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Meet Moziah Bridges, and see what it's like to be an sixth-grade CEO and the bow tie king of Memphis! Read more

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This project was successfully funded on June 11, 2014.

Meet Moziah Bridges, and see what it's like to be an sixth-grade CEO and the bow tie king of Memphis!

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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Last November, we traveled to Memphis to meet 11-year-old (now 12) Moziah Bridges, who is the CEO of his very own bow tie business, Mo's Bows. We were blown away watching him work: Mo designs, sews, and sells his own bow ties (with the help of his family, of course!).

As Mo puts it, "your fashion is my passion." While other kids are playing soccer or practising piano, Mo can be found hard at work creating colorful and fun fashions. Today bow ties, tomorrow, who knows? He wants to have a full fashion line by the time he's twenty!

It was great to see how something as simple as a bow tie can bring so much happiness to those who wear it, and those who see it. Like Mo says, "A man wears a neck tie because he HAS to, but a man wears a bow tie because he WANTS to." We're making this film to share Mo's story and inspire other kids (and adults!) to follow their dreams.

The documentary is shot, and unfortunately so is our budget (dollar in the pun jar!). We're raising money to bring us through the post-production process, pay some outstanding tabs (we were hit hard by the travel costs associated with shooting), and get this out to the internet for all to see and enjoy.

Mo's been featured in Oprah Magazine, all sorts of local news, and recently, on ABC's Shark Thank: the world's discovering him, which is great, but if we don't get our documentary out there soon, his story won't feel as fresh or as relevant as it could be. Your funding will help speed things along and help us break the news!

Here's our rough production time line:

Shooting: All done! This all-important step of the process is already wrapped.

Editing: This is in the works! We'll be reviewing cuts shortly. This summer, if not sooner, we'll be moving into audio mix, music composition, and graphics! 

Release: If all goes to plan, we'll be releasing our documentary by fall of this year! (Earlier with your generous support!)

We're so excited to share this project with you--  if Mo's passion is bow ties, ours is creating great films for kids and families that feature kids being their amazing and hilarious selves. Without a natural home for children's documentaries on regular network TV, we've decided to make and distribute these docs online, and "Mo's Bows" is no exception. After the film is done, it'll be released online for kids and families everywhere and submitted to film and video festivals.

We would be so honored and grateful if you are able to help bring this documentary to life. 

Much love,

Kristen & Jen
Squirrel Friends

Risks and challenges

Jen and Kristen both have full-time jobs in children's media production which means that Squirrel Friends is run during weekends and evenings. That creates an inevitable delay in our production process, but it also gives us the expertise we need to make a great film and tackle any challenges that come up.

For "Mo's Bows," our main crew is already hired, and principle shooting is wrapped: those were the biggest hurdles, and now we just need to navigate post-production.

After the film is done, our biggest challenge will be publicity & distribution. Part of your donation will go toward this, and will help get the film in front of new audiences. (Because everyone should really meet Mo!)

We will be sending regular updates to all backers so you can know what's happening every step of the way.

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    GOOD KARMA (AND OUR THANKS):

    You'll have our heartfelt thanks for your support! (Plus exclusive Kickstarter updates.)

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    SNEAK PEEK OF THE FILM:
    Check out the doc with a super-secret URL before it's public! You'll also have our thanks (obviously).

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    "SPECIAL THANKS" CREDIT:
    Yup, your name in our film. The best way to brag! Also a great gift!

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    NYC BOW TIE BASH:
    An invite to an exclusive bow tie party in NYC in the late fall. (Yes, it'll be family-friendly.)

    You'll also receive a special thanks credit in the film, and the sneak peek URL.

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    PARTY PACK FOR OUT-OF-TOWNERS: For people outside of New York. Exclusive pictures of the NYC bow tie party, a "pin the bow tie on the squirrel" party game, and a thank-you note from Kristen and Jen. It's like a virtual party, sent to your house!

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL to the film!

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    TOTE BAG OF DVDs!
    Get a Squirrel Friends tote bag full of our films, like "Brother's Day" and "What's Inside," plus "Mo's Bows."

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, and a special thanks credit.

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    A "MO'S BOWS" BOW TIE:
    Handcrafted by Mo himself and unavailable anywhere else. That's right, Mo's creating a special design available ONLY through this Kickstarter. Support the film and its subject with one fashionable click!

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, and a special thanks credit.

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    DOCUMENTARY/FILM CONSULTATION: For grown-ups!

    Jen and/or Kristen will consult you on your own documentary or short film project. (This is a 2-hr information session via Skype, Google
    Hang-out, or in-person if you're NYC-local.)

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, and a special thanks credit.

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    FILMMAKING WORKSHOP: For kids and groups! A 1hr-visit to your school group, camp group, church group, whatever, and conduct a filmmaking/media session for your group.

    You provide the details & we'll cater our session to your needs (via Skype, Google Hang-out, or in-person if you're NYC local). Jen's taught filmmaking to 5th & 6th graders,
    and Kristen used to run summer activities on a cruise ship and teach scriptwriting to middle schoolers.

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, and a special thanks credit.

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    MEMPHIS WEEKEND:

    This reward will give you two nights at the same hotel the film crew stayed at, plus a custom map of all the great shops carrying Mo's Bows, as well as local amazing southern food eateries, music venues, and our B-Roll locations. (Travel to Memphis not included.)

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, a tote bag of DVDs and a special thanks credit.

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    YOUR OWN SHORT DOCUMENTARY:

    We make a 3 minute mini-documentary about YOUR kid or family! We'll capture what makes your family special-- great for sharing with extended family or as an amazing snapshot of your family now.

    Must be in the Hudson Valley/Metro NYC region. (Travel from NYC area must be compensated in addition to the donation if you are out of the Tri-State region).

    You'll also receive a sneak peek URL, an invite to the NYC bow tie party, a special thanks credit, and a tote bag of DVDs.

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