We're oh-so-close. I'm currently tying up the remaining loose ends on the film and aiming to “lock picture” by the end of the month. At that point, we’ll need to do some technical work (sound mix, sound edit, color correction) to get it ready for festivals. In order to help us get to the finish line, co-producer Jessica Wolfson and I are throwing a fundraising party on April 16 at Alison Eighteen restaurant in Chelsea/Flatiron.
A number of special guests have come on board for the event. Writer Jonathan Franzen, filmmaker Mary Harron, and musician Craig Finn (of the Hold Steady) — all of whom are in the film — and filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann, who has been a huge supporter of the project, will be present, speaking about the Mekons and the film. Then we'll show a 15-20 minute sneak peek. Dogfish Head Brewery and Two Boots are providing free beer and pizza, and there will be hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. And lots of Mekons music, of course.
For the record: I remain forever grateful for your contribution to the Kickstarter campaign, which paid for the entirety of the edit. As I mentioned in a previous update, I was reluctant to initiate another Kickstarter effort — even though many of you urged me to do so — because I didn't want to feel like I was taking advantage of your already considerable goodwill. Somehow, it just didn't feel right. The fact of the matter, though, is that I'm still well short of what I need to release the film. After weighing a number of options the fundraising party felt like the most viable. We're hoping to have one in Chicago in the coming weeks as well.
It promises to be a fun night. If you're in New York and would like to attend — or want to visit for the occasion — the invite with all the details is attached. I hope to see you there!