Kickstarter of the Week – What Moves You? A film about running by runners

Product: What Moves You
Location: Portland, OR
Link: Kickstarter
Kickstarter End Date: September 10, 2014
Current Pledge: $5,014 of $100,000

I was passed the link to this newest Kickstarter of the Week upstart at least 4 times in the past 2 weeks. An boy is this one to really make a push for! It really couldn’t wait until Monday to be posted.

This Kickstarter is a MUST for any runner, not to mention imperative for any Portland-are runner. From the website:

Told from the point-of-view of runners from all walks of life “What Moves You?” is a feature-length documentary film that seeks to unlock the mystery of why runners feel a special bond, regardless of their genetic, ethnic, socioeconomic or physiological differences.

Featuring spectacular aerial footage of some of the most scenic running events in the world, as well as interviews with running favorites like ‘The mayor of running”, Bart Yasso; 9-times Comrades King, Bruce Fordyce; Ultramarathon Man, Dean Karnazes and many more.

The film will follow 5 runners from around the globe who have different upbringings, but one thing in common – running. Through bidding you will actually get to vote on who the 5th featured person will be. Think of it as Babies, for runners. It goes byond running in it’s simplest sense and highlights what really connects us together, as “runners”. I could go on for paragraphs about the intent behind the film, but just watch this:

I could seriously watch this all day. Goosebump city.

The film, like most films, has a larget budget and starting fee – $100,000. There is a breakdown of how the funding is expected to be used – from travel to insurance to post-production – it’s all laid out. And with about 3 weeks left, we as runners in Oregon can certainly do better than $5000!

The really awesome thing about this project is that there are actual backing levels that we runners will appreciate.  There are such perks as (obviously), a copy of the film, shirts, VooDoo Donuts, running gear, and even race entries! That’s right, you can pledge and gain entry to such events as:

  • Hamptons Marathon
  • Mississippi Blues Marathon
  • Des Moines Marathon
  • Lake Tahoe Marathon
  • Aspen Valley Marathon
  • Austin Marathon
  • Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Marathon
  • Big Sur Marathon
  • Cascade Lakes Relay
  • Portland Marathon!

Holy smokes!

I may be a little over-dramatic, but I truly believe you owe it to yourself to assist with this movie. Think of how much of your life is devoted to running in some sense. Even if you can’t pitch in – SHARE this post with your friends, running partners, relay teams, and everyone in between. This movie is about YOU, whether you know it or not.

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.