One of the best documentaries from 2009's South by Southwest Film Festival was Aron Gaudet's The Way We Get By. It tells the story of a group of senior citizens who make a regular habit of being the greeters and well-wishers of our troops headed off to (and returning home from) the Middle East. Bill Knight, Joan Gaudet and Jerry Mundy are amongst those shaking the hands of our brave soldiers and reminding them that someone is thinking of them as they head in and out of danger. More than that, though, Gaudet's film is a tribute to the old folks as well, a group of citizens that, like our protectors, occasionally exist as a faceless void on the radar of the decision makers. The DVD is available to own as we speak (and via iTunes as well), but the filmmakers are asking for your help to make this special film even better.

They want to bulk up the available package and produce a 2-disc Collector's Edition of the film. But without an official distributor that can be rather difficult. Therefore, a donation of as little as $20 will help make this a reality. With that you get a theatrical-sized poster. Nice, but for $40 you can get a copy of the eventual deluxe version. Provided of course that the filmmakers are able to reach the $5,000 goal they need to make it happen. If they don't reach it by May 1, all funding will be lost. Forty bucks might be double what you normally pay for any standard DVD, but this is hardly the kind of 2-disc Special Edition where all you get is an extra digital copy for your dollars...