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JOHNNY WINTER Untitled Documentary

Feature length documentary about the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter. Directed by "LEMMY" filmmaker Greg Olliver.

JOHNNY WINTER Untitled Documentary

Feature length documentary about the life and career of blues legend Johnny Winter. Directed by "LEMMY" filmmaker Greg Olliver.

$17,465
pledged of $80,000pledged of $80,000 goal
84
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, April 18 2012 9:49 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 18, 2012

About

If you love good music, good stories, compelling characters and good filmmaking, you’re in the right place.

If you love the blues, this project is definitely for you…

And if you’re a fan of the one and only Johnny Winter, you have no choice but to get involved!

This is your chance to be part of the definitive portrait of blues guitar legend Johnny Winter, directed and produced by Greg Olliver, the filmmaker who co-directed and produced “LEMMY” - the highly acclaimed documentary about the lead singer of Motorhead, Lemmy Kilmister.

“Still one of the world’s premiere electric guitarists” (New Yorker), Johnny Winter continues to perform over 120 shows / year worldwide and was recently a guest on Letterman, profiled on NPR, and named one of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 Guitarists of All Time.  On his latest album ‘Roots’ (Megaforce), a tribute to his blues heroes, Winter “shows yet again that wailing the blues effectively demands sizzling focus and a wagonload of knowledge” (Wall Street Journal).   

A torchbearer for the blues, Johnny revived the careers of Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker by producing their Grammy-winning comeback albums.  His friend John Lennon wrote “Rock and Roll People” in his honor, and he’s performed at Woodstock and in bands with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.   Johnny’s record deal with Columbia Records in the late 60s is considered the largest of its time.

More info on Johnny's life & career: http://www.johnnywinter.net/about/

In order to make the film that Johnny deserves, and have complete creative control in doing so, we’ve decided to raise the funds we need here on Kickstarter.

Johnny’s manager and guitar player, Paul Nelson, is our Executive Producer, Greg Olliver is Directing and Producing, and Johnny himself will own the final film we create.

Johnny’s as excited about this film as we are, and has given us full 24-7 access to shoot what we need.  We’re already taking advantage of that by filming with him whenever we can afford to do so… and have already shot a nice selection of shows in the NYC area, have been with him to New Orleans, Houston and his hometown of Beaumont, Texas.  It’s not cheap to travel the world with the right film equipment though, which is why we’re here to ask for your participation.  If we can meet our bare-minimum needs of $80k, we’ll have this film in the can and edited by Spring of 2013.  If we can raise more than our minimum, it will give us the ability to shoot more, more often, with better gear and more camera angles, and therefore make a better film… so do what you can to help go above and beyond the minimum!

Johnny’s on a role lately, was just on Letterman, and is currently in the middle of a tour in Europe.  Our plans are to jump on tour with him as soon as we raise the funds we need, and shoot everywhere from Germany, France, Finland, Japan and all over the U.S. to make sure you and the viewers get a real sense of what its like to be Johnny.  Of course there will be plenty of other interesting artists in the film to share their stories, unique archival footage and photos of Johnny from his days playing the Woodstock fest, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters and other friends… and tons of music and new live performance footage that will give every music fan exactly what they were hoping for. 

There aren’t many music icons left out there, there are even fewer blues icons left, and there will never be another Johnny Winter… so this film will literally live on as a slice of music history that will never be repeated. 

We’ve done our best to offer a unique selection of rewards that will ONLY be available to Kickstarter backers.  From special one-of-a-kind posters and shirts, to DVDs and Live Concert CDs produced and pressed ONLY for Kickstarter backers, we’re doing our best to make sure your hard-earned dollars give you back not only a first-rate film, but also products that you’ll be able to enjoy.  None of these Backer-Only items will ever be sold to the general public.

The film will be produced by Greg Olliver's production company, Secret Weapon Films.  It will be shot on HD, will be apx. 1 ½ hours long when complete, will be launched at a TBD film festival most likely in the Fall of 2013 which will be followed by a small theatrical run and DVD/BLU RAY release soon thereafter.  The final DVD and BLU RAY will have all sorts of fun bonus material on it, will be mixed in 5.1, and will most definitely be a product worth owning for any music or documentary fan out there.  The director’s last film, LEMMY, screened at festivals all over the world, and has won all sorts of awards and acclaim, including being listed as Rolling Stone’s #2 Rockumentary to see in 2011… so you can be certain this Johnny Winter film will be a high-quality, lasting film that you will be proud to have been part of.

Thanks for checking us out and taking the time to read this!  We’ll be back with updates as often as we can.

More info on Johnny here:

www.johnnywinter.com

Johnny on Late Night with David Letterman:

http://youtu.be/IDijzVJkK-M

More info on the director, Greg Olliver, here:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1261206/

http://www.secretweaponfilms.com/home.html

Billboard article about the project: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/tv-film/â%C2%80%C2%98lemmyâ%C2%80%C2%99-1006203342.story

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    SPECIAL EDITION MOVIE T-SHIRT + “ROOTS” CD + "LEMMY" DVD.

    All of the above, plus a Kickstarter-Only Limited-Edition MOVIE T-SHIRT made ONLY for our Kickstarter Supporters. The front of this shirt will feature a Johnny Winter image exclusive to this shirt only, and the back of the shirt will feature a list of locations where we shot the film, in the style of a typical concert-tour t shirt. You choose the size – S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. Also included is a CD of Johnny’s latest album “ROOTS”, and the directors last film, "LEMMY" on DVD. Regular USPS Shipping included.

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    AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THE FILM ON DVD or BLU RAY + AUTOGRAPHED JOHNNY WINTER BOBBLEHEAD DOLL.
    All of the above plus the Johnny Winter Documentary on DVD or BLU RAY, autographed by Johnny and the director. Also included is a Limited Edition Johnny Winter Bobblehead Doll. (Same doll that’s available at JohnnyWinter.com – only this one is autographed by Johnny!) Posters, T-Shirts, DVDs and Bobblehead dolls hooray! Regular USPS Shipping included, and we'll send everything out in March 2012 except the final Documentary on DVD, which won't be ready until March 2013.

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