Dream Out Loud
Aloha from Maui Hawaii! My name is Dave Barry and like you I am a U2 fan… I have been a fan since first seeing Gloria on MTV in 1981. My first concert was on the Joshua Tree tour, the first one… and since that time I have been to at least 2 shows on every single tour. I’ve seen the band 20 times. Over the years and tours, I have noticed how unique the U2 tribe is, how many great stories there are to share, and I want to ask you to help me make a film about us… the U2 fans, entitled “Dream Out Loud: Inside The City of Blinding Lights.”
This film will be about us, the U2 fan-base. I want to share the stories of how the band has impacted our lives, the many stories of action as a result of our experiences with the band members, and the shows. I want to explore the relationship we have with the band, the music and each other.
Why should I back this project?
Backing this project is about each of us ensuring the U2 fan
story is told. If you are a U2 fan
then you know first hand what the music has done for you, and if you can feel
that, then you know what U2 has done for others too. If you have been to a U2 show, then you have felt that
common ground with thousands of others, you have felt the U2 community,
joyously singing along with the band.
Expressing the connection between the fans, the music, the band and each
The U2 fan community has engaged in their communities on many different levels all out of a shared value that is driven to action by the music and the bands actions. We are a mirror of the band, and in many ways the band is a mirror of us.
By backing this project today, we join together in a community that dares to Dream Out Loud, and we affirm that the songs and experiences have meaning in our lives, and that we recognize that the story must be told… so Dream Out Loud with us today!
U2 fans have helped dig wells in Africa, fed the homeless, been active in Amnesty International, One, Music Rising and so many other incredible causes and actions… and they all are rooted in the fan experience of a U2 show. Personal connections, lifelong friendships, and even marriages have resulted from attending U2 shows. There have been incredible heartfelt interactions with the band members. Lives have been changed. There are so many stories to tell.
To be clear, this is a film I want us to make, about us. It’s not an official U2 film, they are not involved in any way. I want us to make it together. After all, it’s our story. If we can make the film, I do want to request interviews with the band and crew, and I will ask permission to film inside a show, but there is absolutely no guarantee that any U2 participation will happen.
Why me? Why should I make this film? Well somebody has to do it! I’ve been working professionally in production for more than 25 years now. I first started thinking about this film idea during the Elevation tour. I spoke to some younger fans on the GA floor, who had never heard the Joshua Tree… they just couldn’t wait to hear Beautiful Day. Their experience was just beginning. Since that time the film idea has marinated and developed from an idea into a passion. Along the way, I have made 7 feature films on Hawaiian musicians, funded right here on Kickstarter, so I have really built up the experience and knowledge of making a feature length documentary on a tight budget.
If you want to check out my previous films, you can by clicking here.
We are asking for your support here on Kickstarter because it is the most secure way to crowd fund a project. Kickstarter only collects fees if we make the goal, if we do not make the goal then it costs our backers nothing. By using Kickstarter we ensure that we raise enough funds to finish and deliver a film, or the project will not be done and there is no charge to those that did back the project.
I Have received some requests to detail how the funds will be spent. I understand completely, and this will be a transparent project. To learn how the funds will be spent, and why we are asking you to support us with $40,000 please click here.
There is No Them, There is Only Us
I really want to make this film, but I need your help to do it. To make this film professionally, we will need to raise at least $40,000.00... Woah! That’s a lot, right? Well not really. Travel.. Crew… Editing… these things get expensive and take a lot of time. It takes a lot to make a film. I have a budget planned to film around shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, DC, and Dublin. I also want to have crews do interview in Brazil and Australia, because there are so many fans there too.
This is just to film interviews in the places and shows where fans gather. DON’T WORRY, IT IS NOT FOR CONCERT TICKETS. If we can raise $60,000.00, then I'd like to add in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, and Paris too.
I want to meet the people who first saw them in clubs in Boston and New York, or even in Dublin. And I want to capture all the different stories along the way. The goal is to interview hundreds of fans just like you and me, and then weave this story into a film that we can all be proud of. It is important to me to make sure we raise enough to not just start a film, but deliver it. That’s why I am asking for your help here on Kickstarter… because with Kickstarter we don’t receive the funds unless we get to our goal, or go over it… and that’s the best way to ensure that we have the resources needed to make the film the fans deserve.
I also want to submit the finished film to film festivals, and online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon. For your support, we have some great incentives and rewards, so check them out.
This spring, U2 are heading out on the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, and I can't think of a better time to make this film. Fans will be gathering and traveling to all the shows, to celebrate the band, and to celebrate OUR unique community. Let's make a film about that. Let's explore this one-of-a-kind connection between a band and its audience. Let's make the first truly fan funded and fan directed film, about us… for us. Thanks for your support and I hope to see you out there this spring and summer!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges... anytime you break out cameras to make a film, stories can sometimes take sudden turns, weather can cancel outdoor shows or shoots, equipment can break down, people can get sick, ect. It takes experience to know how to schedule a film properly, allowing for make-up days and creativity on the fly to be able to clear these hurdles.
Another challenge is staying within budget, but my experiences making small films in Hawaii have taught me how to travel and produce effectively, maximizing my resources and time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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