We're in the midst of our Post-Production fundraising drive. Do you have questions about the film or the fundraising efforts? Here, we answer some Frequently Asked Questions. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, feel free to contact us.
QUESTION: What is the status of the film?
ANSWER: As of June 2022, the filming is largely completed. We have several hundred hours of raw material, and we have hired a talented post-production team to shape the material into an amazing documentary film. We are continuing to raise funds to pay for the editing and finishing process. If all goes well, the film could be completed in 2023.
QUESTION: Is the Wetterling family supportive of this film?
ANSWER: Yes. It was important to us to get the blessing of Jacob's parents prior to starting this project. We also wanted to include Jacob's parents in the film, and they were gracious enough to spend several hours with us on multiple occasions. The story is told, in part, in their own words. Moreover, Patty and Jerry Wetterling have been involved in our fundraising efforts, appearing at several of our fundraising events and speaking to the importance of finishing this documentary. They see it as an important way of honoring Jacob's legacy.
QUESTION: Is there a tax-deductible option?
ANSWER: Yes! If a tax deduction is helpful to you, you may donate to the film through our fiscal sponsor. Instructions can be found here. (On the other hand, if you give via our GoFundMe page, a tax deduction is not available, unfortunately, due to rules set out by our fiscal sponsor.)
QUESTION: How much money are you trying to raise?
ANSWER: During the current Phase 3 fundraising campaign, we are hoping to raise an additional $35,000.
QUESTION: What will you use the money for?
ANSWER: Like many independent films at this stage of production, we have a significant shortage in our budget. There are lots of post-production expenses that will need to be paid, including editing, sound mixing, color correction, licensing and legal fees, deferred crew payments, and others. Fundraising for these expenses is ongoing.
QUESTION: Are you affiliated with a television network or Hollywood studio?
ANSWER: No. We are an independent documentary crew based in Minnesota. This is a hometown story for us, so we’ve been doing it as a labor-of-love. However, we really want to share Jacob’s story with the world, and we believe that someday this film will be distributed far and wide by a big broadcaster or streaming service. We have had discussions with several distributors and broadcasters, and have even received offers from some of them. But we're holding out for someone who can help us complete the film and reach the widest possible audience.
QUESTION: How have you gotten this far without public fundraising?
ANSWER: Time flies, but as of 2022 our fundraising efforts have actually lasted about four years. Prior to that, like a lot of independent films, we’ve done this through mostly blood, sweat and tears. We have a dedicated team of filmmakers working with us, and they have all worked on this film for little or no money. We did receive a $10,000 grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, but that money has been spent (paying some crew members, and legal fees). The director has also spent money out-of-pocket because it is, after all, a labor-of-love. We’ve worked on the film for seven years now, with the hope that the film will eventually be seen by lots of people, which may mean we get to pay ourselves back someday!
QUESTION: Are you affiliated with the IN THE DARK podcast?
ANSWER: No. We were, however, already producing the film back in 2015-2016, capturing several key moments in Jacob’s case. Therefore we were working parallel to the IN THE DARK team, as well as dozens of other members of the local and national press. IN THE DARK is an incredible example of great investigative journalism and the podcast is definitely worth a listen. We, on the other hand, are not investigative journalists and our focus will be very different from the podcast. IN THE DARK cultivated a huge fan base, and in-turn brought Jacob’s story to a whole new generation of people. And anyone who listened to Season One of IN THE DARK will absolutely find our film to be an illuminating new look at Jacob’s story.