The newly-created, non-profit Parkhurst Field Foundation announced the release of the first documentary trailer as part of a TV development deal reached with IFP Films a leading studio for independent and branded media creation. This week, they launched a sixty day funding platform, featuring that trailer, to generate the money to complete the documentary via the popular website Kickstarter.com.
Kickstarter is a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States. The company’s stated mission is to help bring creative projects to life. Kickstarter has reportedly received over $1 billion in pledges from 5.7 million donors to fund 135,000 projects, which include films, music, stage shows, comics, journalism, video games, and food-related projects.
The 3:55 minute trailer was filmed over five days in Gloversville in late August by the IFP Films’ crew, culminating at the recent Vintage baseball game held at the historic park on Labor Day weekend. It highlights the rich history of the park and the region and features sample interviews from the many varied voices that Parkhurst Field touches or has touched, including Senator Hugh Farley, Fulton County historian Samantha Hall-Saladino, community and business leaders, families plus footage from the Vintage game, designed to represent games played at the Park over 100 years ago.
The Parkhurst Field Foundation was formed to help promote and preserve Parkhurst Field in Gloversville, NY, the oldest baseball grounds used by any Little League in America. David Karpinski, Executive Director of the Foundation, adds, “The launch of this funding campaign is phase two of using branded media to accomplish our mission. Bob Manasier, of IFP Films, and I fully funded the initial trailer development, but we now intend to use that vehicle to generate the worldwide awareness, support and funding to complete the project and place Parkhurst Field in the consciousness of America.
Using the Kickstarter platform to achieve the goal of raising $75,000 was a natural choice given its global reach and almost 50% success rate of hitting fundraising goals. Local businesses and individuals can donate to the creation of the documentary and mission via Kickstarter or may choose to donate directly to Parkhurst Field Foundation via our website. For this to be successful, we need the local community to get behind this project as well as support it internationally.”