About this project
Help us produce and launch the soundtrack of the feature documentary “A Family Affair” to be released in cinemas across Greece (January 2015), Australia and the US.
The film follows three generations of musicians of the Xylouris family who uphold and pass on the vibrant tradition of Cretan music, performing ceaselessly to followers across the world. It captures how music is passed on from father to son to grandchildren, in a contemporary Greek-Australian family, brought together and apart by their love of music. A short version of the film, entitled ‘Sounds Like Home’ was aired on ABC Australia in October 2013 and the feature-length documentary will premiere on January 8, 2015, in Athens, Greece.
The film’s production was made possible by a successful Kickstarter campaign in March 2014, which helped to cover initial shooting in Australia and trigger the support of ABC TV Australia, the Greek Film Centre and OTE-TV, and most recently NERIT, the Greek public broadcaster.
WATCH THE FILM TRAILER HERE:
We need your support to share the wonderful music of the film.
We want to create and distribute a high-quality soundtrack of the film, with the best songs and live performances which we recorded over a three year period from Belgium, to Greece and Australia.
The music of the soundtrack is performed by George Xylouris, his three children Nikos, Antonis and Appolonia as well as their legendary grandfather, Psarantonis. The soundtrack also features recordings with drummer Jim White and the Xylouris and Hannan family friends in Crete and Australia.
Is the music already there?
The music for the film has already been recorded, but in order to create an audio album, the tracks must be mastered to stand alone at their absolute best. This means studio time and talented technicians to produce a shining album.
That’s why we are collaborating with Coti K, an established musician, composer, record producer and sound engineer based in Athens, who has been working with sound and music since the 1980’s. His work includes collaborations with Tuxedomoon, Stereo Nova, Blaine Reininger, The Raining Pleasure, Nikos Veliotis and Ilios –and we know that he can bring the best out of our original recordings.
But this not all!
We want to run an outreach campaign to make Cretan music known to a broader international audience. Since we started this project, we have seen immense interest across the world, by individuals, associations, music and dance groups, schools and universities to use the film. We are working with Maria Hnaraki, founding director of Greek Studies at Drexel University and author of ‘Cretan Music: Unravelling Ariadne’s Thread’, to help bring the film and Cretan music to classrooms across the world –especially in communities of the Greek diaspora. The teacher’s guide will be offered free of cost and will help teachers use ‘A Family Affair’, not only to teach Greek but to help students connect with Greek music, poetry, dance and culture. We will also encourage Greek communities in the US, Australia and Europe, to host their own screenings of the film and special events dedicated to Cretan culture.
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What happens if we exceed our kickstarter goal?
Additional funding will cover outreach expenses and help us connect with the Greek diaspora across the world. There are hundreds of Greek and Cretan associations who are actively striving to connect to Greek culture and we hope to offer them a dynamic and interactive tool that will fuel further contact between a younger generation of diaspora Greeks and the culture of their homeland.
Ckeck out our great rewards!
Have a look at our great rewards on the right. They include the CD of the soundtrack and the DVD of the film, a unique “4 Cretan Senses” gift-box, a hand-made collectible silver pendant in the form of a Cretan lyra, invitations for film's official premiere in Athens, on January 8, 2015 as well as community and private screenings of the film catered to your own needs!
Risks and challenges
A successful crowdfunding campaign will greatly support our efforts to reach a wide and diverse public. We know that as good as a film can be, it needs a dynamic distribution and outreach campaign, to help connect with its audience across the world. Our major challenge in this effort remains a tight budget. This campaign can help us acquire unique tools (a great soundtrack + an inspiring educational kit) and the necessary funds to make this film travel to a cinema, a community screening, a classroom or a festival near you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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