Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of the creative class.
This lyrical documentary provides a telescopic view into the lives of Austin's vibrant young musicians as they grapple with questions of artistic integrity, commercialism, experimentation, and the future of their beloved city. Directed by Nathan Christ and photographed by Robert Garza, Echotone is a cultural portrait of the modern American city examined through the lyrics and lens of its creative class.
At every turn we have scraped together resources from the love of family, friends, and community to achieve a singular cinematic feat. Through screening Echotone in multiple cities we’ve discovered its universality across America and the world.
As the film approaches widespread release this month, we’ve chosen to continue telling the story through the Echotone Series Pilot initiative.
Echotone opened theatrically to rave reviews at the reRun Theater in New York on Sept 9. and at the Alamo South Lamar in Austin on Sept. 11. It will be available on DVD on Sept. 13 and Digitally Sept. 27 at EchotoneFilm.com.
Echotone: The Road to an Audience
After drawing 500 people to the small town of Marfa, Texas, for the World Premiere at the Marfa Film Festival (the largest turnout to a MFF screening ever), Echotone spent its time on the festival circuit playing large international festivals like the Starz Denver International Film Festival and small communities like Chambersburg, PA’s, Waking Giant Festival.
For the past 18 months we’ve worked harder than we ever thought imaginable, stapling Echotone flyers to every telephone pole in every city we could find, asking more of friends than we probably should - crashing on couches or asking them to drive us and the film's musicians halfway across the country for a guerrilla screening tour. Bringing Echotone to the world, whether in world-class theaters or projected onto dive bar walls, has been a full-blown marathon.
We have won the Hill Country Film Festival and the Northside Music Festival in Brooklyn, and sold out 10 screenings in our hometown of Austin. Now we charge toward widespread release on digital and DVD, and theatrically in New York on Sept. 9 at the reRun Theater in Brooklyn and again in Austin right before Austin City Limits Festival.
It’s been a difficult journey, bootstrapped from day one. At key moments in the film's life, friends and strangers have stepped up and helped just as we thought we were about to falter, renewing our faith in the integrity of our creative community. This support is what has led us to keep telling the story in other cities. We believe that now is our time.
Echotone Series Pilot
Echotone’s relevance in other cities has been impossible to ignore, and has forged many partnerships that continue to reveal powerful stories. The Echotone series is a 6-part 6-hour expansion of the film, showing similar stories in Austin, Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Kickstarter proceeds provide finishing funds for a series pilot episode, which will enable us to prove and pitch the concept and secure a broadcast deal to fund and produce the series.
Director Nathan Christ and Photographer Robert Garza have already been on the street filming in Chicago in June 2011 with the likes of Buddy Guy, White Mystery, Mannequin Men, and more, and now in New York in September 2011 with important stories at the endangered Chelsea Hotel, and with Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Les Savy Fav, and others. We plan to shoot Los Angeles by the end of 2011 and finish the pilot by late January 2012.
Behind the Scenes Photography by Jen Jones here!
The Kickstarter Campaign
Some are familiar with Kickstarter as a crowd-sourced funding tool. You receive a benefit package for your donation level, detailed to the right. We used Kickstarter early in Echotone’s life to raise $5,000 for production funding. Additionally we introduced one of Echotone’s musicians, Dana Falconberry, to Kickstarter and she raised 82% more than her target to fund production of a new album.
Now we are using Kickstarter to fund the production of the Echotone series pilot. It's important to note that we will not receive any funds at all until we meet our funding goal. Please contribute what you can and share this link on your Facebook, Twitter, blog, and email list to help us reach the goal.Get Involved
Artists Get Involved
- Aggregate your audience.
- Launch a Kickstarter to engage your community.
- Protect your intellectual property.
- Sell direct to your fans.
- Explore best business practices.
Fans Get Involved
- Donate to an artist's Kickstarter.
- Buy direct from the artist.
- Go to a live show.
- Share using social media and mixtapes.
- Vote in your local elections.
Special thanks to Gonzo Chicago for all the support and for additional footage!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $15,000 goal
seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on December 13, 2011.
Oct 14, 2011 - Dec 13, 2011 (60 days)
- First created · 0 backed
- Has not connected Facebook
Pledge $1 or more
A digital high five and a special thank you video from the Echotone Team.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $15 or more
Echotone Hand Numbered Limited Edition Silk Screen Poster - Artwork by Daniel PerlakyEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $20 or more
Limited Edition Silk Screen V-neck designed by the Echotone Team - Artwork by Daniel PerlakyEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $35 or more
A copy of the feature film, Echotone, and the right to host a private screening of Echotone. We'll grant the license, just let us know when you'd like to host it :)Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $40 or more
Limited Edition Silk Screen Hoodie designed by the Echotone team - Artwork by Daniel PerlakyEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $50 or more
Your choice of 2 - Echotone Limited Edition V-neck, Hoodie, Poster, or Limited Edition Hand Numbered DVD of the feature film, EchotoneEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $75 or more
Your Choice of Three: Echotone Limited Edition V-neck, Hoodie, or Poster, or Limited Edition Hand Numbered DVD of the feature film, EchotoneEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $100 or more
Echotone Hand Numbered Limited Edition Silk Screen Poster & Limited Edition Hand Numbered DVD of the feature film, Echotone, & Limited Edition HoodieEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $150 or more
Echotone Hand Numbered Limited Edition Silk Screen Poster, Limited Edition Hand Numbered DVD of the feature film, Echotone, Limited Edition Hoodie, and V-neckEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (10 of 10 left)
A copy of the feature film, Echotone, and the Right to Host a Public Screening of the feature film, Echotone, and Charge Admission for your organization.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $500 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
A special thanks on the Backer's Section of our site, a limited edition Echotone hoodie, and access to all Echotone Special Events.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
A special thanks in the end credits of the Echotone Mini-Series.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $5,000 or more
The Echotone Experience - featuring a private screening of the film and four 45 minute live performances from featured Echotone Artists.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012