Men with Beards is a feature documentary that weaves a strange tale of beauty and brotherhood. Journey into the souls of countrymen to experience the triumph and heartbreak of a world-class beard. Delight in their daring stories, futuristic looks, and proud traditions. Men with Beards is a celebration of inner strength and personal growth. Man up.
Men with Beards shares the stories of everyday people whose lives have been touched by extraordinary beards. Growing a beard is like making an indie film; it requires patience, care, delusion, stubborn determination, ego, revulsion for society, confidence in the process and an appreciation for the slow things in life. This is a character-driven film where the talking heads have serious beards and fierce opinions on identity and self-expression. Are you man enough?
Are you woman? Watch Men with Beards and never look at your man the same. This challenging and emotional story lays bare the very essence of what it means to be male. Men with Beards will make women laugh and men cry. Rethink the unshaven, stare down the straight-edge, and know your man better than he knows himself.
where it’s at.
In January 2013, we completed a locked-edit of Men with Beards. This film is done and we are happy with it (lord have mercy).
Now, we need to hire specialists to help us package and prepare the film for sale. This final step includes paying clearances for music and b-roll, producing original music for the film, audio editing and 5.1 mix, errors and omissions insurance, marketing and publicity. You can help by pre-ordering your copy of Men with Beards and taking advantage of our limited-time perks.
We have submitted Men with Beards to the Hot Docs Film Festival and we should know by the end of March if we will compete. Regardless, we will be in Toronto at the end of April to premiere our film during Hot Docs. Your support of this campaign may help determine whether Men with Beards will play in the city’s finest theatres or be screened on the side of buddy’s garage. Either way is cool.
why? we need you.
We believe in paying artists a living wage for their work. For the music, we are happy to be working with composers Cat Jahnke and Darren Johnston, with help from James Rewucki of Dr. Rage and The Uppercuts. We asked for music with a sense of humour. But there's nothing funny about underpaying professionals for top-quality work. So, part of this campaign is about first squaring up with the other artists involved and getting them their due.
If you have a kick-ass home theatre system then you’ll appreciate the good work of Howie Rissin of Frank Digital. He’s taking great care of our 5.1 surround sound mix. And if you are hearing-impaired, you’ll appreciate the captions. And if you are visually-impaired, you’ll appreciate the video descriptions. In short, trust a fellow beardsman to get it done right the first time.
We share an eye for detail, style, and uncompromising professionalism. Yes, our beards are charming, but we can't expect everything in life to be free. Yes, our beards make us better than most people, but cash is king. Please pre-order Men with Beards and help us this a world-class production about world-class beards that reaches a world-wide audience.
If we meet our lofty goal, here’s how we expect things to shake out:
$7,500 video and music clearances
$5,000 errors and omissions insurance
$3,750 perks for your contribution (plus in-kind)
$3,500 music score and edit
$3,000 marketing and publicity
$2,500 HDcam and 5.1 surround sound mix
$2,000 Indiegogo fees and banking fees
$750 donation to the Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group
$28,000 Indiegogo Goal
Like the film, our marketing strategy is grassroots. We’ve assembled street teams in major Canadian cities to help with postering. Sarah the Publicist will be working the phones, computers, and other electronic devices for interviews and press. Of course, we’ll be reaching out to our friends in beard clubs around the world (kings among men). The money from this campaign will also help us create and produce slick sales and press packages for when we’re pressing the flesh on the festival circuit. We're ready to take the show on the road, but we need some scratch for gas and necessities.
Time to stroke your beard (or your nearest beard) and weigh your options:
1) The digital download is a high-definition file that will wow you with the sights and sounds of world-class beards. And now and always, Men with Beards can be close to heart on your favourite mobile device.
2) The DVD is even cooler because it like exists. You choose whether to file Men with Beards in your milk crate library between Lincoln and Serpico or between The Fugitive and Cast Away. And you receive the artwork and satisfaction of knowing that you’re doing your part to keep this aging technology a part of our lives.
3) The Special Edition Blu-Ray is the next best thing to a world-class beard. There is something special about deleted scenes, videos about the making of the film, a director’s commentary, plus extended interviews and outtakes. Stroke the beard and heed its wisdom; pre-order the Special Edition Blu-Ray because you are worth it.
Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group
These folks volunteer to help support men and their families. Our goal is to attract over 1,000 backers to this campaign, and that means $1,000 towards continuing their good work.
"The Brotherhood" Tool-Kit for Beard and Moustache Enthusiasts
We’ve partnered up with Berns & Black Salon and Spa to assemble the finest in male grooming technology. Do you wish you could do more for your beard? Problem solved with guaranteed delivery for Christmas 2013.
Men with Beards Official Movie Poster
Add warmth, texture and touchability to your school locker, office cubicle, or to the wall above your bed. These posters are limited to Indiegogo backers only and will be signed and numbered by the directors of Men with Beards. A true collectible.
no cash? how you can help:
Please view the trailer and pass along the link on to any and everybody. That would be super. Please use the Indiegogo share tools, like us on Facebook, or chat us up on Twitter at @beardmovie (#thebeardmovie and #menwithbeards). Thank you thank you thank you. We don’t believe in prayer, but if you do, that might also be helpful (ask for cash).
Another bright idea: start a chain letter campaign. Mail pictures of men with beards to ten of your friends. Instruct them to mail pictures of men with beards to ten of their friends. Not sure what this accomplishes . . . but what the hell, use the pictures to make a righteous collage for the coffee table or wherever your heart takes you . . .
Flashback to 2009, a young Dylan Fries graduates university and sets off to seek his fortune in a Monte Carlo with a guy named Loaf and a video camera on-loan. Their epic road trip leads to the World Beard and Moustache Championships in Anchorage, Alaska where they competed as members of Beard Team Canada.
Moving forward with this obvious project, Dylan and Mike Sanders began gathering footage in Toronto and Winnipeg with some of the world’s greatest guys (and their beards). By December 2011, a rough-cut is complete, but Dylan’s now living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and editing with Mike over Skype just ain’t getting it done. Long story short, Dylan returns to Winnipeg, it still takes way too long to finish, but we’ve done our best and it’ll be worth the wait.
Men with Beards is the first feature film released by Electric Monk Media. Michael Sanders heads up film and screen, Dylan Fries heads up interactive media, and John Toone manages the business affairs. Electric Monk Media is in the business of sharing original stories through film, games and interactive media.
Our goal for this campaign is to put the film in the hands of the people as soon as possible. Please use whatever social network you fancy to pass along the trailer. Please help us build buzz prior to the Hot Docs Film Festival at the end of this April. Our pitch will be ready and we will hustle to secure a broadcast and/or distribution agreement for Men with Beards.
Nevertheless, we seem damned and determined to retain our digital rights to Men with Beards and to leverage the skills of Electric Monk Media to experiment with how we market and monetize documentaries in this digital era. In that vein, we commit to our backers that Men with Beards will be available for digital download no later than November 1st, 2013.
ALL PERKS TO BACKERS OF MEN WITH BEARDS WILL BE SHIPPED BEFORE DECEMBER 15th, 2013. AIN’T THAT JOLLY. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
The production of Men with Beards was made possible without the help of government, financial institutions, and/or organized crime (so far so good).
Thank you to our family, friends and colleagues for their wide and varied contributions to date (and for accepting beer as payment). Alas, your sacrifices were not in vain. Trust that as Winnipeggers we will stretch every dollar and demand nothing but the best for our film. May Men with Beards shine with the love and respect that ya’ll have lent us.
Thank you for taking the time to read our pitch. Please consider that while you were learning about our film project, your beard was growing, and together this may be the kinda new start we were both looking for. Things will change, will be different because of Men with Beards. Please join us, friend, on this strange journey towards beauty and brotherhood. Amen.