Is the manufacture of high-end acoustic guitars in a village in Uganda changing the world? Explore this journey with us as we find out.
CAN A GUITAR CHANGE THE WORLD?
Let's find out -- because it might be doing just that, in the form of a self-sustaining, non-profit organization called DuncanAfrica Guitars.
I need your help to create the documentary that will tell this INCREDIBLE story and explore its success. PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR THIS STORY - it could have a dramatic ripple effect on how we empower those in need, and not only give them the tools to be successful, but do it with dignity and purpose.
As we take this journey from Nashville to Uganda, Vancouver, and beyond, this guitar will be placed in the hands of some of the finest guitarists in the world - in some of the finest recording studios in the world - on some of the biggest stages, and in some of the most intimate environments - and that music will provide the soundtrack for the entire project. Along the way, we are going to tell this story to everyone from aspiring musicians to rock stars, and I want you along for the ride -- because this idea is bigger than any one person. This journey is one that goes halfway around the world and logs thousands of miles, all to tell the story of the guitar in my hands.
The last thing I will tell you is that I have never met Jay Duncan, nor have I visited his facilities in Canada, or ever encountered the people of Uganda. I will meet these people just as you do, and we will take this journey together. I know the outline of this story, and the obvious passion behind the guitar that rests in my hands. I know it is something good, and I believe that there are untold stories of hope, love, and recovery that are destined to come out of this project. Flights to Uganda are extremely expensive, but I have asked for the minimum amount necessary to make this project successful and of a high quality. The more we raise, the more creative we can be with our resources to not only travel, shoot the video, and edit, but to promote, market, and distribute this documentary to the public.
As I wrote in my blog, “As I was strumming this guitar, I looked at the intricate craftsmanship and thought about all of the lives that have benefited from its manufacture -- the sense of purpose and the economic viability it has brought to those who had once only dreamt of such things. It made me smile and shake my head in wonder... Suddenly, the music from that guitar sounded just a little sweeter and the notes sustained a little longer. As the sounds hung in the air, I knew this was a powerful lesson: teach a man to build guitars, and the music just might change a village... a war-torn nation... maybe even the world.”
Thank you in advance for your support - this is going to be something that is not only interesting and entertaining, but it will reach a lot of people in a meaningful way.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 23, 2012.
May 15, 2012 - Jun 23, 2012
Pledge $1 or more
You will receive a digital download of a single from the documentary soundtrack, our thanks, and encouragement to donate more!!!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive a special handwritten limited-edition postcard with our sincere thanks featuring a beautiful DuncanAfrica guitar image. Also, you will receive exclusive project updates, the email newsletter and the single song digital download.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive a special HD link of the documentary as soon as it is completed, the handwritten postcard, and the single download as well.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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You will receive a special Pre-Release DVD of the documentary, as well as the handwritten postcard, a personal phone call from the director, the single download, and the HD video link of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
You will receive a DuncanAfrica t-shirt, guitar pick, special Pre-Release DVD of the documentary, in addition to receiving a handwritten postcard, a personal phone call from the director, and an HD link of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Special Pre-Release DVD AND CD of the soundtrack (performed on DuncanAfrica guitars) plus you will receive the handwritten postcard, the digital single download, a personal phone call from the director, and an HD link of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive a special Thank You in the credits of the film, a DuncanAfrica film poster signed by Jay Duncan and the director, a DuncanAfrica t-shirt, guitar pick, special Pre-Release DVD of the documentary, the handwritten postcard, a personal phone call from the director, the digital single download, and an HD link of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $200 or more
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A special, individually signed and numbered, limited-edition hardcover coffee-table photo book, featuring beautiful photos of DuncanAfrica Guitars, the hardwoods and materials, and photos from the filming of the documentary in Uganda as well as Vancouver, BC. Only 200 of these gorgeous books will be made. This particular reward is just for the book and does not include other or previous rewards.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You will receive all rewards 1-7 plus a special Pre-Release of the Soundtrack CD to the DuncanAfrica film - performed with DuncanAfrica guitars. Includes the special Thank You in the credits of the film, a DuncanAfrica film poster signed by Jay Duncan and the director, a DuncanAfrica t-shirt, guitar pick, special Pre-Release DVD of the documentary, the handwritten postcard, a personal phone call from the director, the digital single download, and an HD link of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $500 or more
You will be listed as an Associate Producer of the film in the end credits. You will receive previous rewards 1-7, 8, 9, plus an additional 3 copies each of the Pre-Release DVD and Pre-Release CD to share with your friends or give as gifts.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $750 or more
Everything listed previously (except the Limited Edition Art Book), plus two tickets to attend the film screening in either Nashville, TN or Vancouver, BC.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
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Everything listed above (exception of Limited Edition Photo Art Book) and tickets to the film screening in either Nashville or Vancouver, plus hotel accommodations for 2 for 2 nights surrounding the screening, plus a special dinner for two at a fine local restaurant.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
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For current owners of DuncanAfrica guitars - here is your opportunity to have a song placed on the documentary film soundtrack. You will also receive rewards 1-7, 9, 10, including 2 tickets to the screenings, and 10 copies of the soundtrack CD. *Songs/recordings must be approved by Producer.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $7,500 or more
A DuncanAfrica guitar, plus everything listed 1-7, 9, 10, AND the opportunity to record a song for the film soundtrack if you desire, AND the opportunity to be filmed with your guitar as part of the ending credits of the documentary. (Base model guitar - extras and custom add-ons will be extra)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $10,000 or more
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A private DuncanAfrica film screening and live concert in your home. Invite up to 50 guests, and the Director/Producer will travel to your home with a special guest artist or artists to screen the film, talk about the making of it, and perform a live concert. Must be located within the contiguous US or Canada, and within reasonable distance to a major airport. Also includes rewards 1-7, 9, and 10.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012