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At the top of the world a group of dedicated musicians from across the globe gather in the mountains of Austria to revel in virtuosity.
At the top of the world a group of dedicated musicians from across the globe gather in the mountains of Austria to revel in virtuosity.
At the top of the world a group of dedicated musicians from across the globe gather in the mountains of Austria to revel in virtuosity.
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Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar - A Documentary

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There is a movement on the rise in the acoustic guitar community. 

A tribe born of revolution that has roots tracing back decades. 

The “fingerstyle” community as it calls itself has been percolating away in smoky pubs and intimate venues around the world, occasionally bubbling its way to the surface. 

There is a growing online community of dedicated fans and a players following in the footsteps of pioneer artists like Michael Hedges to today’s most influential artists like Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel -- and it grows larger by the day.

This film is dedicated to taking a magnified look at the world of modern acoustic fingerstyle guitar, through the lens of its history and its people to truly understand the music and movement.

Fingerstyle guitarists all over the world are transcending not just their instruments but the way we fundamentally enjoy and consume the art form. These artists prosper in the connection with their audience; revel in the intimacy of their performance and thrive in the virtuosity of their musicianship. We hope to bottle just a fraction of this essence in the film.

ALSO

…we want to MAKE this movie because we want to SEE this movie. We are MASSIVE FANS! We think there is a unique and compelling story to be told and we need the community to help us tell it.

Turracher Höhe, Austria
Turracher Höhe, Austria

The main storyline thread will be filmed at the 2015 Thomas Leeb Acoustic Fingerstyle Bootcamp in Austria. Coined “High altitude training for guitarists," there we will meet the attendees and the tutors, share stories and capture a sense of their hopes, dreams and musical aspirations of professionals and amateurs alike. 

We will discuss the art form, their creative process, motivations for striving so hard and the challenges of being a solitary artist. We will witness them strive, sweat, learn and laugh all in the name of developing their art and following their dreams. A story of universal appeal and determination.   

The film will also be supported by many voices from the fingerstyle guitar community across the globe. From Preston Reed in Scotland, Don Ross in Canada to Thomas Leeb in Austria, this is a global movement and we would like to give it the scope it deserves.

We're seeking funds for the following: 

• Editing & Production 
• Data Storage/Backup 
• Insurance
• Colour-grading 
• Web design, hosting and domain 
• Animation 
• Travel Costs 
• Poster design
• Music Licensing 
• Festival submissions fees 
• Various other film production costs

It will be challenging to make a great-looking, great-sounding film for the amount we've chosen, but we are confident that with our experience and your support, we can make it happen. 

Every day we are hearing from fans all around the world who are suggesting more and more people they'd love us to include in this movie. 

While it is impossible to interview everyone in a 90 minute window, we want to include as many voices as we can.

Any additional funds we raise above and beyond our Kickstarter goal will enable us to talk to more people along the way as well as helping us to acquire the rights and clearances for any additional archival footage and music licensing.

We will be blogging about the entire experience of making, marketing, and distributing the film at www.fingerstyledoco.com. Along the way, we'll learn together what it takes to create a film and get it seen by people.

 

Drew Roller – The “Light Bulb” guy 
Fledgling Fingerstyle guitarist by night, digital designer and media production professional by day Drew is more of an “open mic-er” than a gig pig. He is also a massive fan of the movement, and came up with the idea that has left everyone asking “why hasn't this been done before”. He brings a sense of aesthetic to the project with his background in design and on top of that a ton of determination to help create the kick ass film we all want to see. 

Mark “Phisha” Fisher – The ideas man
"Phisha" comes straight from the lone fingerstyle player mould.  For many years, nestled in his music room working on his Original tunes and the techniques of the Acoustic art-form.  His musical wares have taken him through the process of composing, recording and performing his work on video, on stage and in the studio.  He brings with him a vital industry focus and insight due to a deep love for, and a deep history in Modern Fingerstyle .  His knowledge and "ideas" in audio and video production technology through his work in music retail will be crucial to the project’s execution and production value.  Oh... Did we mention he’s a bad ass percussive Fingerstyle player?

Brockton Gates – The man with the microphone 
We were over the moon when Brockton from the Modern Fingerstyle Guitar Podcast decided to come on board with the project in an Executive Producer role for a myriad of reasons. For a start if you aren't already subscribed to the MFG podcast stop what your doing immediately and …no wait, don’t, come back... donate first! Seriously though Brockton will be developing and nurturing the narrative of the project through his interviews at the Bootcamp and beyond. His experience in this area is invaluable and aligns perfectly with the skill-set of the team. He also brings not an ounce less of enthusiasm that is needed to carry out such a challenging task.


 This movie is not about any one individual, artist or performer. It’s about a community. A group of individual artists who revel in virtuosity… strive to break through boundaries… and rise to greater heights through a connection to the whole. With your help we hope to capture that spirit.

The Reward Tiers

As backers we want to share not just the movie we make but also the experience of making it with you.  We have a whole range of options beginning with a digital download that enable us to champion this film together.  Also on offer are a range of options to share the love in terms of getting your music out there. 

Pledge $5 or more

You'll also get a shout out on social media and a thanks in the film credits. We'll also keep you posted with news and updates available on the blog.

Pledge $25 or more

The movie is yours on completion via a digital download + shout out on social media, a thanks in the film credits, and regular news and updates.

Pledge $50 or more

You will receive regular exclusive, behind the scenes content that documents the journey of bringing this idea to life. You'll also get the digital download plus the shouts outs on social media and the film credits.

Pledge $75 or more

Here you will receive a hard copy, limited Edition "Official Backer" of the film + Digital Download. Watch the film in style with this DVD which will feature exclusive artwork for the backer community. Also you get access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the film credits and our social media.

Pledge $100 or more

Not only will you get the Limited Edition "Official Backer" DVD, you'll also get to see all the cool stuff we couldn't fit into 90 minutes. We're tipping there will be a bunch of it. Also you get regular access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the credits/social media. (Ext cut via digital download)

***NEW REWARD TIER***
Pledge $125 or more (4 available)

G7th Newport Tier - Light weight and low profile, the G7th Newport allows for fast, accurate capoing.

Plus the Limited Edition "Official Backer" DVD, you'll also get to see all the cool stuff we couldn't fit into 90 minutes. Also you get regular access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the credits/social media. (Ext cut via digital download)  

Pledge $150 or more (3 available)

Here you will get a 30-Minute Private Skype Lesson with one of today's most talented fingerstyle guitarists, Thomas Leeb.

You'll also get the "Official Backer" DVD, a digital download of the movie, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content and a shout out on our closing credits and social media channels.

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Pledge $150 or more (Only 1 of each available)  

Either a G7th Performance 2 Black Satin or a G7th Performance 2 Silver - Setting a new standard in capo design, the Performance 2 is smaller and lighter. The ultimate capo experience.

Plus you'll get the Limited Edition "Official Backer" DVD, including all the cool stuff we couldn't fit into 90 minutes. Along with regular access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the credits/social media. (Ext cut via digital download)

 Pledge $175 or more

G7th Performance 2 GOLD - Setting a new standard in capo design, the Performance 2 is smaller, lighter and this one is Gold Plated. The ultimate capo experience.  

Add to that the Limited Edition "Official Backer" DVD, including all the cool stuff we couldn't fit into 90 minutes. And you'll get regular access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the credits/social media. (Ext cut via digital download)

Pledge $350 or more

This one is for the fingerstylist backers out there looking to get their music heard. 

As "Artist of the Week," you will get:

  • A 30-second song clip and shout out inclusion in the intro of an upcoming Modern Fingerstyle Guitar Podcast (one per episode).
  • Name and link included in a Modern Fingerstyle Guitar Podcast blog post.
  • We will do a full bio, pic and a video of your wares on a blog post on the FingerstyleDoco.com website.
  • Twitter and Facebook post from Fingerstyle Documentary social channels.  

You'll also get the "Official Backer" DVD, digital download, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content, a shout out on social media and in the closing credits. (Movie content available on completion of the film.)

**Artist of the Week features will begin in August (after shooting in Austria) in order of date backed. 

 Pledge $500 or more

You will be credited as an official Associate Producer of the film, not to mention your very own page and film history on imdb.com (Internet Movie Database).

You'll also get the "Official Backer" DVD a digital download of the movie, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content and a shout out on social media.

Pledge $1500 or more (1 available) 

Have your song included in the closing credits of the film. 

You'll also get featured as an "Artist of the Week", the "Official Backer" DVD, a digital download of the movie, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content, a shout out on social media and in the closing credits.

**Music must be of professional sound and recording quality. You must own the full copyrights to the song. 

Pledge $2500 or more

At this level you will effectively become major backers and will be rewarded as such with definitive branding at the beginning and ending of the film. Great for brands and individual artists alike! This is the premium sponsorship tier, you will get: 

  • Brand/logo placed in opening credits of over distributed copy of the film. 
  • Brand/Logo and link included on the official FingerstyleDoco.com website in "Premium Sponsor" placement. 
  • Small brand/logo placement on default images for FingerstyleDoco.com social channels (Twitter, Facebook)
  • Brand/logo with link included in every update email to all backers

You'll also be get all the perks from the "Artist (brand) of the Week" tier, get a digital download of the movie, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content, a shout out on social media and in the closing credits.

How to participate

Support from the community has been overwhelming. Our social media networks are firing on all cylinders. The people are engaged and have already provided us with invaluable insights through the surveys on our blog and the messages on Facebook. Keep them coming!

The stream of supportive comments, messages, tweets and emails are all a constant source of validation of the idea. Each and every one of them encapsulates the earnestness, passion and energy the community emanates.

Supporting Artists

Thomas Leeb
• Preston Reed
• Jon Gomm
• Don Ross
• Mike Dawes
• Petteri Sariola
• Maneli Jamal
• Tobias Rauscher
• Jacky Bastek
• Janet Noguera
• Lowden Guitars
• G7th Capos
• Baton Rouge Guitars

NOTE: This list is growing by the day and is subject to scheduling.

Risks and challenges

The challenges are many and risks very real.

The biggest challenge is to create a great film with such a limited budget. The target we have set will leave a lot of our own blood, sweat and potentially tears on the floor. We all have our day jobs and will be really up against it to deal with the challenges of post production given those commitments. That said, we wouldn't put this idea out there if we weren't determined to commit and deliver. This film likes it subject matter is born out of a passion.

We are doing our homework with all of it, being proactive to cover off the unexpected. The "unknown unknowns" so to speak. We are looking at all the variables of production like talent waivers, lighting conditions, sound and camera equipment. The list goes on. We are doing this all to ensure we can produce world class entertainment. The film we all want to see.

We are also blessed to have many members of the community offer their help and services towards our common goal, emphasizing the core themes of the concept. We have been very humbled so far by all the offers of support and that would only increase should you entrust us to make this film.

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    **G7th Newport 3 String 'PARTIAL CAPO**
    Light weight and low profile, this G7th Newport #3 Partial capo unlocks a whole range of alternative tuning possibilities including DADGAD. Fast and accurate you'll be playing like a pro with this in no time.

    Not only will you get the Newport capo from G7th and the Limited Edition "Official Backer" DVD, you'll also get to see all the cool stuff we couldn't fit into 90 minutes. We're tipping there will be a bunch of it. Also you get regular access to exclusive behind the scenes content, updates, news and a shout out in the credits/social media. (Ext cut via digital download)
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    **G7th Newport 5 String 'PARTIAL CAPO**
    Light weight and low profile, this G7th Newport #5 String Partial capo unlocks a whole range of new tuning possibilities. Fast and accurate you'll be playing like a monster in no time.

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    **30-Minute Private Skype Lesson w/ Thomas Leeb**

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    NOTE: Music must be of professional sound quality.

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    **Lowden Original Series Acoustic Guitar**

    An Original series Lowden acoustic guitar with an option to have it signed by Thomas Leeb, Jon Gomm and George Lowden himself. Thanks to our partners at George Lowden guitars for making this a reality. Contact us for any questions regarding this item.

    You'll also get definitive branding at the beginning and ending of the film as a Premium Sponsor. We will also featured you as an "Artist or brand of the Week", get a Silver Performance 2 Capo from G7th and receive the "Official Backer DVD", a digital download of the movie, the extended cut, access to exclusive "Behind the scenes" content, a shout out on social media and in the closing credits. (Movie content available on completion of the film.)

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Funding period

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