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By William E Badgley
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About

For the last 2 years Jennifer Shagawat, from Starcleaner Records and  Shellshag, along with William E Badgley, director of the underground rock doc hit, "Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP" have been working with the original line up of the first all girl punk band, first wave British Punks, and the godmothers of Punky Reggae, The Slits on a feature length documentary film about the band... and now they are almost done!

The film is shot, nearly finished with the edit, and amazing deals have been struck to include an incredible amount of absolutely beautiful film footage of the band from the 70' and early 80's and a lot of it has never been seen before. Not too mention music! And Pictures! Now they just need the money to seal these deals and include the archival.

Jennifer and bill have fought long and hard to get this whole way almost entirely on their own... sleeping on floors and flying around on their own dime... now they have 50 non consecutive minutes edited with these amazing folks:

Ari Up (Slits vocalist/Ari Up and The True Warriors), Viv Albertine (Slits Guitarist/Flowers of Romance/Author), Tessa Pollitt (Slits Bassist), Palmolive (Slits drummer/Flowers of Romance, The Raincoats), Budgie (Slits drummer/Siouxie and The Banshees), Bruce Smith (Slits drummer/The Pop Group, PiL), Kate Corris (Initial Slits guitarist/The Raincoats, The Mo-dettes), Don Letts (DJ/Filmmaker), Dennis Bovell (Producer of CUT) Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Jeni Cook (Culture Club), Hollie Cook (Reformed Slits/Solo Career), Viven Goldman (NYU' Punk Professor), Dr No (Reformed Slits), Anna Schulte (Reformed Slits), Michelle Hill (Reformed Slits), Helen Reddington (Professor/Author), Zoe Howe (Band Biographer), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and many more.

This is an amazing story about an incredible band... a band that was not willing to be contained... not within a gender, not within a musical style, not within a time period or an art form. You want to hear this story believe me, we are in awe of it everyday we get the amazing opportunity to work with it.

And the story of how this project got started is as incredible as the project itself... the film's executive producer, Jennifer Shagawat was brought on by Ari Up and Tessa Pollitt of the reformed Slits in 2006 to be their driver, tour manager, friend and confidant. Jennifer got to be very close to the band and worked tirelessly with them to bring their music and their vision to the world.

During this time Ari became more and more obsessed with documenting the band in hopes that she and Jennifer would be able to release a film documenting their art, spirit, and their struggle. What no one knew at this time was that Ari was very sick and slowly dying of cancer.

When Ari passed away the film was not finished... so, after a period of mourning, and at the urging of The Slits bass player and friend, Tess Pollitt, Jennifer picked herself back up and set about the arduous task of completing the film... but the film was in pieces and Jennifer was on her own.

Jennifer decided that she needed some help... to this end she contacted a long time friend of hers, William E Badgley who had just finished touring The UK, Europe, and US with his self financed, self produced, and self booked film "Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP" a film chronicling the intimate friendship of three childhood friends as they experienced great setbacks and great joys in their art and in their lives, and the two of them set about making Ari's vision a reality.

It hasn't been easy by any stretch of the imagination, but nothing worth doing ever is and now it's nearly completed, and with your help it will no doubt be a fantastic reality.

Rewards

1" Button Sets
1" Button Sets
HTBH Tote Bags, with color options
HTBH Tote Bags, with color options
DVD
DVD
HTBH Shirts
HTBH Shirts
T Shirt Color Options
T Shirt Color Options
Slits logo shirt
Slits logo shirt
HTBH Posters
HTBH Posters
HTBH Hoodie Options
HTBH Hoodie Options
Signed copy of "Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits"
Signed copy of "Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits"
Signed copy of "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys"
Signed copy of "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys"
Signed drumsticks!
Signed drumsticks!
Limited Edition CUT shirts signed by Tessa Pollitt
Limited Edition CUT shirts signed by Tessa Pollitt
Limited Edition, hand numbered Trapped Animal silkscreened poster
Limited Edition, hand numbered Trapped Animal silkscreened poster
Signed copy of bootleg: "Typical Girls Live in Cincinnati & San Francisco USA"
Signed copy of bootleg: "Typical Girls Live in Cincinnati & San Francisco USA"

Risks and challenges

Without your help it will be increasingly difficult for this project to live up to it's full potential... not just in terms of it's story, ethos, music and message, but in terms of all the hard work and talent that has been poured into this project already.

Jennifer and bill have hung out with The Slits filming current moments with Slits members to give you as intimate of a look into their lives as possible, but let's face it, what's a Slits documentary without the archival footage and original tracks!!! Especially when the deals have been struck and it's just a bit of coin that's standing in the way!

Jennifer and bill have pulled out every last stop to get the project this far... they've borrowed money, skimped on meals, talked to friends, and now they are calling out to the world for help.

If you want to be a forever part of the band that helped change history then look through the sweet prizes we've put together and give us a click, it won't be wasted.

They've been down this road before and arrived safely on the other side, bill is an accomplished documentary filmmaker of rock docs specifically, he's shown his film over 70 times in 10 countries and 3 languages and received great press such as "Excellent" in the San Francisco Bay Guardian and 3 out of 4 stars in The Seattle Times, he's taught documentary appreciation at the university level, runs his own documentary film school, and is a 15 year veteran of a touring rock band.

Jennifer is completely self made in both her art and her business, she runs her own film studio in Brooklyn, manages her own record label, and is a 25 year veteran herself of international rock n roll touring.

These guys got this... let's all pitch in and take this sucker on a world tour.

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    BACKER ONLY UPDATES! Every little bit helps and for only $5 you can be a part of helping our project reach it's funding goal!

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    SLITS BUTTON SETS! Choose a button set from the following:

    Initial Slits featuring: Palmolive, Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, & Kate Korus

    Original Slits featuring: Palmolive, Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt & Viv Albertine

    CUT Era Slits featuring: Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine, Neneh Cherry & Budgie

    Return Era Slits featuring: Ari UP, Tessa Pollitt, Viv Albertine & Bruce Smith

    Reformed Slits featuring: Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, Hollie Cook, Adele Wilson, Anna Schulte, Dr No, Michelle Hill, & Anna Ozowa

    Each set also comes with the logo buttons in both English and Japanese!

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    DIGITAL SCRAPBOOK PDF!

    We've got so many rare and never-before-seen images and clippings that we've decided to make a digital scrapbook! Beautiful images and information make this reward a must for any Slits fan! We will also be adding this to the digital packages in upper level rewards as well!

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    TOTE BAG & BUTTON!

    Choose from one of our 7 tote bag designs and corresponding button! Each Slit is featured on her own bag with her quote and comes with her button as well. Or, if you prefer, pick either the official film logo, Japanese logo, or Ari Memorial and get that buttons as well! Totes are available in the following colors: Black, unbleached cotton, red, green, pink, blue, or yellow!

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    Here to be Heard: the Story of the Slits DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    It's yours, to keep, forever! Once it's released you will get a copy to watch whenever and wherever you want! Show it to people on the bus, and tell them you helped make it possible!

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    THANK YOU IN THE FILM CREDITS & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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    Here to be Heard: the Story of the Slits DVD

    Who doesn't want this in their DVD collection? A film that you helped to release, delivered to your door (by the postal service, not by us – but bring it to a screening and we can even sign it for you!).

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    ALL 5 SLITS BUTTON SETS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    HTBH ALL GIRLS T SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    HTBH ARI MEMORIAL SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    "TYPICAL GIRLS? THE STORY OF THE SLITS" SIGNED BY AUTHOR ZOE STREET HOWE! + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF OUR FILM!

    Get your copy of "Typical Girls? The Story of the Slits" Signed by the author Zoe Street Howe and then settle in and watch a digital copy of our film. There's only 10 copies, so hurry up and get yours before they're all gone!

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    SCREEN PRINTED MOVIE POSTERS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK

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    SLITS LOGO SHIRT (Women's Large) + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    SLITS LOGO SHIRT (Women's Medium) + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    HTBH JAPANESE SHIRT + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    A cross-cultural melting-pot of a t-shirt, inspired by The Slits' Japanese fans, but have been flying out of the Molasses Manifesto office to all over the world! Our shirts are red, white, blue, and yellow ink on black American Apparel style unisex T-shirts and are available in S, M, L, & XL SIZES. Shirts are available in black, green, pink, blue, or red. We'll also send you a digital download of the film!

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    HOODIE + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    Choose from one of our hoodie designs!

    "TOO GIRLS, TOO TOUGH" Hoodie features Vivien Goldman's fantastic quote about the Slits! Our hoodies are white and bright pink ink on black and available in S M, L, & XL SIZES

    ALL GIRLS LOGO Hoodie! This hoodie features the film's logo with the original Slits lineup! White in on black and available in S M, L, & XL SIZES

    JAPANESE LOGO design! Our Japanese logo hoodie is inspired by the Japanese fans and printed beautifully in red, white, blue, and yellow ink on black available in S, M, L, & XL SIZES

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    “CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES, MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC, BOYS, BOYS, BOYS” SIGNED BY AUTHOR, VIV ALBERTINE + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK!

    Get your copy of "Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys" Signed by the author Viv Albertine and get a digital copy of our film. There's only 5 copies, so hurry up and get yours before they're all gone!

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    ALL TOTES + BUTTONS & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    Can't choose between the 7 tote designs? Choose them all instead! With this option you'll receive all 5 tote bags with their corresponding button as well as a digital download of the film! Totes are available in the following colors: Black, unbleached cotton, red, green, pink, blue, or yellow!

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    DRUMSTICKS SIGNED BY PALMOLIVE + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    Get a set of drumsticks signed by Palmolive as well as a digital download of the completed film! This reward is limited to 10 sets so get them while they last!

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    LIMITED EDITION CUT SHIRT SIGNED BY TESSA + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    We've got 50 shirts, limited edition shirts featuring the cover art from CUT! All are printed on orange, size large and signed by Tessa Pollitt! Of course, you'll also get a digital download of the film.

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    DRUMSTICKS SIGNED BY BUDGIE + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    Get a set of drumsticks signed by Budgie, (Slits drummer/Siouxie & The Banshees) as well as a digital download of the completed film! This reward is limited to 10 sets so get them while they last!

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    ALL THREE HTBH SHIRTS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

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    ALL THREE HTBH POSTERS + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK

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    TRAPPED ANIMAL POSTER + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD!

    This beautiful poster is an intricate work of art by Jason Grunwald! Extremely limited addition and hand numbered, this silk screened poster features Ari and her wonderful hair connecting her to the world around her. This poster is silk screened on heavy weight paper sized 15x28 We'll also send you a digital download of the film!

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    EARLY RELEASE OF SELECT SCENES FROM THE FILM + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK!

    Want to see some select scenes from the film before anyone else does?! Under this reward, we'll send you a link to approximately 10 minutes of Here to be Heard-we won't even make you wait for the project to fully fund! (You will have to wait to get the whole film & PDF scrapbook though!)

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    SIGNED BOOTLEG + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK!

    Typical Girls Live in Cincinnati & San Francisco USA signed by Viv Albertine and Tessa Pollitt! There's only three of these and it's an awesome record, so get it while you can!

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    SUPER MERCH BUNDLE + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD + PDF SCRAPBOOK!

    Love all the merch options and can't decide? Get all three of our shirts, all our button sets, and choose one of the hoodies and two tote bags! Shirts and hoodies are available in S, M, L, & XL SIZES Check out the images for color and design options! Plus you'll get the digital download of our film and our PDF scrapbook.

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    LOGO PLACEMENT!

    Do you own an independent record label or business that really loves the Slits and wants to help us out? Choose this option and we'll include your logo on our posters, DVD, and in the end credits of the film!

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CREDIT!

    Do you own an independent record label or business that really loves the Slits and wants help us get nearly the whole way to our goal with your donation alone? Choose this option and you'll be credited as an Executive Producer! That means your logo will go in the opening credits as well as on our posters and DVD!

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