The idea was to have the doc culminate at IFPA17, and feature the stories of all the players, their competitive challenges, and boost recognition for our sport.
Since IFPA17 has been pushed out to May/June 2021, we’ve got some extra time to raise money and get the filmmakers an even better budget. Some footage has already been completed from tournaments here at The Pinball Asylum in Florida. They also plan to film competition at TPF this year.
Selling the finished documentary to Netflix is the ultimate goal of the filmmakers, but to do so they have to be able to make a great film. Making a great film takes money, and thus was born the idea of doing raffles and giving away pinball machines.
Half of the money raised with the raffles will go directly to the filmmakers to pay for production costs. The other half will go to buying a pinball machine for the winner of each raffle.
***All contributors that participate in our raffles will get a “Thank You” in the film credits.
Our hope is that this film might widen the audience for competitive pinball.
You can help by spreading the word, and if you are able, buying a few raffle tickets.
Even if you are a registered charity, there are a lot of limits on how you can and can’t run raffles which this violates. For instance, you can’t raffle off a prize you don’t already have in hand. Also, if you’re accepting donations from other states and/or countries, you usually have to abide by their rules as well. Here are the rules for Florida specifically:
Thanks for the response. From our research, Florida law does support raffles by registered 501-c3’s, similar to those done by Project Pinball for the last few years. The prize is likewise secured by funds we have in our group’s bank account designated for such, and by prior arrangement with a Stern distributor to purchase the prize chosen by the winner.
Aside from the raffle, do any of you have strong opinions about what specific things the film should try and highlight in regards to competitive pinball? While I am not the filmmaker, I am trying to guide Joe (the director) towards certain angles, and steer him away from others (see “Special When Lit”). The film is intended to be an introduction to our sport, and hopefully expose new people to pinball competition, but it should also appeal to, and be of interest to diehard pinball competitors.
One thing to delve into for sure would be the different formats of pinball competition. Just focus on the main 2 or 3. No need to go into Pin Baseball, Pin Football, Critical Hit. Just highlight the fact that some formats are more socially engaging and some are more about individual play.
@cayle-- Yes, great point about Josh. I actually connected Joe and Josh on a conference call before this whole Covid thing hit, and Josh was very helpful and supportive.
Joe also had an interest in getting footage outside the US. One of his ideas was to try and “follow” a few players (in the US and elsewhere) who will be playing in IFPA17. Film them in their home territory, playing in tournaments, leagues, at home, local arcades, etc. by using contacts here and in Europe who could be contracted out to avoid having to travel. Obviously, a lot of this depends on budget, timing, etc., but the plan is still to film some segments leading up to IFPA17 in May/June 2021.
Nearer to the time, I can put you in touch with a person in the UK has filmed a pinball doc already. I’m sure he would be up to filming a segment, interviewing the 2 coming from the UK. Both have interesting back stories which would be worth following.