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Peter CoonradtBy Peter Coonradt
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Peter CoonradtBy Peter Coonradt
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$14,943
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 1 2018 9:17 PM UTC +00:00.

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THE FILM

Ariel Smolik-Valles
Ariel Smolik-Valles

The late 1960s counterculture was a mass awakening.  It was a renaissance of music, art, experimental films, underground comics, psychedelic drugs, Eastern philosophy and cosmic consciousness.  It was the dawn of the movements for peace, civil rights, environmentalism, sexual diversity and women’s liberation.  Ariel finds the distillation of all that in the songs of Bob Dylan.

Guided by a Harvard classics professor and renowned Dylan scholar Ariel also finds deep connections between Dylan's later songs and works of classic Greek and Roman literature, especially Virgil.

UNDERGROUND 68 is infused with Dylan songs performed by a kick-ass rock band of professional grade musicians from the Harvard class of ‘68, songs that reflect back on Ariel’s intellectual and spiritual journey.

UNDERGROUND 68 band
UNDERGROUND 68 band

Was the late ‘60s renaissance a passing fad or does it have a message for today’s young people? After graduation in 2017 Ariel finds her own path out through the gates beyond the green pastures of Harvard University.

UNDERGROUND 68 is a wildly original film in substance and form.  Everybody must get stoned.

THEMES

The echoes of a pivotal time in American history. The rewards and hardships of the creative life. Scholarship as a path to self-realization. The transcendent power of great literature.

WHO WE ARE

Peter, Ariel and Richard
Peter, Ariel and Richard

Peter Coonradt, Harvard class of 1968, professional filmmaker for 40 years. Director, co-producer, lead writer, videographer and editor.

Ariel Smolik-Valles, Harvard class of 2017. Her senior thesis was the seed of the Harvard Class of ‘68 counterculture revival. Ariel is the storyteller of the film.

Richard F. Thomas, George Martin Lane Professor of the Classics at Harvard and author of Why Bob Dylan Matters, the highly acclaimed exploration of the work of America’s greatest artist. Co-producer, script collaborator and videographer in Rome and Mantua, Italy, Duluth and Hibbing, Minnesota.

Christina Schlesinger ‘68, renowned painter and muralist. Susannah Wood ‘68, actress and stage director. Abigail Child ‘68, renowned experimental filmmaker. Peter Larson ‘68, music producer/arranger. Jim Sersich ‘68, production logistics, graphic design. Peter Johnson ‘68, associate producer. 

WHERE WE STAND

Filming at Harvard has been completed and editing is underway in Southern California.  Everyone involved with the project has contributed their time and out-of-pocket costs to get where we are now. It's been an all-out labor of love.  Now we have to reach our Kickstarter goal of $36,000 to complete post-production.  That means scoring and producing original soundtrack music, audio mixing and sweetening, travel and shipping expenses between east and west coasts, legal expenses and more.

TARGET AUDIENCE

People of all ages who appreciate scholarship and the arts and identify with counterculture values.  Anyone who gets Bob Dylan will love this film.

STRETCH GOAL

If we exceed our $36,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal, the excess will be applied to the next phase: getting UNDERGROUND 68 out to all the kindred spirits who crave a film so creative, thoughtful and deeply engaging.  That means film festivals, college campuses, art house theaters and online platforms.  All that costs money.

But that's not all!  We plan to reunite the UNDERGROUND 68 band and book a traveling show that combines film screenings, Richard's popular  Bob Dylan and the Classics lecture and the band performing a brand new set list of Dylan songs.  To get all that off the ground we'll need $100,000.  So please.

UNDERGROUND 68 band
UNDERGROUND 68 band

Risks and challenges

We need to obtain clearance for the use of some items in the film that are protected by copyright. We have an attorney to help us with that and we have a Kickstarter budget item to cover rights fees. Worst case scenario, we'll remove those items from the film

Everything else is going great, but there's always the unexpected. As Bob Dylan says, "You always got to be prepared but / You never know for what." He also said, "I ran into the fortune teller who said beware of lighting that might strike." Whatever happens we'll roll with the punch. We're way past the point of no return. All we need right now is your funding support.

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