THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS DOCUMENTARY
Skating is ephemeral but film is forever. This is the first serious and entertaining documentary ever made about the virtually unknown world of adult competitive figure skating. And it was made by an adult competitive skater and filmmaker, so it's an inside view into this world. Adult skaters generally have full, busy, complicated lives, so it's no joke to orient such lives around what is probably the most physically, emotionally and artistically challenging sport out there. What is the motivation? No money is rewarded, no endorsement contracts are signed, no celebrity status is achieved. Yet these skaters remain deeply driven by the soul. Skating Through It profiles three adults dealing with difficult life challenges in three cities around the country, and reveals the vitally important role that skating plays in their lives. See below for a synopsis and also why this film needs continued funding.
THE NEED FOR FUNDS
Skating Through It has been completed (thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in April) but urgently needs your contribution. Funds are needed immediately to cover all costs related to promotion, publicity and distribution (including festivals and/or a premiere launch screening). Funds are also essential for the recoupment of costs that I spent out-of-pocket for research, production and post-production so that I can eliminate credit card debt and be freed up to focus on the film's emergence into the world, along with the video clip archive and related projects. There is no risk for you as a contributor because the film is done and will be seen by many (hopefully millions), so please contribute as much as you can.
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Your donation is tax deductible! Skating Through It is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of Skating Through It are payable to IDA and are tax deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. The value of goods and services being offered is noted under each perk level. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out.
The IDA-approved comprehensive budget for my film is $295k, which includes all costs spent to date and projected costs through distribution. My funding goal allows for each of the remaining honorary credit levels to be filled (Bronze, Silver, Platinum, Gold) plus a bit extra. My hope is that I can raise the remainder of the budget through corporate sponsor and grant donations. This was an expensive documentary to make, due to the cost of the professionals I hired, and the costs of traveling to shoot the skaters in their home states (CA, TX, MN) as well as at important skating competitions relevant to the story, particularly the week-long adult nationals competition. It was worth it in the end, because I captured a special moment in adult figure skating that cannot be replicated, and the film will live on as a timeless memento.
What do a military flight attendant, a breast cancer survivor, and a pediatrician have in common? A healthy addiction to competitive figure skating. During the filming, Andy, who could be whisked away at a moment's notice from California to a war zone, suffered from anxiety, fear and stress-induced injuries, and fought for time to practice his skating program. Doctor Chris was consumed with his busy practice in Minnesota, but was separated from his wife and son, which weighed on his mind as he trained with his pairs partner. Shannon from Texas had quit her job as an architect to become a mother of three, and struggled to keep her skating going through life-threatening cancer treatment processes. Skating Through It chronicles their lives over a year as they battle their challenges and prepare for an adult national figure skating competition. They each gain and share valuable insights about themselves, and one unexpectedly wins a gold medal.
Skating Through It is a thirty-two minute documentary featuring multiple interviews and b-roll of Andy, Shannon and Chris in their homes, with family members, at rinks and additional locations such as doctor's offices and hospitals. Also featured are interviews with former Olympic skaters Charles Tickner, Mark Janoschak, and Mark Militano, as well as other champion adult skaters and coaches. The profile footage was shot by professional film/television DPs and I shot all of the on-ice practice footage of the skaters. The competition programs at the U.S. Adult National Championships in Dallas, Texas were covered by a local six-person crew. Many wonderful pros were involved in the production. The credits are listed on the documentary website.
The credit awarded at the BRONZE (Assistant Producer), SILVER (Associate Producer), PLATINUM (Producer) and GOLD (Executive Producer) levels is an honorary one -- there are no responsibilities that you have to fulfill (and no claims on ownership of the documentary). Your credit will be included on the documentary, where indicated, as well as on the DVD packaging, the documentary website and all other materials that I produce. This is one significant way that I can acknowledge your generosity :)
Another way that I can express my gratitude is by offering you rewards, which are mentioned in the perks to the right. Below is the fine print...
The BRONZE-level skating lesson gift will be 20 minutes. If you're a beginner, I'll give you the lesson on a public skating session at the City Ice Pavilion in Queens, NY. If you're an experienced skater, I will arrange for a higher-level figure skating coach to give you a 20-minute lesson at a rink near you. In either case, only the lesson is covered (not travel, skate rental, etc), and you'll need to sign a waiver/release.
The SILVER-level video will be a portrait of you, highlighting themes in your life that relate to the documentary. The video will feature up to 20 photos that you provide to me; narration that I write and record, based on a phone interview with you; and music that will be composed by a composer that I choose. I will make best efforts to accommodate any preferences you have, but I will finalize and post it after about forty hours of work. Standard interview and photo releases will need to be signed by you. Depending on our schedules, this could take up to six months, but I'll make best efforts to get it done as quickly as possible.
The PLATINUM-level video will be a portrait of you, highlighting themes in your life that relate to the documentary. The HD video will feature clips from an interview of you, videotaped by me; appropriate b-roll footage of you that can be videotaped on the same day as the interview; up to 20 relevant photos that you provide to me; narration that I write and record, to fill in any story gaps; and music that will be composed by a composer that I choose. The total cost of the trip to videotape with you has to be under $1,000 and take under 3 days with travel, preferably over a weekend. I will make best efforts to accommodate any preferences you have, but I will finalize and post it after about eighty hours of work. Standard interview, guest and photo releases will need to be signed by you. Depending on our schedules, this could take up to a year, but I'll make best efforts to get it done as quickly as possible.
The GOLD-level premiere event guest gift covers travel to New York City (up to $1500) plus one night in a hotel (up to $500) plus local transportation and food (up to $500). At the event (planned for fall/winter 2012), I intend to introduce you as the honored guest in an announcement to all guests and you'll be featured in the program and on the documentary website.
Please let me know if you have any questions or dream up any other rewards. I look forward to your support and the opportunity to share Skating Through It with you and the world!
I have been working in New York City largely as a film/TV/multi-media producer for almost two decades. Production credits include: "Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines", Producer (feature-length documentary broadcast on PBS); "Everyday Athlete", Producer (surfing documentary/exercise video); "Little Bill", Coordinating/Line Producer (Nick Jr.'s Emmy-winning 52-episode digital animation series); "Beyond Black and White", Filmmaker (16mm short documentary distributed by Women Make Movies). I have a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College, and a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. For more info on me and links to work, check out my website.