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Kickstarter Launched For WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? Oz Doc

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Kickstarter Launched For WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? Oz DocA new crowd-sourcing campaign for a proposed documentary all about iconic movie memorabilia item the ruby red slippers from THE WIZARD OF OZ titled WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? is now available to support according to a new Kickstarter listing.

The official description of WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? is as follows: "It's been called a classic Hollywood whodunnit mystery. On August 28, 2005 somebody stole one of the most iconic pieces of movie memorabilia, The Ruby Slippers from the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz". They were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN on loan from owner Michael Shaw. The crime was surprisingly unsophisticated in execution, not much more than a late night smash-and-grab. Police arrived on the scene only to find a broken rear-door window and smashed display case that once housed the slippers. No fingerprints were found and to add insult to injury, the security camera had not been operating that night. The shoes were one of four pairs that were actually worn by Judy Garland in the film. The remaining three pairs are scattered across the country, one on display at the Smithsonian, another acquired by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences for a proposed museum and the last pair are privately owned. Today, these seventy-five year old sequin-covered heels are valued at nearly two million dollars each. This case needs to be solved. I believe by making a documentary on the stolen slippers we could raise awareness that would possibly lead to new information coming forward about the whereabouts of the shoes. I will be traveling to Grand Rapids, MN to conduct on-screen interviews with some of the key players in the investigations and find out the current status of the case. The film will be finished by July 2014, just in time for the 75th Anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz". I'll be submitting the finished short film to festivals across the country in hope of starting a nationwide conversation about the stolen shoes."

Additionally, the filmmakers plan to release the documentary in time for the film's 75th anniversary in August of this year should the Kickstarter goals be met in time.

Of note, a wide range of incentives are available on the site already, ranging from t-shirts (such as the one pictures) to DVDs and much more.

More information on WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? is available at the official site here.

View the trailer for WHO STOLE THE RUBY SLIPPERS? below.

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