FULLERTON, Calif. - The 60-day "crowdsourcing" pledge campaign on Kickstarter to fund the production of a film about motorcycle off-road and innovation pioneer John Penton ended successfully Monday night with $160,315.50 raised, eclipsing the goal of $150,000.
The 562 "backers" of the film pledged between $1 and $10,000.00 each to help the filmmakers, Pipeline Digital Media, reach the goal so they can begin production in March. Backers of "The John Penton Story" comprise motorcycle and Penton enthusiasts, clubs and dealers.
Director Todd Huffman gave particular credit to corporate sponsors KTM USA, Alpinestars, Acerbis, Motion Pro, Matrix Racing Concepts, and the Legends & Heroes Tour.
Also supporting the project was a host of motorcycle legends, including Mark Blackwell, Bob Hannah, Brad Lackey, Torsten Hallman, Malcolm Smith, Ricky Johnson, Jim Holley, Ronnie Lechien, Lars Larsson, Gunnar Lindstrom, and Scott Burnworth, Huffman said.
"We are so thankful to all the companies and individuals who believe in this project and made it happen," said Huffman. "Getting to start on this important story about the Pentons is truly special."
The film, to be narrated by Grammy Award winner Lyle Lovett, will begin production in the spring with interviews being conducted in Ohio, California, Texas, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon, Washington and other states. The crew will also travel to Europe to shoot in Austria (KTM), Italy (Alpinestars, Acerbis) and other countries to bring the complete Penton story to life.
Producers will use interviews, archival materials, re-creations and Lovett's warm voiceover style to tell John Penton's tale of inspiration, tragedy, triumph and innovation.
"At the end of the day we hope to have an interesting, heartwarming motorcycle movie that the entire world will enjoy for generations," Huffman said.
Shooting should wrap up by the end of summer with post-production beginning in the fall and completion early next year. The public can expect to see the final film by Spring 2014. There will be opportunities for companies to become marketing partners and sponsors of this film to take advantage of regional screening and retail traffic building initiatives.