My name is Dan Stewart and I will be directing this documentary about marathoner Steve Knowlton and his run across America. My background is in video and film. I have shot many videos from weddings to promos to music videos to short films and have just recently been pursuing documentary work. I love asking questions, giving people a voice, and capturing life at its most challenging and most inspiring.
Steve has already ran across America once, from Seattle, Washington to Key Largo Florida in 100 days to raise awareness for Crohn's Disease, and got the attention of local news outlets:
He has has also gotten more recent press and media attention for this upcoming run (some may refer to the run taking place sooner than it actually is):
I also have a passion for non-profit work and will be working alongside Theresa Gustafson,who has a 21 year old son with Aspergers. Steve is raising awareness to Asperger's Syndrome due to his own quest to find how he could help a family member. Any film that lends to helping a group of people be more understood by our world as well as shows the perseverance of the human spirit is a film I am more than proud to be making. That is what this film will be about. Your contribution will not only help capture Steve's epic 45 day/70 miles a day run intended to break the WORLD RECORD for fastest run across America, & a portion of the sales of the film will go directly to Asperger non-profits who provide services for this community.
Just Ordinary with a dash of Extraordinary
I was once given a shirt from a youth group leader during their church mission trip. On the front it said "Ordinary". Whenever I wore it, for some reason, people really seemed to like it. Seeing as how it was just a plain long-sleeved blue shirt I can only assume it was because it said "Ordinary" on the front. What people didn't know was that on the back of the shirt, it said "Extraordinary". I would have point that out to people and they would like it even more. People seemed to really resonate with the idea of being ordinary, while at the same time were really encouraged by the idea of being extraordinary. In light of this documentary, Steve is an ordinary man doing extraordinary act to bring awareness to people who have been treated less than ordinary, who really just want to feel ordinary and accepted. Hence, the title, "Ordinary Man".
What We Need/What You Get
To make this happen in its most complete form, we will need to raise $15,000. In phases, this amount will go into:
Phase 1 - Equipment, Lodging, Food The director's personal expenses. Note: As the director, while on the road 45 days+, this will be my job, as well as during post-production.
Phase 2 - Post-production and film festival fees (yet to be determined)
Perks include: Thank you video, T-shirt, Limited Edition Wristband, Special DVD, signed promo poster, be in the movie credits, Skype talk with Steve and Dan (me, the director), and for the biggest contributions - Executive Producer credit and private screening.
This is a huge undertaking for Steve as a runner, a special focus to those with Asperger's Syndrome and an amazing opportunity for myself as an emerging filmmaker. To be able to tell his story, experience his journey, and gain an understanding of Asperger's will encourage and inspire viewers to make a difference for themselves and the world as whole.
Other Ways You Can Help
If money contribution isn't an option, we completely understand. However, if you appreciate what the power of this documentary could do and still want to help, there are other options.
- Donate video equipment (a second camera-Canon T3i and accessories)
- Social networking - getting this fundraiser on as many social media platforms as exist.
- Prayer - we are people of faith and prayer will play a major part in all that we do. So please join us if you feel the same. - Any other way you can think of, let us know!
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