***This film is being produced by Rothbury Road Productions. We are not affiliated with the Sons of Ben. We are just telling their story***
About Sons of Ben: The Movie
North America's Major League Soccer played its inaugural season in 1996 and although Philadelphia was a top ten market with storied sports franchises, it was not awarded a team.
Ten long years later it still didn't have a team so a small group of die-hard Philadelphia soccer fans took matters into their own hands and did something crazy: they formed a supporters club for a team that didn't exist. Naming their group after Benjamin Franklin, they called themselves the Sons of Ben. They had one goal – to bring professional soccer to Philadelphia.
Setting themselves the modest goal of expanding to 100 members by the end of one year, they tapped into a wellspring of local soccer fanatics and soon had 1,500 drum-banging, song-singing followers. Together the Sons of Ben started a movement that brought into existence the Philadelphia Union, changing the soccer landscape in Philadelphia forever, and also helping revive a struggling community abandoned by government, business, and its neighbors.
This is the story of the Sons of Ben.
Why This Story Needs To Be Told
It would be easy to say the reason this story must be told is because it's unique; a supporters group created for a team that didn't exist is unique in itself. The fact that the Sons of Ben created their supporters group to lobby the league and politicians to get a team in the city they love has never been seen in all of professional sports. The fans truly dictated the decision of a league. But if you look past this unique aspect, this is a human nature story where people saw an opportunity to help other people. Something changed within the Sons of Ben, and this crusade became more than just trying to get an MLS team to Philadelphia. They realized they could make a difference in a community. That's why this story needs to be told -- it's a story everyone can relate to.
We have a very specific vision for this film. It's such an inspirational story that we must live up to the standards of quality the story deserves. Making such a film requires a lot of time and a fair amount of money. We’ve brought together many talented people who have given their time at a discounted rate, but it still adds up. We've been raising funds through the support of family and friends but now we need YOUR help! We're at the point when we need to find other ways to fund the film and that's why we're here.
The shooting is almost complete. Until we get this film on screen, it's all we think about. 100% of your contributions will go to finishing the film the way it deserves to be told. Please help us make the best film we can.
How YOUR Contribution Will Help!
The goal for your contributions is to cover the next round of shooting, but we have many costs after that. That being said, we hope to EXCEED our initial goal. Please help us do so!
Here's a breakdown of how the money will be spent:
- Raising Our Goal $20,000 = Help to complete the last round of shooting (production costs).
- Raising $30,000 = Help to pay our editor to cut the movie together. He's great and he's got kids, he deserves to get paid!
- Raising $50,000 = Help to pay for additional post production costs (music licensing, color correction, audio mixing, etc.).
- Raising $75,000+ = We'll apply for entry to film festivals and this will help cover festival submission fees as well as the marketing and promotion needed to get this film in theaters in front of audiences! Audiences like you!
- Raising $100,000+ = Help to pay for all the other expenses that goes into producing and releasing a film.
Help Us Exceed Our Goal!!
We've spent countless hours to reach this point. We're driven by the passion of the Sons of Ben and the community of Chester, Pennsylvania to complete this film. With your help the film will be ready for viewing by early 2014.
Other Ways To Get The Word Out
If you can't contribute, then please help us get the word out!
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoBmovie
Follow us on twitter (@sonsofbenmovie) https://twitter.com/SonsofBenMovie
Check out our website at www.sonsofbenmovie.com
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