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The story of a band that overcame massive adversity & personal tragedy to become the most critically acclaimed indie band in the world. Read more

Portland, OR Documentary
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The story of a band that overcame massive adversity & personal tragedy to become the most critically acclaimed indie band in the world.

Portland, OR Documentary
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Why have I decided to make this film?"

Augustines evoke an incredible sense of providence in their story, and in their music. Like the others interviewed for this film, I immediately was drawn to the band’s passion and artistry. So many people over the past few years have come together, giving selflessly to the band for one reason. Their music needed to be heard. I feel incredibly lucky to be in the unique position to make this film. Along with producer, and Big Vulture co-founder, Josh Kincaid, it is our intention that RISE transcends both music and band to stand on it's own as a truly compelling film.

This is an independent film. It is neither commissioned nor funded by the band. However, we have the blessing of all involved in the Augustines camp to document their story, with unrestricted access.

To me, what makes this film so unique are the band members. The fact that they have been through so much in their history makes the success they now have inspirational on another level altogether.

On December 8, 2014, Augustines will perform at London's prestigious Roundhouse to over 3,500 people. This show and the preceding European tour will provide a triumphant backdrop as we follow Augustines back through their history, showing just why their dedicated fan base continues to fervently grow. Augustines have something rare. Their live shows exemplify the band’s best qualities: passion and élan, heartbreak and intimacy, all imbued with a power that can barely be contained. Rarely has a rock band made their fans feel so alive.

If you have donated, we are now making this film together. You can help OUR project succeed in many ways. Follow & interact with us on our social networks and let people know about the film and that they too can be a part of it's success. Follow Big Vulture on Facebook, Instagram (@thebigvulture) and Twitter (@thebigvulture). Always feel free to reach out to us and get in touch, we are incredibly interactive people and will be providing a lot of project updates for you to watch, interact with and share. It's important to us that you feel as much a part of this as we do. We're one community all striving to make an amazing film!

 "Living proof that the greatest art can come from the deepest tragedy" - Evening Standard


We are creating an extremely limited edition DVD book for the film. Filled with behind the scenes photos shot whilst filming, it will also feature the exclusive updated Augustines biography from Ryan Berg, author of the original extended biography, titled 'My Brother's Keeper'. This will be a true collectors item for any Augustines fan or film buff.

CLICK HERE TO READ MY BROTHER'S KEEPER

RISE is not a fly-on-the-wall style film. It is a much more personal & human story, the magnitude of which is what will make it's triumph all the more uplifting. In this film you will discover a band that, through both it's lyrical content and live energy, has bonded with it's fanbase in an incredibly unique way. Every fan around the world lives and breathes their honesty and depth and rejoices in it's euphoria & optimism.  

We will follow frontman William McCarthy through California to hear his backstory, an almost unbelievable tale. McCarthy never knew his father. His mother's tragic suicide when he was 19 and subsequent suicide of his brother James whilst former band Pela was imploding should have (and nearly did) forced McCarthy and Eric Sanderson out of music altogether. Instead they resurrected an album from Pela's ashes and went on to become Augustines. Their debut album, titled 'Rise Ye Sunken Ships', was embraced around the world.

We will also travel with McCarthy to Folsom State Prison in California, the scene of the final years of his brother James' life, where he spent years in solitary confinement. We are working towards gaining entry to Folsom State Prison for Augustines to perform there as part of the film. 

Folsom will be interspersed with the London show at the beginning and end of the film as we tell this unique story. This is a film ultimately about triumph. It's about a coming together of individuals for something greater but, most importantly, it's about how self-belief, never giving up and following your dreams can change lives.

We've already travelled to Seattle WA, where we have filmed key people involved in the 'RISE' of Augustines but there are at least 30 more people we need to interview..

People to be interviewed in the film includes...

  • John Richards (KEXP, Seattle)
  • John Schaefer (WNYC New York)
  • Peter Katis (Producer - Augustines, The National, Interpol)
  • Scott Hutchinson (Frightened Rabbit frontman)
  • Stone Gossard (Pearl Jam)
  • Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem frontman)
  • Aaron Dessner / Alec Bemis (The National / Brassland Records)
  • Arwen Hunt (Augustines manager 2010-2014)
  • Brent Stiefel (Record label boss)
  • Chase Jarvis (ChaseJarvis.com)
  • Ueli Häfliger (FluxFM Germany)
  • Steve Lamacq (BBC 6Music UK)
  • Maryanne Hobbs (XFM UK)
  • Paul Bachmann & Michael Smyth (Live4Ever.co.uk)
  • Jim Chancellor (Record label boss)
  • Family, friends & former band members...

There are many locations key to this film. We will need to film / interview in southern California, northern California, New York City, Brooklyn, Long Island, upstate New York, London & Europe. Other costs include additional equipment rental, reward item manufacture & fulfilment, film distribution (physical & digital), licensing of non-Augustines music.  We are dedicating the next six to eight months solely to make this film and have already spent thousands of dollars and hours travelling & interviewing people. We obviously cannot make a film of this magnitude for nothing and must support ourselves whilst we are full time on this.

Most importantly, we are looking for a highly skilled editor. An editor plays an enormous part in the success or failure of a film. We will be looking to secure the best editor possible and have someone very specific in mind to help us realise our vision.

KEY FILMING LOCATIONS

Folsom State Prison, California
Folsom State Prison, California
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Risks and challenges

We constantly work to minimise risks across the board by planning well in advance. We have already secured the use of all Augustines music by the band's label and have obtained clearance on a huge amount of video footage.

The design teams are at work now preparing artwork for the both DVDs & other rewards and we'll be booking DVD manufacturing dates well ahead of the release time to make sure we hit our shipping targets.

Editing a film is an art form in itself. We feel it either makes or breaks a film are determined to secure our preferred editor. If we encounter timeframe issues we would prefer to wait in order to achieve the best edit possible for this film.

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    OFFICIAL BACKER OF THE FILM - You're in the movie business! Our eternal thanks to you.

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    OFFICIAL BACKER OF THE FILM + you receive a signed RISE Thank You card from the crew.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD LEVEL - You will receive an HD Digital Download of the film.

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    EARLY DIGITAL DOWNLOAD LEVEL - You will receive an HD Digital Download of the film one week before everyone else! You'll also be listed on our 'Thank you" section on our website.

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    RISE DVD COLLECTOR LEVEL - Standard Jewel Case DVD + Early HD Digital Download + film poster signed by the film crew. Exclusive access to our production diary. You'll receive regular updates and behind the scenes clips. You'll also be listed on our 'Thank you" section on our website.

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    EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION DVD COLLECTOR LEVEL - You will receive the extremely limited edition 24 page booklet DVD version of the film, of which only 1000 will ever be made. The booklet includes photos taken during the making of the film and additional band story, 'My Brother's Keeper, written by author Ryan Berg. You'll also be listed on the 'Thank you" section on our website.

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION DVD / MERCH PACK / YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS - Includes the exclusive, 24 page limited edition DVD Book - signed by the band! PLUS commemorative 'Access All Areas' Laminate/Lanyard, Limited Edition Film Crew T-Shirt. You'll will be thanked in the credits of the film and in the exclusive DVD book.In addition, you will also receive 1 standard jewel case DVD to give to a friend, or tell your parents you're in the movie business! We'll send a customized 'Thank you' tweet out to you.

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION DVD / MERCH PACK / YOUR NAME IN THE FILM'S CREDITS / SKYPE THE DIRECTOR - Apart from receiving everything in the previous package, you'll have access to an exclusive Skype chat with director Todd Howe. Ask away on anything related to the film! Ask and learn about the film and music business.

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION DVD / MERCH PACK / FILM CREDITS / SKYPE THE DIRECTOR / EXCLUSIVE SIGNED POSTER - Special silver ink edition Kickstarter movie poster, signed by Augustines and the film crew. Exclusive one-on-one Skype with Director and Augustines band member, Billy McCarthy.

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION DVD / MERCH PACK / FILM CREDITS / SKYPE THE DIRECTOR / EXCLUSIVE SIGNED POSTER - Special gold ink edition Kickstarter movie poster. Numbered and signed by Augustines and the film crew. This is a limited run of only 8 posters that will ever be produced in this style. Exclusive one-on-one Skype with Director and Augustines band member, Billy McCarthy.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - Your name will be listed in the film's credits and on IMDB as the film's Associate Producer. These will be mast head credits, ahead of the rolling credits. You will receive all of the rewards listed above (DVD Book instead of Jewel Case). Exclusive entry to the film's premiere (travel and accommodation not included). Welcome Skype meeting with director Todd Howe and a full project brief. Receive one of 5 limited art print stills from the production of the movie.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Your name will be listed in the film's credits, movie posters, and on IMDB as the film's Executive Producer. You will also be automatically listed as an Associate Producer in our next production. Join us at any of the screenings, release parties, film festivals etc. (travel and accommodation not included) as an official part of the Big Vulture production team! If you're in the US, flights and accommodation to the premiere will be included!

    Be a part of the actual production with 1-1 Skype chats with Todd & Josh.

    Time permitting, join us on location for one of the scenes (at your own expense) and have exclusive access to early edits of the film.

    AAA access (for two) to the sold out Roundhouse show in London (travel and accommodation not included) that will be filmed for the documentary. Who knows, you might even make it into the film!

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