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A young jazz musician, Duke Ellington, the Queen, a fifteen piece orchestra, a dream driven by passion and music that blows life's dust away.

What people are saying about the project:
"The video on Kickstarter is easily the most inspiring thing that I've seen in all my adult life."

"I showed it to a colleague who is in his 70s. He's a big fan of Duke Ellington and he really enjoyed it."

What is the Queen's Suite?
The Queen’s Suite is a documentary which tells the story of Peter Edwards, one of England's most promising jazz arrangers, as he tries to achieve his dream of playing Duke Ellington’s Queen’s Suite (written for the Queen in 1959) to the Queen of England, at the centre of London's cultural quarter, the South Bank.

The documentary follows Peter as he scores Ellington's work, puts together his orchestra, rehearses them and negotiates with Buckingham Palace. Does the Queen attend the performance? The documentary provides a unique and intimate insight into the background and career of an exceptional jazz arranger and musician. It has an original live soundtrack performed by The Tomorrow's Warrior's Jazz Orchestra.

Who are we?
We are a group of independent filmmakers, brought together by the Director Corine Dhondee, who believe that Peter’s story is an inspiring example of what a committed and talented young musician can achieve.

You can meet the team here.
http://the-queens-suite.com/Team.html

Who am I?
I'm the director, producer, principal camera, editor, runner and the woman who was inspired to make the film and who has been pushing it forward.

Firstly I'd also like to a BIG THANK YOU to Kickstarter for giving us the opportunity to raise our funds.

I first saw The Tomorrow's Warriors Jazz Orchestra perform The Queen's Suite at an open rehearsal in 2008. As I listened to the incredible music, played with dynamism by a young orchestra, who were guided by world famous Jazz musicians of the calibre of Gary Crosby OBE, and passionately directed by a young man, I was moved to make a documentary.

What did I see?
In a world that is saturated with negative images of young people, I saw the young people I know, talented, sensitive, committed and full of passion and joy.

For eight months I was privileged to hear and see the story and music unfold and develop. I can say that it was a real privilege for all of the team to spend time with Peter and orchestra. They are all extremely talented young people who are committed to their musicianship.

You can find out more about the orchestra here.
http://the-queens-suite.com/Orchestra.html

As filming continued I learnt that Ellington's suite was inspired by the majesty of nature. In the six movements that make up the suite, one can hear the sounds of frogs, mockingbirds, and peacocks. Nature inspired what was to be one of his finest and yet least known suites.

You can read more about the Queen and Duke Ellington and the suite here.
http://the-queens-suite.com/DukeEllingtonandtheQueen.html

Why did I make it?
In a world saturated with negative images of young people I wanted to do something positive to show just how brilliant young people are. And I loved the music and the story of Duke Ellington and the Queen. I was inspired.

Can documentaries make a difference?
In 2010 The End of the Line has made a difference on national and international levels. Documentaries can make a difference to how young people are represented and how in turn they and us can glimpse something of the magical within themselves and others.

Recent events.
Recently I was invited to attend a conference on film into education. Here I learnt that the documentary naturally fits under the UK's 'Gifted and Talented' strand. Gifted and talented starts from the premiss, 'all children are naturally talented.'

The initiative aims to work with children to strengthen their talents or guide them towards discovering their talents. It's a wonderful scheme and with your support the documentary will be used in the UK and globally to spur on young performers or young people who are interested in music and creative forms of expression.

I hope you enjoy the trailer.

Many thanks.
Corine

You can read more about HOW and WHY the documentary was made here.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php...

You can read more from the Director here.
http://the-queens-suite.com/DirsStatement.html

How much are we asking for?
We are seeking $12,000 (£8,000) to clear copyright costs for archival footage and to complete an online edit with proper color grading and audio mix. Our editor, John Howard, has 22 years experience. John will rework the project, adding our additional archive footage, complete colour grading and finalize both our offline and online edit. Our audio supervisor, Frank Jacobs, will lay down the track, equalize, and provide a broadcast ready sound mix.

Why do we need the money?
The documentary is an entirely independent project. It was made outside the established broadcasting system with no funding. Christopher Hird, the Executive Producer, gave Corine kit ie camera, and sound equipment.

We need the funds to finish the documentary so that we can realize our dream of spreading Peter’s inspirational journey to schools, colleges, youth organizations, and community organizations in England and worldwide.

We want to show how brilliant young people are and prove that dreams are worth following.

Our Promise to you.
Raising the full amount will enable us to release a DVD by 2011. A number of free DVDs will be sent to schools and community centers in the UK and globally and the Director Corine Dhondee will give a number of free workshops in schools and community centres in the UK.

Part of the money pledged will go towards the charity Stoma baby. The project is being set up in England by Corine's friend, Charlotte Westmorland Stubbs for babies and children with stoma.

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    For everyone who loves Mark Crown. If 20 people or over pledge I will put an extra of Mark Crown's phenomenal trumpet solo that is taking Current TV by storm onto the DVD. Young people in schools around the world will be able to experience the wonderful talent that is Mark Crown. You will also receive a photo of the bad ass trumpet player, an online download of the doc, a DVD, an electronic photograph of Duke Ellington meeting the Queen and a special thanks on The Queen's Suite web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/ Here's Crown in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQnhtGxC0Jk

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    A credit on the end of the film (even if it a very long list) a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog will put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film website. http://the-queens-suite.com

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    For those in London or traveling to London. A one-to-one piano lesson with Peter Edwards, the talented pianist, arranger and Musical Director. His achievements to date include, runner up in the 2009 Worshipful company of musicians' Young Jazz Musician of the year, and recipient of The Trinity College of Music scholarship Award, rank highly. As an accompanist for Nicola Emmanuelle he has performed for Lord Spencer (Princess Diana's brother) at a family anniversary. The 2 hour session will include an introduction to jazz piano, playing by ear and improvisation skills. He will give practical advice about how to compose and arrange for modern jazz ensembles. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London or traveling to London. A rare opportunity to have lunch with one of England's leading documentary Executive Producers. In 2010 Christopher Hird was the Executive Producer for 'The End of the Line.' Over lunch at the exclusive 'Hospital' Christopher will talk to you about how to make it in documentary filmmaking. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog. You will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London or traveling to London. Award winning cinematographer Tunji Akinsehinwa will spend an afternoon with you. Do you want to know more about being a camera person, or do you want to know more about lighting, or both? Tunji will cater the afternoon to your needs. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog. You will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London or traveling to London. A one to one session or a group session with the Director. Over lunch Corine Dhondee will let you know how to direct a successful documentary starting with just an idea. The session will cover the idea, writing, networking, from start to finish, and marketing using new media platforms. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington. Your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London photographer Naomi Woddis will do a one hour photo-shoot worth $234 (£150) with you. The shoot can be for individuals or pairs. You will receive a colour jpeg portrait for non commercial online use. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington. Your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html You can see more of Naomi's work here, Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Naomi-Woddis-Photography/234885179213?ref=ts Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/photos/naomiwoddis/collections/72157622849627811/

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    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND - BECAUSE THE TWO LUNCHES WITH CHRISTOPHER HIRD WERE PLEDGED WITHIN 4 HOURS OF GOING LIVE WE HAVE ORGANISED SOME MORE AT $300 (£200). For those in London or traveling to London. A rare opportunity to have lunch with one of England's leading documentary Executive Producers. In 2010 Christopher Hird was the Executive Producer for 'The End of the Line.' Over lunch at the exclusive 'Hospital' Christopher will talk to you about how to make it in documentary filmmaking. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog. You will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London or traveling to London. A rare opportunity to spend the day with The Tomorrow's Warriors Jazz Orchestra. See how they rehearse and work together. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog. You will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    For those in London or traveling to London. London's most popular recording studios, The Premises Studios, whose client list includes Lily Allen and The Arctic Monkeys, is offering a half day (5 hours) recording session with an engineer at The Premises Studios. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film (even if it is a very long list), a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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    The award winning and internationally respected Executive Producer Christopher Hird will fly out, 'within reason', to you and give a talk about the making of the film. He will also screen the film. The pledge includes, flights, travel costs, accommodation, food, and incidentals ie medical costs. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film as co-producer, a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://www.dartmouthfilms.com/who_we_are

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    The Director Corine Dhondee and the Musical Director Peter Edwards will fly out, 'within reason,' to give a talk on the making of the film. Corine will also give a workshop(s) on making a documentary with £150. They will also screen the film. The pledge includes, flights, travel costs, accommodation, food, and incidentals ie medical costs. You will also receive a credit on the end of the film as co-producer, a DVD, an online download, an exclusive electronic photograph of the Queen & Duke Ellington, your photograph and biog will be put onto The Queen's Suite web-site and a special thanks on the film web-site. http://the-queens-suite.com/index.html

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