Heartland Sound... Staged
Imagine one of the best Midwestern bands filmed in a unique setting that
highlights our rich live music scene with fabulous scenery as a backdrop. Each
episode focuses on one musical act filmed in front of a small group of friends.
In the introduction, our host provides a brief history of the band and the
cultural context of the musical genre. There is also a lively interview near the
end. Filmed on location, each episode showcases some of the most amazing
landscapes, stunning architecture, and breath taking scenery that is the
Heartland of America. We’ve titled the show: “Heartland Sound…Staged”. It represents the diversity of Midwestern music,
not just performed, but staged against a background that celebrates our unique
High definition, public broadcasting, prime time
is where this show is targeted. The latest technology, the best crew, and
legendary music allow us to set a new standard for regional production! WTVP, channel 47.1 has given us their letter
of interest for the show. When the idea
was presented to them recently, they not only committed to run the show in
their prime time rotation on Thursday’s, with a subsequent rerunning in other
time slots, but WTVP also plans to assist in securing airtime throughout the
region in other PBS broadcasting markets. Original one hour shows (57:00) are
planned for once a quarter. And we won’t stop there! We want to see this show
on ALL PBS stations throughout the United States. Why?
Because we think the Heartland has something special to share.
Paul Kluber, of Chroma Studio, initiated the idea in a conversation with Robin
and Tony Crowe. Brian “Fox” Ellis was brought on board as host and co-
producer. Paul has filmed and produced
video for over 30 years working with Fortune 50 companies throughout the Midwest.
Robin and Tony Crowe are an institution within our musical community (and have
performed with Bonnie Raitt and Greg Allman just to name a few). Brian “Fox”
Ellis is a nationally renowned storyteller, author, and scholar of
ethno-musicology who has hosted two different television series. He brings a
unique ability to wrap an interesting story around the sights and sounds of the
In putting together the pilot for this ambitious
project, we’re working with the best area musicians, television production crews
and potential sponsors. Everyone is
enthralled with the concept and eager to get on board with this celebration of
music. We have already roughed out the
pilot. Our hope is that the pilot helps us secure the grants, foundation
support, corporate and private sponsors necessary to get the show into full
production.Our Kickstarter funds will help us finish the pilot, assist with post production, promotion, and getting the program ready for prime time.
This is where you can be part of the team! You can
play an active role in getting this pilot on television here and in your home
town. Send a link to your friends. Send a link to your
local PBS station.Send us a suggestion of your favorite band and the unique Midwestern location where they should be filmed. Make a contribution now and get some great prizes!