In January of 2012, I was asked to be interviewed for a documentary that my good friend Adam Baker was producing.
In March, Adam and a camera crew arrived at my home in San Diego to film me and my family for a day.
In May, the film crew created a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to help promote the film.
In June, the Kickstarter campaign ended and 4,477 backers pledged a total of $116,164!
In July, the film premiered at Chris Guillebeau’s World Domination Summit.
And today, the documentary is finally officially available to the public.
I’m Fine, Thanks is a documentary that explores how and why people follow a path in life that isn’t necessarily the one that they wish they were on. Some people follow a path that someone else has created for them and others follow a path that society deems to be the “correct” path, and in many cases people just aren’t happy, but they continue on that path anyway.
Why make a documentary about this? I asked Adam this question even before filming started, and he said:
“We want I’m Fine, Thanks to give thousands of people inspiration to live their lives based on their own hopes and dreams – not someone elses vision or script for their life. We want to push people to take the first small action to reignite their passions.”
I’m deeply connected to this subject because I was on “the path” too.
I went to school, got good grades, went to college, got a bachelor’s degree, landed a corporate job and I was ready to dedicate the rest of my life to “the path”. Unlike many, however, I was actually very happy to be on the path but then 2008 came around and I was laid off. I was miserable, confused and it was one of the lowest points in my life, but it turned out that getting bumped off the path was the best thing that could ever happen to me. Now, as an entrepreneur working for myself, I realize that I could have been happy on “the path”, but I wouldn’t have known what it would be like to be this happy.
It was my layoff, fortunately that kindled my entrepreneurial spirit.
For others, it could be this movie.
I actually fell so much in love with the project that even before the Kickstarter campaign started, I invested $30,000 to help fund the production phase of the film. So to be completely transparent, I am an investor and I do earn a small percentage of any profit that the film makes. That’s a pretty cool bonus, but I would have backed the project even without a share of the profits.
Although I didn’t attend World Domination Summit for the premiere (shame on me!), I did watch the film for the first time in July and it was exactly what I had hoped it would be: emotional, funny, happy – all kinds of emotions wrapped in one. It was also interesting to see exactly what footage they used out of what was recorded when the film crew came to my house.
When I wrote about I’m Fine, Thanks and the Kickstarter campaign back in May, I know a lot of you immediately went ahead and backed the film. To all of you, thank you, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the movie as much as I did! I’d love to hear what you think about it in the comments. If you’re going to watch this in the future, I’d love to know what you think after you watch it.
To finish up, a huge congrats to Adam Baker and Director Grant Peelle for allowing me to be a part of this project and share it here on the blog.
You can download or stream the movie from the I’m Fine, Thanks website or pick up a DVD and some posters too. As you can see from the picture above my son and I (and Buzz Lightyear) are about to enjoy the film together 🙂
And lastly, in an unrelated note, I just setup an event for an SPI meetup in Vegas for New Media Expo in January! If you’re in town and want to meet up and you love Vegas buffets, click here for all of the details!
Cheers, and all the best to you!
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