When it comes to crowdfunding support for documentary films, Kickstarter has a new reigning champion –– and his name is Bill Nye the Science Guy.
The celebrated scientist and television personality has been a geeky hero to kids and adults everywhere, with his amusing and ingeniously creative explanations for all kind of complex science subjects. Filmmakers David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg are also big fans and, after being further inspired by Nye's recent work in space exploration and educating on climate change, decided to make a "year in a life" documentary about the 59-year-old scientist.
"We’re ready to start following Bill as he tours the globe, advocates for space policy in Washington, D.C., launches a satellite, hangs out with Neil deGrasse Tyson, debates climate change deniers, and attempts to fill the big shoes of his former mentor and friend Carl Sagan — all at a time when science is under attack," the duo write. And yes, Bill Nye is completely on-board with the filming, making this an all-access pass to a science hero many of us grew up with in the classroom and and at home.
The support for "The Bill Nye Film" on Kickstarter has been overwhelming, with the campaign rocketing past its $650,000 fundraising goal and sitting high at $760K mark with just over a day to go. As a result, it has now become the most-funded documentary Kickstarter in the site's history.
15,000 backers!! Let's keep it rolling! http://t.co/iEdxlHkTlG https://t.co/GmtP2c9m80
— Bill Nye Film (@billnyefilm) August 12, 2015
One highlight of the documentary will be Nye and the Planetary Society's efforts to launch a low-cost solar sail into space. That mission, which crushed its own Kickstarter campaign earlier this summer, will launch early next year.
Want to contribute to "The Bill Nye Film" and score one of several cool prizes? Check out the film's official campaign here.