UPDATE #4: Producer Petar's Pelo-Chop Challenge has been beaten! He's getting them cornrows! Stay tuned for both the Speedo vid and a surprise from him... Just a couple days left folks! We can do it! We so so appreciate your support. Almost there!
UPDATE #3: Just over a week left, and half way to go. We can do it. Here's another update and a 'donation challenge', or whatever. This one involves our producer, David Beckham, and a pair of scissors...(plus, more scarves!)
INDIEGOGO UPDATE #2: Thanks to you wonderful people, we reached the deadline ($9k by 5pm 2/21) for Sam's Speedo Challenge! Sam has purchased his Speedo and is practicing his juggling as we speak. Keep an eye out for the video. But still a ways to go until we reach our ultimate goal so let's keep it up!
American Fútbol is a web series and documentary about a group of soccer fanatics, journalists, and filmmakers traveling from the United States to Brazil for the World Cup.
Our goal is to educate and unite the multicultural, soccer-loving community in the United States.
To do so, we're on a mission to explore Latin America’s vibrant cultures, and how they impact the United States, all through the lens of soccer.
Despite roughly 54 million Latinos living in the United States, a cultural divide exists between the U.S. and Latin America. This is a gap we want to bridge with a subject that binds all cultures: soccer. (or football, fútbol, futebol, etc.)
From each location (see map below) we’ll tell a unique story about culture, sport and passion through a series of webisodes.
From the World Cup, we'll be publishing uncensored content on YouTube to show the real story of Brazil 2014. We know the soccer will be beautiful, but the stories outside the stadiums are equally, if not more important to tell.
Post-World Cup, we'll release a feature-length documentary that provides a comprehensive look at the sport on the American continent.
While European football fascinates us all, we believe we have a different soccer identity to define, our own version of 'football', American Fútbol.
Click to view our official promo video (Spanish captions available).
Below are pictures of some of the perks listed on the right side of this campaign. (Shipping orders available for U.S., Canada & Latin America only. For Latin America, add $10.)Postcards. Those who donate $25 will receive a digital download of our movie and a custom postcard from a country of their choice. Postcards will be made from our own photography.
Black T or Gift Card. For $50, receive a digital download of our movie and a choice between this cotton t-shirt or a $25 gift card to Soccer.com (15 available).
Fine Fabric T-shirt. A $75 donation gets you high quality, blended T and choice between these three designs, available in both male and female styles (after your order, in a message, please specify which design, male or female, and size):
With your $100 donation, pick between these three awesome perks (all include a download of the movie & fine fabric t-shirt - after your order please send us a message specifying which design, size, and male or female style):
Movie Poster. A print of this custom movie poster designed by Monica Ghali.
Howler. A copy of the fantastic Winter Issue of Howler magazine (only 5 available!).
Scarves. Choose a scarf from any of the following national teams, provided by Soccer.com: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile (only 10 available!).
The American Fútbol production team includes:
• Peter Karl, a journalist who has covered sports, news, and culture in the U.S. and Latin America. After working for an international news agency for two years in Los Angeles, he spent 2013 as a reporter in Colombia.
• Sam Mathius, a writer and walking soccer encyclopedia in Boston via New Orleans. He founded The Third Kit blog in 2010.
• Petar Madjarac, a TV & documentary producer based in Des Moines, IA with production experience around the U.S. and Europe. Born in the former Yugoslavia, but raised in the U.S, he’s our cosmopolitan producer, and a very experienced traveler.
• Austin Ahlborg, an LA-based cinematographer from Rhode Island and member of the Local 600 International Camera’s Guild who has worked for the NFL, Red Bull Media House and Nike.
Budget, Route, Storyboard
Budget. Contributors to this campaign will provide us with a hefty portion of our travel & production budget. Your donations will go directly to:
- Airfare, bus fare, car rentals
- Equipment insurance
Route. We will start in Los Angeles, cross the border from San Diego into Tijuana, fly to Mexico City, jump to San José, Costa Rica, and arrive in South American via Cartagena, Colombia. We'll then take a trip up the coast to Santa Marta, bus/drive down to Bogotá, Cali, then into Quito, Ecuador. From there, we head to Guayaquil, then to Santiago, Chile. We’ll cross the Andes into Argentina on the way to Buenos Aires, stop for a glass of holy water in Messi's hometown of Rosario, before entering Uruguay via Salto and finally Montevideo. From there, it's Joga Bonito time in Brazil, where we'll set up camp in Rio de Janeiro. With enough funding, we plan to make trips to Manaus & Recife for USA matches, as well as São Paulo.
Stories. So what the heck kind of topics will we explore? Through the authentic perspectives of fans, players, officials, and journalists, we're on a mission to tell a range of stories. Here's a preview:
- 'Jumping borders with Club Tijuana Xolos' and its transnational fanbase
- The ex-pat impact on Costa Rican soccer, + Inside 'the world's most intimidating stadium'
- 'Santa Marta: Soccer's Gateway to South America', + A visit with the Valderramas!
- 'Operación Retorno', América de Cali & Colombian soccer's attempt to launder its dark past
- 'Meet the Montenegrin coach who changed Ecuadorian soccer'
- 'Inside Las Barras Bravas', fan culture in Argentina: the good, the bad and the super ugly.
- 'What's in the Salto water?' A visit to the birthplace of Luis Suarez & Edinson Cavani
Once in Brazil, we'll become an on-the-ground source for the entirety of the World Cup, if funding permits. We all know the carnival of fútbol will be beautiful, but controversy is swirling around this tournament. So through our YouTube channel we'll also be posting regular updates and uncensored reports from Rio.
Like with any good travel documentary, we'll have our itinerary set but will be ready to adapt to spontaneity. Sometimes the best stories to tell are the ones you don't plan for!
Every World Cup, people from all over the world come together to celebrate the host country’s social and sporting culture. Brazil, home to perhaps the most vibrant soccer culture in the world, will be no exception. But this is more than Brazil’s tournament. It’s the Americas’ too.
This will be the first World Cup in the Americas in 20 years, and the last for at least the next 12. Undoubtedly, there is no better time to explore and celebrate Latin America’s rich soccer culture and it’s continual impact on society and sport in the United States.
By contributing to this project, you are helping us build a cultural bridge through soccer. We believe by exploring exactly where Latin American fan culture comes from we can better understand the makeup of our multicultural roots, and where the future of soccer in this country is headed.
From Los Angeles to Tijuana to Mexico City, San José, Bogotá, Quito, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Montevideo and finally Rio de Janeiro, this film will bring you on a tour of the ‘fútbol’ capitals of the Americas, and more.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t make a contribution, no problema.
You can still help us out in many ways:
- Got connections in Latin America? Hooking us up with hospitable folks on our journey is just as valuable as a donation!
- Make some noise! Share this page with friends and family via email or social media.
- Are you a musician? Send us a track and we’ll try to feature it in our movie!
- Follow and interact with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.
Thank you, Gracias, Graças, Denke, شكرا لك! – to everyone who’s checked out this page! We’re so so appreciative of your support in any form.
Please send any questions or feedback to us at firstname.lastname@example.org