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The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way

A documentary about the rise of the industrial music scene in Chicago in the mid-late 1980's that changed the underground forever.

The History of Industrial Music: The Chicago Way

A documentary about the rise of the industrial music scene in Chicago in the mid-late 1980's that changed the underground forever.

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About

 TRAILER FOR 'THE HISTORY OF INDUSTRIAL MUSIC: THE CHICAGO WAY' - PRESS PLAY!

10 years ago we had an idea: Tell the story of a place, a time, a scene that birthed a global underground movement. 

Long recognized as the birthplace of American Industrial music, this documentary chronicles the players who made it happen - the places where it did happen - and the magic that all came together in what Ministry's Al Jourgensen calls in the film: 'A Cosmic Fluke'. Yes, a cosmic fluke that changed music, fashion - and LIVES forever!

Al Jourgensen (Ministry) educating us all!

This movie is based in Chicago, but the story is global. Chicago was the epicenter of this style of music that rose from the dirty dancefloors to the airwaves of MTV via the groundbreaking show '120 Minutes'. Soon clubs from LA to Berlin were spinning these artists  - but how did it start? What was the engine that made it go? What caused this beautiful marriage of dance, rock, disco, synths, aggression and attitude ? Why was there a chicken needed in the recording studio for inspiration? (what?!) ... It's a story, with many wild, true, tales that needs to be told.

Jim Marcus (Die Warzau/Producer) talks about the ground breaking club: Medusa's

We have been fortunate enough to get the major players of that era to contribute to the film - you can see some in the above images (Al Jourgensen of Ministry/RevCo/Etc. - Marston Daley of My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult - Jim Marcus of Die Warzau as well an acclaimed music producer). But we also have a host of other people who were in the inner wheel of what was happening: from club owners like Joe Shanahan of Metro/Smart Bar to club employee, tour manger (and now author) Steve Silver ... Chicago Trax owner and constant object of liner note of fodder on albums Reid Hyams ... as well as players like Martin Atkins who saw Chicago as the place 'where everything was happening' and moved there in the late 1980's to be a part of it, played in numerous pioneering bands, and founded his legendary record label, Invisible, in Chicago. We were also fortunate enough to get the original perspective of a person raised on the music and in the scene, turned artist in the scene, turned torchbearer - keeping the music alive today: Acumen and Cold Waves Festival founder, Jason Novak.

Other artists include Charles Levi, En Esch ... as well as artist who admired from afar such as: Tommy Victor, Curse Mackey and Eric Powell ... plus DJ's, historians, and many more.

The legendary Metro/Smart Bar, one of the early (and current) homes of American Industrial music

This has been a passion project that we have poured hours of sweat and love into. We have assembled a team of experienced, knowledgeable, people who have worked in the industry for decades: from producing music docu-series - to shows for networks such as HGTV and Discovery. 

It has taken a while to get the project to this point, yes years, but we wanted to have it to a point where people could see we had something viable that can and will be completed if we are fortunate enough to get funded via Kickstarter. From arranging shoots across the country, to collecting and amassing b-roll and fliers form yesteryear (we are still accepting your fliers, footage and pictures - much appreciated!) this has been an unbelievable amount of work. It is our only goal to get to share this project with fans of music from around the world.

We raised all of the 1st round of funding privately, this Kickstarter is needed for a few important reasons - all that cost money, of course!

  • Music licensing, when you tell a story about music you need to include some of that music! As you can see we have already licensed My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult's "Cuz It's Hot' for the movie/trailer - doesn't it just add to the experience?!
  • Legal - as with everything in this world it has to be 'run past the lawyer' 
  • Blu Ray/physical production 
  • Film festival submissions, when you have a story this interesting you want people to see it!
  • and lastly to 'bring it across the finish line' - all the costs that come up, such as finishing post production, color correction, etc. 

We have added some great exclusive rewards for people backing this project with various price points. Please know any contribution you can make will go to telling this pretty awesome story of this groundbreaking music, historic clubs, and incredible artists.

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The score/soundtrack features new and exclusive content from people you'll see in the film - the music is the story, and getting new and unearthed musical contributions was a must in telling this story.

The DVD will include bonus footage, and let me tell you there are some crazy stories that are included in that lot!

Thank You for taking the time to read this and considering supporting this film.

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    Lunch with the cast

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    Here's your chance to pick the brain of one of the fine folks who appeared in the film. Eat, ask, be entertained!
    *this will happen on the same day as one of the screenings - this will also get you VIP at the screening and after party. The cast member may vary based upon availability.
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