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Brad of Blind Melon documents his adventure of using local musicians to play shows for his solo project Abandon Jalopy in Argentina.
Brad of Blind Melon documents his adventure of using local musicians to play shows for his solo project Abandon Jalopy in Argentina.
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                  One for the Road

Genre: travel, music, food, reality

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Brad Smith, songwriter, producer and founding member of the 90s alternative rock band Blind Melon, travels to foreign countries to play music with the locals and explore the culture.

First Stop Argentina! Brad travels without a band to Buenos Aires to meet Gustavo who is a local concert promoter. Gustavo has assembled a band for him, sight unseen. The band is comprised of local Argentine rock musicians who have taken the liberty of learning a set of Americana songs. These songs will be rehearsed for a couple of days before performing a highly publicized live show, at a hip local club in downtown Buenos Aires. Brad, who hails from Mississippi, doesn’t speak Spanish and will rely solely on the language of music during rehearsals to convey how he would like the set to sound. The set list will be comprised of songs by Tom Petty, Credence Clearwater Revival, Blind Melon and, of course, Abandon Jalopy, Brad’s solo project.

The footage of rehearsals leading up to the live concert will be broken up periodically to give an account of Argentina’s beautifully warm culture, the people, the food and the landmarks. Much of the documentary’s emphasis will be on Brad’s experience immersing himself in the culture of Argentina, such as sampling the traditional drink of Mate and the intricate, traditional BBQ preparations that are unique to Argentina, as well as its nightlife. And since Brad is from Mississippi and has his own ideas about BBQ, (and music) there will be ample opportunity to cover the impending, although humorous, culture clash.

The show will close with Brad taking the stage with his new band of colorful Argentine musicians playing freshly tailored Americana songs in front of an energetic crowd who feels the language of music. No translator necessary.

Risks and challenges

The challenges for making "one for the road" are the little things like making sure everyone in the film crew has a up to date passports. Editing any movie can be tedious and time consuming but I am in good hands. Jim Smith who is the editor for the hit reality show Survivor has given me great guidance and is "on board" to edit this Documentary. The language barrier may also prove to be frustrating in day to day navigation but oddly the more personal communication in the rehearsal hall with the Argentine band should be easier.... "uno, dos, trace , quatro!! " ... and then proceed to ROCK!

The 14K I have set as my goal is the no frills "gettin' er done" price. I have a few friends in the industry that are working out of labor of love but these are the hard expenditures:
-Camera Crew Flights
-Camera crew day rates
-lodging and per diems
-Editing
- short run of DVDs

Any extra money that this campaign raises will go directly back into the film by way of a marketing budget and submitting to film festivals!

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    Abandon Jalopy PINT GLASSES! You will receive a PAIR of pint glasses etched with the Abandon Jalopy- One for the Road logo. When you toast your favorite beverage with these babies, it will be a great reminder that you supported this adventurous project! Cheers!

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    A LARGE flannel shirt with a an owl logo on the back that will be cut and sewn by me. If you know about the Blind Melon shirts that I made back in the day, then you understand that these are super cool one-of-a-kind garments. I pick out thrift store shirts, then pick out some contrasting fabric or flannel to cut into an owl logo and then I painstakingly edge the design with an embroidery stitch on my sewing machine! They are a little tricky to create and take a great deal of time but it's worth it to me to show my appreciation for your support.

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    A EXTRA LARGE flannel shirt with a an owl logo on the back that will be cut and sewn by me. If you know about the Blind Melon shirts that I made back in the day, then you understand that these are super cool one-of-a-kind garments. I pick out thrift store shirts, then pick out some contrasting fabric or flannel to cut into an owl logo and then I painstakingly edge the design with an embroidery stitch on my sewing machine! They are a little tricky to create and take a great deal of time but it's worth it to me to show my appreciation for your support.

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    Acoustic Abandon Jalopy performance. Make it a house party in YOUR home. I'll play songs off my latest record, some cool classic rock covers and a Blind Melon song, but you will have to sing that one with me! Invite friends and make a night of it! The range of travel for me for these special shows is 2 hours drive from Los Angeles or 4 hours drive from Nashville starting November 1st at a mutually agreeable time. I'll have fresh stories from the Buenos Aires!

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    Executive Producer credit! Your contribution to "One for the Road" is generous! So generous that you will get an Executive Producer credit. Your name will appear on the screen by itself (fade in solo spot) when the credits roll. Now your name will be immortalized for getting involved. Thank you!

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