The official blog of "A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story", an inspiring feature length documentary that shows the real life and struggles of Bill Sackter, who overcame a lifetime of institutionalization to become a great leader for people with disabilities and a friend to many.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Exciting News About The Newly Remastered Bill Sackter DVD
While the main purpose of this Kickstarter campaign is to get “A Friend Indeed” on PBS stations around the country, I also have some great news about the Newly Remastered Deluxe Edition DVD of “A Friend Indeed - The Bill Sackter Story” that will be made possible if we reach the funding goal by this Sunday at 10 p.m.
DELUXE EDITION DVD WILL INCLUDE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS
This new version of the DVD will include Public Performance Rights, so if you pledge $35 or more you will be the first to receive the new DVD, and not only will you be able to enjoy "A Friend Indeed" at home, but you can also choose to host your own free public screening events or use the documentary in a classroom setting! I've decided to eliminated the previous "Home Use Only" restriction to allow individuals, organizations, and teachers the ability to share the DVD and all of the extras with audiences of any size (as long as your events are for free admission).
NOW IN PURE WIDESCREEN
Originally the DVD was in a “letterboxed” version, but with the proliferation of widescreen TVs and computer monitors, I felt that this would be a good time to change it to a pure widescreen version that will properly fit our most common viewing devices. Now you won’t have to “scale” the picture to eliminate the black bars on top and bottom. It will just work and look great!
OVER TWO HOURS OF EXTRAS
There are over two hours of extras on the Deluxe Edition DVD, from scenes that were cut from the documentary to short vignettes about a variety of topics that will greatly enhance your viewing experience.
Here’s a listing of what is included on the Deluxe Edition DVD:
The Full Award-Winning 90 minute Theatrical Version of "A Friend Indeed"
An Insightful Director’s Commentary Track
Lots of Additional Footage of Bill & Friends
New Interviews, Deleted Scenes, & Audio recordings
The World Premiere Event at Hancher Auditorium
Behind the Scenes Orchestra Recording in Seattle
Theatrical Trailer, Biographical Information ...and more
YOUR NAME WILL BE ON THE DVD
If you pledge $35 or more (even if you select “No Reward”), your name will appear in a special Kickstarter “Thank You” section in the extras on the DVD, so you can show others that you were part of the effort to greatly expand the audience for “A Friend Indeed”.
SIGNED BY THE FILMMAKER
I will be signing your individual copy of the DVD. I am very thankful for your willingness to make a pledge to help spread the inspirational story of Bill Sackter to many appreciative viewers around the country!