Almost halfway into their month-long Kickstarter campaign, the producers of a documentary film about the Astrodome are a little less than halfway to their $65,000 goal. Austin and Houston filmmakers Chip Rives and David Karabinas began their movie project in 2009, and claim they could put together a finished project with the footage they already have. But they’re looking for more money to help them secure rights to NFL and Major League Baseball footage. Also needed: a music score (to replace the U2 temp track in the clip below), and money for editing, more interviews, and additional shoots.
Already in the can: extensive footage of the building’s aging interior, along with interviews with former Prez George H.W. Bush, (the recently deceased) Bum Philips, Fred Hofheinz, Nolan Ryan, and Dan Pastorini. For the next round, they’re hoping to catch up with Earl Campbell, Billie Jean King, and George Strait.
The Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to end on November 7 — 2 days after the local bond election that will determine the fate of the film’s subject. They’ll have a new ending to film after that.
Rives and Karabinas are hoping to add to the slew of supporters (more than 100 so far) who want to memorialize the Dome no matter what happens to it — or help pad their creative resumes: A donation of $2,500 or more, the filmmakers promise, will get you credit as one of the film’s Producers.
- The Dome Movie by Texas Crew Productions [Kickstarter]
- Filmmakers need your help to finish Astrodome movie [Houston Chronicle]
- Astrodome coverage [Swamplot]
Videos: Texas Crew