Nick Stone, ex-AFL star turned Bluestone Lane coffee merchant set to star in Aussie documentary series
Ex-banker and AFL player turned Bluestone Lane coffee establishment founder Nick Stone, is set to share his entrepreneurial journey in a new documentary series.
Stone will bear his soul in the five-part documentary series ‘Australian Entrepreneurs – NYC’, to be filmed in NYC this Spring, by filmmaking family Studio 18a. It will premiere at the Manhattan Cricket Club, New York, in January 2017.
The series will give an honest, insightful, heartfelt and candid behind-the-scenes look into the lives of ten of Australia’s brightest and most creative minds, and give us a glimpse of what it really takes to make it big in New York City.
Other entrepreneurs signed on to the series include globally renowned health author Joe Cross and Founder & Director of Operations at Burke & Wills and the Manhattan Cricket Club, New York City, Tim Harris.
However, there’s one catch. Before the Brisbane husband and wife team embark on this journey with their three children in tow, they need to raise a cool $150,000.
Sam and Lachlan Fletcher will be pulling out all the stops in a 30-day crowd funding campaign, which offers amazing once-in-a-lifetime experiences. For as little as $5 to $5,000, supporters can enjoy lunch with Samantha Wills, to tickets to the New York premiere.
Nick Stone followed his now wife to NYC and built a premium branded business without any prior retail experience or technical capabilities.
“When I was growing up I always held this dream of moving to chase the bright lights of New York. It was such an incredibly alluring place and is the most powerful brand in the world. To have this opportunity to tell my story about how I came to New York and created something, will hopefully provide motivation and support for those who also dream of one day making their mark in The Big Apple.” Says Nick.
Tim Harris, the son of entrepreneurs, grew up helping out in his family’s 2 restaurants. From the age of 9, he was encouraged to come to work and learn the family business. From washing dishes to cooking to Maitre D, Harris was taught the ropes. Harris is Founder and Director of Operations at Burke & Wills Restaurant & The Manhattan Cricket Club in New York City.
“The infectious and unstoppable energy of New York City along with the positivity of the American People really gave me the belief that I was in a great city where great things could happen. Sinatra’s voice kept popping in my head… “If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere….” says Harris.
Co-Director Sam Fletcher says, “This project is all-or-nothing. If we don’t raise $150,000 by 13 July, no-one’s cards will be charged and the project doesn’t receive funds. So it’s important that everybody who thinks this is a cool project digs in and contributes – even a small amount can make a big difference!”
This series is the first of what Sam and Lachlan hope will be an ongoing look at Australian entrepreneurs around the world.
“We’d love the series to be picked up by a network or Netflix”, says Sam.