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A documentary on the famous rock and roll landmark of the 70s and 80s - the Swingos Celebrity Inn located in Cleveland, Ohio.
A documentary on the famous rock and roll landmark of the 70s and 80s - the Swingos Celebrity Inn located in Cleveland, Ohio.
86 backers pledged $11,000 to help bring this project to life.

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Swingos will be a documentary that highlights the Swingos Celebrity Inn located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio as a Rock and Roll landmark. Jim Swingos was the manager and owner of the Swingos Celebrity Inn, which was a boutique hotel that housed some of the world’s greatest musicians such as Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and Frank Sinatra. In addition to musicians, it housed many great sports and political figures as well. This documentary will delve into the story of the Inn, those that stayed there, and the influence the Inn had on Cleveland and Rock and Roll through its time in the city. The hotel, now a Comfort Inn, stands at East 18th and Euclid. Many Clevelanders may remember it best for its restaurant on the ground floor, the Keg and Quarter. 

Funds raised for this Kickstarter will allow the filmmakers to purchase and rent the needed equipment while also traveling to interview those key figures in the story who are not located in the Cleveland area. Finally, it will allow for some money for distribution to film festivals and beyond. $10,000 is the minimum amount needed to make this happen.

Risks and challenges

A film project of this magnitude faces a number of challenges for a small production company. First of all, access to the personnel that we want to interview is a challenge. Because of the overwhelming amount of support and love for Jim Swingos, many doors have already been opened. Finding a time and a place to connect with all these people also has been a challenge. Traveling to those outside of the Cleveland area takes money. This film can be an amazing Cleveland documentary, but the story is so much bigger than just Cleveland. Our hope is to be able to travel and interview a broad range of people to tell the impact that Swingos had on the world scene.

Another challenge is tracking down all the people who were such an important part of the Swingos environment. Beyond just raising money, we're also hoping that this Kickstarter will give us the publicity to help us find people who might be open to doing interviews or sharing photos from their involvement. We want to hear these stories from multiple angles, not just one or two voices.

Finally, another challenge will be not making this a documentary that is purely one interview after the next. Well that will be our primary means of gaining and presenting information, we're hoping to cast and pay actors to perform reenactments of some of the great stories that are told. We don't want to rely purely on interviews and photographs. This will help us to tell the story in a more visual manner and make use of the abundant resources that Cleveland has for actors and film crew.

All of these challenges can be overcome with just a small gift from you. Thank you for your contribution!

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    You will get a limited edition Swingos Celebrity Inn t-shirt. The t-shirt is designed from a spread in The Rolling Stone Magazine of the Rolling Stones on the beach in "Swingos: Have You Slept There Lately?" tees. Because of your extreme generosity, this reward also includes everything below it.

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    Appreciatively, we will give you all of the rewards, but we will throw in an added incentive! You will have your very own digital download of the film to enjoy any time you like.

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    In appreciation of your benevolence, you will get everything below this tier, and we will also give you an exclusive Blu-Ray that is signed by Jim Swingos himself!

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    In order to truly thank you for your support, we want to visibly recognize you, so the world can appreciate you as well. Along with all of the below rewards, you will also receive a mention in the credits.

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    You have gone above and beyond with your generosity. It is extremely noteworthy and appreciated. You will receive a credit on the film as an Associate Producer along with a day pass to the Rock Hall to experience the lives of the those who ate, slept, and partied at Swingos Celebrity Inn.

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    Do you have a story of a time that you spent in the Swingos Celebrity Inn? Is it exciting and noteworthy? Donate at this tier, and you can contribute an interview to the film. An edited version will be added to the facebook page, and it will have the chance to be in the actual, feature-length documentary.

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    In order to truly thank you for this overwhelming support, we want to meet you and shake your hand. Because of this, please join us the filmmakers for a dinner with Jim Swingos himself. Because of your extreme generosity, this reward also includes everything below it.

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