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Six Teens. Three Continents. A World Cup to Save Lives.

**ANGEL DONOR**
GET US TO $30K and our BALLER DONOR will KICK IN a check for an ADDITIONAL $5K!!!  We are SO TOUCHED and HONORED by this offer!! Now let's MAKE SURE to take ADVANTAGE of it!! 

**AND check out the AMAZING NEW REWARDS below!! including Grant Wahl's acclaimed "THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT" and a SWAG BAG from Starfinder!** 

It is so important to INCREASE OUR BACKERS and show the world that we have a ROBUST AUDIENCE ready and waiting for this film and to get us even closer to the 2014 WORLD CUP premiere! Check out our update video and the stretch goals graph to see that every penny goes directly into completing a VALUABLE STAGE in the film!! 

AND THANK YOU!! #KeepTheMomentumGoing

OUR STORY

Three sets of teens from three corners of the globe – AIDS-ravaged South Africa, war-torn Israel and Palestine, and inner-city Philadelphia – share one thing in common: the fight to survive. Separated by language, culture, and thousands of miles, they are also bound by the universal drive to win. 

From Sundance award-winning director Shilpi Gupta and the producer behind the Academy Award-winning HOTEL RWANDA, CHANGING THE GAME follows these teens as they journey from poor and violent communities to compete at the first-ever street soccer competition run by the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Combining vérité footage and personal video journals – set to a cutting-edge soundtrack pulling in hip hop artists local to the teens' communities –  the film captures a riveting story of journey and competition, showing the power of soccer to help youth redefine who they are and challenge the world that they live in.  

OUR CHARACTERS

Zime and Sphume, 16-year old girls, live amongst a silent killer in their township: AIDS. In Lamontville, South Africa, HIV claims the lives of 60% of women – the single highest rate in the world. Roving gangs steal anything to buy AIDS medications, which they crush and smoke to get high. The girls arm themselves with tools to survive through playing the sport they love, but the disease strikes close to home when their coach falls victim to its deadly grasp. Will the girls’ hopes die along with their beloved coach, or will they rise above as Team South Africa?

In Philadelphia, 16-year old Mustapha, a Sierra Leonean refugee, works everyday to fight the lure of the streets. With a 60% high-school dropout rate, the city’s rampant gang violence leads boys like him to jail by the time they are 30. Meanwhile, Nury, a 15-year old Colombian immigrant, resists her classmates’ texts to join mob fights during their lunch break. Can that same determination and resilience clinch them a Team USA victory?

15-year old Ron recalls the sound of rockets from Gaza striking his backyard as he hid in his family’s “safe room.” 16-year old Abed pulls his mother from the window as Israeli army jeeps, with rifles erect, tear through his neighborhood. Everything in their lives breeds them to hate. But now they play together – beyond the wall that separates them – on the Peace Team.

THE JOURNEY

As the trip to South Africa nears, the World Cup consumes the kids’ sole focus. They travel from three separate continents to meet at a “festival village” electrified by World Cup mania. As friendships form and romances bud, the impending competition threatens to tear them apart.  

What happens when newfound friends meet in the battle of competition? Will the drive to win defeat the spirit of sportsmanship and Fair Play? What happens if everything falls apart? 

Tami and Abed from the Peace Team
Tami and Abed from the Peace Team
Team South Africa
Team South Africa
Team USA
Team USA

IT TAKES A TEAM

We need your help to complete this film! Every dollar counts. Every contribution – no matter how small – helps bring this film one step closer to impacting the lives of thousands of children globally. 

All of the funds raised during this campaign will go directly into the post-production and the completion of this film. See how donations measure up:

  • $25 provides one day of local transportation for a pick-up shoot  
  • $50 completes one hour of translation
  • $100 covers a year of hosting for a promotional website
  • $750 covers a full editing hard drive
  • $1000 covers the subtitling for one language  


Each of these steps, add up to a big WIN for the film. See our Game Plan below:

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Tell your family, friends, friends’ friends, co-workers… people you meet on the street. Tell some soccer moms about us, (we think they will love our “Soccer Supastah” reward!) Every tweet, like, blog, and post brings this campaign one step closer to reaching its goal.

We are positioned across the whole social-sphere! Help us go viral!



CHECK OUT OUR KICK-ASS REWARDS!

**JUST ANNOUNCED - LAST 2 DAYS SPECIAL** 

$40 BECKHAM BOOKS! Get your very own copy -- signed personally to you! -- of soccer journalist GRANT WAHL's acclaimed book "THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT"
$40 BECKHAM BOOKS! Get your very own copy -- signed personally to you! -- of soccer journalist GRANT WAHL's acclaimed book "THE BECKHAM EXPERIMENT"
**FINAL WEEK SPECIAL** $20 Rock your TEAM USA pride with Starfinder Swag!
**FINAL WEEK SPECIAL** $20 Rock your TEAM USA pride with Starfinder Swag!
**FINAL WEEK SPECIAL** $25 Digital collage by sports-writer Sachin Shenolikar (like this but a soccer superstar!)
**FINAL WEEK SPECIAL** $25 Digital collage by sports-writer Sachin Shenolikar (like this but a soccer superstar!)
$50 - CARTOONIZE YOURSELF! Put yourself in the Football for Hope action, drawn by our very own Luis Mendez!
$50 - CARTOONIZE YOURSELF! Put yourself in the Football for Hope action, drawn by our very own Luis Mendez!
$100 LET'S SCORE! The film's soundtrack PLUS an EXCLUSIVE DVD of music videos from the beautiful Emily Cavanagh
$100 LET'S SCORE! The film's soundtrack PLUS an EXCLUSIVE DVD of music videos from the beautiful Emily Cavanagh
$125 or more: Get a brilliantly designed movie poster created exclusively for CTG by award-winning illustrator CHRISTOPHER MYERS (Check out these awesome images of his past work!)
$125 or more: Get a brilliantly designed movie poster created exclusively for CTG by award-winning illustrator CHRISTOPHER MYERS (Check out these awesome images of his past work!)

$150 or more: RECORD YOURSELF showing off your mad soccer skills and WE will make a cool 30-second MOVIE out of YOU!

$250 or more: HOLY BOMBO! DVD Package from Sport & Entertainment powerhouse Bombo!
$250 or more: HOLY BOMBO! DVD Package from Sport & Entertainment powerhouse Bombo!
$500 or more: THE SPECTACLE 36 x 48 Limited Edition Print on Canvas + "Evolution of the Ball" poster designed by the Artist Betirri
$500 or more: THE SPECTACLE 36 x 48 Limited Edition Print on Canvas + "Evolution of the Ball" poster designed by the Artist Betirri
$750 or more: One Original Work on Paper, sketched by the Artist Betirri for his internationally revered "Futbol" series PLUS more!
$750 or more: One Original Work on Paper, sketched by the Artist Betirri for his internationally revered "Futbol" series PLUS more!

ABOUT KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world - unique in its all-or-nothing method. All-or-nothing means you can be assured your money is going to a project on the path to success. But it also means: if we don't make our goal before our time runs out, we don’t get anything. That is why we NEED you!

Can I donate from anywhere in the world? 
Why, yes you can! As long as you have a credit card. And with a film as global as this, we are hoping to reach out to and expand our international audience.

Can you exceed the goal?
YES! This would be fantastic as it will help us get closer to the completion of the film. Kickstarter allows projects to go over their targets. Our target is currently set to cover the initial costs of editing to a Rough Cut, however, our Game Plan (see graph above) extends much further: including a final cut with sound mix and prints ready to screen at the 2014 World Cup! Every penny will still go into making the film.

OUR CREATIVE TEAM

Shilpi Gupta is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. Her debut film, WHEN THE STORM CAME, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival garnering the most prestigious award in its category: the Grand Jury Prize. The film was also short-listed for the 2005 Academy Awards. Since her premiere, Shilpi has continued to work on films tackling social justice issues through intimate storytelling, including Kim Snyder’s CROSSING MIDNIGHT, which highlights Burmese refugees’ unique solution to provide medical care for those on the run. For the past four years, Shilpi also edited for CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Gayle King, for which she was just NOMINATED for 3 EMMYS!!! She is the director and producer of CHANGING THE GAME.

Bridget Pickering is a veteran of the industry who has produced and directed over 20 films that have aired across the world. Most notably, she was the co-producer on HOTEL RWANDA, the Oscar-nominated feature film. She brings with her the full-weight of her powerhouse production company, Fireworx Media, which she formed in 2008 with Emmy Award-Winning Dan Jawitz and Neil Brandt. Their projects have been financed internationally by broadcasters such as BBC, PBS and ARTE, and by the likes of the Sundance Fund, Jan Vrijman, Fonds Sud, and the Open Society Foundation, among countless others. She is the South African producer on CHANGING THE GAME.

Melanie Vi Levy is an editor, producer and director based in New York. She has worked as director on projects supported by NYSCA, The Ms. Foundation for Women, the Ford Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Her short films have been broadcast on POV and have been featured in festivals around the world. She holds an MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University. She is a consulting producer for CHANGING THE GAME.

Vann Alexandra Daly is a New York-based filmmaker. Before film, Daly was a journalist New York magazine and SPIN, as well as the sole researcher for the Wall Street Journal Magazine. Daly is currently producing THE BOLIVIAN CASE (BritDoc Puma Catalyst, Hot Docs 2013, Sheffield Truth & Youth 2013) and is associate producing COCAINE PRISON (Fonds Sud Cinema, Tribeca Film Institute, IDFAʼs Fund, BritDoc Journalism Fund, Good Pitch NY 2013).  Most recently, she was the production manager on DANCING IN JAFFA (2013 Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance Selects) She is the consulting producer for CHANGING THE GAME.

Arya Sundar is a founding partner at Prism Post LLC, a post-production company in NYC. With Prism, he has supervised the audio post delivery for over 50 independent films and has managed the post editorial process for a variety of projects across broadcast, advertising and film.  He has helped build Prism's clientele to include MTV International, The Cartoon Network, Novo Nordisk and a range of ad agencies. He is a post-production producer on CHANGING THE GAME.

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This film has been my labor of love, in some way, shape, or form, for nearly 5 years – since I first heard of soccer being used to empower youth to transform their lives. Our amazing team is working tirelessly to finish this film in time for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil – where the next set of teens will follow our teens’ journey. We are racing against the clock, but no matter what we will do everything in our power to make this happen. While we cannot guarantee a June 2014 release, your generous contributions make that every bit closer to a reality.

We have the footage, the drive, the dedication – we're not turning back on this film. We are so excited to be connecting with you, now, before the film is complete so that you can be part of our journey – and together we can make a truly exciting and inspiring film. Together, we can bring CHANGING THE GAME to audiences around the world.

My heartfelt gratitude to all of you for your support.
WELCOME TO THE TEAM!

Shilpi Gupta

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