About this project
AFTER LOTS OF GREAT SUPPORT, ALL OF THE ORIGINAL VINYL RECORDS FEATURED IN AMERICAN B-SIDE ARE GONE. THANKS SO MUCH TO OUR GENEROUS BACKERS!
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It all started for me with a record I found 10 years ago. The girl with the puppet reminded me of the one in England who had broken my heart and I was now escaping. I had sold everything, hopped on a plane, bought a car and begun a strange, colourful journey through the subconscious swamps of the Southern Gothic.
The documentary we are hoping to finish with your help will revisit the geography and people who were central to this most extraordinary period in my life.
We’ve all opened that email titled ‘Worlds Worst Album Covers’… well, I ended up going one step further and went to find many of the musicians smiling from out of those records. And in doing so I discovered the most incredible thing is what is yet to be told: the stories behind the songs.
A masked Elvis impersonator whose journey through life sadly mirrored the man he played; a cross-dressing singer and pet lover turned murderer; and, of course, a whole lot of Christian ventriloquism. You learn fast or you sink deep in the South and these musicians all, in some way, helped me through my heartbreak and this is now my chance to tell their stories.
Already I have created a radio series for the BBC on some of them and their music, but now I want to bring their stories to life in a feature length documentary.
We have filmed 70% and are looking for finishing funds to return one last time and then edit these life affirming stories, advice and wisdom of these unheard musicians who all experienced ambitions highest cost: failure.
AMERICAN B-SIDE needs you!
This heartbroken journey through modern America's eccentric personalities, unique landscapes, broken towns, overgrown nature and crowded chapels has been a labour of love for several years.
Joseph Fletcher is the only person who can make this film. A man who lived these stories since embarking on his Southern odyssey a decade ago, and who has come to know these people intimately.
A filmmaker, writer, DJ and painter, he is the lens through which these characters can reach the world, and he has already shared their music through the BBC.
Now, with an Academy Award-winning production company offering editorial support, his film is perfectly positioned to be finished to the highest quality and released to global audiences.
Your money will help us:
- Film for three more weeks in the US, completing the shoot and capturing the remaining interviews with the people behind the music;
- Edit the film to the highest standard, including mixing the music so it sounds great, and ensuring the film is delivered ready for distribution;
- All the legal work to ensure rights to all stories and music is secured, and that all the musicians are suitably rewarded for contributing their songs to the film (we want to make sure they're all properly looked after);
- Paying for the crew to devote themselves fully to finishing the film, so it can be completed as soon as possible using the best talent.
And in return for your support, we have some fantastic rewards for you.
You can cherish your DVD and soundtrack album for all time, and be the only person you know with the coveted bonus CD of music that won't make the finished film.
You'll be the envy of your friends - but why not donate enough to get four tickets to a screening and take them along with you?
You could even have Joseph exclusively DJ at your own private party!
Most exciting of all, the first 15 people who donate at least £250 will win one of 15 original albums that will feature in the film - an opportunity to own an utterly unique piece of musical history.
And once it's finished, AMERICAN B-SIDE will be sent to festivals around the world. We all want the film to get a cinematic release, but even if it doesn't we'll ensure - through our extensive network of broadcast contacts - that it hits TV screens around the world and is available to a huge international audience.
Following in the tradition of award-winning films like Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus and Searching for Sugar Man, or even Buena Vista Social Club, AMERICAN B-SIDE will rediscover a rare alternative musical world for a mainstream audience, all packaged within a beautiful cinematic experience.
Risks and challenges
As a professional film and television production company with a proven track record, Bedlam Productions is well placed to tackle any challenges that might arise in the delivery of this film.
We have the necessary relationships to ensure AMERICAN B-SIDE delivers a high-quality edit on schedule. Any legal aspects of the film, such as contracts and rights, will be handled by a leading media law firm. Our network of international sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and press agencies guarantees that American B-Side will have a best possible chance of receiving wide exposure.
We have ensured everything from a record-breaking, award-winning feature film to a niche history documentary reaches its audience, and we will do the same for AMERICAN B-SIDE.
In the event that the film fails to secure a cinematic distribution deal of any kind, and therefore does not have a premiere, we will independently arrange screenings in the town and cities that are home to each of our £1,000+ donors.
We are fully committed to delivering the best film possible and ensuring it reaches a wide international audience - and most importantly, those people who support the film: You!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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