|Directed by||Richard Kraft,
|Produced by||Richard Kraft|
|Written by||Richard Kraft
|Starring||Stacey J. Aswad,
|Release dates||June 17, 2006|
Finding Kraftland is a 2006 independent documentary from Richard Kraft productions starring Stacey J. Aswad, Richard Kraft, and Nicky Kraft. It premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on June 17, 2006 and continued to play in over 75 film festivals around the globe.
Finding Kraftland is structured as a top ten countdown of the coolest attractions in Kraftland, which is the name given to Richard Kraft's house. Though the host, Stacey, continually bounces around between Richard Kraft's collectibles, the real focus of the film is the bond that develops between Richard and his son Nicky. Richard remarks that, when Nicky was born, he didn't know what to make of him, saying he felt as though an "alien being" was living with him. He then goes on to say that, around the time Nicky turns 3, he realizes that he is "the most interesting person on the planet." This begins a whirl-wind love affair between father and son that sees the two trek around the globe in order to ride every roller coaster, launch themselves into a zero-gravity flight, and generally seek as many thrills as life has to offer. This story unfolds as Richard's collection, which consists of James Bond collectibles from the 1960s, pieces of Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions, thousands of board games, and advertising memorabilia from Richard's childhood, is displayed and poured over by Stacy. The other story line that develops is Richard's relationship with his deceased parents and older brother, David Kraft, who died in 1993 due to Crohns Disease. The documentary comes to a climax when it is discovered that Richard has also developed Crohn's.
Marc Shaiman provides a musical interlude with his performance of a song titled "Yes" which he wrote for his agent, Richard Kraft. The song pokes fun at Richard's inability to say "no" to any film project.
Nicky Kraft also composed a piano piece for the film called Kronicles of Kraftland. It serves as the soundtrack for the ending montage. It is the only original piece of music in the film as all the other cues were picked by Richard Kraft from his extensive film music library.
Austin Wintory composed 21 variations of Kronicles of Kraftland titled Kronicles of Kraftland: 21 Film Score Parody Variations on a Theme as a 21st birthday present for Nicky. The variations are all parodies of Richard Kraft's favorite composers.
Finding Kraftland was intended to be shown once at a joint birthday party for the Krafts and was made as a sweet 16 present for Nicky from his father. The reception at the showing was so great that they decided to submit the documentary to festivals. Completion of the film took place hours before the premier as last minute changes were made and a final audio-mix had yet to be bounced.
- Stacey J. Aswad, (host)
- Richard Kraft, (himself)
- Nicky Kraft, (himself)
- Christophe Beck, (himself)
- Jon Brion (himself)
- Danny Elfman, (himself)
- Alan Menken, (himself)
- John Ottman, (himself)
- Trevor Rabin, (himself)
- Graeme Revell, (himself)
- Marc Shaiman, (himself)
- David Zippel, (himself)
- Michael J. Bell, (kid getting beat up by young Richard Kraft in home movie)
Film festivals and awards
Finding Kraftland was picked to be shown at 62 film festivals, from 2007–2009, winning awards at the following festivals:
- 2007 Santa Fe Film Festival: Best Creative Spirit
- 2007 Central Florida Film Festival: Best Documentary
- 2007 River's Edge International Film Festival: Jury Award
- 2007 The Feel Good Film Festival: 2nd Place, Feature Films
- 2007 BSO Spirit Awards, Spain: Jerry Goldspirit Award (for music)
- 2007 Port Townsend Film Festival: Top Five Favorites, Audience Choice Awards
- 2008 Secret City Film Festival: First place, Documentary Films
- 2008 Tupelo Film Fest: First place, Documentary Films
- 2008 Twin Rivers Multimedia Festival: First place, Documentaries and Outdoor Films
- 2008 Black Earth Film Festival: Best of Fest
- 2008 Lake Havasu International Film Festival: Final Cut Award
- 2008 B Movie Film Festival: Best Documentary
- 2008 Phoenix Film Festival: Best Documentary
- 2008 Columbus International Film Festival: Honorable Mention
- 2008 Accolade Film Awards: Best Creativity/Originality, Best Editing, Best Humor/Humorist and Viewer Impact/Best Entertainment Value
Richard Kraft and his son Nicky have expressed interest in making two sequels to Finding Kraftland. In an interview, Nicky joked, "[...]the second one will be called Selling Kraftland. At the end of that movie, Richard dies and becomes Obi-Wan Kenobi for the third movie, where I raise my son and he gives me ghostly words of wisdom from beyond the grave." When asked if sequels to Finding Kraftland were seriously being considered, Richard responded, "Oh, absolutely! You can’t have lived this and then go, 'Well, that was the end of it!'"
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- "Tupelo Film Fest Wrapped Tonight". Scene Now. 2008-05-18.
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- "2008 Phoenix Film Festival Winners". Phoenix Film Festival.
- "2008 Award of Merit/Film". The Accolade Film Awards.
- Armstrong, Josh E. "Touring Kraftland". Armstrong Interviews. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
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