the Phish scene, it's the sense of a give and a take, from veggie burritos and bottled water to art work and free tickets, I have seen just about every sort of barter imaginable on the lot and we hope to create that same vibe here with this Kickstarter and our reward levels.

 So to entice you to help us make this film, we have designed a ton of cool rewards and even named each of them after a fitting Phish song. The rewards range from the most basic level of support which you can take advantage of for about the cost of a tasty sandwich, all the way up to reward levels that include VIP Premiere Parties for the film, becoming one of the film's producers or tattooing whatever you like (within good taste) on my currently "tattoo-less body" 

MY FRIEND - MY FRIEND REWARD

In between these two extremes of cool rewards, we have some solid mid-range options including the "My Friend, My Friend" reward which is at the Kickstarter "sweet-spot" of $50 and we named it "My Friend, My Friend" because this is the reward level we "HOPE" our personal friends come in at. In fact, if just 20% of our Facebook friends took advantage of this level our film would be fully funded!  

WHAT ARE THE "PHANART" REWARDS?

Lastly, I must admit I am probably the most excited for the "PhanArt Rewards" because I have always had an attraction to fan created and band inspired art. Specifically in the form of posters and pins which tend to dominate the underground art scene and are inspired by the band and their music. Our goal with these rewards was to have the top poster and pin artists create work in the theme of the fans for a change, as opposed to in the theme of the band. What is unique is that we will use this art to not only fund the film via kickstarter, but also kickback to the artists that made them! 

There will be a MEGA PIN REWARD and our OFFICIAL MOVIE POSTER REWARD added mid-way through the campaign and although we can't divulge the artists involved just yet, you will flip your wig if pins or posters are your thing! 

I'm absolutely fascinated by the idea that artists would create art that is about the fans, which would then be purchased by those fans to help fund a film which is about those fans which is actually being made by those fans. I can't think of a more cyclical form of artistic creation than this nor can I think of an example where this has been done before. Literally, this is set up to be a fully crowd-sourced film in both it's funding and production as well as its content and creation, flipping typical crowd sourcing expectations upside down! 

WHAT IF I AM NOT A PHISH FAN?

And of course, we realize that not everyone are fans of Phish or their music. This is understandable as there are few things in the world as subjective as music is. The good thing is that this film is not about Phish or their music, rather the world that their fans live in, which I think if you are unfamiliar with, will find quite fascinating. It is imperative that we have the support of "Non-Phish Fans" in order for this Kickstarter campaign to be a success so we have a few support levels that have "Non-Phishy Rewards" if that is your thing :)

So we hope that you believe enough in us  as filmmakers and this project itself to become one of our Backers! Although it is very cliche, saying we can't make this film without you in a huge understatement. Not only with your support financially but also and maybe more importantly, your support creatively. We want as much input and participation from the fans as possible to ensure this is a true collaboration by the collective whole. Remember, this is your film too! 

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, SHARE THIS VIDEO LINK EVERYWHERE!

Regardless of your participation in this Kickstarter campaign, There is no better way to get the word out than to get the word out! A simple share on social media with a note to just "give us a look" can make a huge difference with everyone behind it so please consider helping us spread the word.

Thank you in advance for all your help and support with this film. We sincerely appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.

Mike & Kelly

"Philly Philms"

Risks and challenges

With any artistic endeavor, there are and will always be risks and challenges associated with it, especially in the world of feature film production. While these are unavoidable, we feel confident in not allowing them to effect the film nor our timeline to get onto the big screen!

Having previously produced, directed and distributed a feature film, (Beeradelphia) we feel confident that we have a production template in place that will ensure the success of "We've Got It Simple."

However there are ALWAYS issues that arise when making a film that can not be foreseen nor avoided. This is one of the reasons securing a complete budget can help us to dodge and weave through any problems when they arise.

What we can assure all of our backers is that we will remain in contact with you all, answer any specific questions you may have and update you on both the film and the rewards as the information comes in.

We thank you in advance for believing in us and supporting independent filmmaking!

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    -SEVEN BELOW-

    This is our "Thank You" reward!

    As cliche' as it sounds, every contribution means so much and helps us get closer to our goal! For the price of a cup of coffee (for you and a friend) you can become a part of the "We've Got It Simple" Fundraising Team!

    For $7 you will get a personal thank you from us on our Facebook Pages, on our Twitter handles, and if you like... a "Thank You Text" message sent with some random photo attached.

    Also we'll be sending you a fan created "7-BELOW" sticker as well as our "We've Got It Simple" sticker which will also be fan created.

    Lastly you'll get access to our Kickstarter Only Production Blog and Instagram Page to keep pace with us through Principal Photography and Post-Production.

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    - CONTACT -

    Here is your chance to be one of the first fans to have "contact" with the film. By pre-purchasing the film you're literally helping to fund the production of the film you are supporting. For $20 you will be sent (before the public) a digital download copy of the film along with a personal email from director to discuss the film's production and progress.

    These pre-sales of the film are such a huge part of a kickstarter campaign, so if you KNOW you're gonna support us or the film eventually, why not do so now and be part of the creation process?

    Plus you get all above rewards :)

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    - THIRTY YEARS LATER -

    In honor of the 30th Anniversary of Phish, the Thirty Years Later reward includes both the digital download of the film as well as a first pressing of the film on DVD. Keep the DVD for your collection or we'll personalize it for you to knock someone off your gift list!

    Also comes with all above rewards!

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    - RIKERS MAILBOX (1.0) -

    So you want to buy the digital download of the film but come from a "SIMPLE" time and want something to hit your mailbox as well?

    For $35 we will send you a (LE300) limited edition postcard print of original artwork created for the film, hand personalized for you while we are "sober" ... and mailed to you from summer tour!

    Plus all above rewards!

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    - RIKERS MAILBOX (2.0) -
    So you want to buy the digital download of the film but come from a "SIMPLE" time and want something to hit your mailbox as well, that's even less legible?

    For $36 we will send you a (LE300) limited edition postcard print of original artwork created for the film and personalized to you while we are "intoxicated" ... mailed to you from summer tour!

    Plus all above rewards!

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    - 46 DAYS/46 BEERS - We know some of you arrived here from our last film, "BEERADELPHIA" - If so, here's a reward for you!

    Beeradelphia - The City of Brewery Love on DVD, the Official Beeradelphia Tee-Shirt and a Beeradelphia Belgium beer glass from our premiere event.

    We'll also send along a digital download of this film!

    *Digital Download Estimated Delivery in December*

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    - MY FRIEND, MY FRIEND - Friends always ask how they can help, how they can show support? Well we've made it easy with the "My Friend. My Friend Reward"
    For $50 you get both a DVD and digital copy of the film, the official "We've Got It Simple" tee shirt with original art designed by our upcoming PhanArt contest.
    A phone call from the director to discuss the film's production and progress, the LE postcard and all above rewards!

    600 of these give us our entire base budget for the film. This reward is the backbone of our campaign as this kickstarter will be impossible without the support from our friends.

    *Digital Download Delivered Upon Completion of Film (2015)*

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    EARLY BIRD PRINT:

    Official "We've Got It Simple" Movie Poster!

    This will be a Limited Edition Print (LE300) created just for the film, inspired by the fans by artist Jim Pollock!

    $10 shipping (US) includes poster tube and priority shipping with tracking.

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    - STASH - $75 gets you the entire "Stash",

    A copy of the film on DVD, a digital download of the film, The official "We've Got It Simple" tee shirt, a postcard of original art by (TBD) and a Skype or Facetime session with the Director to chat about the film's progress and production.

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    PRINT AND A MOVIE:

    Official "We've Got It Simple" Movie Poster!

    This will be a Limited Edition Print (LE300) created just for the film, inspired by the fans by artist Jim Pollock!

    This level reward also includes a digital download of the film.

    $10 shipping (US) includes poster tube and priority shipping with tracking.

    Digital Download Upon Completion of the film.

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    - NICU - This reward is the same as the "Stash" reward except you send along photos of you in your very own personal "PHISHTORY and we'll use at least one of them in the final cut of the film. I'll watch the film NICU.

    With all above rewards.

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    PRINT, MOVIE AND TEE SHIRT:

    Official "We've Got It Simple" Movie Poster!

    This will be a Limited Edition Print (LE300) created just for the film, inspired by the fans by artist Jim Pollock!

    This level reward also includes both a digital download of the film and our fan designed We've Got It Simple tee shirt.

    $10 shipping (US) includes poster tube and priority shipping with tracking.

    Digital Download Upon Completion of the film.

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    NICU - This reward is the same as the "Stash" reward except you send along photos of you in your very own personal "PHISHTORY and we'll use at least one of them in the final cut of the film. I'll watch the film NICU.

    With all above rewards EXCEPT the Pollock Print.

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    - ARMY OF ONE -

    Its been said that it takes an army to make a movie. This is true. And we want to enlist you in our army! (Or Marine Corps ;)

    For $111, you get all the rewards and benefits of the STASH/NICU rewards plus a special "Thank You" in the films' scrolling end credits as well as an official credit on IMDB.com

    *We are limited to only 50 of these per IMDB rules*

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    - ARMY OF ONE ... ELEVEN -

    Its been said that it takes an army to make a movie. This is true. And we want to enlist you in our army! (Or Marine Corps ;)

    For $111, you get all the rewards and benefits of the STASH/NICU rewards plus a special "Thank You" in the films' scrolling end credits as well as an official credit on IMDB.com

    *We are limited to only 50 of these per IMDB rules*

    The Pollock Print is Not included in this reward.

    *Digital Download Delivered Upon Completion of Film (2015)*

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    - UNCLE PIN -

    As a "PINNER" myself, did you think we wouldn't have a Phish Pin Reward.. Of course we would!

    Here we have the MEGA of all PIN DROPS!
    For your support of $150, you will receive a "Matching Numbered Set" of TEN different pins, created by TEN Different Artists for the film, all inspired by you, the fans!

    These are all newly designed pins and there will only be 100 Complete Sets Available.

    In addition to the 10 Pin set, you will receive a LE-100 Postcard print created in the spirit of the film by Mark Serlo!

    The Print will be shipped and arrive before 12/25/14 to hold you over until the pins arrive!

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    - YOU ENJOY MYSELF (In Philly) -
    We probably never met, then again this is the Philly reward so perhaps we did. Either way, if you want to "Enjoy Myself" for $300 you get a pair of VIP tickets to the premiere of "We've Got It Simple" in Philadelphia, PA... as well as an invite for two to the VIP pre-show party with cast and crew, we can't legally offer free drinks, so free "refreshments" at the pre-party are on us!

    Comes with everything in the "Stash" reward level as well.

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    - 555 (In Philly) - same as above premiere rewards except it's for a 4 pack of VIP tickets to the premiere of "We've Got It Simple" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as well as an invite for four to the VIP pre-party with cast and crew. We can't legally offer you free drinks, so free "refreshments" at the pre-party are on us.

    Comes with everything in the "Stash" reward level as well.

    Does not include Pollock Print.

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    - DINNER AND A MOVIE (In Philly) - Let's go out to dinner and see a movie. For your extremely generous contribution of $1000 we will take you and a guest to dinner before one of the premieres in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Reward comes with everything in the "YOU ENJOY MYSELF" reward as well.

    Does Not Include Pollock Print

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    - 2001 - ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA - For $2001 you can officially join the production crew as an Associate Producer.

    Reward also includes all above rewards including the Pollock Poster!

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    - CHARACTER ZERO - Yes there are a lot of zeroes at this level which is why you will become an EXECUTIVE PRODUCER on the film. This reward includes credits in both the film's end credits and professional IMDB.com credits as well as full credit in the opening title sequence of the film!

    Includes all above rewards including the Jim Pollock Print, the Mega Pin Drop (to be announced mid campaign) and four VIP tickets to any premiere you choose.

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    - ICCULUS - It is known that "ICCULUS" is the Supreme God of the Sky and author of the "HELPING FRIENDLY BOOK" - Well this reward is named after him because for $10,000 you will be an author of "We've Got It Simple" and our only Co-Producer. This reward level brings you to the fold of filmmaking with the opportunity to help shape and create this film.

    Your name will appear front and center of the opening title sequence as well as starting off the end credits. You'll be verified on IMDB.com as an official Co-Producer of the film as well.

    This reward comes with all above rewards, the Jim Pollock Print, the Mega Pin drop (to be announced towards the end of campaign) four VIP tickets to each premiere and potential for future opportunities with the film.

    There is only one Icculus so there will be only one of these rewards!

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    - GOTTA TATTOO - Yep.. The entire budget in one reward! If you are so awesome that you would like to contribute $50,000, our entire production costs plus our Kickstarter budget, I will get a Phish tattoo with whatever else you choose (within good taste) tattooed underneath it.

    If you don't already know, I have no tattoos, even though I spent five years as a United States Marine, so this is kinda a big deal :)

    Must select ALL FIVE available rewards at $10,000 each... God Help Me.

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Funding period

- (46 days)