Kickstarter has been a great source of bad ideas that we’ve mocked. From the small and simply stupid to the million dollar idea that went no where, we’ve had a field day pillaging their pages coming up with a steady stream of content. It’s become a daunting task to find a project that deserves recognition in a positive light, but we’ve found one.
Yes, you’re reading this right. There is one project we wholeheartedly endorse. The girls of the Too Hard, that film crew that is about as raw as you can get, lead by their leader Danyale Patterson have started a Kickstarter to fund their next edition of female focused snow sliding videography. In their unique blend of humor and realism they’ve created one of the best videos I’ve ever witnessed for a crowd funding campaign. It features cameo’s from snowboarding’s next wonder child Red Gerard and skateboarding pro and facial tattoo aficionado Antwan Dixon. Not to mention it picks on Sarah Mclachlan and I think we can all agree that’s just a good thing in of itself.
You might be thinking to yourself that this is just another free film and that if it fell by the wayside you wouldn’t notice because you’re inundated daily with rider created snowboarding videos. You might be right, I don’t know what completely tickles your stoke pickle with snowboarding visuals. Perhaps this isn’t your thing and for that you could just stop reading this right now and go back to watching more of what is already readily available for you, or you check out this project for an app that will let you design pornographic boards.
Funding is always an interesting topic. You watch a movie and you see the logos from companies in there and you might immediately think that they’re funding the project. The truth is unless it’s a bigger production those logos are in there as a thank you from the riders that use those products and for helping them to ride, but the project itself is funded out of pocket by the producers and riders. Getting money out of a company right now in these economic times is like trying to squeeze water out of a rock, it’s just not going to happen.
What separates the Too Hard movies from the rest of the pack. Well besides a whole crew of women that take more rails to their face than the average Steel Panther groupie, they are one of the few outlets for up and coming female riders. Female snowboarding is always one of those topics that turns into a circular argument and seems to get people rallied around the cause, but then the status quo sets in and nothing changes. Yes, I am calling all you cheerleaders out to actually do something this time instead of talking about the problems. Remember, you’re either part of the solution or part of the problem, so why not donate to the cause. Some of their rewards are actually pretty solid while others are humorous.
The humorous ones range from the ten dollar donation netting you a picture of one of the injured jib gurls. While the twenty five dollar donation gets authentic tears. From watching their video you can tell a lot more tears and blood go into their projects than blood.
Putting aside the funny rewards there are a few that are a bit more legitimate that could benefit potential donors. The one that sticks out as the best for a company is the thousand dollar donation. This gives the donor prime logo placement in all video projects. To date all of the Too Hard videos have netted 179,620 views. That shows that there is a following that watches these videos. That’s a pretty affordable option for most small and mid sized brands.
Now for a female rider on the come up that is struggling to get noticed there’s an option for you. So dads with daughters that are looking to get noticed, pay attention. $420 dollars guarantees a 30 second cameo in the movie and the opportunity to film with the crew. This for anyone that’s serious about getting noticed could be the foot in the door you’ve always wanted.
Finally this wouldn’t be snowboarding without a bit of objectification of women, that’s why there’s the creepy old guy option. With a donation of $200 you get a dinner date in beautiful downtown Salt Lake City with one of the available Jibgurlz. For all you pro bros out there you need to get on this. Think of the lifetime of stories you could tell.
Danyale Patterson just did a little interview with our friend Dan over on his resurrected website. Check it out to get a better feel of what she is trying to accomplish with her film projects and this Kickstarter. For all you cheerleaders that want a cause to rally around and support this is your chance to do something. So as mentioned step up to the plate or shut up.