More Joy Less Pain

Hello my name is James Michael McCoy and I am a filmmaker from Texas.  For the past 3 years  I have been making a documentary called More Joy Less Pain.  It’s a film about a man named Peter Gorman, an adventurer and writer who has been traveling to Peru for the past 35 years.  

I’ve followed Peter as he has navigated the two worlds in which lives, a life in Peru and a life in Texas with his family.  Traveling with Peter to the Amazon jungle was a childhood dream come true.  Meeting the indigenous people called the Matses was life changing and seeing the phyllomedusa bicolor tree frog was an otherworldly experience.  

Making this documentary has changed my life, but the process has also been the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  If I’ve learned anything in making this film, is that it’s important to have a team behind you, and that I cannot make films by myself.  I have spent every dime I’ve made the last three years on this film, without any grants or private investors.  And as we wrap up post production with costs continuing to rise, we need help in covering some of those costs.   

I shot most of the film by myself, a crew of one, I went to the Amazon armed with only a cellphone and a selfie stick.  And I wasn’t totally convinced that this was going to be a good idea until I started looking at the footage when I got back to Texas.  Over the course of 3 years I took 3 trips with Peter to Peru, filming in Iquitos and the jungle 3 times, and taking one trip to Cuzco and the ancient city of Machu Picchu to do some interviews. In between those trips I spent dozens and dozens of hours filming at Peter’s home in Texas.  

All together I shot over 400 hours of footage, which was eventually cut down to an hour forty-five minute film.  My editor Geoff McGee coming on board is what got this film made.  Me and Geoff worked on editing this film every Monday night for a year and a half before we got to our first rough cut.  At the moment we are in the final stages of post production for sound design and color correction.  We are just starting the process of entering film festivals and we are asking for your help to get More Joy Less Pain out to the world.

I am asking you take an investment in me and More Joy Less Pain.   I am doing this GoFundMe campaign to help with finishing funds for this film. 

We are offering pre-order digital downloads of the film.  There are also incentives like your name in the credits, copies of signed books, and other producer opportunities.  Please donate if you can.  Your positive energy will be gladly accepted as well.  

Donation Incentives

$25 - Pre-Order Digital Download of More Joy Less Pain, once it becomes available.

$50 - Pre-Order Digital Download of More Joy Less Pain, your Name-in-the-Credits.

$100 - Pre-Order Digital Download of More Joy Less Pain, Name-in-the-Credits, signed DVD copy of More Joy Less Pain, 2 tickets to a theatrical screening of More Joy Less Pain in 2019, Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

$500 - Pre-Order Digital Download of More Joy Less Pain, Name-in-the-Credits, 2 tickets to a theatrical screening of More Joy Less Pain in 2019, Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Signed Copies of Peter Gorman's books Ayahuasca in My Blood & Sapo in My Soul, an advanced copy of the book currently being written by James Michael McCoy: Have Faith. Be Positive. Help Others: Lessons Learned From The Making of More Joy Less Pain.

$1000 - Associate Producer Credit - You will be credited as as producer on the film and your name will forever be associated with a project that will put a lot of good back into this world.

$5000 - Executive Producer Credit - You can tell all your friends and family that you were an Executive Producer on a film that was made in the Amazon jungle.  That's a pretty cool story.

Please help us help the world by spreading MORE JOY LESS PAIN.

James Michael McCoy
Writer/Director
More Joy Less Pain
  • Tate Arhelger 
    • $10 
    • 29 mos
  • Maurine Winkley 
    • $50 
    • 34 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $2,500 (Offline)
    • 34 mos
  • J. "Troi" Kunko 
    • $50 
    • 34 mos
  • Regina Wrigley 
    • $100 
    • 34 mos
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Fundraising team: Sapo Nation (2)

James McCoy 
Organizer
Raised $9,116 from 33 donations
Arlington, TX
Geoff McGee 
Team member
Raised $65 from 3 donations
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