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A documentary film about the rise and fall of the Minneapolis-based indie rock band 12 Rods.
A documentary film about the rise and fall of the Minneapolis-based indie rock band 12 Rods.
228 backers pledged $15,130 to help bring this project to life.

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WHAT IS IT?

We're making a feature-length documentary about the Minneapolis-based indie rock band 12 Rods.

12 Rods was formed in Oxford, Ohio in 1992, moved to Minneapolis in 1994, and released an EP titled Gay? in 1996, which garnered great reviews, including a 10/10 score from Pitchfork.

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:

EARLY 2015:

Reunion concert shoot and initial interviews (already completed) 

SPRING 2015:

Kickstarter campaign and pre-production

SUMMER 2015:

Continued interviews and archival material collection 

AUTUMN 2015:

Film editing and sound mix 

LATE 2015:

Kickstarter rewards fulfillment, film festival submissions

EARLY 2016:

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.

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    STICKER!

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    CONCERT AUDIO DOWNLOAD!

    Digital download of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

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    MOVIE DOWNLOAD!

    Digital download of the feature length documentary

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    MOVIE AND MUSIC DOWNLOAD!

    Digital download of the feature length documentary

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    MOVIE AND MUSIC HARD COPIES!

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Special thanks in the film's credits

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    LOST TIME VINYL PLUS MOVIE AND MUSIC HARD COPIES!

    Vinyl copy of 12 Rods' last release, "Lost Time"

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Special thanks in the film's credits

    Project updates.

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    T-SHIRT PLUS MOVIE AND MUSIC HARD COPIES!

    Limited edition 12 Rods t-shirt

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Special thanks in the film's credits

    Project updates.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF ENTIRE 12 RODS CATALOG!

    Digital downloads of *everything 12 Rods ever recorded*, including bonus tracks and hard-to-find songs.

    Digital download of the feature length documentary

    Digital download of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Special thanks in the film's credits

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    DRUM LESSONS!

    1-hour drum lesson with Christopher McGuire, either over Skype or in person (travel not provided for in person lesson).

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    BASS AND/OR MUSIC THEORY LESSONS!

    1-hour bass and/or music theory lesson with Matt Flynn, either over Skype or in person (travel not provided for in person lesson).

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    GRAB BAG!

    A mystery box full of old merchandise, pictures, set lists, fliers, and other ephemera from the entire course of the band's history, with multiple members contributing and autographs all over the place. This is only for the die-hard fans.

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Special thanks in the film's credits

    Project updates.

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    YOUR OWN QUESTION IN THE MOVIE!

    Got a question you're burning to ask one of the members of 12 Rods? Here's your opportunity. Tell us what you want to ask and which member, and we'll include the footage of the question and answer in the finished film and/or in the physical copy of the film.

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Special thanks in the film's credits

    Project updates.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER!

    You're an associate producer, with a credit in the film, invitations to screenings, tickets to the premiere, and more!

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Project updates.

    Note: travel not provided.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER!

    You're an executive producer, with a credit in the film, invitations to screenings, VIP tickets to the premiere, and more! Plus, you'll see rough cuts of the film during the editing phase.

    Physical copy of the feature film on Blu-Ray or DVD with several hours of bonus content (deleted scenes, extended interviews, alternate concert camera angles)

    CD of the entire reunion show at First Avenue (featuring songs that won't be included in the movie)

    Digital download of the feature film

    Digital download of the entire reunion show audio

    Exclusive 12 Rods sticker

    Project updates.

    Note: travel not provided.

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Funding period

- (30 days)