I know this is long, but please bear with me.
As this phase of fundraising on Dangerous: Kay Boyle is winding down I want to take a moment to thank all of the people who have helped me. Not just the people that have donated this month, but also the people who have helped me for the last twenty-eight years.
It was in 1985 when I first started “crowd funding” although that phrase had yet to be coined. I needed to shoot with Kay in Bowling Green, Ohio and I had no money. I called about 30 people that I knew and in two nights raised enough money to fly back there with my friends John Campbell and Chris Ley to film.
This was my first shoot with Kay and I needed it to establish my credibility with her. The shoot was underfunded of course and I lost the first of many credit cards upon my return when I couldn’t pay the bill. But I returned with some great footage and Kay’s trust, which was what I had hoped for.
Over the last twenty-eight years people have volunteered their time, loaned me equipment and of course they have donated money along the way. So many of you have supported me like this project is your own, and ultimately, it is.
Whenever I get a gift from someone, I am thankful, I am humbled, and my commitment is renewed to finish what I’ve started. I wouldn’t be here without all of the people who have supported me in the past, present and in the future.
There have been times over the years when I have been discouraged, frustrated and just plain beat up.
Every now and again I go through one of the four bankers boxes crammed full of paperwork I have from this film. There are names I haven’t seen in years and notes from people encouraging me to keep moving forward. Seeing these things always lifts my spirits.
And now that the original negative is being transferred to digital I am seeing Kay again and remembering a lot of special moments that occurred while I was shooting the film. It has made me excited about bringing Kay’s story back to life.
I want you all to know that this film will be completed and I look at this most recent fundraising campaign as a huge success. People are talking about Kay Boyle and why her story can’t be lost, and once again you’re all encouraging me to bring it all together.
I want to thank everyone for their support over all these years and know that this is your film as well as mine and I appreciate and value every one of you.
Truly, without all of you I wouldn’t be here doing this. Thank you.