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Hi.   My name is Shaun Phillips and my film is “The Beatles at their Best.   It’s the true story of early years of the Beatles, the time before Ringo Starr joined the group.   Stu Sutcliffe played bass and Pete Best was the drummer.  They played the dance halls of Liverpool England & Hamburg Germany and, according to their leader John Lennon, this is when the Beatles were at their best.

Comprised almost exclusively from photos, video clips and interviews found on the internet, many only recently available, this documentary will be an entertaining and informative re-examination of the facts behind the making of the most popular musical group in history.   It will be the true story you've never heard, about the band you thought you knew everything about.   

Many people learned more about Sutcliffe from the 1994 feature film “Backbeat”, but the true story of Pete Best and his impact in The Beatles  has never really been properly told.   Few appreciate the significant contribution he, the Best family and the Casbah made in helping the group go from being an unwanted, out of work drummer less trio into the greatest entertainment phenomenon the world has ever seen.

The Best family home gave birth to the Beatles and Pete Best's 'Atom Beat' became the Liverpool sound.  When Pete joined the group, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison & Stu Sutcliffe were a bum band in need of a new name, a permanent drummer and new places to play.  A year later they were the #1 band in two different cities in two different countries and Pete Best was the star of the group.   By the second anniversary of the group, The Beatles, who had already released a single in Germany, were in London recording their British debut, "Love Me Do".   They were well on their way to superstardom and many of their fans were calling the group Pete Best & The Beatles.

To gauge my progress in making "The Beatles at their Best" and wanting to sample audience reactions, I entered a rough edit in the recent New England Underground Film Festival.   It was selected for showing and was well received.   The website FilmThread.com reviewed it, saying “as it currently stands, The Beatles at their Best” is a fine achievement in short documentary filmmaking".  They gave it 4 stars.   The rough cut had a 2nd showing on December 7th in at Anthology Archives in New York City as part of the New Filmmakers NY series, nand again it was well received,  I am looking forward to having many more showings in 2012.

"The Beatles at their Best" is a film that I have been working on for well over a year.  I am committed to not only finishing it, but to following through on the promotion side as well, because, even if the film is great, it won't mean a thing if nobody sees it.  Your support will not only help me to complete the film, but enable me to spend the time, energy and money that will be necessary to get out there and promote it.   I want the film to show in at least a dozen festivals and I want to also attend and promote the film whenever possible.  I will maintain a website for the project and actively looking for other promotional opportunities.  It's already costing me money and will rise as the project enters the promotion phase.

I hope you will choose to support this project. If you are a Beatles fan, a true Beatles fan, you should want to see the whole truth come out.   The real truth.  I will be sure to keep everyone updated as we go along.

Thank you for your consideration!

Shaun

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