The Work You Began documentary

For over a year now I've gathered reflections through inteviews from those who were with Rich Mullins the last weeks of his life and asked how he individually shaped them. 

I approached the Kruse family in early 2017 asking if I could possibly create a documentary about Rich Mullins stay with them. To my surprise they quickly agreed, questioning why nobody from the previous Rich documentaries and books had never asked them. Digging deeper into their story I saw how God was intertwining into this family with Rich's stay. Caleb Kruse wrote a book titled, "Meeting Rich" which was released in 2016, and many people originally became aware of this story from the last concert video on YouTube.

The video of Rich Mullins last concert - September 6, 1997. Uploaded by Peter Kruse in 2011.

The Kruse home in Elgin, IL

This documentary will cover a part of Rich's life that's often skipped over. It will tell both the perspectives of the Kruse family as well as those in the studio recording Mitch McVicker's first solo album - each their own experiances. Also shown will be how "The Jesus Record" came together over the course of that year. Through this process the Kruse family and others have shared never-before-seen footage from the summer of 97 through September to use for this project.  All that said, I need funds to finish this.

With Caleb Kruse in Elgin, IL (May 2018)

With singer/songwriter, Andrew Peterson - who watched both the last concert video and read Caleb Kruse's book. (October 2017)

Donations will go towards:
-Extra equipment for the other interviews
-Travel costs for the other interviews
-Covering costs of drone shots
-Digitizing old tapes
-Post production/music

When completed the documentary will be made available for FREE online at no charge. When and where this will be is yet to be determined. I intend on completing the rest of the interviews by the end of next summer if I get the funds raised in time. Rich's brother, David, has also given me consent for pursuing this project and the people involved to which I'm grateful.

All donors will get a thank you from me. Those who contribute $15 or more will receive their names in the credits.

This is a passion project of mine - something that's been on my heart and kept me going for over the past year. My overall goal is to help get more of Rich's music and heart out there, and how through those last weeks communicated it to the Kruse family and the others around him.

Thank you for your consideration and support of
The Work You Began: The Last Days of Rich Mullins

-Andrew Montonera
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    • $300 
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    • $100 
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    • $100 
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Andrew Montonera 
Lake Zurich, IL