Funded! This project was successfully funded on February 3, 2011.

Update #10 - For backers only

2011 is complete, as is TRADITION


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Update #9 - For backers only

Film Updates and a New Music Video for You


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Update #8

The Tradition is a Temple team wants to say "Thank You" for your contribution and well wishes.


We have managed to raise our goal of $30,650, which will go toward the
many costs associated with Post-Production in preparation for Film
Festivals. We clearly could not have done it without you. Your
pledges, your emails to friends and colleagues, and your support on
blogs and social networking sites like facebook have helped us

Thanks to you, we are putting the finishing touches on the movie now.
It will be a fair amount of time until your DVDs, Soundtracks (both CD
and Digital Download) are ready to be shipped. Much of the timing is
dependent on how and where the film is finally distributed. We will be
reaching out to you soon to find out your shipping information,
t-shirt sizes, etc... as the T-Shirts should be ready very soon!

If you know someone who missed the chance to donate or pre-order the
DVD, tell them not to worry. We will soon be offering pre-orders for
the DVD or Soundtrack on our website. So continue to spread the word,
we still need and will soon be able to accept such support! Tradition is a Temple will likely screen at film festivals and jazz
festivals around the country. If you'd like to be kept in the loop,
check out our website and sign up (or "opt-in") for our newsletter:

If you have any ideas or suggestions, we'd certainly love to hear them
and can be reached by email just about any time of the day.

Thank you for supporting New Orleans music. You help make the world swing.

Most Sincerely,

Darren, Patrick & Kristen
Producers - Tradition is a Temple

Update #7

Final Stretch!


Tradition is a Temple now has 173 backers! Thank for you supporting us.

Our kickstarter campaign ends on February 3rd (next Thursday) and we're making our final push. Can you help us connect with others like yourself who are interested in jazz, New Orleans or documentary? If each backer convinces 2 people to pledge $45, we will reach our goal of $30,500... A $45 pledge entitles them to receive a DVD and Motion Picture Soundtrack on CD. (And for just $10 more they can get a cool t-shirt.)

We'll be posting the new design of this cool t-shirt soon. Stay tuned.

Also, if you want to know about this history of the movie, check out the Q&A with our Director Darren Hoffman that we posted on our blog here. And you can find a post about some of our favorite jazz and gospel blogs here.

Thanks again for your support,
The Tradition is a Temple Team

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Update #6

"I'll be down to get you in a taxi, honey!"


HI Everyone!

This post will be brief, as we want to make sure you get out and have a great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.

Patrick and Kristen have an done awesome job facilitating this kickstarter page... So today, I wanted to jump on here myself and take a minute to say thank you to each and every backer of our kickstarter campaign.

Over the last two weeks, we have received support from almost 70 individuals, effectively doubling the total number of participants... blog posts from all kinds of folks have helped spread the word, and BIG thanks to Mr. Lester Perkins of Jazz on the Tube for spreading the word across the globe.

We can't even attempt express the gratitude we feel.

So instead, in honor of all the backers, bloggers and supporters, we put together this short preview clip of one of my favorite musical performances from Tradition is a Temple. It's called "Darktown Strutters' Ball" and it is performed by a special "once-in-a-blue-moon" duo... Lucien Barbarin and Shannon Powell, two of Danny Barker's disciples that continue to play their music from the core of the New Orleans tradition.

You can also check it out here:

Without further adieu, we proudly present Mr. Lucien Barabarin and Mr. Shannon Powell and "Darktown Strutters' Ball."


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    Soundtrack Digital Download. Everyone who supports us with $12 or more will receive a soundtrack from the movie featuring songs from New Orleans' favorite musicians. This music was recorded in New Orleans by Grammy winning sound engineer, Steve Reynolds. We're confident that these are the hottest jams you'll hear all year...

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    117 backers

    Digital Soundtrack Download PLUS... the full length movie on DVD: Tradition is a Temple - The Modern Masters of New Orleans vol. One. The movie will be shipped to you before it's available to anyone else. You get to be the cool kid on the block who discovered the new movie that everyone's gotta see.

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    Everything above PLUS... The full-length soundtrack on CD with beautiful album art and photography. The album features images captured by our award-winning motion picture photography team, including director of cinematography, James Laxton (Medicine for Melancholy, The Myth of the American Sleepover), Richard Thompson, Jason Prowell and Shane Sauer. This album will remind you of why you used to buy CDs... Enjoying the full experience... pictures, lyrics, fun.

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    Everything above PLUS... A super comfy screen-printed T-shirt featuring super-hip design by New Orleans architects and designers Lauren Hickman and Joel Ross. In New Orleans we trust this creative tour de force to design our homes and schools...and considering the work they're drumming up, we trust that you'll be sporting these shirts whenever fashion and style is required. It's not just a T-shirt, it's fine art.

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    Everything above PLUS... your DVD autographed by your favorite artist featured in the movie.

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    5 backers

    Everything above PLUS... A New Orleans Gift Basket: including Chicory coffee, pralines, French body lotions, Mardi Gras treasures, Southern pleasures.

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    Everything above PLUS... The DVD signed by ALL of the principle featured artists in the movie.

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    Everything above PLUS... A special invitation for you and a friend to our premier screenings in New Orleans. If you can't make it to the Crescent City, we'll ensure you a seat at the city premier that's nearest to you.

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    Everything above PLUS... Your name included in the Supporters section in the closing credits. The perfect date night! For real, how can you beat taking that special someone out for dinner, jazz, cinema and just casually notice your name up on the silver screen?

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    Everything above PLUS... A live music tour of New Orleans organized and accompanied by the filmmakers. We guarantee satisfaction. Please email us if you have any questions or to schedule a date.

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    Everything above PLUS... an Associate Producer Credit. Welcome to the team.

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    Everything above PLUS... Two nights at a luxurious New Orleans hotel and breakfast with one of the musicians from the film. The city with the richest flavors also includes the best hospitality. We'll walk along the Mississippi, go to festivals (Louisiana has more festivals than days of the year, no joke), ride bikes, or maybe just eat huge po' boy sandwiches and nap all day. You'll need to save some energy for the evenings, trust us. Please email us if you have any questions or to schedule a date.

Funding period

- (90 days)