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By Timothy A. Brown
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Think about possibly passing on that Starbucks or little splurge today and instead backing the project that will last lifetimes. Even a $5-10 donation can make this project a reality

ALL BACKERS OF $10.00 OR MORE WILL RECEIVE THE FIRST EDITION EBOOK WITH A HANDFUL OF STORIES AND IMAGES AND DREAMS, A SPECIAL SCREEN PRINTED PIECE (only to backers and never printed again) AS WELL AS THEIR SELECTED REWARD!!!

The Project:_______________________________________________________

That American Dream - A collection of photography, words, stories, interviews, dreams and film creating a collection of work, photographically and with documentary styles. Coming down to a final project of a large format book, video compilation, documentary and  collection of photography work for openings and displays And ALL THE DREAMS CAPTURED!

Why:______________________________________________________________

We need this dream, the American Dream. More importantly, our children need this dream and we need to prove that it still exists for their future. 

Searching the country, from small forgotten towns to the big city. From north to south, east to west. Thoughts from the rich to the poor, the homeless, the working and onto the tribal reservations, all in order to capture what truly remains. 

This is not just a trip to photograph "things" just for the heck of it.... This project is about finding the American Dream and creating pieces of many mediums to decipher what the dream is at this moment. The largest part of this project will be the large format book depicting the stories, interviews and facts about the current American Dream that's hiding with in our borders. There will be contributions from others, from thoughts, poems, stories and more. And you too could be a contributor simply by contacting me. 

The places will be the current dream. The past dreams i.e.: abandoned and forgotten to those places where the future dreams will become reality....

This project will not just stop with the book. This will be much BIGGER than that. You just need to help be a part of it.

“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” - Paulo Coelho

My Thoughts:_______________________________________________________

As a professional photographer, I believe that an image can say more than 1000 words. I believe an image can and should tell a story. An image can tell the truth. And the truth is that I believe the "American Dream" may be starting to break. With this project, I will prove to all of us that the dream IS still out there. 

By Backing this project (you can do so by clicking on the green back this project button to the right) you are backing the American Dream and the hunt for that dream. Once funded, I PROMISE I will find the dreams that are still out there and provide images to tell the stories of those dreams, I will have the direct interviews from the dreamers and those that have had the dreams broken. There will be additional pieces and much more - proving that the dream does still exist! 

And while capturing the current dreams, I will also be creating stories from those places where the American Dream use to reside. The now abandoned, the ghost towns. The broke down. Creating a complete portfolio of work telling the story of the American Dream in the past, the current and the future. And our country as a whole at this moment.

Hunting for the elusive Dream. The American Dream...___________________

Capturing dreams of this country and it's current state. Portraits of the dreamers and their stories. The "broken" and their stories. The abandoned. The beautiful, the reality and all of those stories...

To bring the Dreams, the realities, the forgotten, the broken and the "99%" to the forefront. 

Where the funding goes. _____________________________________________

Fuel: Right now, the plans would involve at least 6 trips around the country and a total of about 40,000 miles driven. My vehicle gets on average 27MPG. Using a current price of about $3.60 per gallon the total for fuel will be about: $5,340.00

Accommodations: Looking like there will be at least 70 over night stays involved. I don't need expensive accommodations and averaging hotel costs per night across the country at $100 is a total of $7,000.00

Book Design & Author fees: Right now I have both designer and author ready to sign contracts to join the project at a total of $2490.00

Sample Run of Large Format Book: Small Run $1000.00

Large Format Archival Metallic Prints For Final Project: (Matted) a base of 100 different large format images $34 each X 100: $3400.00

MISC. Needed Equipment: Recording software, 170 degree video, external power packs & more estimated at $1500.00

Food and more through travel. As you can see, the expense of this project will go far beyond the total of what is being raised through kickstarter. This is my project and I am planning on taking on much of the expense. But at you can now see, this is why I am unable to do it all alone.

www.thebrokenamericandream.com is where things will be once funded. (of course the updates here as well)

Once funded, this project will wrap up with a collection of large format photographic images - A collection of images for Gallery openings including images of the dream, portraits of the dreamers, the broken and abandoned and more. Video and Film Captured from the road and turned into one documentary  along with the images will be the stories from some of the dreams and the people out there just like you and I. 

Outside of the prints and galleries, will be a large beautifully bound hard cover book with the images, the stories and the dreams. All those that donate / back this project will receive a discount on said book.

The dream is now in your hands. 

Every dollar is a dollar toward the funding of the American Dream and bringing those dreams back to us all!

Shine on all!!!


~Tim

Please feel free to use the comments area for questions about the project. 

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    A matted 11X14" matted and signed metallic print from the series. Dinner with ME, the photographer, while I'm on the road in "your neck of the woods to discuss the journey, life, your thoughts of the american dream and more. (you must reside in the upper 48 states) First and second edition of post cards from the series and you can recommend up to 3 locations you think would be an awesome addition to the project. Parts of your thoughts on the american dream will be used toward and within the project.

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    YOU get to recommend up to 3 locations (upper 48 states) you believe would be an awesome addition to the project. YOU get to come along for a day and be an assistant AND have a portrait session rocked out at one of the project locations (you must arrive at a location near that days shooting). A portrait with thank you will be used in the final project. And an 11X14" matted and signed metallic print from the series. And YOU and I grab a meal to discuss the journey, life and more

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    YOU get to name a location to be used in the project (upper 48 states and must fall inline with the project goals) YOU will come along and be an assistant and have a portrait session rocked out at said location.(travel expenses paid as long as you reside in the upper 48 states) You will receive a 16X20" signed metallic print from the series. A portrait with thank you will be used in the final project. WE will enjoy a meal together to discuss the session, life and more. First 3 editions of post cards and letters & postcards from the road.

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Funding period

- (48 days)