WHAT IS IT?
We're making a feature-length documentary about the Minneapolis-based indie rock band 12 Rods.
The band signed to V2 Records, then released Split Personalities, and were dropped from V2 after their 2nd full length, the Todd Rundgren-produced Separation Anxieties. After self-releasing their final album, Lost Time, in 2002, 12 Rods broke up in 2004. Lost Time was rereleased by Justin Vernon's Chigliak Records in 2015, which the band celebrated at a sold-out reunion concert at First Avenue.
The movie will chart their entire history through interviews of band members and others involved in their story alongside never-before-seen archival material. We'll alternate the narrative of the band's history with footage from their January 2015 reunion show, a structure inspired by Martin Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ.
WHY A 12 RODS MOVIE?
1. To give fans of the band a definitive view of their history, in their own words.
2. To help bring 12 Rods' music to a wider audience.
3. To showcase the footage from their January 2015 reunion concert in a unique way.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
We're setting an initial goal of $15,000 on Kickstarter to fund the project. You're probably aware of how a Kickstarter campaign works, but if not, here is some quick information (completely copied from Zak Forsman's successful campaign for his feature film DOWN AND DANGEROUS):
WHAT IS KICKSTARTER?
Kickstarter is a new way to grow community support and participation in creative endeavors, powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method.
IS IT REALLY ALL OR NOTHING?
Yes it is! Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands. This prevents a situation where filmmakers collect part of the budget without having enough to responsibly make the movie. And it is a great way for us to discover if there is true support for this movie before "greenlighting it" and putting it into production.
HOW TO DONATE AND PARTICIPATE
Just click the green “Back This Project” button in the upper right-hand corner. You will be asked to input your amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. You must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.
Then, spread the word about this movie you're backing on Facebook and Twitter!
CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?
Yes we can, and we expect to. Our $15,000 target is the bare minimum we need to make this movie. Any amount over that will afford us the opportunity to expand our schedule so we can take more time in crafting a professional looking and sounding movie.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
Director James Francis Flynn is the brother of 12 Rods' founding bass player, Matt Flynn. He is a film and TV professional based out of Los Angeles. You can see more of his work at IMDB.
All the members of 12 Rods are signed on to participate in interviews, and are, at this moment, collecting archival materials and old merchandise to showcase in the movie and to give away as Kickstarter rewards.
WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN?
Here is a rough timeline:
Reunion concert shoot and initial interviews (already completed)
Kickstarter campaign and pre-production
Continued interviews and archival material collection
Film editing and sound mix
Kickstarter rewards fulfillment, film festival submissions
Film festival premiere and more screenings.
Special thanks: Tom Muschamp at Studio in the Sky Productions for video editing.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is simple logistics -- trying to schedule interviews with a large number of people, and traveling to their location.
We're planning to overcome this hurdle by delegating the coordination of the interviews to several members of the production team.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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