So many incredible things are possible now that weren’t possible just a few years ago. Technology and online social platforms are changing lives giving life to interesting new creative projects that gatekeepers of the old guard would have denied.
How exactly does a first-time filmmaker raise over $100,000 from thousands of individual new fans for an unconventional and touching documentary about complacency and the choices we make in life?
That’s exactly what Adam Baker and Grant Peelle and team have done over the past few weeks. Their new documentary I’m Fine Thanks has attracted over 4,000 individual backers and has raised more than their goal of $100k on Kickstarter.
Crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter are making it possible for anyone with a compelling story and drive to create something interesting to get their dream projects funded by true fans and generous strangers.
In this interview I shot with Adam Baker, you’ll find out: how they put this project together, why they decided to shoot a documentary (and travel the country making it), and exactly how they crafted the campaign that raised over $100,000.
(click here to see the interview if you’re reading this over email)
Now watch the trailer for the film. It’s incredibly moving. See if you can understand why this has generated so much buzz (and tell us why in the comments below):
(click here to see the trailer if you’re reading this over email)
Over to you
If you like what you saw above in the interview and the trailer, consider backing Adam’s project on Kickstarter. You can get a full copy of the film when it’s released for just $5.
(you can also help Baker and his team break the record for the most individual backers for a documentary on Kickstarter ever – they need just 250 more people to pledge)
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Finally, I’d love to know your answers in the comments below to a few questions:
- Do you think crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter are long-term game-changers or more of a short-term fad?
- What do you think are the most important aspects of getting a project funded on Kickstarter right now?
- What did you think of Adam’s story and experience as a first-time filmmaker and the trailer for the film?