Los Angeles is the beating heart of the music industry. It is home to a vibrant, diverse community of musicians and artists. As music lovers, we care about where our favorite songs come from, so we decided to find out.
We set out to learn about singer/songwriters who struggle to be heard. This led us to create “The Legends of La La”, a semi-reality web series where we met with artists like Elle King, Lissie, and Mason Reed, captured live performance of their original music, and heard them tell their stories.
We used a character, Nick Silver, to interview and interact with the artists, and discovered that even though he was fictional, he had a riveting story of his own to tell. We started shooting documentary style footage of Nick as a way to explore that story.
What we wound up with is a live music mockumentary, where the artists play themselves, the songs they play are theirs, the emotions that emerge are true, but the story we tell is made up.
Once a legendary music producer, Nick Silver decides to return from a 20 year hiatus and single-handedly revive the ailing music industry. Not with albums… but with playlists. He sets off collecting artists, only to discover that he, the “Golden Ear”, is going to go completely deaf in three months. With limited time, Nick Silver tries to make sense of his life, love, and legacy, all while racing to complete his first and last playlist. Along the way, he connects with his former lover, NINA HARTLEY (award winning adult film actress); new talent, ELLE KING & LISSIE, and develops a unique friendship with musician MASON REED.
Matthew Arnold is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. His roots are in Chicago where he trained at Second City, and he has been creating entertainment content for over fifteen years since. Arnold made his documentary directing debut with The Long Green Line. (voted #10 Best Sports Film of All Time by ESPNrise.com).
Since then, he has created a number of successful projects, including the popular web series Legends of La La and Downward Doug. His projects and full bio is available on eyeda.com
Phil Haus is an actor, producer and entrepreneur from New York City. Haus graduated from Duke University and moved to Los Angeles where he started his career creating film, TV, and web content. He also co-founded and led growth efforts for multiple digital apps, each of which reached number one in the Apple and Google Play App stores. Haus and Arnold first connected during IdeaJam, a weekend long event with YouTube, Intel, and Ashton Kutcher's company Katalyst; they continued their collaboration on the web-series ‘Downward Doug’.
Mason Reed is a prolific songwriter and performer. He has toured nationally since 2009, playing over 250 shows and clocking over 60,000 road miles per year. He has opened for The Wallflowers and was featured in the “New Voices” songwriting circle at John Oates’ 7908 Aspen Songwriters Festival. Reed currently lives in Seattle, where he is recording an new album.
This has been a labor of love for many of the artists and contributors, who have generously donated their time and skills over the past three years. After many hours of hard work, we have now finished the film and are taking the final steps towards releasing it to all of you.
There are just a few final costs we need to cover:
We had the opportunity to work with some incredible musicians like Lissie, Mason Reed, and Elle King. Elle’s career has skyrocketed since we completed shooting (go Elle!), so in order to license her music for the movie we’ve got to pay a bit more than we expected.
What good is the movie if you can’t watch it? This will allow us to get the movie onto the VOD (video on demand) sites you use most including iTunes, Amazon, Vimeo, and Google Play.
In order to bring you the highest quality sound and images, we’re hiring professionals to do the final Sound Mix and Color Correction.
We want to share our film with as many of you as we can. A marketing budget will allow us to get eyes on the film so that your donation and our work can get out there!
Risks and challenges
We have already completed 95% of what we need to get this movie out to you. With that in mind, we are confident that with your support we can release the finished film within six months.
We chose Kickstarter to help us make the final push because we believe it’s the most effective and supportive crowdfunding platform for creative work like ours. Kickstarter has an ‘all or nothing’ policy, which means that a project has to meet its goal to be successful.
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