Hello Friends and Family!
All my life I have been waiting to shoot a feature film. This week, I took the first major step in making all my dreams come true! I am thrilled to announce that the American Dairy Goat Association has granted me permission to shoot a feature documentary at the 2012 National Goat Show in Loveland, Colorado.
Raising and showing goats was once a huge part of my life, but after graduating from high school and moving to Boston for college, I found that the goat-showing, goat-raising community is very unknown to the masses. Since this revelation, I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to produce a feature documentary on ADGA and the goat showing community. Now that I work in the professional film world, I have the experience, equipment, connections and know-how to do it.
I have already spoken with dozens of ADGA members about what they would like to see in a documentary about the goat world, and from those interviews I have come up with three goals for the production: 1) Promote the goat, America’s most misunderstood farm animal, 2) Educate about ADGA and goat showing, 3) Share goat showing with America in a fun and enlightening way. In addition to editing the footage into a feature, we will also create several short, online 2-5 minute videos for ADGA members, friends, family and donors to watch and enjoy during production and post-production.
Naturally, I brought on Trevor and Julian to help me and for the last month we have been hard at work in preproduction— planning, scheduling and budgeting.
Just yesterday we launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign (www.kickstarter.com/projects/792010307/the-goat-show-documentary). Within 6 hours we were at the top of the Staff Pick’s page! Please check it out! We’re trying to raise at least $30,000 to pay for our travel, equipment, post-production and distribution / publicity.
For those of you who have never heard of Kickstarter before, it is the leading “crowdfunding” website for creative projects. “Crowdfunding” is a financing concept that has recently proven its success in the film world. Instead of having to rely on big investors and studios, Indie producers have started using the Internet and websites like Kickstarter or Indie Go Go to collect huge numbers of small donations to fund a film, mostly from family, friends and fans.
This brings me to my next request: please consider donating to my film! I think our best chance at success is putting the right foot forward in preproduction. There are lots of great incentives (see Kickstarter) and I promise that we will keep you updated on our progress. Thank you so much for your help! Please spread the word to your friends and anyone else who you think would be interested in the project.