problem

It’s been a long time – too long! Baseball fans have waited nearly a decade for a quality, well-marketed baseball movie. Meanwhile, Hollywood funding for feature films has fixated on high-budget, formulaic, action-adventure stories based on comic books. They’ve ignored many modest budget projects in other genres, leaving theaters with less films to show and moviegoers with few choices for heartwarming dramas and comedies.

And it’s left millions of baseball fans without a movie that feeds their passion and speaks to their souls for far too long.

solution

Create a baseball “dramedy” with a unique, award-winning script based on true events. With story and audience aligned, we’re inviting fans to become owners, each making a modest investment in this revolutionary approach to movie funding. This is in stark contrast to a few insulated Hollywood executives funding a formulaic movie in search of an audience.

We’re inviting fans to invest in the project. We don’t want benefactors, we want owners!

We believe The Dude is Legit! is The Rookie meets Heaven Can Wait

Movie logline: Thanks to help from the Baseball Gods, a 50-year-old pitcher makes his professional debut three decades after a devastating shoulder injury crushes his dream and creates a dysfunctional relationship with the game.

value proposition

The Dude Is Legit! has at least five compelling aspects that make it a unique and timely project:

1. An Award-winning script. The Dude Is Legit! is more than just a good baseball story, as the script has won “best of” for dramas in three recent film festivals.

2. Based on true events. Audiences long for heartwarming underdog stories, especially those based on true events. The Dude Is Legit! is based on the true story of a 51-year-old fulfilling a childhood dream of playing professional baseball. It’ll make you think twice about using age as an excuse.

3. The Baseball Gods captivate imagination. The Baseball Gods add an intriguing angle to the story, urging us to question coincidences in our own lives. For as long as players have lamented their bad luck, they’ve believed the Baseball Gods determine their fate. Their job is simple: They make sure everybody gets what’s comin’ to ‘em.

4. Finally, a Baseball movie. It’s time! We’ve waited nine years since the most recent box office successes “Million Dollar Arm” (2014), “42” (2013) and “Moneyball” (2011). Baseball fans LOVE their baseball movies!

5. Fan Owned. Baseball fans have a chance to OWN a piece of The Dude Is Legit!. Through this “Equity Crowdfunding” opportunity, baseball fans can own equity in the production company.

Each of these project components adds interest and marketability and creates enormous potential for earned media to create a large, intrigued, and engaged audience.

the movie

Thanks to help from the Baseball Gods, a 50-year-old pitcher makes his professional debut 30 years after a devastating shoulder injury crushes his dream and creates a dysfunctional relationship with the game.

Dan earns a D-1 baseball scholarship, but a shoulder injury ends his promising pitching career and dream of playing pro ball, leaving him to wonder if he was ever good enough. He returns to adult baseball 30 years later reminding him of his passion and love of the game. Playing awakens a fiery and dysfunctional combination of competitiveness and frustration at being a “coulda-been.”

The Baseball Gods narrate this improbable tale, led by Goldy, an insightful pitching veteran from the Negro Leagues, and Karma, a feisty softball catcher. They discover that Dan’s injury was their mistake and must put aside their failed romance to intervene at key points in Dan’s life to fix it. As Goldy and Karma wrestle with guilt, forgiveness, and training Earl, a struggling Baseball God, they devise a way for Dan to start on the mound for a team in the Pecos League against 23-year-old studs. Can he heal his relationship with the game and finally believe he’s “legit” on the field and in his own heart and mind?

Anyone with an unfulfilled dream – especially due to bad luck – can identify with Dan’s struggle to make peace with his passion, and the Baseball Gods offer a fresh, comedic angle to this heartwarming true story.

your name in the credits

All investors are planned to be recognized in several ways:

  • Name in movie credits. All investors are planned to be listed under “Thank you to the following fan owners:” banner (listed alphabetically according to height).
  • Certificate of ownership. Investors can download a PDF certificate of ownership in The Dude Is Legit!
  • Chance to be in the movie! Receive one entry into a drawing to be an on-set extra in the film! We plan to select 20 investor fans for this opportunity - two are planned to be expenses-paid.

For more information, visit the movie website here

success to date

The Dude Is Legit! has won “Best of” at three recent industry film competitions:

an innovative model

The traditional model for moviemaking in Hollywood is that a few, well-insulated movie executives make the decisions on what stories get made. They make one big bet (investment), hoping they can find an audience.

However, it is widely reported that 80% of studio films fail to make a profit, often because the studios don’t know what audiences want (Forbes). This makes them .200 hitters!

The Dude Is Legit! aims to flip this model. Instead of a project in search of story and audience, we’re starting with an aligned story and audience. Rather than a few people making one large bet, we’re inviting baseball fans to each make a small bet on a project that resonates with them. These fan investors become the film’s biggest cheerleaders helping grow a large audience.

the creative team

Having a great director, producers and cinematographer is essential to a film’s success. The goal of The Dude is Legit! is to have a creative team chosen for both storytelling ability AND enthusiasm to bring this funny, heartwarming story to life. We plan to continue discussions and interviews with directors through this initial equity crowdfunding phase of the project. Here’s what we’re looking for:

Director. Make us feel the highs and lows. An experienced artist with skill in showing the depth of characters and their emotional arcs. A visionary with an eagerness and ability to collaborate with other talent to tell a compelling story. Love of baseball is essential; thorough understanding of the game is desired.

Producer(s). Enhance the wonderment of the story. Experience with CGI and SFX may be essential to highlight the mystery and uniqueness of the Baseball Gods. Skilled project managers and problem solvers, producer(s) may have the knowledge, experience, and network to guide the project from pre-production through distribution. Love of baseball is essential; thorough understanding of the game is desired.

Cinematographer. Push the envelope. Use unique camera angles, lighting, and camera movement to punctuate action and character development. Use drones and other technology to create baseball action that connects the audience to the romance of the game.

Baseball Advisory Team. Put the audience in the dugout. A team of current and / or former players can ensure the authenticity of the baseball action. They plan to train actors on baseball skills and source talent for baseball scenes / extras / stunts.

market

Baseball fans LOVE their game and are a massive demographic that’s easy to identify and reach. They self-identify, configuring their social media and news feeds for the latest info on players, games, trivia, and history. They wear baseball apparel with pride and attend games as players, parents of players, and fans of college and professional teams.

movie budget

The current planned budget for the movie project is between $8MM and $10MM.

Budget variables include costs for lead talent, marketing, and locations.

Costs may be offset by state and local incentive programs that could vary between 20% to 40%.

The plan is for the creative team (once onboard) and executive producer to decide upon (finalize) the variables to determine a working budget.

the true story

Dan Clemens: Chasing the Dream

In June 2019 Dan got the call every baseball player dreams of: “You want to come play pro ball?”

For Dan, the call was 30 years late, three decades after a devastating shoulder injury and three surgeries ended his promising D-1 pitching career.

A few days later he took the mound for the Tucson Saguaros of the independent Pecos League against 23-year-olds fresh from D-1 and D-2 programs and several previous MLB draftees working their way back to affiliated ball.

Despite the age difference, Dan took a shutout into the fifth inning, prompting his youthful teammates to exclaim: THE DUDE IS LEGIT!

The experience was a highlight of Dan’s career, but many of his most memorable and meaningful experiences in the game have come as high school coach (five years) and youth coach (11 years). He’s also played in competitive adult leagues for more than 20 years, pitching on four national championship teams.

After telling this story to hundreds of friends (really anyone who would listen), he and his sister Laurie co-wrote the movie script The Dude Is Legit!. The screenplay is true to Dan’s story and shows his dysfunctional relationship with the game: He couldn’t be away from the game he loved, but being close to it reminded him of what he lost in college. His story brings out themes of following your passion, aging, and unconditional love.

The script also highlights the important role the Baseball Gods play in the game, ensuring “everybody gets what’s comin’ to ‘em.” They comically narrate the story, realizing that Dan’s college injury was their mistake and have to figure out a way to make things right.

How else do you explain a 51-year-old making his professional debut?

Have you had experience with the Baseball Gods?

previous baseball movies

Over the past three decades many good baseball movies have been made. It’s time for another that tells a heartwarming story in a unique way.

**All figures are in actual dollars (non-adjusted) from IMDB.

Don’t you wish you could have owned a piece of one of these baseball films?

You DO have a chance with the next one – invest now!

team

Dan Clemens
Executive Producer, Co-writer
Dan is a project manager, business consultant, and professional writer, winning multiple awards for his first screenplay, The Dude Is Legit!. A veteran of several Fortune 500 companies as employee and consultant, Dan has mastered the art of corporate storytelling, helping leaders and employees communicate more effectively up, down and across the organization. He’s managed communications and change management aspects of complex, multi-million dollar projects and initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Dan authored the book A Perfect Season: A Coach’s Journey to Learning, Competing, and Having Fun in Youth Baseball. A former D-1 pitcher, Dan has coached high school baseball and several youth sports. Dan has a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. His undergraduate work is in Speech Communication at Colorado State University.
Don Robinson
Advisor, Business Strategy
Don is an advisor and business consultant to the project. An avid baseball fan, Don is founder and CEO of Metre22, a business strategy consulting firm. In addition to working with many US, Canada and Europe-based enterprise clients, Don is also an entrepreneur and serves as a board member for several successful startups and one publicly traded electronics manufacturing firm. He has served on the board for the Chicago and North Texas Chapters of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a national organization focused on providing information and education to directors of corporate and not-for-profit organizations. He has taught MBA level classes as an adjunct faculty member at SMU’s Cox School of Business. Don holds an MBA from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Texas A&M University. His specialties include leading complex initiatives, corporate strategy, merger & acquisition integration, leading diverse teams, building companies for sustained profitable growth.

David Hierholzer
Lead Financial Advisor
David Hierholzer is contributing to the production company in a financial advisory role. He has 30 years of experience in accounting, finance, financial analysis, budgeting, and cash forecasting in the private sector. He currently is the CFO for a software company based in Austin, TX. David played baseball at Kansas State University and after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals, he pitched professionally at the A level for two seasons. He has degrees in finance and management from Kansas State.
Laurie Clemens-Maier
Co-writer
A Colorado native, Laurie is an award-winning writer and actor. Her script, I Met Her at Birkenau, won Best Feature Screenplay at the Golden Pen Script Awards and features strong female characters discovering what they’re willing to do to stay alive. A Lily So Fair, co-written with Dennis Crowder, a finalist in The Monthly Film Festival, shows another strong female protagonist struggling to survive at the turn of the century Chicago. Pink Boa is an insightful and disturbing look at sex trafficking told from the female perspective. Laurie has also written, produced, and acted in several shorts, including her directorial debut in Deadvolt, and is female lead in the series Confluence. A teacher for 30 years, Laurie taps her passions for history and current events for her feature screenplays on historical subjects. An avid reader, she also was a high school gymnast and played softball.

Use of Proceeds


If the offering's maximum amount of $1,235,000 is raised:

UseValue% of Proceeds
Key talent/creative team$250,00020.2%
Movie production$904,48573.2%
Accounting, legal, admin$20,0001.6%
Intermediary fees$60,5154.9%

Terms

This is an offering of Class A Units, under registration exemption 4(a)(6), in LegitDude21 LLC, doing business as The Dude Is Legit!. This offering must raise at least $10,000 by September 29, 2023 at 11:59pm ET. If this offering doesn’t reach its target, then your money will be refunded. The Dude Is Legit! may issue additional securities to raise up to $1,235,000, the offering’s maximum.

If the offering is successful at raising the maximum amount, then the company’s implied valuation after the offering (sometimes called its post-money valuation) will be:

6,488,000 units
×
$1.25 per unit
$8,110,000implied valuation

Financials

The Dude Is Legit!’s official name is LegitDude21 LLC, so that’s the name that appears in the statements below.

These financial statements have been reviewed by an independent Certified Public Accountant.

SEC Filings

The Offering Statement is a formal description of the company and this transaction. It’s filed with the SEC to comply with the requirements of exemption 4(a)(6) of the Securities Act of 1933.

We’re also required to share links to each of the SEC filings related to this offering with investors.

Understand the Risks

Be sure to understand the risks of this type of investment. No regulatory body (not the SEC, not any state regulator) has passed upon the merits of or given its approval to the securities, the terms of the offering, or the accuracy or completeness of any offering materials or information posted herein. That’s typical for Regulation CF offerings like this one.

Neither Netcapital nor any of its directors, officers, employees, representatives, affiliates, or agents shall have any liability whatsoever arising from any error or incompleteness of fact or opinion in, or lack of care in the preparation or publication of, the materials and communication herein or the terms or valuation of any securities offering.

The information contained herein includes forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or to future financial performance, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, that may cause actual results to be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which are, in some cases, beyond the company’s control and which could, and likely will, materially affect actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. Any forward-looking statement reflects the current views with respect to future events and is subject to these and other risks, uncertainties, and assumptions relating to operations, results of operations, growth strategy, and liquidity. No obligation exists to publicly update or revise these forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

More Info

Updates

  • Jan 29, 2024
    We are excited to announce THE DUDE IS LEGIT!...

    We are excited to announce THE DUDE IS LEGIT! won “Best Feature Length Screenplay” in the Garden State Film Festival.

    Winning means the script receives a 90-minute table read by actors cast by festival organizers at the 22nd annual event in New Jersey in March.

    This is GREAT recognition for the project and helps with our ongoing conversations with potential financial and production partners. Stay tuned for more updates!

  • Dec 22, 2023
  • Oct 4, 2023
    **Thank You!** As we jump into baseball...

    Thank You!

    As we jump into baseball playoff season, thank you for making the equity crowdfunding campaign a success for The Dude Is Legit!. We’re off to the races!

    We said during the campaign that it had been nearly a decade since the last good, well-marketed baseball film. On August 25 The Hill starring Dennis Quaid hit theaters, and this faith-based film offers some important insights for The Dude Is Legit!.

    (Click on the PDF to read more)

    The Dude Is Legit! - Update 10.3.23.pdf
  • Sep 30, 2023
    Primary offering finalized, selling 58,398 units
    Sold 58,398 units at $1.25 for a total of $72,997.50
  • Aug 15, 2023
    # Castle Rock’s Dan Clemens, Pecos League’s...

    Castle Rock’s Dan Clemens, Pecos League’s oldest winning pitcher at 55, lives on love for the game

    The former Douglas County High School star channeled his pitching journey into an award-winning movie script

    By KYLE NEWMAN | knewman@denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: August 11, 2023 at 5:45 a.m.

    Dan Clemens’ mark in professional baseball came nearly four decades, and three shoulder surgeries, later than he hoped. But when it finally did happen — this summer, the 55-year-old became the oldest winning pitcher in Pecos League history — the Castle Rock resident became cleated proof that it’s never too late to realize your dreams.

    “There’s some validation relating to my age, and to my journey to get here,” Clemens said. “No, I can’t do the things I did when I was 18. But I still have that love for the game, and there’s satisfaction in that (older me) has learned how to do things different to be competitive. I was able to finally find a way to do it my way, and at my age.

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  • Jul 28, 2023
    # *The Dude Is Legit!* featured on Colorado...

    The Dude Is Legit! featured on Colorado Morning News

    Executive Producer Dan Clemens participated in an interview on Colorado Morning News on July 24. (The link headline erroneously refers to the project as a “documentary” rather than a “feature film”).

    The project recently passed the $50,000 milestone on Netcapital and is preparing for a “Demo Day” pitch to the Netcapital investment community on August 3 @ 2pm ET.

    The screenplay is a “FINALIST” in the Cordillera International Film Festival, with awards announced at a gala in Reno, Nevada on July 29.

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  • Jul 14, 2023
    Primary offering of 988,000 units at $1.25
  • Jul 14, 2023

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