JKruk's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

$16,005 of $17k goal

Raised by 241 people in 17 months
Jonathan Kruk  COLD SPRING, NY
Once upon a time, a $25 booking in a vest pocket park in New York City, began my career as a professional storyteller .  Now I’m known as the Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley .  I perpetuate the ancient art of the oral tradition by teaching through interactive tales in schools, libraries, camps and historic sites. Renowned for bringing Hudson River lore to life, my solo shows, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow "  and "A Christmas Carol" , have become signature stories. Thirty years and thousands of performances later, I'm ready for broader horizons.  My passion for storytelling allows us to squeak out an existence.  I’ve collected wads of children's drawings for the refrigerator but little for the savings account.  

We need your financial support to raise my theatrical and traditional style of storytelling to a new level. Consequently, my wife, filmmaker, Andrea Sadler  and I launched, "JKruk's Legend of Sleepy Hollow",
our "Go Fund Me" campaign.

Your contributions lifted us almost half way to our original target of $25,000 and fully raised our hearts with gratitude.  With your generous support, we were able to begin editing the film, do a promo photo shoot , pay for graphic art work and ads, buy props, purchase tickets to guarantee a second show at the United Solo Festival, remunerate Jonathan’s musical accompanist, Jim Keyes  and hire a publicist for Jonathan’s performances at The United Solo Theatre Festival.  We received rave reviews and even brought home an award for Best Satire  !  

Our current focus is to complete the post-production of the live performance DVD  and market to new audiences. It's almost finished!  Our original goal was $25,000 but we have lowered it to $17,000 so we can cover the post production costs of the DVD, such as the editor,  the music score , the graphic artist  and the manufacturing costs of the DVD.  With the original goal of $25,000 we hoped to be able to pay our crew who took a leap of faith to get this pumpkin in the air but now, we are focusing on finishing the performance DVD before Christmas.

Our continued intention is to attract the attention of key theater producers, agents and educators, as well as build a NYC fan base.  Further, by reaching new audiences in the city and beyond I'll be able to devote more time to storytelling, publish my children's books, create a multi-media Hudson River lore project, a bedtime tale app, more CD recordings, "A Christmas Carol" DVD and a children’s television program.
"Fox & Crow Productions"  was born to manifest these creative endeavors.

People crave the authenticity of the story of the iconic headless horseman told live.  Every October since 2010, I've performed "Irving's Legend "  at the Old Dutch Church  in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  The forty plus shows sell out every year before the run opens and my audience continues to grow each year.

Please join us in advancing classic tales, traditional storytelling and sustaining my career as a  live performing artist.  People, especially children, crave well-told tales in this "device" dominated era.  Your generous support of "JKruk's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will help us all live happily ever after.

Please visit my new website  devoted to "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" which Andrea created.  She will continue to optimize it and work on the Fox and Crow website soon.  Andrea also created a new general website for all programs and info. 

Get a sneak preview of my performance of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow "  at the Old Dutch Church, in the DVD trailer.  
Full DVD available in 2016 with your support.

Check out our new music video  released just for this campaign with the help and love of friends who also love creating.  It's a spooky, campy Headless Horseman song performed by your favorite storyteller with ghouls and goblins dancing in the cemetery.


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Update 18
Posted by Jonathan Kruk
2 months ago
The film is almost finished but we still need about $1700 to pay everyone for the post-production costs of the film. Jonathan has begun his Christmas season & will be doing 3 shows a night of "A Christmas Carol" in Sleepy Hollow: Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 17, Dec 18. Also Dec 28 at Thompkins Corners, Putnam Valley. For a $40 donation, you will get a DVD copy of the film, for $110 you can get tickets to his sell out A Christmas Carol show and it helps us finish the Legend film. (We'll give you more tickets if you need more than two) Also don't miss out on Jonathan's wondrous CD, Santa on the Hudson. We just added a new level for $17 to get a download card. It's a great CD to put you in the spirit. Many of these rewards make great Christmas presents! We are grateful for your support! Happy Holidays!
Listen:Santa on the Hudson story on WAMC
Don't miss J's show, A Christmas Carol!
New reward for $17. J's Christmas CD.
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Update 17
Posted by Jonathan Kruk
3 months ago
Jonathan's finale of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is tonight, Sat Nov 5 at 7:30pm at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center in Putnam Valley. You can get tickets through their website or if you get them through our campaign, you will help us get closer to finishing the film. We are just $2600 short of raising the money for the final post-production costs. You can also get tickets for his upcoming Christmas Carol show or if you prefer to see The Legend of Sleepy Hollow next year at the Old Dutch Church we can arrange that. We are so grateful for your support! Thank you!
Fans give handmade dolls to Jonathan!
Trailer of the film... almost complete.
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Update 16
Posted by Jonathan Kruk
3 months ago
Jonathan is a blur with his Oct performances so if you want to catch him live at the Old Dutch Church, we can get you "sold out" tickets for the date of your choice for a $55-$100 donation. Friday, Oct 28 to Monday Oct 31 he does 4 shows a day in Sleepy Hollow and it's a perfect story for this season. If you miss him live this year, $40 will reserve you a DVD copy of the finished film. We filmed some great drone shots of the cemetery & the headless horseman so we'll be putting the final touches of editing soon. A $15 donation will get you a Halloween Tales CD download card. Every donation helps us to finish up the film and deliver the DVD's to you. Jonathan performed Legend in Salem, MA last night at the Remix Church and was a big hit. Thank you for sharing our campaign and for furthering this classic tale and the storyteller!
Trailer for Legend of Sleepy Hollow DVD
Jonathan sings Headless Horseman Song
J does Legend of Sleepy Hollow in Salem.
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Update 15
Posted by Jonathan Kruk
4 months ago
Jonathan is starting his third marathon weekend of performing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church. Tickets are almost all sold out but you can still get tickets through our Go Fund Me Campaign or for $40 you can get a copy of the DVD. We are trying to raise $3755 more to finish post-production costs. Jim Keyes is busy working on the music score & sound editing. Velcrow Ripper will be filming majestic opening and closing shots of the film with his drone camera on Monday. So excited we're going to film the cemetery and the Headless Horseman with the drone-cam! Larissa Killough is busy working on the DVD cover insert design. If you've already contributed and want to redeem your tickets to his shows, please contact me via text or FB Messenger. Please share this campaign so we can finish this film thrilling film by Halloween.
Jim Keyes creating Music Score in studio
Check out ghostly face in J's hair! ooo
Trailer for Legend of Sleepy Hollow film
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$16,005 of $17k goal

Raised by 241 people in 17 months
Created September 20, 2015
A download card of Jonathan's Spooky but not Scary "Halloween Tales" CD for school aged children and above.
Sinter Klaas
One Download Card of Jonathan's wonderful Christmas CD, Santa on the Hudson. 9 Stories for the Holidays and one song of Jonathan singing, Remember Christmas.
STREAMING LINK of Jonathan's performance DVD at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow.
CD of Jonathan's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" unabridged. (Double CD)
DVD of Jonathan's performance at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY. (We are still in post production but hope to have it completed this autumn.)
Signed copy of Jonathan's BOOK, "Legends and Lore of Sleepy Hollow and the Hudson Valley", published by The History Press.
Andre's Ghost
One ticket to Jonathan's sell out show of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY. (He has 3-4 shows a day starting Oct 7.)
Two tickets to Jonathan's performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Tomkins Corner Cultural Center on Nov 5 at 7:30pm. His finale of Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Rolly Head
Two tickets to Jonathan's sell out show of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY. (He has 3-4 shows a day starting Oct 7.)
Two tickets to Jonathan's performance of the classic, "A Christmas Carol". Sleepy Hollow Dec 10,11,17,18 & Thomkins Corners Dec 28 (limit number available)
One ticket to Jonathan's show of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at the Old Dutch Church, Jonathan’s book, Legends and Lore & his CD, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Van Ripper
You will receive all 6 of Jonathan's CD's and a DVD copy of his performance at the Old Dutch Church.
Two tickets to Jonathan's show of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY, plus all 6 of Jonathan’s CD’s. (3-4 shows a day)
CHILDREN'S BIRTHDAY PARTY Storytelling Performance by Jonathan Kruk
ADULT PRIVATE EVENT Storytelling by Jonathan Kruk. Jonathan will regale your guests with his bardic talent. Stories could be adapted to your event.
SOLO PERFORMANCE of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" or "A Christmas Carol" with music. Jonathan will offer a rollicking good time. Private or Fundraiser event.
Bill Correa
6 days ago

Bill and Karin

1 month ago
Daniel Scarpati
1 month ago

Here's to the team behind Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

John & Judy Allen
1 month ago

Thanks for another great show at Tompkins Corners!

Susan Adamson
2 months ago

Helping you reach your goal!

Joseph Pellegrino
2 months ago

Jonathan Good luck on your goal to fund the film! Exciting to have a former Holy Cross roomate who is so famous.

40 Leonard
2 months ago

It's a pleasure to help a great person such as Jonathan. A true man of the ages.

Maria Judge
2 months ago
Carlos R.
2 months ago

Just became a fan, good luck with this project.

Melanie Teagle
3 months ago
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