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If there’s any MMA fighter who deserves to have a documentary made about him it’s Jens Pulver, who survived a profoundly abusive childhood and went on to become the UFC’s first 155-pound champion, but now faces his last ride after losing four straight fights in the WEC. The above clip is from a work-in-progress called Driven by filmmaker Gregory Bayne. If you watch it, you’ll most likely have a strong urge to see the whole thing. There’s one small problem: It’s not even close to finished, and Bayne needs funding to keep working on it. As he explains on

Jens is set to fight on March 6, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. To insure that I can film the entire lead up to the fight, (his training, his day to day family life, any wrenches that get thrown into the mix), and join Jens in Ohio, I am seeking to raise $25,000 in just 20 days. These funds will be used to secure the gear we need for production (Additional HD Camera, lighting, and sound recording equipment), and to hire an additional cameraman and sound mixer, as well as to cover insurance costs, and all the costs of (transportation, lodging, etc.) associated with bringing the crew to the fight in Ohio. While this doesn’t represent the entire scope or budget of the film, it is the most pressing financial need as I hope to capture this story as it unfolds.

Right now, supporters have pledged $1,045 of the $25,000 goal, with just 16 days until the deadline. So if you have any charity-money left after giving your life savings to Wyclef Jean, click on this link to read more about the project — and what each level of donation will get you in return — and hit that green "Back This Project" box to toss in a few bucks. Every little bit helps.

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Jonnyg10s- July 11, 2011 at 11:50 am
After reading this article I did some searching online and found out that the film is now on iTunes to rent and buy. I checked it out last night and really liked it. Here's the link:
gregorybayne- January 20, 2010 at 9:24 pm
I'm the guy making the film, and I want to sincerely thank all of you who have contributed, and are spreading the word.

I know that there is a lot going on in the world today, and a lot of very immediate causes that absolutely deserve our attention, and our dollars. I also know that the down economy has affected many, in incredibly real, devastatingly profound ways. So, believe me I don't take it lightly when anyone chooses to back this film.

In that same spirit, I don't take the making of this film lightly either. I have a lot of respect for Jens, and want to do everything I can to make a film that is as remarkable as he is. Based on the emails I have been receiving, I know that he has already touched many lives. I believe that his story is at the same time heartbreaking, and utterly inspirational. (if you haven't read his book, I recommend doing so.) And, I humbly hope, that through the power of film he, and his story can receive the voice, and recognition they deserve, while reaching the people that need to hear his message of perseverance and triumph the most.

I can ensure that I am in no way being frivolous with the funds I am seeking. I can imagine the image that comes to mind when someone says 'filmmaker', I get it. I'm just a simple guy from Idaho, who happens to make films. At the end of the day I'm just trying to tell a story that I think matters.

Specifically in terms of why I am asking for the money, and doing it in this way. First, in regard to gear, on films you generally rent do to the high costs of equipment, as well, I'm an film editor by trade, so the majority of my equipment investment is in post production gear. Second, I did seek out financing, but, as we all know in this economy investment dollars are few and far between, especially for film, even more so for documentaries. So I, partnered with Jens, have taken this cause to the community at large.

I don't expect that everyone can contribute for a minute, and owe a deep debt of gratitude (and DVDs) to those that can and do.

Again, I appreciate all the comments here, positive or negative.

If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to email me: greg(at)thislovelymachine(dot)com.

Thanks, everyone. Gregory Bayne
gregorybayne- January 20, 2010 at 8:55 pm
Ps. Cage Potato. Thanks for the post. Very kind of you.
gregorybayne- January 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm
You donate $2500 you can have the open bar.
cagefightmon- January 19, 2010 at 3:19 pm
@UFC Fan
Looks like I am not the only one that believes you're a 'tard, UFC Fan, . . . your own family thinks of you as a disgrace.
That's Hilarious!
Smitty- January 18, 2010 at 4:00 pm
If Gregory Bayne is already a film maker, why doesn't he have all that equipment already??? I'm with kempo666, I've already been laid off, and there are more important things to spend the money I don't have on.
Seoul Brother- January 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm
C'mon - let's not pick on UFC Fans Wife and Daughter. After all, we know they're the same bitch.
Dagnut- January 17, 2010 at 10:09 am
might be good chance for break media to get their name associated with a decent movie? Could become a cult classic? He's going to need a distributor to take a big healthy cut of the profits
I donated 30 euro which is about 8415 dollars
cwr- January 17, 2010 at 9:40 am
So potato... Have you managed to fork any money over for Pulver?
UFC fan- January 17, 2010 at 9:19 am
shut up bitches get back in the barrel. It will be cagefights turn soon enough.
MMA42- January 17, 2010 at 9:12 am
This thread just got interesting (grabs some nachos and watches fireworks) Anyway, good luck Jens. Hoping for the best for you
KTM 212- January 17, 2010 at 8:03 am
Thats some funny shit!!
UFC Fans Wife- January 17, 2010 at 7:05 am
hey hun, don't be mad at your father.

He is just angry because he can not pleasure me properly. He's horrible at sex. I don't blame him though, I blame his small penis.
UFC Fans Daughter- January 17, 2010 at 4:36 am
Sorry guys, my dad has been up all night drinking and beating me and my mother

He doesnt know how to handle his anger so he takes it out on us and the internet
kempo666- January 17, 2010 at 3:38 am
Uh... with the economy in utter implosion... How about fuck your documentary... Many of us are one (count 'em...ONE) paycheck away from homelessness.
Jens, if I see you on the street, I'll fight you for what I have in my pocket... It might be $20 from Plasma clinic...
Fuck a movie... I didnt even read the book.
No disrespect, but really?
UFC fan- January 16, 2010 at 11:13 pm
"cagefightmon Says:
Sat, 01/16/2010 - 14:19

@UFC Fan
Please don't have children . . . your genes are worthless.

Good luck Jens, I will be rooting for you."

You must be right, my daughter just said to tell you to go take a flying fuck out a jet airplane....damn these kids nowadays, they are worthless.
jayesscee- January 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm
I had a website that might have helped fund this doc but It marks any websites as spam without review...sooo all I can say is go JENS!
Squigherder- January 16, 2010 at 7:41 pm
I read catered dinner, but was looking for open bar. Maybe that change would help with the 2500 donations.
NinJay- January 16, 2010 at 7:11 pm
Wow. I have always liked Pulver even without knowing some of his life story. Makes me life him even more. I only wish that he wins in March and then retires. Go out a winner. Easier said then done though. If he does win he will most likely think he can keep winning. Age catches up with the best of athletes, even sooner it seems in the combat sports world.
philibuster- January 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm
I wanna donate but I just gave like $100 to the haiti thing.
whitey- January 16, 2010 at 6:25 pm
if i had money i would donate. i would cover the whole thing if i could.
Randy Pan- January 16, 2010 at 6:10 pm
Pulver is a nice guy, and his story is pretty compelling. Compelling enough to raise $25,000 to fund a documentary about him training for his next fight? I guess we'll find out.
And fuck the fuckin Diaz brothers Fuck em all- January 16, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Hmmm donate to Jens or Haiti?? I don't think Jens is gonna come into my hood shooting ppl I threw in 50 to Jens
Marty Cone- January 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm
Donated $25.....It was sadder than the animal shelter commercials.
RearNakedPoke- January 16, 2010 at 3:38 pm
i have always liked Jens...good luck bro