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This project was successfully funded on February 1, 2017

USA Warrior Stories

by Matthew Hindra


As a documentary filmmaker many times you get emotional attached to your projects.  When my friend Nick Kraus came to me with over 100 hours of video of our friend Chris Carney riding his bicycle across The United States with wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and asked what to do with it all I said, lets make a documentary.  This began my own journey across The United States to meet and interview wounded veterans to make our film Welcome to Soldier Ride.

Nick and I have spent the past 11 years interviewing veterans and for the past 2 years we have been traveling around the country showing our documentary in various stages of completion.  After each screening, we’ve found that a few veterans will introduce themselves to us and say how the film taught them that by talking about their experience with another veteran they can begin to heal.

This got us thinking that if there was a place where veterans can easily tell their story and listen to others we may be able to connect people with similar struggles so they know they are not alone.  A type of TED Talk for veterans, where stories and ideas can be shared and help us all better understand the sacrifices of our veterans.  

Our idea is to create a website where veteran stories can be archived and viewed.  We will have simple instructions so anyone can record himself or herself or have someone help record them using a web camera, smartphone or video camera and upload it to our site.  After the video is uploaded we can do simple editing to improve audio and visual quality, fact check and post the video for other to see.  Each video should be no longer than 10 minutes and will act as a mini biography of the person.

We will launch this project by releasing our documentary Welcome to Soldier Ride national.  Our documentary shows what we have accomplished to date and our commitment to bringing Warrior Stories to the public.  This is where we need your immediate help.  We need to raise a minimum of $5,000 to pay for licensing rights, promoting and distribution of our film so we can further our mission to provide a platform that will help our veterans though communication and educate the public.

We recently received a bill for $5,000 to pay licensing fees for music and video that are essential to our documentary.  Without these license agreements our film may never be seen by the public.  Your generous donation will go directly to these fees and allow our documentary to be released.  If we reach our goal any overfunding will be used for the following: increasing visibility of our film through theatrical screenings, help create a website to archive and view veteran stories that did not make it into our film, travel and continue to collect veteran stories for our website.

Thanks you for your time.

Matthew Hindra