Hi, I'm Michael, a filmmaker who needs funds to finish an important documentary. Last year, "Blood Diamonds" journalist Greg Campbell and I followed veterans recovering from the challenge of injuries such as PTSD, blindness, traumatic concussions and lost limbs. The healing happened on bicycles and I was honored to ride hundreds of miles (including 911 miles on the 10th anniversary of 9/11) with these troops. We got more than we bargained for in terms of film (hundreds of hours of amazing HD footage) and some incredible stories showing the recovery process up close.
For this reason, we have expanded our initial idea of a short documentary to a full-length feature, capturing a rare piece of American history in motion. We now need funds to complete this epic film of friendship and willpower and to bring it to hometowns across America (and perhaps abroad). After the screenings, we will bring the full HD film to television audiences.
What We Need & What You Get
- The costs of transcribing interviews, editing and renting space to keep our film-school grad interns editors busy
- Equipment to make our editing bay four times more productive, assuring we'll be able to make screenings as early as this September.
- Travel and marketing funds to bring the screening to hometowns across the country.
- Fees to enter festivals such as Sundance, Telluride, Tribecca, Cannes and select cycling and military festivals.
This film, which chronicles troops riding through USA hometowns, France, and the three sites of the 9/11 attacks, is already having an impact. From bicycling film festivals to professional organizations for first responders, screening dates are already being worked out. Each screening creates the opportunity for the general public, professionals and families to learn more about veterans, how they served our country and the hurdles they are overcoming with community support.
As experienced journalists, we have an extensive track record. For years, I have reported about veterans' health issues for print, radio and national broadcast media, recently winning a national Edward R. Murrow prize. Greg is an award-winning, nationally-known war correspondent who last year personally lost his best friend, photojournalist Chris Hondros, while covering the revolution in Libya.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute directly, here are a couple of things you can do:
- Hold a bake sale or garage sale and use the proceeds to make a donation here under a single name, like "Raising Recovering Funds to Support Our Troops/Hometown, USA."
- Tell everyone you know about this campaign, sending them the link or sharing on Facebook or Twitter.
- Don't stop giving once we hit our goal. Every penny will go back into getting this inspirational film into as many households across America -- the world -- as possible.
And that’s all there is to it.