There are MANY thank you messages that I want to covey to the people who are stepping up and supporting the launch of "Pet Fooled Pt II". Mainly, I want to express a big thank you from a community stand point. It's slightly hard to explain what I'm feeling, but I'm going to try.
I felt incredibly alone while making "Pet Fooled". I remember feeling like I jumped into the middle of the ocean without a life jacket. I knew there was land out there...somewhere. I had to just keep swimming and eventually I would find land.
The reason why I stuck with making "Pet Fooled" is that I believe every consumer should know what's in the products they're feeding. Consumers want convenience so that's a reality. Companies want to make money and a lot of times, marketing tactics play into skewing reality. That's business. So how can we get through to what matters?
Immediately after releasing "Pet Fooled", I started to receive unsolicited opinions about what I should do next. "You should do a film about vaccines" or "you should do a film about vet schools!"
My response has always been, "do you NOT know the difficulty of bringing a film to market?" I wanted to scream that from the top of my lungs. I had spent 5+ years at that point working a day job and making "Pet Fooled" with my free time. I love film. I love the ability that film has at conveyed the truth and understanding to the audience. This wasn't a film made with a budget where I was paid during the process of making it. After the film was finished, finishing costs put the film in debt. There was no money for marketing. The list goes on and on.
The film was made and released. It's world wide. That's what matters at the end of the day.
It's the people who are making this film GROW. It's the word of mouth. It's the changing of diets people are making for their dogs are cats that are allowing them to see first hand how nutrition plays a role in health.
With "Pet Fooled Pt II", I found myself starting all over again. No equipment and no money. I started a fundraiser on Facebook to help get the film started and YOU have responded to it.
This is where I become a loss for words because I want to get across HOW much that means.
I personally hate fundraising. I hate asking for money. I would rather have a major sponsor fund everything I do but that's not a reality of what I'm doing right now. So, I had to reach out to followers of the film and ask for help. I don't want it to go unsaid how much that has helped. It has enabled IMPORTANT equipment to be purchased and filming to begin.
We still need a bit more to plan and shoot more interviews and scenes. I'm trying to scrape up as much as possible so we can continue on in a timely and efficient manner.
Whether it's $5, $50, or amounts above $100, I'm INSANELY thankful.
Having your support means the world. It makes me feel less alone. I know a "film credit" may not mean a lot to some people, but it means a lot to me because this is as much of your film, as a consumer, as it is mine. I want everyone's name on this film that helps make it a reality. It allows me to continue making this film independently and that's the only way this can be done.
So again, THANK YOU!