A generous donor has promised to match all pledges to the kickstarter campaign of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000, made on Wednesday, May 2, the 24th day of the film’s 30-day fundraiser, creators of the film announced today.
The special ‘donor match day’ will hopefully push the total amount pledged past the fundraiser’s minimum goal of $13,000 and ensure the project gets funded, director Matt Reynolds, a native of Lyons, NY, said.
Tasting the winning wings at the rough cut film screening last month at the Smith Opera House in Geneva.
“We’re hoping it will get us to the goal, or past it, as it was just the bare minimum we need to finish the film,” Matt said. “We want to thank our generous donor -- and to ask everybody interested in supporting the film to please consider making a pledge on Wednesday.”
Kickstarter is an internet fundraising platform involves donors in the projects they support. Donors receive rewards for their pledges and regular updates. Rewards for The Great Chicken Wing Hunt include recipes, hot sauce and DVDs of the film.
Abigail's Chef- Marshall Grady serves up the World's Best Buffalo Wings.
The catch is, if a project doesn’t reach its minimum goal, it gets NO MONEY (and donors credit cards aren’t charged). That way donors can be sure that if they contribute to a project it has enough support to get off the ground.
“Kickstarter is an amazing tool but it is definitely nerve-wracking,” Reynolds said. “I just hope there are enough people interested in seeing a film about western NY, by a western New Yorker, who will go online and support us.”
“I’m very proud of the film and I can’t wait to get it out into the world.”
Film director Matt Reynolds (right) with the top two wing chefs- -Freedom from Shifty's in Syracuse and Marshall Grady of Abigail's In Seneca Falls. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Some of the film's cast members gather in front of the Smith Opera House last month during a rough cut screening of the film.
To learn more or to make a pledge, go to www.kickstarter.com
and type ‘wing hunt’ into their search engine. Or google ‘kickstarter wing hunt’.
Proceeds from the kickstarter campaign go to technical finishing touches like sound mix and color correction for the documentary feature about Buffalo wings and the ragtag team that set out to find the perfect one, shot in part in western New York and the Finger Lakes. Filmmakers aim to finish the film in May as they prepare for a festival run this year and eventual TV broadcast.
An excerpt of The Great Chicken Wing Hunt was broadcast on PBS in 2010 and in 2011 the project received an arts grant from New York State. A rough cut of the film screened to great acclaim earlier this year at the Docuclub screening series in New York City.