Kickstarter Update #5
This is it. Six days to go. What a process! Running a Kickstarter campaign is grueling, exhilarating, exciting, frustrating, and truly tests the will and skill of everyone involved. It’s trial and error, adaptation, doing uncomfortable things (asking friends and people you don’t know for money, sometimes more than once) and testing the viability of the project. So far, 130 of you have pledged your support, and on behalf of the team of people working on this project, we reiterate our gratitude.
Are we going to make it? It could go either way. We have a lot of money to make up in the next six days. There are a handful of significant donors who have verbally committed but haven’t yet come in. Can we count on them? Only time will tell. But I can tell you this–if we fail to reach our goal, it won’t be because we were outworked, or didn’t go all out. To use another boxing metaphor, we are fighting to the final bell. We are not discouraged and make it or not, we will be throwing leather to the end.
Once again, I want to thank our entire group for their hard work and efforts. My partner Willard Ford has been a tireless ball buster and cajoler, and has come through big time. Kellie Cunningham has brought creativity, passion, and her network of relationships to the table. Tony Peck has worked incredibly hard as both a shooter and an editor and has been a great sounding board when I’ve felt frustrated or discouraged. Ricky (Moe) Drasin has been working his contacts in the boxing and punk scenes. Karin Tracy has been a rock, fixing problems, suggesting solutions, and bringing a great attitude every day. Nick Arnold has worked behind the scenes, working out systems and taking care of business. Robert Benavides has been a great connector and facilitator, and his role keeps growing. And friends like Gene Aguilera, Bob Merlis and Michael Richey White have gone above and beyond to aid the cause.
Tomorrow we will be releasing this alternate version of the trailer, which is a little less “in your face” as the trailer we debuted. I’m previewing it for you, our supporters, a day early. Let me know what you think. This version focuses on boxing and wrestling, as that is where we began. The nice thing about our Kickstarter campaign and the publicity generated is the outpouring of interest, including many in the roller derby and punk scenes, which we will be getting to next. But boxing and wrestling–and the legacy of Aileen Eaton–are the backbone to the story of the Olympic, so that is where we began.
If anyone is interested or available this afternoon (Sunday) I will be appearing on the Ringside Boxing show live from about 4:20 til 4:30 PST talking about the project. Here’s a link: http://radiomonterey.com/host/the-ringside-boxing-show/.
We will be circulating additional updates this week as we get closer to our goal. Please spread the word, check out the new rewards (we posted a few new things this week, including some special one-of-a-kind items donated by Gene LeBell), and thanks again for your support!