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Making the Cut: A Grand Rapids Griffins documentary

Finally, some good news.

A Grand Rapids filmmaker has begun production on a documentary that will follow the Grand Rapids Griffins (and, during training camp, the Detroit Red Wings) throughout the 2011-12 season. The Wings have given Chris Penney and his crew permission to film at camp in Traverse City — as well as at Van Andel Arena all season long.

If you’d like to help make the project a reality — they could use your help. As a small, independent company, they’ve launched a KickStarter page, allowing users to donate a couple of bucks toward their $20,000 goal. There are incentives with your donation — in addition to the fulfillment you’ll feel having helped create something neat about a team you love:

For $10 or more, you’ll receive an autographed photo of the crew; for $25, you’ll get a cameo in the film; for $50, a cameo and a copy of the completed pilot on DVD; for $100, a credit in the completed film.

Jump on over there and drop a few dollars. Having worked on low-budget productions before, I can tell you that every single dollar will help and will be appreciated. In a small crew like this, you’ll feel very much an important part of the creation of the documentary.

We’ve done our part, now it’s time to do yours: