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Help us share the story of New Jersey’s WFMU, the world’s longest-running freeform radio station, in its fight to stay alive.

Freeform or Death has received a challenge grant from two anonymous donors.  If we can reach $67,000 by Tuesday night, they will kick in $13,000!  This opportunity is a dream come true that will greatly improve our ability to make festival deadlines for this coming year and ultimately help bring the film to a much larger audience.  More details on the update page.

THE STORY

FREEFORM OR DEATH follows Ken Freedman, the manager and leader of the world’s oldest freeform radio station, WFMU, and his fight to keep the station afloat through an economic collapse, in a dying industry, with an increasingly Internet-addicted audience. At 51 years old, Ken’s whole life is strapped to a station that faces crumbling infrastructure, encroaching institutional forces, and internal generational conflicts. Will his 25-year effort to keep WFMU alive be enough?

“Tim Smith is a fantastic storyteller.  As producer of my Yahoo show Failure Club and editor of Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, he has proven himself to be an invaluable collaborator. His directorial debut, FREEFORM OR DEATH, will be a brilliant look at the disappearance of the public airwaves and the ever-important fight for Freedom of Speech. I can't wait.” 

Morgan Spurlock, Super Size Me    

YOUR SUPPORT

Bring FREEFORM OR DEATH to life! Help us share the intimate story of New Jersey’s WFMU, the world’s longest-running freeform radio station, and one man’s attempt to keep it independent and alive in the face of a recession, the persistent threat of commercial media, and the challenges that come with keeping a rebellious group of outsiders together.

Much like the WFMU philosophy, FREEFORM OR DEATH is a project built upon passion and preservation. In the past, WFMU has consistently rejected any type of direct backing from governmental institutions or for-profit corporations. Most of the disk jockeys are unpaid volunteers, driven by DIY spirit to create authentic, spontaneous radio. WFMU is radio made for the people, by the people, and FREEFORM OR DEATH functions in the same vein. We are committed to making a film about independent media on our own terms, and we need your help accomplishing this.

YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP US SHARE THIS SPECIAL STORY...

FREEFORM OR DEATH will predominately be made up of verité scenes grounded in the personal story of Ken Freedman, as well as interviews with the vibrant characters that make up the WFMU family. Additionally, there will be sequences of in-studio performances by musicians like The New Pornographers, Robyn Hitchcock, Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo, Joanna Newsom and many others.

Funds raised through Kickstarter will be directed towards completing the film. The funds will support all facets of the post-production process, most importantly, editing.  

AGAIN, PLEASE HELP US BRING FREEFORM OR DEATH TO LIFE!

Remember, if we don’t reach our goal, we receive nothing. Any contribution will be fully appreciated. And, of course, all contributions will be rewarded! 

Apart from monetary contributions, please spread the word! Tell your coworkers, your friends, your friends' friends, your immediate family, your extended family. 

Post our Kickstarter URL on your Facebook, your Twitter, your G-chat status, and any other social outlet you can think of. 

LIKE us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Freeform-or-Death/241094825991103

FOLLOW us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/wfmuthemovie

THANK YOU!

SOME OF OUR LIMITED EDITION REWARDS

PLUS MUCH MORE!!!

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    THANK YOU IN THE CREDITS: See your name up in lights, scrolling in the credits, racing across the big screen in whopping 32 point type, set in the greatest font of all time. Plus, the above.

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    FREEFORM OR DEATH DVD + FREEFORM OR DEATH T-SHIRT + STICKER + THANK YOU: Receive a DVD of the completed film, as soon as it is released. Plus, all the above.

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    SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + FREEFORM OR DEATH T-SHIRT + STICKER + THANK YOU: Hypnotize the masses with your very own subliminal message -- a high definition frame (art 1920 x 1080) of your own creation -- inserted into the final film! This is your chance to both support and subvert the film about the station that subverts THE MAN. Plus, all the above.

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    SACRED BONES LIMITED EDITION REWARD: 3-PACK SPECIAL: Moon Duo LP “Mazes”, Led Er Est LP "The Diver", Wymond Miles LP "Under the Pale Moon" + SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + FREEFORM OR DEATH T-SHIRT + STICKER + THANK YOU

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    SACRED BONES LIMITED EDITION REWARD: 3-PACK SPECIAL: V/A Todo Muere Vol. 2 (Record Day Store Sampler 2012), Timmy’s Organism LP “Rise of the Green Gorilla”, The Men LP “Leave Home” + SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + FREEFORM OR DEATH T-SHIRT + STICKER + THANK YOU

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    WFMU CHRIS WARE T-SHIRT + SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + FREEFORM OR DEATH T-SHIRT + STICKER + THANK YOU: The long out-of-print Chris Ware WFMU t-shirt has been reprinted to help make this Kickstarter a success. The shirt features Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth demonstrating how to use radio to win friends and influence people. Get one while they last. Plus, all the above.

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    WFMU SHOT GLASS + SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + BOTH SHIRTS + STICKER + THANK YOU: Raise a glass to your favorite freeform station in your own WFMU shot glass, designed by Half Japanese's Jad Fair. It will be particularly handy when playing WFMU's favorite Best Show drinking game, "GET OFF MY PHONE." Plus, all the above.

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    LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / DFA LIMITED EDITION SUPER PACK REWARD: Vinyl and CD of some awesome DFA recordings! LCD Soundsystem - 45:33 on LP and CD + LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening on LP and CD + LCD Soundsystem - Throw Limited Edition 12" single + Shit Robot - From The Cradle To The Rave CD and LP + Planningtorock - W LP and CD, The Juan Maclean - Less Than Human LP and CD + Black Dice - Broken Ear Record LP and CD + YACHT - See Mystery Lights CD and LP + The Rapture - In The Grace Of Your Love CD and LP + Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class CD and LP + WFMU SHOT GLASS + SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE + DVD + BOTH SHIRTS + STICKER + THANK YOU

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    LCD SOUNDSYSTEM / DFA SUPER DELUXE PACK REWARD: LCD Soundsystem Self-Titled on LP + LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver on 2xLP + LCD Soundsystem 45:33 2xLP + LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening 2xLP + LCD Soundsystem The London Sessions 2xLP + assorted LCD 12" & 7" singles + assorted LCD/DFA merch in a DFA tote bag + 10 SEPARATE SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES + WFMU SHOT GLASS + BOTH SHIRTS + DVD + STICKER + THANK YOU

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    PREMIERE INVITE FOR TWO + 10 SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES + WFMU SHOT GLASS + BOTH SHIRTS + DVD + STICKER + THANK YOU: You and a loved one will be invited to the New York City premiere of FREEFORM OR DEATH! Be there as the WFMU family sees the film for the first time. Plus, all the above.

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    BELOVED AND DIVINE PRODUCER CREDIT + ROUGH CUT SCREENING + PREMIERE INVITE FOR TWO + 10 SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES + SHOT GLASS + BOTH SHIRTS + DVD + STICKER : Be acknowledged in the credits as a "Beloved and Divine Producer" and we will invite you and a loved one to the very exclusive private rough cut screening of the film. Plus, all the above.

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    MASTERMIND OF FREEFORM REVOLUTION CREDIT + EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH 5 SECONDS OF YOUR OWN ORIGINAL FOOTAGE IN THE CREDIT SEQUENCE + ROUGH CUT SCREENING + PREMIERE INVITE FOR TWO + 10 SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES + SHOT GLASS + DVD + SHIRTS + STICKER: Your identity as "Mastermind of the Freeform Revolution" will be revealed on screen not in a scroll, but in a single card credit. But that's not all! You will also get to submit five seconds of your own original footage to be included in the credit sequence. Plus, all the above.

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