JKruk's "Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

$21,063 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 297 people in 35 months
Once upon a time, a $25 booking in a vest pocket park in New York City, began Jonathan Kruk's career as a professional storyteller .  Now he's known as the Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley.  Jonathan perpetuates 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, Jonathan is ready for broader horizons but has yet to find an agent, so we're making it happen on our own. 

With this goal in mind, we launched this Go Fund Me campaign in November 2015, to help us complete the film version of my dramatic retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, filmed at the Old Dutch Church, produced and directed by Andrea Sadler. It was also created to help us produce and promote Jonathan's Legend performance on Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival.

We put out a call for support to raise Jonathan's theatrical and traditional style of storytelling to a new level and you responded with cheers of encouragement and financial support.  Your contributions fully raised our hearts with gratitude. With your generous support, we were able to hire an editor to edit the film, create a  trailer, do a promo photo shoot with Rudolf Van Dommele , pay for graphic artwork and ads, buy props and produce and promote Jonathan’s performances at The United Solo Theatre Festival.  We received rave reviews and even brought home an award for Best Satire  !  

The Graphic Artist, Larissa Killough , did an amazing job on the DVD Cover.  Jim Keyes did the sound editing and created a  haunting music score.  Maxwell Geoffrey, the colour correctionist, heightened all the beautiful hues and matched the cameras. Our editor, Alene Lynch, mixed it all and we were able to cover the cost of authoring and making 500 DVD’s.

Our original goal had been $25,000 but along the way we lowered it so we could at least reach our goal to cover the post-production costs and get to where we are now.  The film's done, thanks to all of you! Woooohoooo!  We celebrated with two successful screenings on Friday, November 3 at Tompkins Corners Cultural Center in Putnam Valley and on Thursday, November 16 at St Mary's Parish Hall, Cold Spring, NY we did a special screening birthday celebration.  Both screenings were a big success and we had standing room only on Nov 16!

Now that the film is complete, we will keep the campaign going to reach our original goal as we hope to raise enough to pay our key crew members who took a leap of faith to get this pumpkin in the air with deferred payment.  

Along with paying the key crew members, any further funds raised will be used to promote the film,  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 Jonathan will be able to devote more time to storytelling, self-publish his children's books, create a multi-media Hudson River lore project, a bedtime tale app, more CD recordings, more films such as "A Christmas Carol" DVD and a children’s television program.  "Fox & Crow Productions", which is co-founded by Andrea and Jonathan, was born to manifest these creative endeavours.

People crave the authenticity of the story of the iconic headless horseman told live.  Every October since 2010, Jonathan has 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 J's 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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow" will help us all live happily ever after.

Please visit Jonathan's website devoted to "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" which Andrea created.  She will continue to optimize it and begin work on the Fox and Crow website soon.  Andrea also created my general website, www.jonathankruk.com  for all programs and info. 

Get a sneak preview of Jonathan's performance of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow "  at the Old Dutch Church, in the DVD Trailer.

Check out our 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 favourite storyteller with ghouls and goblins dancing in the cemetery.

More exciting news is that Jonathan's new book, 'Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands' is coming out this September. Pre-ordering the book through this campaign will help us not only to order the books for a cheaper price but will contribute more funds to meet our $25,000 goal to promote the Legend film.
I have already spent hundreds of dollars entering the Legend film in Film Festivals with hopes that we will meet a distributor and win some awards. Each festival has an entry fee and we still need to raise money to market it. 

You can still earn a DVD for $40 and get tickets to his Sold-Out shows in the 2018 season of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in October and A Christmas Carol in December, this year or next year!  We also added his new book, Legends and Lore of the Hudson Highlands, beautiful Fox & Crow Productions T-shirts, V -Necks and Long Sleeve shirts for women, men and children to our list of rewards or you can order anytime by contacting us through email.  

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Hello dear donors, friends & family,
I am writing with great news and sincere apologies. I was truly hoping to send out all the rewards by January but illness, bookkeeping, the film promotion, other work, and life has thwarted my efforts to get them all out to you in a timely manner. To add to our busy lives, we just found out recently that we have to move by August 31 because our landlord sold our house, so once again I need to direct my energies towards something else... purging, packing and moving. Thank you for your patience in receiving your rewards. They are coming, I promise. If you have moved since your donation please keep me informed of your new address. Some more exciting news is that Jonathan's book, "Legends and Lore of The Hudson Highlands" published by the History Press, will be launched this September. If you would like to pre-order the book please contact me or Jonathan. It's $24 plus shipping. Thanks again for your support. We will keep you posted when the film has been accepted into a festival or gets a distribution deal.
Have a wonderful summer!
Sincerely, Andrea and Jonathan
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Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Andrea tried to get all the Rewards out before Christmas but it just wasn't possible so she is busy sending them out now. If your mailing address has changed, please send a quick email to adragonflysadler@gmail.com or text Andrea at 845-803-1943. If you contributed an amount for tickets to Jonathan's performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow or A Christmas Carol, but you have not been to see him yet, please know that you can still go any year in the future. Just reach out to us and let us know you'd like to go. Even though the film is finished we are keeping the campaign going with hopes of raising our initial goal of $25,000 to be able to pay our crew and to have the budget to promote the film. There are still great rewards so please share with anyone you know who might love this classic tale and this storyteller. We are so grateful for your support and faith in us.
Thank you!
Happy New Year!
Nov 16 Screening had standing room only
Jonathan with his friend Mike
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After the exciting film screenings in mid November, Jonathan is now busy rehearsing and performing A Christmas Carol and Andrea is prepping all the Reward Packages for all our generous donors, to arrive before Christmas. We are keeping the fundraising campaign going to reach our original goal of $25,000 so we can pay our crew and promote the film and Jonathan properly. There are still Great Rewards available and they make great Gifts for this upcoming Holiday Season such as T-Shirts, Jonathan’s book, his CD’s, the Legend DVD and tickets to his shows. Jonathan’s performances of A Christmas Carol are Sold Out but donors can still get tickets through our campaign for this year or next. In fact you can redeem them for as long as J is performing it if you can’t go this year. That goes for his live Legend of Sleepy Hollow performance too! We added a new reward, some beautiful Black T-shirts, Long Sleeves and V-Neck shirts for Men, Women and Children with our Fox and Crow Logo in white on the front. (All these items can also be ordered as gifts at a lower cost if you contact us through email and we will make sure they arrive before Christmas if you order by Dec 18.)
Ladies V-Neck Shirt
Men's Long Neck Fox & Crow T-Shirt
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We are so thrilled to have completed the film at last thanks to your support and generous donations! We are continuing the Go Fund Me Campaign to reach our original goal so we can pay our crew members and have seed money to promote the film and other projects to raise Jonathan's brand to a new level. We are so excited to have two opportunities to screen the film and celebrate in November. The November 3 date is to kick off the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center film series and the November 16 date at St Mary's Parish Hall, 1 Chestnut St, Cold Spring, NY is the Special Screening Celebration we are organizing, not only to share the film and thank everyone but also to celebrate Jonathan's birthday! I'll be sending emails to everyone but all donors can come for FREE to either event. Dear donors, please look for the email coming up with details. If you haven't contributed yet to our campaign, there are still Great Rewards including a DVD for $40 and tickets to Jonathan's Sold Out Show of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, this year or next for $100. If you can't make it to our screenings, we will be sure to send your rewards soon but we hope to celebrate with you. Please read the updated campaign description with details about the upcoming screenings and reserve your spot. Happy Halloween and Thank You wholeheartedly for your support and belief in us!
Special Film Screening Celebration 11/16
Preview Screening Tompkins Corners 11/03
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Drew Will
8 months ago

Can't wait to receive the DVD! The Jonathan fix is in the mail.

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$21,063 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 297 people in 35 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)
Tiny Tim
Beautiful Black Shirt w/ our new Fox & Crow Logo in white, short sleeve Crew Neck T-Shirt or Long Sleeve Shirt for Adults or children or Women's V Neck T-shirt.
DVD of Jonathan's performance at the Old Dutch Church, Sleepy Hollow, NY. (The film is almost finished.)
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 6.)
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 shows a day starting Oct 6.)
Two tickets to Jonathan's performance of the classic, "A Christmas Carol" at The Old Dutch Church. Dec. 10, 16, 17 @ 3:30pm, 4pm, 6pm
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 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.
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Kurtis Primm
8 months ago

for the DVD and the double CD Legend of sleepy hollow

Regina Quartley
8 months ago

My husband and I saw your show at the church when we were there in October of this year on a bus trip. We were absolutely thrilled with the performance..so cool!! Loved it!! Regina and David

Drew Will
8 months ago

Can't wait to receive the DVD! The Jonathan fix is in the mail.

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