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Spine surgery in December, Triathlon in June, and an athlete with Down Syndrome – a feature documentary about grit, family and an improbable friendship.
Richard Dobbs
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Easton, Connecticut
United States
3 Team Members


A feature length documentary that plays like a drama … with a healthy blend of comedy, you know – like life.  SEAN SO FAR is a classic “ticking clock” story, playing out in real time with two lead characters you will fall in love with. Sean Bogart and Troy Sundwall have a bond that transcends friendship – they are more like brothers. We don't know how this story ends. We do know it will be a joyful, suspenseful and thrilling journey to watch!  And when it’s over, we will have traveled to a place that a piece of our heart will never leave, and we will be better for it. 

it all began... 

27 years ago … no internet … information generally traveled at the speed of reading a book – not a bad thing, but we needed information to understand our new nephew, Sean Bogart, who was born with Down Syndrome … and we couldn’t read fast enough. So, we began documenting his young life with any camera we could get hold of and just observed this little guy – his strengths and weaknesses, his health issues and physical challenges – and we marveled at how hard he worked at things that most of us take for granted.

then something happened...

We stopped looking at Sean’s disability as a problem that had to be solved in order to assure him of modest successes and achievable goals. We began to see that even with the best intentions we had effectually put Sean in a box. When we were finally able to follow Sean’s lead, we entered a broader way of thinking and perceiving the world.

it's a family affair...

The Triathlon event at the USA Games this June is the story that allows us to tell the bigger story. It is a metaphor for the past 28 years of Sean’s life.

Sean has soared because of his innate drive to succeed and the persistence of a family support system. Sean’s family is integral to the fabric of this film. His parents, Michelle and Jerome, and his two sisters are as impressive and watchable as the triathletes, Sean and Troy.  Mallory and Claire Bogart speak lovingly and bluntly from the heart to issues relevant to all siblings of siblings with intellectual disabilities – a perspective that often gets lost.


We have funded the film ourselves so far, and now we need to raise $75,000  to see SEAN SO FAR to its completion.  The first step toward that goal is to shoot the most important chapter of this film: The Triathlon event in Princeton, NJ. On June 18, 2014… a month and a half away.  We need to be there with 4 cameras to cover the 3 legs of the event (swimming, biking, running) as it unfolds in real time. There will be no second chance, and we need to be there with a top-notch crew.  We also need to document Sean and Troy’s final workouts against the joyful and spirited backdrop of the USA Games week – June 14 - 21. This week represents 30% of our proposed budget.

The remainder of the funds will be required to get the film through post-production:

- film editing

- sound editing/mix

- digitizing and syncing 48 minutes of 27 year old 16mm film

- digitizing and formatting hours of early analog video footage

- music scoring

- color correction

- mastering a DCP (digital cinema package) for Theatrical release

- DVD reproduction & packaging

- printing & reproduction of poster

- shipping & packaging 


Perks, people! Your donation to this film is met with eternal gratitude. We hope you enjoy the perks (jewelry! cartoons! photography! t-shirts! oh my...) and realize what a difference you've made with your generous donation. Simply view our Perks list to the right then click on "Gallery" at the top to see images of them.  Please, let's all seize this opportunity to produce a film that has no agenda other than to shine a light on what it is to be human!

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Richard Dobbs

Richard has been a member of the Directors Guild of America since 1998 and has directed over 35 episodes of Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU, and multiple episodes of various television dramas, including The Cleaner for A&E. In 2013, he was awarded Best Director of a short film at The Boston International Film Festival. As a member of Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild, he has worked as a camera operator and director of photography on numerous commercials, features and over two hundred hours of network television.

Didi Dobbs

Didi recently co-wrote the award winning short comedy, “Local Commercial”, which has been very active on the film festival circuit… most recently screened in Los Angeles and New York City. She and Richard have teamed up as writing partners on many short films, including a short documentary about sexual assault, “Duty Trumps Doubt”. “Duty Trumps Doubt" won a Golden Eagle Award and has been distributed to police precincts nationwide. Didi is a painter and a cartoonist.

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  • $10USD

    We are grateful for your contribution and know YOU BELIEVE IN THIS PROJECT. We'll give you a personal THANK YOU across our social media, so be sure to look out for your name. Hey, digital high five!

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  • $25USD

    Receive a Digital Download of SEAN SO FAR! Once our film is complete (2015), you'll receive a special link to access SEAN SO FAR for your personal film collection. Wait, there's more! You'll also get a special, one-of-a-kind Patron of the Arts cartoon designed by artist and co-director, Didi Dobbs. Please view our Gallery to see the cartoons, then tell us which one you'd like to receive (either Saint Amber or Saint Bambi) in the "Address 2" section of Shipping Information.

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  • $50USD
    "I Look Good in Bones."T-SHIRT

    We can't imagine that anyone has ever spoken, "I look good in bones", except for Sean Bogart. Support us at this level and receive this hip, original t-shirt inspired by Sean himself. Who doesn't love wearable art!?

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  • $100USD

    Wow! Back SEAN SO FAR at this level and not only receive a custom, printed "I Look Good in Bones" t-shirt, but we'll also give you one of Didi Dobbs' original cartoons from the $25 level. Please view our Gallery to see the cartoons, then tell us which one you'd like to receive (either Saint Amber or Saint Bambi) in the "Address 2" section of Shipping Information.

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  • $250USD

    Inspire your walls! Sean often sees things that other people can't. This is especially apparent in his photography. Here you'll receive a 5x7 photo by Sean in an 8x10 frame AND an original framed piece of digital art by painter, Didi Dobbs. Please see our Gallery and tell us which photo (Camp Easton, Tulip, Pool Reflection or Deck Chair) and which piece of digital art (The Dive, Finish Line, SEAN SO FAR, or Earth and Sky) you'd like to receive in the "Address 2" section of Shipping Information.

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  • $400USD

    We are honored to offer this special, limited edition necklace created by artist Jackie Davidson of Jackie Designs. Made especially for SEAN SO FAR, these stunning, elegant and unique necklaces are sterling silver and consist of natural gemstones...truly one-of-a-kind. The chain length is 18" and hand-stamped charm is 14mm. Show us support at this level and own one of these beautiful, custom "ssf" pieces. We only have 10! View more of Jackie's handcrafted designs at www.jackiedesigns.com

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  • $500USD

    Well, look at you! Not only will you receive the custom "ssf" necklace from the $400 level, but you also take home something OFFICIAL! Show support at this level and receive a DVD of SEAN SO FAR and the official film poster, both signed by Sean Bogart once the film is complete (2015).

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  • $1,000USD

    As an exclusive thank you, YOU'RE IN SEAN SO FAR! Your name will appear in the "Special Thank You" credits and you'll receive a framed piece of digital art by Didi Dobbs. Please visit our Gallery and tell us which piece of digital art (The Dive, Finish Line, SEAN SO FAR, or Earth and Sky) you'd like to receive in the "Address 2" section of Shipping Information.

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  • $2,500USD

    Not only will your name appear in the exclusive "Special Thank You" credits, but you'll be the proud owner of a 5x7 photograph by Sean Bogart in an 8x10 frame signed by Sean himself.

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  • $5,000USD

    You've blown us away! With this level of support, you'll receive an Associate Producer credit on SEAN SO FAR. A signed DVD of the film will also be yours once it's complete (2015). While you're at it, visit our Gallery and choose a Saint...but you won't need it since you're definitely going to Heaven!

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  • $10,000USD

    WHAT CAN WE SAY?! For your beyond generous donation to SEAN SO FAR, you will become Executive Producer and receive all previous perks. Bravo! No promises, but your name will definitely be submitted for Sainthood.

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