Another genealogy television program is in the works although this one promises to be quite a bit different from any of the previously broadcast programs. YOU can help make it happen. In fact, you could even be on-camera and in-costume as an extra in one of the historical reenactment scenes! Another reward made available in a limited quantity to early project
backers is the opportunity to submit their own personal family story to
be read by the producers for this documentary project. Producer Ken
Marks said, “One very lucky family is going to get the Hollywood
One major difference for this new documentary is the use of Kickstarter, an Internet-based, creative funding tool. Kickstarter has become very popular in the last year or two as a crowd-funding method for many new projects. (See http://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=nav for details.) This project will not be funded by any large corporation seeking to control the program. Instead, it will be funded by contributions from every-day citizens, such as you and me. And, yes, I am making a small contribution to help get this program on the air. I invite you to do the same.
You can watch the video below and read the announcement below that:
If the video above does not play for you, go to http://youtu.be/am-A1hSp34g and watch it there.
The following announcement was written by the Kicking the Past production team:
Giving a voice to the untold histories of American families.
Elementary school teacher / genealogist launches a Kickstarter.com project today to "crowd-fund" production of a TV documentary featuring submitted family stories.
Chicago-area teacher & genealogist, Madonna Davis, today announced her launch of a documentary film project called Kicking Up the Past. A novel effort that relies strictly on the strength of the genealogy community to crowd-source and crowd-fund respectively, the story content & funds necessary to produce a made-for-television documentary featuring family histories.
“It’s going to be an interesting experiment”, she said when interviewed this morning. “It’s said genealogy is the most popular hobby in the world... so we're going to test the premise by doing something that has not been attempted before to my knowledge – using crowd-funding to kick start production of a quality genealogy series for television”. She added, “We hope everyone in this vast community will join us on this exciting American genealogy adventure. “
In 2009, Madonna and partners, Ken J. Marks & Frank Haney, first brought grassroots family history to television with their production of the Emmy-nominated documentary, Legend Seekers: The Lively Family Massacre, which aired on PBS stations across the country.
(see Eastman’s Blog from Feb 2009 at http://goo.gl/Cuk8YB)
The strong positive response to that film made them certain that there was an audience eager to see their real family stories retold in a high quality TV series. Co-producer, Ken J. Marks reflects, “That desire to bring something truly great and lasting to television has never left us, and we are attempting once more to bring a television series to the public that they would otherwise never, ever, get to see, except through the pioneering, internet-based, creative funding tool that KICKSTARTER.COM is.”
For those who do pledge, there is a unique variety of rewards that may be earned including the opportunity to perform on-camera & in-costume as an extra in one of the historical reenactment scenes. Another reward made available in a limited quantity to early project backers is the opportunity to submit their own personal family story to be read by the producers for this documentary project. Producer, Ken Marks said, “One very lucky family is going to get the Hollywood treatment”.
The producers appear to have put everything on the line and truly can’t do it alone – Kickstarter funding is an “all or nothing” proposition. If project creators fail to receive enough pledges to reach their goal by the deadline, the project fails and all project pledges are returned. So they encourage you to go directly to www.kickstarter.com and search for the Kicking Up the Past documentary project for more information and to make a pledge. And, Madonna adds, “... the (project) success or failure really rides on the strong connections within the community and the speed with which passionate individuals can mobilize for a cause.” Predicting the outcome Madonna says, “I have great confidence.”
The campaign starts today. For those interested in additional information before pledging, the project creators have set up a support website: www.kickingupthepast.com.