November 11th marked a few excited things: a 28th birthday, the 100th week of post production, and the day FToM on Kickstarter reached 100% of it's funding goal! Since then pledges have slowly kept coming in - and we want to make the best of this momentum and the remaining days (campaign doesn't end until Thanksgiving). We'd love to see if we can hit an even higher goal - Kickstarter is such a powerful and unique outreach tool and we want to raise the bar as high as possible. We've designed FToM tshirts that we're really happy with (Alternative Apparel 100 percent organic cotton unisex) and want to give as many as we possibly can to the amazing people who helped us reach this goal. If we can hit our new goal, we'll be able to include a tshirt for every single person who pledged above $20. Also - with 10 days left - I have a bit of a birthday wish: to get Livestrong / Lance Armstrong to pledge a $1 to the film. If you click this link http://tr.im/F7pG - it will pop open twitter, with a pre-written tweet all ready to send. I know we can do this :) I know if we just give one last hard push - we'll see some "serious shit"... to quote one of my favorite films.
33 days ago, Amanda and I launched a brand new Kickstarter campaign to help fund the last stages of post-production: http://ksr.projectpedal.com Since then we've been backed by over 40 people, with pledges ranging from $1 to over $500! We have raised $1,638 towards our goal of $8,300! This is an all or nothing campaign. Meaning if we don't hit $8.3k, then no one's pledges go through. Help support 'For Thousands of Miles', plus get awesome stuff like Pedal buttons, posters, autographed scripts, a 64 Days DVD with audio commentary and even my personal typewriter. If you're new to this project, take a quick moment to check out our "hi, hello" intro page http://hi.projectpedal.com :) it's a very informal, brief recap of the last 6 years. Please consider backing our film with a $1 donation, or help spread the word by liking this video, sharing our KSR project with your followers on Twitter or your friends on Facebook. We are really excited about the next stages in post - and we are very, very grateful for all of your support!
Up past my bed-time getting some writing done - wanted to check in to update people on how writing has been going, and also to say thank you for all the amazing support we've been seeing through Kickstarter. ksr.projectpedal.com (this will redirect) blog.projectpedal.com forthousandsofmiles.com
So, people have been asking me to post a FToM teaser that had a little bit of dialog in it for a while now :) And I don't really have an excuse as to what took me so long to actually picking one out. This group was one of the first people Larry ran into after having to say goodbye to his best-friend Jay earlier this morning. I know it must have been hard on Larry to carry on as if nothing was wrong or out-of-place. http://projectpedal.com http://forthousandsofmiles.com
Sorry this took so long to upload - I recorded this friday afternoon, and wasn't able to edit it while in Kentucky like I'd hoped :P But here it is - just an update on how I've been combing through the footage for the trip and making sense of it. It's a basic approach, but the baby-step process seems to be helping. http://projectpedal.com http://forthousandsofmiles.com
FToM focuses strongly on the idea of being connected by the places we've traveled. Rooted in the maze of back-roads stretching from small-town to small-town... all of us who've traveled by bike share in a personal experience that is difficult to put into words. Stockpile is a element of our feature film, an out-reach campaign to collect a pool of raw media from other travelers and with it, help visually express that our experiences on the road are intertwined in ways we often over-look. We can't tell this side of our film's story without your help - submitting is fast and easy to do, go to http://stockpile.projectpedal.com to learn more.
This was taken in Glacier Park Montana - it poured there for about two days. At this point in the trip Larry didn't even own a tent, I'm not quite sure how he managed to sleep and stay dry. He used a tarp and a picnic table to create a kind of make-shift tent. It's a strange thing to be so cold and so wet in weather like this - and not have a real roof over your head. Not only for just a few hours, but for days. When the sun finally comes out and hits your skin - it's an amazing feeling to be back on your bike. http://projectpedal.com http://forthousandsofmiles.com
This is a very big announcement... and it was a decision that was more than difficult for me to make. I don't know what else to say... :) except that I'm prepared to work harder than I've ever worked to make it all come together as planned. http://projectpedal.com http://forthousandsofmiles.com
Larry shared a pretty personal and emotional letter recently - and I asked if he would mind my sharing it on the site. I realize that many people might find his words in the letter a bit strange - but that was half the point of me reading it... I'm curious how these feelings come across to other people. For me, the letter makes perfect sense, all the emotions seems right in line with what I went through... with what I'm still going through - but I know that won't be the case for everyone. projectpedal.com forthousandsofmiles.com
This was taken around out 9th morning of our trip - we're either on the far end of Washington or just getting into Idaho. In the background you can half see a group of female bicyclists that we ran into several times up until Montana. They had a pretty inspiring mindset about traveling - and one of the women would later email me on the memories from her ride, saying: "...It haunts me now like a dream that only exists in my head, separate from everything in my day to day 'real' life." I thought that was one of the most perfect and beautiful ways I'd ever heard a person describe the after effects of their trip. On a tech note - this shot was taken with the Fx1 and the SGPro adapter :) http://projectpedal.com http://forthousandsofmiles.com