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Article: kevin kriedemann

Puma.Creative Catalyst Award winner about to score Kickstarter goal

Documentary about Ghana's skate soccer team on a roll

Rollaball is into its final 28 hours on Kickstarter, the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. The documentary has raised over $30 000 from nearly 260 people all over the world, putting it in the top 3% of all Kickstarter projects, but it still needs to raise another $5000.

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    The Rolling Rockets are hoping to celebrate a successful Kickstarter campaign tomorrow.

Rollaball will tell the story of The Rolling Rockets, an inspiring team of Ghanaian polio survivors who are pioneering an extreme sport hybrid of handball, skating and soccer. The Huffington Post recently called them "the world's most bad-ass extreme athletes."

Big World Cinema’s Steven Markovitz is producing the documentary. Steven co-founded Encounters, Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival; co-produced MTV’s Best African Movie 2010, Viva Riva!; and is producing the upcoming Jambula Tree, winner of the Arte Prize for Best Feature Film Project at Durban International Film Festival 2012.

Rollaball is being directed by Eddie Edwards, who also helmed the award-winning sports documentary The Fight, about South African boxing champion Andile Tshongolo.

Rollaball’s vision has received high-profile endorsements from the likes of Ghanaian Black Stars internationals Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari; paralympian and 2012 torch-bearer Anne Wafula Strike; and World Cup Skateboarding, as well as Disabled Peoples' International, The UN Special Rapporteur on Disability, The Africa Decade of Persons With Disabilities; and South Africa's Department of Women, Children and People With Disabilities.

Rollaball received production funding from The National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa, won the Puma.Creative Catalyst Award in partnership with Channel 4 Britdoc Foundation in 2011, and was selected out of 571 entries for the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2012, but Steven says the current funding landscape means producers need to be more innovative than ever before. “Kickstarter is revolutionizing the film industry, because it allows the audience to take control of the commissioning process and fund what they want to watch.”

So far, Rollaball's Kickstarter campaign has received over $30 000 from 257 supporters from all over the world, putting it in the top 3% of Kickstarter projects of all time. The team now has three days left to raise just under $5 000 before the campaign ends on 22 September 2012.

To help make the completed documentary possible, fans can visit www.kickstarter.com/rollaballmovie. Depending on the size of their pledge, they will receive different rewards, like a digital download of the completed film; a box set of DVDs of the producers’ previous work; Batik cloth wrap from Ghana; or even their name as an executive producer on the films’ credits and on IMDB.com. Pledge options start from as little as $10.

Eddie concludes, “If the full target of $35 000 isn’t raised, Kickstarter will refund all contributions, meaning that we won’t receive any of the funding needed to complete production, so please help us spread the word. Thank you for your support; we can’t do this without you.”

Watch the three-minute promo video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN4Y4RHMtAE.

For more information, visit www.rollaballmovie.com.

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