Thanks for coming back to our new blogs series dedicated to answering your questions, bringing you insights and getting you as excited as we are about the Kickstarter project to fund “Key West: The Conch Republic.”

Today we are interviewing John Racin, one of the people working hard to bring the film to life and chief steward of any money raised.

John, we know this is an original script and we know you wrote it. What inspired you?

Angels-Guard2John:   The story was actually inspired by Psalms 91 and reflects the idea that the Lord provides refuge and protects those who believe in Him. I particularly liked the verse, ‘For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways, but I don’t want to say more or it will give away too much of the story.

So the script is ready to go. Can you tell us more about the story?

John: Yes, the script is all set and promises to make viewers laugh and cry while demonstrating Christian values in the actions of its characters. This movie takes place in the only tropical paradise in the continental United States, Key West, Florida and in based upon actual events.

In the early 1980’s, Key West was faced with the constant harassment by the U.S. Government’s border patrol over the influx of Cubans wishing to escape the Cuban government by entering Key West. After the detrimental effects by the Border Patrol affecting the Key West tourist trade Key West, in typical pirate fashion, decided to secede from the United States, and form a new country, “the Conch Republic”.

It is with that background a visiting pastor and his family come to Key West, and their youngest daughter “Natalie” and her mischievous friend “Angel” a white pelican, touch the lives of everyone in Key West.

Some Christian films are scary. Is this one of them?

John: Absolutely not! Our movie is love and compassion. There are a few action scenes! It’s a story we feel will resonate and we want to share it with the world. It is a faith-affirming movie that should appeal to everyone.

We can only do that if we can fund its production, and we can only do that if we can get the word out to help support it. We turned to Kickstarter as a proven platform to help manage the pledges.

Regarding the production, we covered that topic in our last blog post—It’s $4M. How’d you get to that number?

John: First let me clarify upfront that none of the pledged money will come to me or other producers. Monies raised through the 60-day Kickstarter program will be used to fund the production costs of the movie, including hiring a director and actors; the production of graphics, original music, any special effects; film crews, sound design, legal fees, marketing, travel costs for everyone involved, and all other elements of pre- and post-production.

It seems like a lot, but honestly the costs do add up quickly. We want to pay our actors and everyone involved with the film for their time, and that is not always the case for these type of films but it is very important to us. We do not want to ask anyone to work for free. If the Kickstarter campaign is successful, we’ll use the anticipated monies from the movie’s theater ticket sales and DVD sales to completely fund the sequel, which is also already written.

Thank you for time today, John.

John: You bet.


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The Kickstarter project runs through June 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm Eastern Time. If the goal isn’t met by the end of the run, then no funds change hands. Those interested in supporting the project should visit to learn more.