Short film/music vid where Justin Vivian Bond takes us to the “Golden Age of Hustlers” written by SF legendary chanteuse Bambi Lake.
Art places voices in history. Just as Justin Bond carries Bambi Lake’s Golden Age of Hustlers to new ears at the legendary Joe’s Pub in NYC, so would this music video present the collective consciousness of V’s music .
The music video for Golden Age of Hustlers will mix performance from Justin Vivian Bond, live staged tableaus from local performance artists and still projections from San Franscisco's queer community in the 1980s.
The music video is a labor of love for all volunteer crew (Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell directing, PJ Raval as Director of Photography and Ethan Weinstock as producer) . Funds would pay for equipment, costumes (designed by the fabulous Machine Dazzle!) , set design and post production costs.
Please help us archive this time which now has been carried across decades; from Bambi Lake's poetry to JVB's music to our music video.
Here is Justin performing the song in 2010 at the Upright Cabaret:
The hustler team is honored to add the support of Oscar-winning filmmaker Rob Epstein ("The Times of Harvey Milk", "Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt" "The Celluloid Closet", "Howl" to name a few) as a consultant on "The Golden Age of Hustlers".
Margaret Cho has generously donated some amazing rewards, which you can check out below and here's a little video that she shot for us! Thanks Margaret!
$5 - The cast & crew will give you a shout out thank you on Facebook!
$15 - Your name will appear in the thank credits for the video!
$20 - You'll receive a Kit Yan Digital Album pack (3 albums!): Includes digital download cards of Kit's debut solo album "As We Fell", "As We Fell" Live album, and a "Good Asian Drivers" album. (Limit 1)
$25 - We'll email you a digital thank you note for donating to the campaign as well as having your name appear in the thank you credits for the video.
$30 - The new novel from Marci Blackman "Tradition". Blackman is an original member of the touring spoken word troupe, Sister Spit, and she co-edited the ground-breaking anthology, “Beyond Definition: New Writing from Gay and Lesbian San Francisco. Her first novel, “Po Man’s Child,” received the American Library Association’s Stonewall award for Best LGBT Fiction and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Best Fiction. (Limit 1)
$35 - We'll send you a "My Gender is Fuck You" Tote bag plus signed chapbook and CD copy of Kit Yan's debut solo album "As We Fell". (Limit 1)
$40 - You'll receive a limited edition vinyl of Geo Wyeth's debut album, Alien Tapes. The vinyl includes a digital download of all the tracks! Artwork on the vinyl by Tuesday Smillie and writing by Geo Wyeth. (Limit 1)
$40 - We'll send you a copy of Imogen Binnie's darkly comedic debut novel, Nevada. Generously provided by Topside Press. (Limit 1)
$45 - You'll receive a limited edition poster created for The Golden Age of Hustlers.
$45 - Margaret has also donated an autographed copy of her Cho Dependant DVD! (Limit 1)
$45 - We'll send you an copy of Margaret Cho's Revolution DVD, autographed by Margaret herself! (Limit 1)
$50 - Diane DiMassa print of "Chicken" from the famed cult-classic comic "Hothead Paisan". 8 1/5" X 11" (limit 2)
$50 - A drag makeup session with the Van Gogh of the vanity mirror: Sequinette Jaynesfield. NYC Only (Limit 1)
$50 - Diane DiMassa illustration for punk poet, feminist writer Kathy Acker's book "Pussycat Fever". 8 1/5" X 11" (limit 1)
$60 - You'll receive a 30 minute Skype Tarot card reading from MW of TAROTSCOPES. Exact date and time of your reading is subject to MW's availability. (Limit 5)
$75 - Autographed memoir "Coal to Diamonds' (w Michelle Tea) from BETH DITTO of THE GOSIP (Limit 1)
$100 - You'll be invited as a guest of honor at our cast and crew screening of The Golden Age of Hustlers in NYC. Scheduled mid June, 2013. (Travel not included)
$110 - Jessica "Ruby" Whalen will put art on your head with a haircut at Frindge, a downtown homestyle salon.
$150 Diane DiMassa print on heavy-weight archival paper "Ah Loves Ya" 13"X19" (Limit 1)
$150 - Diane DiMassa print on heavy-weight archival paper "Love Tap" 13"X19" (limit 1)
$200 - You'll be invited to visit the set of The Golden Age of Hustlers as our special guest in NYC. Scheduled for mid June, 2013. (Limit 5. Travel not included)
$200 - San Francisco or Bay Area ONLY. An hour tattoo session with punk icon and artist LESLIE MAH. http://lesliemahtattoo.com/ (Limit 1)
$200 - 1 full hour of tattooing from Brooklyn based, world class artist, Stephanie Tamez of Saved Tattoo. Can be used for a smaller, complete work or put towards a larger piece.
$250 - You'll receive a credit as an Associate Producer on The Golden Age of Hustlers and an invitation to join us for the cast and crew screening in NYC. (Travel not included)
$250 - You'll receive a Limited edition RC print of Tribe 8 photographed by Ace Morgan! (Limit 1)
$1,000 - One lucky donor will receive a tailored costume created for you by our Costume Designer, Machine Dazzle
$1,000 - You'll receive a credit as an Executive Producer on The Golden Age of Hustlers, a set visit during principal photography and an invitation to join us for the cast and crew screening in NYC. (Travel not included)
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Both Silas Howard and Erin Greenwell have produced and directed multiple award winning micro-budget features and shorts over 10 years and in that time, have gathered a like minded community of artists, vendors and technicians to help see them through. But even with the perfect team there are always challenges and obstacles that pop up. A drive fails, a fuse blows, the car service dropped off the talent somewhere in New Jersey instead of the studio you've rented in Brooklyn. But the community we create is there to support each other through every unforeseen upset and setback.
We have reached a nexus point in our digital age where content and information are at our fingertips, so much so that it can overwhelm us and make it difficult to find those things that connect us to our history and that community that supports us. "The Golden Age of Hustlers" is an elegy to a moment in our history that is rapidly disappearing. One of the biggest risks you can take as an artist is to share those moments that are not only recall a time and place that no longer exist but a deep personal connection to that history, to expose the ways that those moments transfigured you into the person that you are today. Will it resonate with someone else? Will they see that history through your eyes and see the connections to their own? We want to make a piece that will not only be a look back into the past but a vision of a world where those people and places that we've lost can be celebrated and never forgotten.
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