I recently blogged a piece about Michael Wilson’s crowdfunded documentary ‘God Is Incredible’. Funds of nearly $12,000 were received by Wilson back in June 2012 thanks to the generosity of 152 backers.
In the years following, promised release and preview dates came and went without being fulfilled and updates became sparse until they ceased altogether in January 2014. I set out investigating this with the hope of getting some information for those who are wondering how their money has been spent. In the process of writing my blog piece I reached out to Wilson for comment. His statement is reproduced below, verbatim – with permission:
I have been terrible at providing updates and I apologize for this. I have been delayed for several reasons including major surgery, change if employment that made things difficult, the near arrival1 of my first child but mostly being overwelmed with the massive task that I was completely underprepared for. I wanted to have something to show before I made another update but this kept drifting later and later as I kept second guessing what I was producing.
I know I have disappointed a lot of people. My plan going forward is to release a short of each interview on a monthly basis with the final feature out towards the of the year.
- I think this may have been intended as ‘new arrival’. I am waiting on a response from Wilson to clarify ↩
- A funder was asked to wire $2,000 NZD ($1,500 USD at 2012 conversion rates) to Wilson’s wife’s business account. This amount does not appear to be accounted for in the list of funders on the INDIEGOGO campaign page, meaning it’s possible this $1,500 is in addition to the $10,000 raised. 03 June 2015 Note – I originally reported this additional amount in US Dollars, until the contributor informed me it was actually a New Zealand Dollar amount, meaning a now amended difference of -$500 USD to the total amount. The total amount of funds, in US dollars now stands at just over $11,500 ↩