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22: A Film About Veterans
$1,085 raised
10 contributors
4 Years running

Who We are

Rescue Doc Films is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit media company committed to producing educational, challenging and socially relevant media to strengthen human and animal rights.

The Cause

In April of 2016, Rescue Docs was honored to document the Shepherd’s Men run from Boston to Atlanta. They each ran 22km per day wearing 22 pounds for 9 days. The number 22 signifies the number of veterans that commit suicide every day. It’s a staggering number and one that we must bring to zero.

We made a short film that chronicled the incredible efforts being made by the Shepherd's Men to raise money and awareness for the life saving work being done by the SHARE Military Initiative. As soon as we met the Shepherd's Men, we knew there was a much larger film that needed to be made.

That film is 22.

SHARE Military Initiative at Shepherd Center is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD from the Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.

22 will tell the stories of these service men and women who volunteered to serve their country as they struggle to regain a normal civilian life. It is our hope that this film will let veterans struggling with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries know that they are not alone and it's OK to ask for help.


Making The Film

Making this film will require funds for equipment, crew, travel, editing, music, graphic design, marketing, festival submission fees, and much more. We have a proven track record of making films under budget and putting them to work for the causes that need them.

How You Can Help 

We need your help to raise the funds necessary to make this film. With perks starting at $10 for a digital download of the film once it's completed to $1000 to become an Associate Producer of the film, there are ways that anyone can help. We also depend on you to share the campaign with your friends and family on social media.

Thank You!

Filmmaking is a collaborative art form, from camera operators to donors, every role on the team is imperative. Without your help, we simply would not be able to make this vitally important film.

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

Michael Samstag & Josh Gildrie

Rescue Doc Films


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$5 USD
Shout out on Social Media!
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$10 USD
Digital Download of the Film
  • 1 ordered
Free rental to watch the film online!
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$22 USD
The $22 Challenge
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Show your support for veterans by donating $22 and pledging to recruit 22 friends to donate $22.
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$25 USD
DVD of the FIlm
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Be the first kid on your block to have the DVD!
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$100 USD
Thanks in the End Credits
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Receive Special Thanks in the End Credits of the film, plus digital download.
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$250 USD
Public Screening License
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Show the film at the venue of your choice and charge admission to raise money for your organization.
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$350 USD + free shipping
Pre-purchase 25 DVDs
  • 1 ordered
Ships to United States
$500 USD
Public Screening and Special Thanks
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Show the film in the venue of your choice and charge admission to raise money for your organization, plus 10 DVDs of the film, the movie poster and Special Thanks in the End Credits to the organization of your choice.
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$1,000 USD
Associate Producer Credit
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Congratulations! You are now an Associate Producer of the film! Not only will your name be in the opening credits, but you'll also receive a rough cut of the film and get to offer your feedback on the cut. (Also, receive a digital download of the finished film).
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$1,000 USD
Honor A Veteran
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Honor a Veteran with their name and photo in the end credits of the film. We will then notify the veteran of your gift.
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$1,500 USD
Filmmaker for a Day
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Join Rescue Doc Films on location for a day of shooting on 22.
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$2,000 USD
Train with the Shepherd's Men for a Day
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  • 5 remaining
An incredible photo opportunity with some of our country's finest and a chance to see if you have what it takes to be a SHEPHERD'S MAN?! You and your training day photo will be the FB cover photo for the day.
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$2,500 USD
Private Screening with the Filmmakers
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Host a private screening of the film at your home with the filmmakers and members of the Shepherd's Men in attendance.
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$5,000 USD
Logo in End Credits
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Show your support by veterans by becoming a corporate sponsor of the film and we will include your logo on our website and in the end credits of the film.
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$10,000 USD
Executive Producer
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All of the rewards plus an Executive Producer credit at the opening of the film! (And, of course, a signed DVD and poster).
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