My good friend Mike Wendt has been hard at work, preparing the highly anticipated DVD release of his well-received 2008 documentary It's The End Of The World As We Knew It, which chronicles the history of the late great (and very popular) Cleveland alternative station 107.9 The End.
The good news is that the DVD is ready for release, but as you might expect from a young struggling filmmaker, Wendt needs some assistance raising the necessary financial capital to put the DVD out.
Enter Kickstarter, a fund raising platform for artists and filmmakers like Mike Wendt, the simple folks that have a dream and want to do something cool.
Wendt hopes to raise $5000 via Kickstarter to fund the DVD release, which will feature a ton of extras and previously unreleased material (including new interviews with former End program director Rick Michaels and former Inner Sanctum co-host/Cleveland Agora talent buyer Johan). There are perks for those that want to help contribute - including the chance to have your name included in the thank you credits for the film, which will cost you a mere $5!
Toss ten bucks at Wendt, and he'll put your name in the credits and give you a copy of the DVD. $15 nabs you all of the previous, plus a limited edition film poster. And donations of $20 and above will get all of that loot, plus a CD of the original music from the film.
(Full disclosure: I'm featured in a couple of brief interview segments - but don't let that stop you from ordering this DVD - that's what the fast forward button was made for!)
Here's a video from Wendt and fellow filmmaker Keith Auekman explaining the Kickstarter project in depth.
They're hoping to raise the $5,000 in funding by May 9th. Click here to donate/purchase your copy of the film!
And after you've done that, here's the trailer from the film, and an interview featuring Wendt, co-producer Jennifer Danolfo and former End staffer Vic Gideon.