Almost to the Finish Line!
We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. So your donation to this film is tax deductible.
Scroll down to pick a donation level or click to the right for a quick donation and our endless gratitude.
What are we raising funds to do?
We calculated minimum estimates of what we need to raise in August and September for public release. We are still waiting for some additional quotes for legal services and insurance. Raised so far for this round of funding: $3,000! Help us prepare for distribution. Here are our current estimates of what we need to get this film in homes in 2017:
- Legal: $4,000
- Insurance: $4,000
- Film Festival submissions: $1,500
- Final audio finishing and graphics for future home viewing distribution: estimated at about $2,000 for basic work.
- Other initial distribution set-up expenses (video-on-demand set-up, distributor outreach package, etc.): $3,000.
Note: We welcome matching programs and are ready and excited to fill out the forms you need us to fill out for your employer to match your donations! Note that some employers continue to have matching programs for retired employees. Email questions to email@example.com.
If you would like to send a check, make it out to WildSides, Inc. and send it to:
P.O. Box 5593
High Point, NC 27262-5593
In the envelope, also provide your name, email and/or mailing address so we can send you a receipt for tax deduction-purposes.
Select a donation Level Below:
Would you like to honor someone? Would you like your name listed on a Staring Down Fate webpage to show the world your support for the film? Choose any of the levels below and we will do just that! For all donors, WildSides will send endless gratitude your way. Thank you for making a difference in the world!
Community Level: $20 USD
Download a LIVE version of Chris' favorite song by John Westmoreland - "In the Land of the Living," which is featured in last year’s crowdfunding pitch video at the bottom of this page. And if you'd like, we'll give you a big social media shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Downloading this song will whet your appetite for John’s forthcoming album, which will have an amazing new version!
Family Level: $65 USD
This will pay for one graphics adjustment or enhancement for the final version (e.g. news animation, name cards, one photo digitization or a portion of subtitling). You also get a download of Chris’ favorite song by John Westmoreland - "In the Land of the Living.” And if you'd like, we'll give you a big social media shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you so much!
Awareness Builder Level: $85 USD
This pays for at least one film festival submission! These submissions are vital to optimizing our chances to play in a film festival so we can gain recognition and build awareness about the issues explored in Staring Down Fate. Who knows, it could lead to a distribution deal, too! You also get a download of Chris’ favorite song by John Westmoreland - "In the Land of the Living.” And if you'd like, we'll give you a big social media shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you so much!
ALS Prevention Level: $100 USD
In addition to finishing the film, this level helps launch our forthcoming internet- and social media-based initiative to provide vital information about the correlation between the environment and neurodegenerative disease, so everyone will have access to knowledge regardless of location or socioeconomic status. You also get a download of Chris’ favorite song by John Westmoreland - "In the Land of the Living.” And if you'd like, we'll give you a big social media shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for your generous support!
Moviemaker Level: $150 USD
At this level you will get your name in the credits at the end of the film! This provides about one hour of color editing, sound design or audio mixing. This is essential for the final version of the film before distribution and preferably before showing in festivals. You also get a download of Chris’ favorite song by John Westmoreland - "In the Land of the Living.” And if you'd like, we'll give you a big social media shout out on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you so much!
Red Wolf Artwork: Giclee Print: $600 USD
In London, England, this story caught the eye of professional artist Khaaymar Marie. She took a scene from the trailer & is creating an AMAZING original piece in pencil colours. The original has already been claimed. However, at this level, you can get a 16" x 20" high quality Giclee print of the artwork on recognized archival quality papers, hand-signed & verified by Khaaymar. Your contribution includes shipping, printing & insurance costs. To the right is a photo of the artwork.
Founding Patrons: $1,000 USD (8 claimed)
You will be identified in the film credits and on our website as a Founding Patron of the film. This also includes an exclusive phone call or Skype with the Director of Staring Down Fate and a 5x7 color photo from the film signed by Chris or the Director.
Associate Producer: $5,000 USD
An amazing opportunity to become one of the few film producers for this inspiring story. You will be identified in the film & on the website as Associate Producer for Staring Down Fate. You will also be invited as a VIP guest to one of our major premieres and accompanying party in locations to be determined after the film is finished. Travel, lodging and food is not covered by this package. This also includes an exclusive phone call or Skype with the Director of Staring Down Fate and a 5x7 color photo from the film signed by Chris or the Director.
Thank you for your support and for sharing EVERYWHERE!
Your support goes beyond your donations. Please share this this film everywhere and with everyone you can! Share it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, all the social media platforms you use. Tell everyone you know about it and email your friends, family and colleagues.
YOU are why this message to live with purpose and to connect and stay connected with nature is possible.
More details about the process (In case you want them)
We have a film! Now we are submitting to film festivals, making some small edits, and "finishing" the film - audio mixing, color grading, graphics tweaks, etc. We also need to pay for some insurance and legal fees to allow us to show publicly. We are happy to answer questions and provide more details. Just shoot us an email and we'll respond as quickly as we can.
Funds Raised So far
For those who have already donated to the film through Indiegogo and since last spring...THANK YOU! You helped make this film happen. Over $60,000 has been contributed by well over 250 people!
Our goal is to continue to stay very transparent in what the funding enables. The funding we've received so far has covered the following production tasks and expenses:
- Filming interviews with ALS, agriculture, red wolf and other subject matter experts.
- Filming some additional b-roll (scene setting) footage related to ALS, Chris' community, agriculture and red wolf country.
- Initial stages of post-production: editing the narrative and some graphics.
- Crowdfunding fees from Indiegogo and the payment processor.
- Insurance fees and initial legal fees necessary for general liability, insurance for production crew travel, workers compensation, and some initial legal fees required for initial set up for distribution.
- Editing the film.