“Very few of the venues from the Circuit during this era are still standing. I can only think of one other in the state of Mississippi that goes back as far as the 100 Men Hall does, so it’s a really unique venue for it to still exist and for it to have been restored is something very special on a National Scale.” - Preston Lauterbach, Author "The Chitlin' Circuit & The Road To Rock and Roll"
Standing for nearly a century of American history, the 100 Men Hall was saved from the bulldozer's blade in 2006 to be reborn once again.
Because everyone lost so much in Hurricane Katrina, we knew how important it was to document this new chapter in The 100 Men Hall's history. We started filming events at "The Hall", as the locals call it, from June, 2011, when our Mississippi Blues Trail Marker was unveiled. The 100 Men Hall received a Blues Trail Marker because Blues greats including Guitar Slim, Big Joe Turner, Ernie K-Doe and many others played here. We didn't know we were going to make a film; we just knew something really important was happening and wanted to document it for generations to come.
We have received a grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission and our biggest sponsor, Silver Slipper Casino, but it's not enough to produce a documentary that will do the long, amazing history of The Hall justice. We initially envisioned the documentary to be about 10 minutes long for us to use when tourists come see The Hall. But we are uncovering so much information about the original members and the famous musicians that played here, that we hope to make a much longer documentary and have it available for sale, both digital and hard copy.
The money we raise from our Kickstarter project will do the following:
1. Expand the project by having more funding for film crew to travel in Mississippi and Louisiana to conduct interviews.
2. Help pay for legal fees for use of copyrighted materials and music and any monies we have to pay to people to let us use their image and words in the documentary.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenges we face for this project include finding people who have first hand knowledge of what occurred at The Hall, getting those people to talk about The Hall and finding memorabilia.
We have an amazing film crew in Matt and Andy Barrett. While production issues are always a possibility, we have complete confidence in the Barrett Brothers and our Board to complete the documentary on time. We do however have challenges in finding people who have firsthand experiences with The Hall. We understand that time is a critical factor and hope that we can find these people before their stories and artifacts are lost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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