THE FILM - BEING ROBIN
The spirit of Robin Williams comes roaring back in this film about a kind artist who thinks he may be channelling the comic genius. The artist struggles with his sanity, but is inspired to create a hysterical and uplifting comedy show, which tours America.
HISTORY AND FINANCING.
The making of the film "Being Robin" is the intended recipient of these funds. My relationship to the recipiant is that I am the facilitator and creator of the project.
Funds for Distribution of the movie will be most likely handled by other entities outside the Go Fund Me fundraising. That is a post production goal.
Two years ago I decided to tell my story in a film format. The character in the film who created the Robin Williams Tribute is based on me. To help people remember the brilliance of his life and work - not just the tragedy of how it ended, I started outlining a film that would tell my story in a compelling, funny , and heartfelt way.
I decided to produce it myself because it is the only way to preserve the honesty and essence of the happenings. I have a responsability to you the doners , to the memory of Robin Williams and to the respect of his family, friends and fans to do this funding legitimately.
So I am compelled to tell you where the funds are going and where they have been spent so far.
In the course of this fundraising phase, I have set up a bank account that is for this movie only. When a donation is made , it is deposited into this account. It is not my money . It belongs to the production. And to you, the donors.
The expenses I have dispersed since the beginning of the Go Fund Me are as follows.
We made a trailer with a company called
Hop Top Films
The expenses were as follows
$2000 for the actual trailer shoot.
$1800 for the editing
$325 for the talent.
$100 to purchase a hard drive to assist the edit.
Marketing and publicty to date
This Included profedsional photoshoot to create a poster
Hiring an marketing person .(Joanne Chen) to help create and launch the Go Fund Me site, and use social media to attract people.
Printing costs for flyers used at performance events.
$1, 300 --went to Kevin Baldwin , a playwrite who wrote the first two drafts of the screenplay.
$2,800- for my time in writing the 3rd draft of the screenplay , three days of shooting and 5 days days of editing (I worked for two full days days at home on my own equipment before collaborating with Hop Top's editor).
I have worked on this project for two years and have not kept any record of expenses or time. that I have put into this project until now..
Until recently I have not been paid for the timeI have put in to this film. It became important for me to draw a small amount as this film was the main job I had this winter with little other income.
$5,017 -remains in the "Being Robin" account.
Right now there is a plan to disburse $700 of that to advertise several fundraising performances I will be doing this spring . Also the film will be paying a proofreader to polish the final script but the amount has not been calculated yet.
$25, 000 has been committed in a letter of intent by Gary Adelson . We agreed to not include that in the Go Fund Me campaign .
It will become fluid once the movie has raised a total of $100,000.
If any proof or recipts are needed , I will be happy to provide them.
The goal for this film is to Raise at least $150,000
That is flexible.
As I move into other arenas og fundraising including live performances,this number may increase and I will cease the Go Fund Me page.
But for the $150,000 I am seeking for now here is the breakdown moving forward.
The budget for" Being Robin" is as follows:
$50,000 to shoot the film
$40,000 to edit.
$25,00 for the talent
$10, 000 - production rep. who will use the money to submit the film to festivals .
$8,000 for a production manager
$5,000 for craft food services
$5,000 for locations
$5,000 for a production manager.
$2,000 for legal fees and processing.
I have been trying to budget this film based on the realities of fundraising which is why the goal has fluctuated.
I hope a real philanthropist who believes in this vision will give us a boost
But the reality is over one hundred of you have brought us this far. And for that , We will make the best film we can.
I want to note that an LLC will be in place soon.
95 % of the doners ( thank you from the bottom of my heart you guys) are friends I have known over the years. Some are clients from my art business who have become friends. I believe two small donations came from two people that I do not know.
INCENTIVES TO DONATE
Everyone who donates:
$10 or more - will be thanked in the credits. You will also be able to take part in online private focus groups to view rough-cut scenes and voice your opinions. You will help make decisions on things like posters, music, and plot points.
$25 or more - will get everything above plus download links to the digital poster and The Making of "Being Robin" video documentary.
$50 or more - will get everything above plus the link to the digital version of the film after distribution.
$100 or more - will get everything above plus a signed DVD of "Being Robin."
(Whew ... ok?)
Please encourage your family and friends to become part of this adventure!
Ten years ago Robin Williams saw me do an impression of him on ABC TV. It got back to me that he really liked it. (Yes - aw shucks!)
When Mr. Williams passed, people asked me if I would do a tribute show. I said, "No, I am just an artist now. I will never set foot on stage again EVER." (File that under Yeah Right)
Then it felt like Robin himself asked me, "Let's get to work. I gotta get back to work!!!" I felt him bouncing around inside me, like a dog who's been cooped up, begging to go outside and play. Like a Genie trapped in a lamp.
So, three years ago I embarked on a journey across America in a show, called "The Ultimate Robin Williams Tribute Experience."
I was compelled to try to bring the ebullient comic genius of Robin back to life on stage. I wrote it in Robin's style. It has been a life-changing adventure. Many people have said they "felt Robin's presence in the theater."
I feel him too.
And I think he's feeling the laughter and the love ...
I am raising these funds to produce and star in the film "Being Robin," which is based on my personal story about what it takes to bring Robins brand of comic ingenuity back to to the stage, and the dramatic impact the show’s had on the audiences. This ebullient film - with never-before-seen footage from the touring show - will be full of passion, warmth, and humor and, most of all, a celebration of Robin Williams.
**A percentage of the proceeds from the film will go toward Robin’s various charities.
We have been working on the story and shooting concert footage for the past year. We already have the beginnings of a great creative team, including a great director of photography, wonderful composer, and a hot pop recording artist to do a theme song. We are also pursuing a very important director who is close to the subject. We need to pay them. The script is coming along, and have been working alongside a terrific co-writer
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE FILM
The film "Being Robin" is about how Robin comes roaring back to the comedy stage with the help of a sympathetic artist - a man who is scared of crowds, and has actually never set foot on stage, but feels the presence of Robin's spirit in and around him. Or is it all in his mind?
Robin, through the artist and wild rehearsals in the woods, is able to return to the work he loves, and finish what he started here on earth, including mending some fences.
The film is based on actual events surrounding the show.
I will play the artist, Oliver , and the spirit of Robin Williams. There are also: Emelia Teddy's girlfriend who is trying to help Teddy keep his grip on reality. The Therapist, who is trying to figure out if this is a genuine miracle, a psychological syndrome, or a hoax. The Medium, who breaks out in hysterical laughter during the seance. And many more.
I have included some stills (above) and bits of footage from the stage show.
And here is a recent TV interview: https://vimeo.com/274860777
Below are clips from recent performances:https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10216428474251925&id=1458304514 https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10216410324278187&id=1458304514
Below is a photo storyboard for a scene in "Being Robin." In it Teddy Baker is channeling Robin in the middle of a frozen lake while an imaginary audience looks on.
And, finally, here is the link to a recent news story about my show:https://www.google.com/amp/s/delawarestatenews.net/entertainment/best-bets-kabler-brings-the-comedy-spirit-of-robin-williams-to-milton/amp/
To mount such a film production, it takes a village, and we are looking for committed fans like you to help make it happen. For contributing $10 or more, you will be thanked in the credits and become part of the focus group, having creative input into the production process. We have incentives for donors at different levels as well (see list above). Please make as generous a donation as you can.
Please also share this donation page with your family, friends, and anyone else who would enjoy being part of this unique project.
Thank you so much for your support! Together, we will make it happen!
ROGER KABLER BIO
Roger Kabler is a true renaissance man. Along with being one of the finest comedy impressionists in the country, he is a talented actor and portrait artist.
Roger has served as the spokesman for Zima in national television commercials. He was a regular on the last Carol Burnett series in 1991. He has also starred in his own NBC sitcom, Rhythm and Blues. Additionally, Roger wrote, produced, and starred in the award-winning movie, Who the Hell Is Bobby Roos? and has recently played to sold-out showrooms up and down the east coast. Variety magazine calls him: "an astounding impressionist."
When not performing, Roger paints portraits of animals and enjoys the outdoors.
“Kabler convincingly, almost eerily, immerses himself in the comic persona of Williams, somehow capturing Williams’ barely containable physical energy, nimble mind and warm playfulness.”
– David Jasper, The Bend Bulletin Aug. 2017
“An astonishing Robin Williams’ impressionist!”
“Best new act of the year.”
– New York Post
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