Tim Goessman is a photojournalism major at the University of Montana. King Elephant is a punk rock band based in Missoula, MT and are going on their first national tour in June/July 2012. Tim has decided to work in the field documenting it as opposed to sitting in an office somewhere doing an internship.
Tim's first person documentary aims to provide an intimate look at the pains, anguishes, frustrations, joys, and pure exhilaration of a relatively unknown band taking on the seemingly insurmountable challenge of booking and playing a month long tour in support of an independent label release. From unresponsive promoters to van breakdowns to band meltdowns to the alienation of DIY mentality in western society, tour makes for great drama, and it's not easy to make it happen.
This film offers the unique opportunity for viewers to step into the underground punk scene of the United States and see a self-created, anti-commercial world of independent artists, activists and fans.
In addition to ensuring we don't die on the road due to malnutrition and that we have homes to return to, we also have to think about how we get ourselves from point A to point B, how we are going to document it, and what happens when all of that falls apart.
That's where you come in. Both King Elephant and Tim have decided to approach this as a joint venture so that funds raised will be mutually beneficial to both the tour and to the documentary. Money will go to van and film equipment rentals and general transportation costs. We have our own music gear, and have everything else (food, cigarettes, rent money) covered from our own pockets.
Everything is still in its embryonic phases. We are currently booking shows, working on schedules, and plotting out the logistics of this endeavor. Little of this can happen or be made worthwhile without your help, so put some toilet paper in your ears, hydrate yourself, and come along with us!
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