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Feature documentary “Kickstarted” readies for World Premiere

If you attend the 13th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival in Montana next week, or the American Documentary Film Festival in Palm Springs in late March, you will have the opportunity to see the first motion picture in history where I am listed as an executive producer. That’s right: 26 years after graduating from film school, I have added to my scattered IMDB profile the role of Co-Executive Producer for a documentary feature film. “Kickstarted” was co-directed by my friends Jason Cooper and Jay Armitage, and I’m guessing that my unique contributions to their film are probably characteristic of the EP title.

Essentially, Jason and Jay engaged me during the film’s Kickstarter campaign to help them generate more press coverage, and happily, that worked out rather well. The film was ultimately funded thanks to many factors; chief among them were the resourcefulness, skills and determination of the directors, as well as producers including Kim Sherrell, Chris Gartin, JP McMahon and Tristan Drew. In all honesty, I take pride in knowing that I helped, too. In Jason’s words, “To say that Roger went above and beyond in helping us promote and market our Kickstarter campaign for ‘Kickstarted’ would be a gross understatement. He was engaged, helpful and giving with his time and expertise. Just as important, he got things done. The amount of press we received during our campaign surpassed even my loftiest expectations and Roger was a major reason why.”

To me, what these guys were doing even in the early-going with this project was ambitious, well done and highly interesting. If that wasn’t the case, Dawn Chmielewski (currently the mobile, device and Apple writer for Re/code) would never have written about it for the L.A. Times – and neither would writers from Mashable, IndieWire, PandoDaily or any of the other media outlets that covered the project.

Since the LA Times story hit 32 months ago, here’s where the film has wound up: “‘Kickstarted’ follows the stories of three creators who turn to the ‘crowd’ in order to pursue their dreams. These creators all recognized that crowdfunding has opened the doors of opportunity to anyone who wants to bring an idea to life. Seemingly, all you need to do is ask for support. What they soon realize is that once you put your dream out into the world, the really hard part begins. Crowdfunding is just the first step – whether you reach your financial goal or not.”

As for the idea that crowdfunding campaigns are just part of the work involved in pursuing success, I can attest based on my own experiences, and watching Jason and Jay in action. Here’s an excerpt from Dawn’s story back in 2013: “The ‘Kickstarted’ team has begun releasing a series of original ‘Funded in 60 Seconds’ video shorts, culled from interviews for the documentary. These clips provide crowd-funding tips, insights and best practices from [Zach] Braff, [Amanda] Palmer and others who successfully completed Kickstarter campaigns.” Thanks to the continuing efforts of Jason and Jay, their YouTube channel (http://bit.ly/Kckstrd) has grown to become one of the world’s richest and deepest free resources for anyone researching the crowdfunding phenomenon.

To learn more, visit http://kickstartedmovie.com.

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