About this project
Swans have succeeded in producing the best work of their career so far, where so many other bands of a similar vintage have failed. 35 years of perseverance, creativity and self reliance has seen the band Swans maintain a unique position in modern music. From its inception as a NYC ‘noise experience’ to the current maelstroms of ‘intense focused groove’, Swans have not only survived the music industry, they have transcended their history by consistently delving into new musical territory.
As Swans in its current incarnation, it’s most powerful and intense to date, approaches its ‘end’. It will also detail a comprehensive look at the entire history of the band beginning in the early 80’s with interviews from key musicians and band members. The aim is to help cement the band and its music in their rightful place in the annals of history.
- MATERIALS GATHERED SO FAR
- FILMING OF OVER 40 LIVE SHOWS OVER THE LAST 6 YEARS, COLLECTING HOURS OF UNIQUE ACCESS FOOTAGE FILMING BOTH ON HD VIDEO AND SUPER 8 FILM.
- RECORDING OF THE GLOWING MAN ALBUM IN TEXAS.
- 2016-2017 TOUR REHEARSALS IN NEW YORK.
- OVER 25 INTERVIEWS GATHERED SO FAR WITH MUSICIANS, JOURNALISTS, AND BAND MEMBERS PAST AND PRESENT.
- MANY MORE PLANNED FOR 2017 AND MORE SHOWS, INCLUDING THE FINAL SHOW UNDER THIS ITERATION OF SWANS.
- HUNDREDS OF ARCHIVE VIDEO TAPES FROM 1984-1997 COLLECTING SEMINAL LIVE SHOWS AND NEVER BEFORE SEEN LIFE ON THE ROAD HOME MOVIES
- ARCHIVE PHOTOS AND DOCUMENTS, MANY RARE AND NEVER SEEN BEFORE.
CONFIRMED INTERVIEWS: LEE RANALDO, JEHNNY BETH (SAVAGES), KID CONGO POWERS, JG THIRLWELL, BENJAMIN POWER, ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF, DANIEL MILLER, BEN FROST, EINAR BENEDIKTSSON (SUGARCUBES) CHRISTOPH HAHN, NORMAN WESTBERG, PAUL WALLFISCH, CHRIS PRAVDICA, THOR HARRIS, PHIL PULEO, ALGIS KYZIS, VINNY SIGNORELLI, CLINT STEELE, BILL BRONSON, LITTLE ANNIE, JOHN DORAN (QUIETUS), BRANDON STOSUY (CREATIVE INDEPENDENT PROJECT), SAVAGE PENCIL, DELE FADELE (NME) , JACK BARRON (SOUNDS), PAUL WHITE, AIDAN BAKER (NADJA), AMANDA PALMER, THURSTON MOORE.
SCHEDULED TO APPEAR: JARBOE, KAREN O, MARTIN BISI, JOHN CONGLETON, SASHA GREY, JIM SCLAVUNOS, BILL RIEFLIN, SUNN 0)))
PURSUING: NEUROSIS, JELLO BIAFRA, BJORK
MARCO PORSIA , DIRECTOR, EDITOR AND CINEMATOGRAPHER
Produced and Directed Swans' live dvd concert films for The Seer and also The Glowing Man albums. Directed music videos for The Wedding Present, The Young Gods, Pankow, Yuppie Flu, Giardini di Miró, The Two Koreas. Worked on numerous Tv documentaries for Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and History Channel.
RODNEY ASCHER , EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Director of the critically acclaimed documentary ROOM 237, which premiered at Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. Producer and Director of the documentary The Nightmare, also premiered at Sundance.
Risks and challenges
WHERE DOES A BODY END? - The team has worked hard during 2016 gathering as many interviews and footage as possible around the world. A successful kickstarter campaign would allow for the completion of the remaining interviews in a more rapid manner. It will also allow for the editing process to begin sooner and continue during this upcoming year. The story of Swans is ongoing and it will take time to tell it properly. We aim to have a well edited version of the film done by the end of the year if all goes well.
Thank you for your support!