I'm With Phil Documentary and Kickstarter Project

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 11th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3eur-m5l/
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Do you appreciate the lovely quirks of life? I do. My name is Phyl, and I'm With Phil. After reading this, I hope you'll be with Phil, too. You don't have to be a Phil to be with Phil and help a small town and a very worthy cause.

Background

Many weeks ago, I wrote about being a Phyl Campbell and meeting other Phil Campbells in Phil Campbell, AL. Phil Campbell is the only US town comprised of a man's first and last name. Phil Campbell of Brooklyn, NY thought it would be fun to arrange a hoedown in Phil Campbell. He invited everyone he could find around the world named Phil Campbell – back in 1995 – back before Facebook and social media were what they are now. Back when word of mouth was more literal than approaching a keyboard or smartphone, 20 Phil Campbells answered the call.

Campbell decided to repeat the social experiment in 2011. Someone sent me the link and I thought it was a joke. But to see how far the joke would go, I checked out Wikipedia link. Then I checked a few other places. It was no joke. For laughs, I planned to go. Before Phil Campbell, the closest city I associated with my name was PHILadelphia, to which my friends added "cream cheese" for one heck of a teasing moniker. It would be nice to be with others who had had their PHIL of name-related teasing, share PHILosophies, and be fulPHILed by our common bond.

Disaster

Then came the tornado that killed 27 residents of Phil Campbell. The storm's path, with some swaths over a mile wide, devastated the small town. And I figured that was the end of that.

I didn't expect Phil Campbells from all over the world to come to Phil Campbell anyway and turn the hoedown into a relief effort. I didn't expect Phils to continue reaching out to the town and to each other. But Brooklyn Phil and the other Phil Campbells, alongside Phil Campbell residents, weren't through yet.

Post Twister Plot Twist

Rising film producer Andrew Reed realized an incredible opportunity to bring media attention to the town and produced a documentary called "I'm With Phil." Reed, a resident of the area, was able to cover the events of the town, tornado, and rebuild effort the way that only a local could. But even small and zero budget films that want a chance to compete have to have E&O insurance and have to pay their dues to the independent film festivals. The documentary needed an infusion of cash. Reed and Campbell turned to Kickstarter.

Kickstarter: online social media fundraiser

Now, one cool thing about Kickstarter is that donations are rewarded. Another cool thing (for donors) is that if the sought after amount is not raised, no one has to pay up. Once again, the power is in the hands of those who use social media to donate and fund what they feel are worthy projects.

The "I'm With Phil" Kickstarter campaign is about 50% funded (as of this writing). Campbell and Reed are looking for $20,000 to $50,000 to garner the kind of media attention they need to make this documentary successful. Watch the trailer:

Rewards

I mentioned rewards, right? One reward is, naturally, a digital version of the film. Other rewards involve personal calls and thank yous from Phil Campbells or Phil Campbell residents. There's even "I'm With Phil" T-shirts. But my favorite reward is one I've had a hand in.

I've mentioned that Phil Campbells are all around the world, right? Well, my task in the Phil Campbell experience has been overseeing fifteen copies of the "I'm With Phil" movie poster as they are signed by at least 20 of those Phil Campbells around the world. Right now, the posters are in Australia, where five fine folks named Phil found time to sign. My job involved getting the Phils to sign up, collecting their addresses, navigating the fastest mail routes for this international package, and maintaining with each Phil where the posters are each week and letting the Phils know when to expect the posters. I'm also encouraging them to share photo ops of the signing via the project's Facebook page(s): group, movie, town.

The most difficult part of this project was communicating with 20 people who all have the same name. Brooklyn and a few other Phils made it easier by including their locations in their Facebook monikers. The female Phyls and Fil were also easy to distinguish. The other Phils, Phillips, and Philips were a little harder. More than once, I thought I was speaking with one PC when I was in fact contacting another! Lucky for me, everyone took this with patience and good humor.

In the United States, Phyl from Arkansas (that's me!), Phil, Philips, and Phillips from Texas, Alabama (two of them), Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio (two of them!), Michigan (another Phyl!), Wisconsin, and Alaska have already signed the posters. In Australia, the posters will visit Phils, Phillips, and Philips in Bendigo, Bowral, Coffs Harbour, Adelaide, and Queensland. Then they will voyage to the UK with stops to Nottingham, Hampshire, and Fil in Ireland. Then, the posters will return stateside to be signed by two Phils in New York, the last being Brooklyn Phil, who started it all back in 1995 and is still the driving force behind these efforts.

You don't have to BE a Phil to support Phil Campbell

Please consider donating to this worthy (or perhaps quirky?) cause. Let others know you support Phil Campbell. Tell them "I'm With Phil," and explain to them about this crazy little town that is inspiring worldwide attention and still needs just a little help from its friends around the world. Can you say I'm With Phil?

Links and Photo Credits

The people in these photos are all named a variant of Phil Campbell or are residents of Phil Campbell, and have agreed to do their part to help their namesake town (with the exception of the blonde reporter and other media operators not central to the photos).

For more information about Phil Campbell, visit:

Phil Campbell (the town)
Brooklyn Phil
I'm With Phil (group)
I'm With Phil (movie)
I'm With Phil (Kickstarter)
The I'm With Phil Kickstarter Project featured on HuffpostLive
Phil Campbell articles on the Huffington Post
Other Participating Phils are highlighted in this I'm With Phil blog
And of course, donations can be made directly to the I'm With Phil Website.

Previous articles by Phyl Campbell featuring Phil Campbell include:
"What's in a Name?"
Happy Groundhog Day

Have you met anyone that shares your name? Have you ever participated in social media fundraising? Leave me a COMMENT and tell me more about it.

Tags

Alabama, Birmingham, Brooklyn, Chatanooga, Chesapeake Beach, Disaster, Documentary, Fayetteville, Film, Juneau, Kickstarter, Phil Campbell, Phyl, Posters, Round Rock, Schoolcraft, Springdale, Springfield, Tornado, Tuscaloosa, Zanesville

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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Comments

author avatar Connie McKinney
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Phyl, this is a great example of social media working for a good cause. I had no idea there were that many Phil Campbells or Phyl Campbells out there. Thanks for enlightening us.

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author avatar joyalariwo
11th Mar 2014 (#)

What an interesting piece this is Phyl.... thanks for sharing!

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Good morning, Phyl, quirk will out. As Connie pointed out, this is a wonderful example of social media. It is also a testiment to how quirky ideas can take on a life of their own and then be influenced by life's other circumstances. Thank you for writing this and participating with the other Phils. Good job, Phy Campbell. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Connie, joyalariwo, and Marilyn!

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Mar 2014 (#)

I thought this was absolutely amazing when I read it Phyl..
Social media really does connect doesn't it.. \0/x

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Songbird. I think we PCs are proof it does! ;) I'm glad to be a part of it.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
12th Mar 2014 (#)

...such a very worth while project. ..You are one very busy and creative lady...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Delicia!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Nice and one of a kind piece you wrote and share with us!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Fern! Phil Campbell is definitely one of a kind, though Phil Campbells are NOT! But it is quirks of life that make life fun.

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author avatar vellur
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing this with us, very inspiring.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, vellur.

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author avatar Andrew Reed
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Thank you very much Phyl for writing this great article! We really appreciate your support!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
12th Mar 2014 (#)

What an interesting idea, I know of one other person with my name and we worked for BP over a period of about 4 months, not that I ever met him, but did receive some of his email.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Ha Ha Peter! When I was in school, we had three guys with the same first and last name. I never thought I would have that problem. Names are funny things.

Andrew -- thanks for checking in, sir! Your documentary is awesome, and I wish you much success!

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author avatar Phyl
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Hi Phyl. Good job. I too wrote a letter to all my E Mail friends about this. I find it interesting that you and I both described it as quirky. It really is, isn't it? I like that something so "quirky" can also be very useful. Thank you for all your efforts. Phyl

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Phyl! I appreciate you, too!

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author avatar ppruel
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Inspiring and awesome documentary. Phyl is now a history.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, ppruel! Officially, "Phil" Campbell is the history, I'm just one of the grains of sand and happy to be part of it!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
14th Mar 2014 (#)

A name not to be trifled with! Thanks Phyl for a unique post showing how to rise to the occasion for a worthwhile cause - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Siva!

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author avatar Kingwell
15th Mar 2014 (#)

WOW! This is sure different and interesting - shows what social media can do too.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
15th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Kingwell!

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