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Beatles Official Fan Club Secretary Freda Kelly, reaches her movie goal!

Freda Kelly with Paul McCartney, 1962

Freda Kelly with Paul McCartney, 1962

A huge THANK YOU to the 572 backers who helped “The Freda Team” raise their $50,000 goal yesterday- with 2 days to spare before the Nov. 11 deadline on Kickstarter.com! Many of the backers heard about the project right here on TheBeatlesRarity and I am personally grateful for your support as well. The film’s producer Kathy McCabe has informed me that everyone on the team is truly grateful for all the support they have gotten from friends, families, colleagues, and (most of all!) Beatles fans worldwide who helped reach that goal. As of this writing there is still some time left to raise as much money as possible before the Kickstarter deadline runs out (on November 11). The film will undoubtedly cost more than $50,000 to make in the end, so every penny raised will go directly into making Good Ol’ Freda an even better film and pay for additional costs such as licensing footage, still photos, and music. Continue to check in on the Kickstarter site for new rewards until tomorrow’s deadline as well as other info about the project (including a video!). There are still a few pieces of Eric Cash’s artwork available, and Pete Dicks has added a spot on his radio program Beatles and Beyond as a reward (during which you can request every song he plays!), and you can pre-buy the DVD for $25!

Recap: Freda’s documentary film will be called Good Ol’ Freda, as that is what The Beatles shouted out to her on their 1963 Christmas message sent out to all of the fan club members. The film promises to be of intriguing interest to historically minded Beatles fans who have seen her name on all of the fan club newsletters and literature of the 1960′s. Tripod Media is using Kickstarter.com to fund the film. Rewards are given for all donations ranging from signed DVDs, photos of Freda with the Beatles, movie credit, even lunch or a personal tour of Liverpool with Freda! For more details on pledges and prizes, visit the Good Ol’ Freda Kickstater page here.

The Director of Good Ol’ Freda is Ryan White, the producer/director of Pelada, an award-winning documentary about a trip to 25 countries told through the lens of pick-up soccer. The film premiered at the prestigious SXSW Film Festival in 2010 and has played in over 20 film festivals worldwide. It’s been broadcast in as many countries and received rave reviews from Variety, The New York Times, and Sports Illustrated. Prior to Pelada, White had a longstanding collaboration with eight-time Emmy winner Sherry Jones.

Good Ol’ Freda is scheduled for release in late 2012 or early 2013 and will be the first Beatles documentary of its kind.

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