Going Out a Champion, the Coach Joe Ellis Story

Coach, Joe Ellis' Basketball team wins their first State Championship, but he dies 8 weeks later
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Cathy Durant
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Producer-Director, Cathy Irby Durant need your help to make the movie "Going Out a Champion,"  the Coach Joe Ellis Story. An inspiring, much anticipated sports, romantic, drama film, based on a true story, written by Doris M. Ellis. In 2005, Coach Joe Ellis made headlines when he coached the Surry County High School Boys Basketball Team to win the Virginia State Championship, but lost his battle with colon cancer 8 weeks later. This film comes at a time when people around the world need to see more positive role models who inspire us to be great leaders and followers who make a difference in the world.

Cathy Durant believes she has the passion to direct this action packed sports movie about a coach who refuses to give in to a terminal illness. Instead, Coach Ellis keeps his focus on God, Family and his determination to lead his team to their first State Basketball Championship .                                                      

Cathy Irby Durant has produced and directed nearly 100 hip hop and R&B music videos, documentaries, TV shows and commercials. As a former TV News Producer, for an NBC Affiliate, she has produced many 6 and 10pm news shows that included sports. Because of her sports background, Durant feels she's more than ready to direct "Going Out a Champion," the Coach Joe Ellis Story. 

www.cathydurant.com 

                                          Cathy Irby Durant, Producer-Director

 Two weeks ago, when news of the movie was released on the  "Going Out a Champion" Facebook Page, in less than 24 hours it got over 600 likes from around the country.  Today, with out any special promotions, that number stands at over 1,000 likes within three weeks. This kind of pure excitement could be an indication that this film is going to do well. 

Fundraising can be one of the most challenging parts of pre production, which is why Cathy Durant is turning to Indigogo and social media friends for support, as she brings to theaters, one of the most heart warming movie tributes of leadership and triumph of this century.

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Over 3,000 people attended his funeral, packing the school gym. Also, residents from near and far, lined the streets of Surry County to say goodbye to the town's hero. 

It was a sad day for Surry County and the 13 Surry County Basketball players who became known as the 13 pills that kept Coach Joe Ellis going. They loved winning games for him and he loved showing up at court side for them.


Coach Joe Ellis was an incredible athlete in high school. He often made sports news headlines. Also, as a family man he was a great role model to the Surry County Community. For over 13 years he was known for coaching winning basketball teams.


When you donate to the making of this film your contributions will help keep Coach Joe Ellis and his Surry County Championship Team's legacy alive. It has been said Joe talked of his story becoming a movie due to his very public battle with colon cancer and his bond with his extraordinary, winning, basketball team. In fact the State Championship game made local and national news. At the end of game people who knew of Joe's Illness were shedding tears of joy along with him as he smiled and held the State Championship Trophy up high. As TV News Broadcasters reported live highlights on the game, one Reporter agreed with Joe when he said the win was like a scene out of a Hollywood movie. 


Your contribution will allow you to follow the making of the film from production to red carpet premiers and to theaters. The movie is scheduled for release possibly during March Madness in 2015 or later during the Christmas Holiday season. We will keep you posted on all updates. 

We need funds to recreate, shoot, edit and promote the movie "Going Out a Champion," the Coach Joe Ellis Story. This incredible heartwarming film will feature the 5 final games of the 2005 Virginia State Group A, High School Basketball Championship, where Joe Ellis never stop coaching until victory was won. 

His unyielding courage to lead the Cougars to victory before his final days were over, was one of the reasons why Surry County School Officials voted to name the Surry County High School Gymnasium in his honor. 

At this time our goal is to raise 700,000.00 plus matching private funds to help pay for film production, crew and cast. The budget will pay for production crews hired in Virginia which makes the film eligible for a movie tax incentive, and it will earn a movie tax incentive from the State of Georgia for the post production phase of the project. The film will be shot in Surry County, Richmond, Hampton and Virginia Beach, VA.

  

For your contribution we are offering perks as tokens of our sincere appreciation.  Some of the perks are listed below:

"Going Out a Champion" Hats

"Going Out a Champion" t-shirts

"Going Out a Champion" Hoodies

"Going Out a Champion" Court side floor seat tickets 

Featured extras camera placement

Co-Producer Credits

Co-Executive Producer Credits

Red Carpet invitations

The funds will pay for:

The story rights

Producer-Director

Production Crew

Cameras

Lights

Sounds equipment

Props

Location rental

Travel

Talent

Post Production Editing

Online Edit

Off-line Edit

Music 

Prints and Advertisement

Premiers

Film Festival Fees

Cast wish list

Sports Consultants

Previous members of the Surry County High School coaching staff have agreed to help with the production as we recreate the final five games and retro games when Joe Ellis and his son Joey Ellis were star players at LPJ/Surry County High School. Some of the games will be shot at the Boo Williams Sports complex in Hampton, VA.

             

                        The final 2 games were shot at Virginia  Commonwealth

 We can fill the Siegel Center (VCU) with up to 8,000 Extras. Selling tickets for the morning and afternoon games would cover some of the cost to shoot the film there. VCU have offered production dates in October 2014 and April 2015. If we shoot in April the games will be the final scenes of production. It will cost over 3000.00 per day plus crew, production equipment and talent to film at VCU. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Please tell everyone you know about this incredible true story sports film about the life of Coach Joe Ellis. On behalf of Executive Producer-Writer, Doris M.Ellis, and Producer-Director, Cathy Irby Durant we thank you in advance for your support and generosity.







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    General Donation

    Bragging rights perk. Your kind donation goes toward the production of "Going Out a Champion." Please visit the "Going Out a Champion," Coach Joe Ellis Story Facebook Page for the latest movie updates. Thank you for your contribution! https://www.facebook.com/goingoutachampion

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    Coffee Mug

    "Going Out a Champion" Coffee Mug. Dishwasher and Microwave Safe. "Going Out a Champion" movie title printed on the front of the cup.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2014
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    T-Shirt

    "Going Out a Champion" T-Shirt... Movie title printed on the front of t-shirt. Sm., med, large, extra large, 1x,2x, 3x and kids sizes. Blue and gold movie theme color.

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    DVD

    "Going Out a Champion" movie DVD. Be one of the first to own a copy. The DVD will ship around the same time of the retail online releases, after the theatrical release.

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    Baseball Cap

    "Going Out a Champion" Baseball Cap. Movie title printed on the front of cap. Sm., med, large, extra large. Blue and gold movie theme color.

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    Gym Bag

    "Going Out a Champion" Duffle Gym Bag... Movie title printed on the front of the bag. Blue and gold movie theme color logo printed on a blk or navy blue bag. Med. size gym bag.

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    Hoodie

    "Going Out a Champion" Hoodie... Movie title printed on the front of pullover hoodie. Sm., med, large, extra large, 1x,2x, 3x and kids sizes. Blue and gold movie theme color.

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    Basketball

    "Going Out a Champion" Coach Joe Ellis Story, printed on the basketball.

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    Game Ticket

    "Going Out a Champion" basketball game, floor seat ticket to the re-enactment of the semi final and final Championship games at VCU. As a featured extra your face will be shown in the movie during the championship game scenes. Production dates will be emailed to you. Your ticket is transferrable. The donation is non refundable.

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    Athletic Jacket

    "Going Out a Champion" Athletic Jacket with leather sleeves. Movie title printed on the back of jacket. Men, Sm., med, large, extra large, 1x,2x, 3x and kids sizes. Blue and gold movie theme color.

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  • $1,000USD
    Associate Producer

    "Going Out a Champion," the Coach Joe Ellis Story Associate Producer Credit. Your name will be listed with the official movie credits along with the crew and talent for the life of the film. Your name as Associate Producer also be listed with the movie closing credits, and submitted to IMDB. Free admission to Premiers included. Associate Producer Credit non transferrable.

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    Co-Producer

    "Going Out a Champion," Co- Producer Credit. Your name will be listed with the official movie credits along with crew and talent for the life of the film. Your name as Co-Producer will also be listed with the movie closing credits, and submitted to IMDB. Supervised production visits will be granted, and free admission to Premiers is included. Your Co-Producer Credit is non transferrable

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    "Going Out a Champion," Co-Executive Producer Credit. Your name will be listed with the official movie credits with crew and talent for the life of the film. Your name as Co-Executive Producer will be listed with the movie closing credits, and submitted to IMDB. Production visits and premier screenings are included. Free VIP seating with Executive Producer and Director at all events. Your Executive Producer Credit is non transferrable. Profits from movie sales is not included.

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    Movie Soundtrack CD1

    Place your single on the "Going Out a Champion" ITunes Soundtrack CD1. Heroic inspirational theme music only. No profanity accepted. RB,Pop, Country, Rhythm&Blues, Contemporary Jazz, and Hip-Hop music only. Submissions from Record Labels and Professional Recording Artist only. Royalties will be paid from the sale of CD1. Mixed and mastered submissions only. Your music and likeness will be promoted along with the "Going Out a Champion" CD1 a

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    Place your single on the "Going Out a Champion" ITunes Soundtrack CD2. Heroic inspirational theme music only. No profanity accepted. Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Inspirational, Church Choir, and Instrumental music only. Submissions from Record Labels and Professional Recording Artist only. Royalties will be paid from the sale of CD2. Mixed and mastered submissions only. Your music and likeness will be promoted along with the "Going Out a Champion" CD2 and the movie.

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    Soundtrack Music Video

    Movie soundtrack music video clearance. You may shoot a video using the movie soundtrack for a fee. The Music Video must to tastefully done with no nudity or sexual scenes. The Music Video will be released immediately after the "Going Out a Champion" theatrical release.

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    Charity Gift Anonymous

    Anonymous Gift. Access to all events and production locations. All production updates provided through email. Upon request a special thanks mention at the end of the movie closing credits. Plus Movie Promotional Products.

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    Corporate sponsorship

    Access to all events and production locations as a special guest. All production updates provided through email. Special thanks mention with corporate logo at the end of the movie closing credits. Promotional products and promotional mentions during movie promotions. Does not include Advertisement.

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