Documentaries are so serious, so you'd expect a documentary about meditation would be really serious. But not for filmmaker Ken Sheetz who walked away from a seriously successful career in Chicago real estate to pursue his passion for filmmaking...
Do Penguins Meditate?
His latest film, The Coolest Meditation Ever: Antarctica 12.12.12, is a lighthearted documentary about his meditations in Antarctica to lighten things up for the planet during the hype and anxiety about December 21st, 2012, the "dreaded end of the Mayan calendar." Since 2012, Coolest Meditation Ever has held a #1 Google search spot - a seriously healthy spot for online marketing.
|Independent Filmmaker Ken Sheetz in Antarctica for The Coolest Meditation Ever: Antarctica 12.12.12 (PRNewsFoto/BuzzBroz.com)|
Proud as Sheetz is of this new documentary, he's savvy enough to realize that no Hollywood studio is going to pick up a movie about a spiritual filmmaker, meditating penguins or not. He is raising money for self-distribution via his successful social media operation BuzzBroz.com.
Keeping things fresh and entertaining for fans has produced some "first time evers" on IndieGogo. Sheetz's current campaign, Do Penguins Meditate, offers film backers donor perks from renowned scientist Dr. G. Patrick Flanagan, sonic healer Jonathan Goldman, author Dr. James Wanless, Longevity Pure Medicine and original art from visionary painter Joan Hangarter.
Check out Sheetz's take on perks at Do Penguins Meditate.
The 'Do Penguins Meditate' campaign is an example of the evolution of independent film funding and marketing. All donations are tax deductible through IndieGoGo partner 501(c)3 From the Heart Productions, sponsor to over 100 film projects on Indiegogo.