It Began With A Dream...
STEVEN GRAYHM & MATT DALLAS ON LARRY KING
MATT, STEVEN & CHARLIE NEED YOUR HELP!!!
There is a growing epidemic happening across the country that is claiming the lives of 22 veterans every day and 1 active duty soldier and Marine every 25 hours.
Men and women all around the world have been affected and the numbers are growing exponentially. This epidemic is known as PTSD. POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER
CHANGE IS HERE!!!
By contributing to THUNDER ROAD you will join us in lifting the veil on PTSD and bringing it into the public forum.
Matt Dallas & Steven Grayhm with US Army Veteran, SPC. Nicholas Carbonell @ The Boston Globe Q&A.
EVERY THUNDER ROAD CONTRIBUTOR WILL HAVE THEIR NAME IN THE FINAL CREDITS OF THE FILM ALONG WITH THE CAST & CREW!!!
GREAT PERKS DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU...
CUSTOM THUNDER ROAD T-Shirt's!!!
LUNCH WITH INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED AND BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MITCH ALBOM
Steven, Matt and Charlie...How Are You At The Helm Of An Epic War Film?
That's Great! How Did Matt Dallas Join Forces With You?
Awesome Guys! Why Indiegogo?
• First, Indiegogo allows us to seek alternative methods and partnerships. With the current Kickstarter structure, projects have one target only, and fans and supporters are left disappointed if a project doesn’t raise 100% of its fundraising goal. With Indiegogo, your investment in THUNDER ROAD can continue even if its goal isn’t reached in time. Because of the interest generated through the crowdfunding platform, we will be able to partner with investors who have agreed to come on board if a certain percentage of our goal is met. This means that the project doesn’t have to die when the clock winds down. The partnerships we cultivate can allow us to move forward and go into pre-production as early as this Fall/Winter as planned.• Second, Indiegogo supports non-profits and non-profit fundraising. We’ve received interest from groups across the globe who believe in the importance of telling the story of veterans and soldiers suffering from PTSD, but we had to decline their help because of the restriction on non-profit affiliation by Kickstarter. Indiegogo will allow us to expand our dialogue with these groups, something we were unable to do in our current structure.
• Third, Indiegogo doesn’t cap donation amounts. Indiegogo wants each campaign to be successful, because they know whether you’re donating $5 or $50,000, you’re giving a part of yourself to see this project make it. Currently, any donors pledging more than $10,000 must jump through hoops in order to get their pledges made. Indiegogo allows larger donors the means to make pledges that push us closer to seeing this movie made.
After two years of researching, developing and writing the screenplay for Thunder Road, we began to take meetings with producers and production companies and learned very quick that Hollywood had little interest in making a film on PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and even worse, with three relatively unknown actors. All of the elements to satiate the "Hollywood Money Making Machine" were there; a strong narrative, an anti-hero protagonist, a love story, epic combat scenes, a well researched underlying cultural education, but despite all of that, much of the feedback was, “really great script but...(insert nonsensical comment about bottom lines and A-Listers)”. We grew impatient with the conventional way of getting an independent film off the ground and with the success of Kirsten Bell’s, Veronica Mars and Zach Braff’s,Wish I Were Here, we felt compelled to explore the route of crowd funding to ensure that our film gets made the way we intended. Only what differentiates us from our more famous and established colleagues is that we have a CAUSE. We are aiming to both entertain and EDUCATE.
Ok, I'm Intrigued. What's The Film About?
First and foremost, our screenplay has been thoroughly researched. We’ve spent hundreds of hours sitting in front of doctors and clinicians role playing a multitude of scenarios. We’ve collected vast amounts of personal accounts from soldiers experiences from the field. Most importantly, there is NO other film for our generation that truly explores the psychological repercussions of war from these current conflicts the way COMING HOME and THE DEER HUNTER did for their generation.
Many films aim to check off the boxes when it comes to PTSD (i.e. loud noise = veteran jumps). It’s much more complicated than that. Furthermore, many films neglect to show the rehabilitation process, both mentally and physically. We have created characters that you will CARE about. An UNDERDOG story that you can relate to and root for their most extraordinary journey!
Our Pledge To You…
I’m Sold! How Do I Join This Incredible Journey?
To become one of our contributors, just click on the big pink button to the right of our video and choose which reward you want. Signing up is easy and there is NO third party account necessary!
A Final Word From The Boys...
Gold Star Mother, Bunnie Jacquay. Ms. Jacquay's son, SGT. Cody Legg was KIA on June 4th, 2008 in Hegnah, Iraq. The military operation for which he was killed is chronicled in THUNDER ROAD.
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