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Feature documentary about 70s glam rock singer Jobriath.  Touted in 1973 as America's answer to David Bowie and the first ever openly gay rock star.

Feature documentary about 70s glam rock singer Jobriath. Touted in 1973 as America's answer to David Bowie and the first ever openly gay rock star. Read more

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Feature documentary about 70s glam rock singer Jobriath. Touted in 1973 as America's answer to David Bowie and the first ever openly gay rock star.

About this project

Known for almost 40 years as the first ever openly gay rock star, the story of Jobriath is one that delves deeper than just the surface labels hung upon him at the time of his debut. “The American Bowie,” “The True Fairy of Rock & Roll” and “The Hype of the Year” were only but a few of the descriptions thrown at Jobriath and which ultimately overshadowed his music. His reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums, which up until recently were out of print and collector’s items. Done in by a publicity machine that turned off would-be fans and disgusted even his own record label, shunned by the gay community who were terrified of the image he projected and dismissed by most critics as all flash, no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business and retreated to the Chelsea Hotel, where he died forgotten in 1983 at the age of 37, one of the earliest casualties of AIDS.

However, in the twenty-six years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts such as The Pet Shop Boys, Marc Almond, Gary Numan, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, and Siouxsie Sioux, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Probably the most important of these is Morrissey, who helped put out a compilation of Jobriath’s music on CD, the first ever of its kind for this long buried musical treasure. With this release came fan sites, web pages, a slew of fresh admirers and, more importantly, a newfound respect for Jobriath’s music and his talent.

In this film, we will tell the story of Jobriath’s life and career through archival footage, interviews, photographs and original animation sequences based on Jobriath’s paintings and artwork and also recreating the legendary never performed Paris Opera House Show. In addition to the narrative of Jobriath’s story, we will also explore the mid-70s in terms of the music scene and the gay liberation movement. We’ll look at the legacy Jobriath left behind; how his music influenced not only the previously mentioned musicians, but such current openly gay musicians as Rufus Wainwright, Scissor Sisters, Antony & The Johnsons, Adam Lambert and others. Lastly, we’ll look at Jobriath as iconoclast, a pioneer both musically and in the gay community. We’ll talk with family, friends, colleagues, ex-band mates, as well as contemporaries in glam-rock and members of the post-Stonewall gay movement. Also, with exclusive rights to the library of Jobriath’s music, we have arranged for some of the musicians who’ve agreed to be interviewed to perform on-camera covers of Jobriath songs. Those artists already attached to speak and/or perform include Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Holly Johnson of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Ann Magnuson, Gary Numan, Marc Almond, Gavin Friday, Kristian Hoffman of The Mumps, Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, Will Sheff of Okkervil River, Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens of Distinction and several others. We have assembled an amazing group of people from Jobriath’s life, many of whom have never publicly spoken about him, but who are finally willing to come forward and tell the story.

We have been shooting for a year and have amassed close to 40 interviews from all over the country. The money we are looking to raise here is to fund our trip to the UK in order to interview and record musicians such as Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Gavin Friday, Marc Almond, Gary Numan, Holly Johnson, Patrick Fitzgerald and several others perform on camera Jobriath covers (we will update periodically throughout the fundraising process to add the names of new musicians as we bring them on board). This is a hugely important component to the film and one which will help us to raise the final amount of funding to complete the film and move into post-production.

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    A personal thank you email from the filmmakers, as well as being put on the email list of private updates about the project.

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    16 backers

    Above reward plus, see your name in the credits under Thank Yous! Yes, your name. In a movie. Wow, huh?

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    All of the above, plus a CD copy of Kieran's personal glam rock mix, chock full of hard to find rarities. We're not talking T.Rex and The Sweet. This is some cool shit.

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    All of the above plus a DVD copy of the finished film, Jobriath A.D.

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    All of the above plus a DVD copy of Kieran Turner's first film, 24 Nights, personally autographed to you.

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    All of the above plus one specially made Jobriath T-shirt. S-M-L-XL sizes available.

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    All of the above plus a poster personally signed by all the musicians interviewed in the UK.

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    For one lucky person who pledges $300, we have a signed (and authenticated) copy of Morrissey's latest album (yes, a record, vinyl, wax) Years of Refusal, autographed by Moz himself. This one is a rarity and goes for a lot of money on the open market. It's yours if you hurry and grab this one of a kind pledge. And you get all of the previous rewards, as well.

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    All of the above plus attendance at either the NYC or LA premiere of the film with cast and crew and after party (not responsible for travel expenses, so only locals or those willing to pay for travel should pledge).

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    All of the above plus an interview with you about why you are a fan of Jobriath, part of which will be included among the DVD extras.

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    All of the above plus, if you are in the NY or LA area or can get yourself there, attend the first private screenings of the film and give your feedback to the filmmakers.

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    All of the above plus an associate producer credit.

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    All of the above plus appear in the one of the film's animation sequences! Yes, provide us with a photo and we will animate you and make you a character in the film.

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    All of the above (except associate producer credit) and an Executive Producer credit.

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Funding period

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