Final Day To Support “Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky”

New perk alert—All $25 digital download pre-orders are placed in drawing for the Zink-autographed, custom TLD D3 helmet!

We recently held the first public screening of the movie at the Inspire Theater in Las Vegas, and here’s what people had to say.

“Cam Zink’s movie is great. It’s emotional and as real as it gets.” – Shaun Palmer, Action Sports Legend
“Reach for the Sky is a must see for Cam Zink fans, and for anyone who loves mountain bikes. It’s one hell of a story.” – Richard Cunningham, Editor – pinkbike.com

“Zink captures the worlds’ attention, and brings it to the sport of mountain biking by chasing lifelong dreams and making them realities!” – Kirt Voreis, Mountain Biking Innovator & Legend
Making of “Reach For The Sky” Interview

About “Reach For The Sky”
My name is Ryan Cleek, and I’m the guy behind “Cam Zink: Reach For The Sky.” Cam and I began this project back in the summer of 2013, and we have the finish line in sight!

Cam Zink sits atop the Freeride world having won the sport’s most coveted titles, the Red Bull Rampage, Crankworx Slopestyle, and the Freeride World Tour, yet those accolades have not come without a physical and emotional price tag. He has transcended cycling media, and his super-human feats have become broadcast television and Internet sensations. People understand Zink is gnarly guy on the bike, but knowing his injury filled backstory, and what he went through to get there. I’ve known Cam since he was a young, teenage racer and burgeoning freerider, and I believed this would be an engaging project for both fans of the sport and casual viewers who love an inspirational and engaging story.

“Reach For The Sky” features a unique behind the scenes look into a year of Cam’s life, which is bookended by dramatic 2013 and 2014 Red Bull Rampage campaigns in Virgin, Utah; plus a one-of-a-kind portrayal of his record-breaking 100-foot backflip attempt at Mammoth Mountain—showcasing 100% never-before-seen footage. The movie explores the fascinating life story of one of the sport’s most beloved and diverse athletes, but also delves into the multi-layered psychological elements regarding physical punishment, fame, and self-doubt, to uncover why Zink perseveres through the adversity—even when no one is watching.
Written, produced, directed, and edited by Ryan Cleek.

How You Can Help, and Our Gifts To You
Contributions will go toward music and video licensing, plus marketing and distribution costs.

After working day and night for the past year, the “heavy lifting” is done and the movie is nearly ready for the world to see it. Cam and I both are very proud of the project, but, costly post-production expenses remain before it truly reaches the finish line and its potential, such music composition, video and music licensing fees, colorization, and professional sound mixing.

Although “Reach For The Sky” has been created on a very lean budget, some generous sponsors have come on board to keep the project afloat: YT Industries, Oakley, Deity, and SRAM. However, the truth is the movie is still primarily self-funded. We’ve put together some awesome gifts specifically created for the movie for those contribute to the campaign and help us reach our goal. Everything from to t-shirts, to custom-painted and autographed helmets, to the same complete mountain bike Cam himself competes on.

Additionally, whether we raise just $5, or meet our goal, I will pledge 5% of the funds raised to Wings for Life—the not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation on a mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

*Update: Digital download and DVD will be delivered in October, not November.

About The Production

It had been a few years since my last feature-length movie, but I’ve been in this situation before and understood the task was ahead of me. I had a strong film treatment, but in a documentary you never really know what you have until you analyze every second of footage. Telling a story in this process is like having a dump truck drop a mountain of other peoples’ comments into your yard and someone says, “now go write a novel with those sentences.” It’s definitely a puzzle at times, but that’s the challenge which keeps me going every day.

The biggest hurdle was how movie features both, fly-on-the-wall-style coverage of two Rampages and his record-breaking Mammoth flip, but in between events goes into who Cam is and what has made him into the person he is today. Both Rampages and the Mammoth flip are extremely unique and authentic portrayals. In the middle of the movie, there’s a ton of footage from him growing up which almost no one has ever seen, which really shows his dedication to riding from a young age.

We’ve come a long way with this project from just a concept in 2012, to run-and-gun shooting for 18 months, to where we are today. We certainly hope you’ll be able to help us reach our goal, and enjoy some cool gifts. However, the best gift is truly watching the finished version of the movie.

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$5USD
Up High, Down Low

Receive a virtual high 5 and cosmic good vibes for helping us reach our goal. You’ll receive a shout out from the “Reach For The Sky” social media, and updates on project release information.
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$10USD + Shipping
Postal Service

An autographed commemorative “Reach For The Sky” postcard from the man Cam Zink himself.
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Estimated delivery: November 2015
Ships Worldwide
$15USD + Shipping
Boozie Koozie

Who likes to have a good time? Well shoot, then put that hand down and use it to pick up a sweet “Reach For The Sky” koozie! We all know Cam likes to have a good time. And when he does he reaches for his “Reach For The Sky” koozie to keep his frosty beverage…frostier.
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Estimated delivery: November 2015
Ships to: Canada, European Union, United States
$25USD
Get Down On It

Get loaded! That’s a little “tech slang” we made up for ya. You’ll receive the digital download of “Reach For The Sky.” What could be better than having your new favorite movie available on your computer, tablet, or phone to watch anytime you like? Yep, we’re stumped, too.
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$45USD + Shipping
Instant Makeover

Are the fashion police after you because your style is off the back? Don’t worry, you can shake the heat (and rake in the high-fives from passersby in the process) wearing the limited edition “Reach For The Sky” t-shirt.
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$55USD + Shipping
Mmmm Combos

Combos aren’t just a tasty, synthetic-cheese-filled pretzel treat—no sir. This combo right here, will have you looking super cool in the limited edition “Reach For The Sky” t-shirt, but keeps your frosty beverage even cooler in “Reach For The Sky” koozie.
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$75USD + Shipping
You’re My Boy, Blu!

We have limited edition “Reach For The Sky” Blu Ray DVDs, and we’ll even include everyone’s favorite “Reach For The Sky” koozie to enhance your beverage consumption performance.
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$75USD + Shipping
DVDs For All

Still trapped in the 1990s and don’t have a Blu Ray player, or digital download movies aren’t your thing? Check it out grandpa, we’ve got your “Reach For The Sky” standard DVDs in stock! How about a koozie, too? (A koozie is what the foam canned drink holders are called. The perfect accessory for your can of TaB soda.)
UPDATE: This perk is combined with the Blu Ray and will be sent together, anyone choosing Blu Ray or DVD will receive both discs.
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$125USD + Shipping
Oh Yes We Did!

Apologies in advance for the magnitude of which your mind is about to be blown from this perk package: “Reach For The Sky” t-shirt, digital movie download, and pair of Sensus Swayze bicycle grips. Boom!
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Ships to: Canada, United States
$150USD + Shipping
Bar Flies

We know Zink can hold onto handlebars with the best of them, but now you can hold onto Cam’s signature model Deity Components CZ38 Special handlebar yourself. But wait—there’s more! You’ll also receive a digital download of the movie (Signature model handlebar does not guarantee Zink’s riding ability. Results may vary.)
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Ships to: Canada, United States
$300USD + Shipping
Shopping Spree

Can’t make up your mind on which perk above you like best? Understandable. Therefore, receive the official t-shirt, Zink signature CZ38 Deity handlebar, a digital download of the movie, Blu Ray DVD, plus “Reach For The Sky” poster and koozie. Boom!
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Ships to: Canada, United States
$500USD + Shipping
Feng Shui Improvement Program

Are the poker playing dogs on your wall lonely? Your feng shui needs help. You need the “Reach For The Sky” poster autographed by Cam Zink! We don’t want you running around naked, so we’ll throw in the official t-shirt for you to wear while watching for your name in the credits of your movie digital download.
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$500USD + Shipping
Feng Shui Improvement (DVD)

Are the poker playing dogs on your wall lonely? Your feng shui needs help. You need the “Reach For The Sky” poster autographed by Cam Zink! We don’t want you running around naked, so we’ll throw in the official t-shirt for you to wear while watching for your name in the credits of your Blu Ray DVD.
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$500USD + Shipping
Poster Boy

Does your dojo need more motivational flare? Don’t be ashamed. Behold the solution—the ONE AND ONLY poster from the first screening in Las Vegas a few weeks ago, and it’s autographed by Mr. Zink himself! We’ll throw in a digital download, and a Reach For The Sky t-shirt for your bad self.
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Estimated delivery: November 2015
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$3,000USD + Shipping
Due Credit

The first 3 people contributing at this level will receive an autographed “Reach For The Sky” poster, a personal thank you note from Cam himself, limited edition Blu Ray DVD, digital download of the movie, the limited edition movie t-shirt, Deity CZ38 Special handlebar, and the associate producer film credit.
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$5,800USD + Shipping
Good Times /Associate Producer

The YT Capra has won numerous magazine awards for being one of the best all-mountain bikes in the sport. You’ll receive the carbon fiber, 170mm-travel Capra Pro complete bike, featuring 27.5” wheels, BOS suspension, and e*thirteen TRSr wheels equipped with Maxxis High Roller 2 tires. Plus, a digital download of “Reach For The Sky,” the movie t-shirt, plus Associate Producer film credit. (Available in S,M,L sizes while supplies)
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$5,800USD + Shipping
Good Times / Assoc. Producer 2

How would you like to have the same bike Cam rode to world record jumps and Rampage best trick awards? Your wish is granted! When it comes to performance and style the YT Tues CF Pro is as nasty as they come. You’ll receive the complete bike featuring a carbon fiber frame, 27.5” wheels, BOS suspension, SRAM X01 DH and e*thirteen drivetrain, plus Maxxis High Roller 2 tires. To get you stoked to ride your new rig, a digital download of “Reach For The Sky,” the movie t-shirt
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Ships to: Canada, United States
$12,500USD + Shipping
Good Times / Co-Pro Credit

By contributing at this level, you’re really helping us reach our goals to address our costly footage and music licensing expenses. You’ll receive both the YT Capra Pro and Tues CF Pro bikes listed previously, a personal thank you letter from Cam himself, the limited edition Blu Ray DVD, digital download, movie t-shirt, and the Co-Producer film credit. (Available in S,M,L sizes while supplies)
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Ships to: Canada, United States

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