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A documentary centered around the story of Don Busweiler, founder of influential Streetwear label 'Pervert', who joined a cult in 1995.

A documentary centered around the story of Don Busweiler, founder of influential Streetwear label 'Pervert', who joined a cult in 1995. Read more

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A documentary centered around the story of Don Busweiler, founder of influential Streetwear label 'Pervert', who joined a cult in 1995.

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Please watch the extended trailer through Vimeo:

Below is an interview I did with 'Oi Polloi', which hopefully explains the project in greater detail. Please follow the link below.

http://www.oipolloi.com/interview-louis-loizou-and-how-can-i-be-down

‘How Can I Be Down’ is a documentary I worked on between 2004 and 2007. Unfortunately through lack of funds I was never able to complete the project and it's lay in limbo ever since. HCIBD tells the story of Don Busweiler – founder of Streetwear clothing company ‘Pervert.’ In June 1995, just as his company was on the verge of major success, Don gave away everything he owned and joined (what was then) a mysterious religious cult - The Brethren or The Brothers and Sisters.

Although there has been a documentary on ‘The Brethren’, my idea focuses largely on the unique sub culture which Don and his clothing label ‘Pervert’ were apart of - and explores the reasons Don joined the group.

Streetwear, as part of a wider youth culture movement, greatly influenced the way I look at the world. Like Punk, Streetwear was DIY, but instead of being singular, Streetwear looked to sample (as with HipHop) anything cool in order to create something new. Streetwear was an outward reflection of a lifestyle - a movement - a message....

With youth cultures - being ‘cults’ in their own way – it was clear that interesting parallels could be drawn. I’m hoping that through Kickstarter I may be able to resurrect this project and finally complete it.

I did eventually find Don - he would not appear on camera; but there is an audio recording of our conversation. He still lives The Brethren way of life.

As you can see, this documentary is very much towards completion and the money (if raised) will enable me to complete the project to a level I originally envisaged - and then put it out for people to watch. There will never be a DVD etc ... So the only 'definitive' version i.e with extras etc - will go to those people who who donate to this project.

Many Thanks - Louis Loizou

Risks and challenges

As you can imagine, for one person to create a feature length documentary, from scratch, with no budget - in a total DIY way - has been - and still is, a huge challenge.
Some would say it was a foolish endeavor, but I truly believe in this project and believe it has important things to say about our society - the way we live and the future of youth culture.
I am aware that my kickstarter budget is close to the line, but I am 100% certain that if funding comes though that this project will be complete before December of this year.
Finding a highly skilled Video Editor and Animator is the greatest challenge I will be faced with, once all my interviews are complete.
If you are a skilled video editor (who can use After Effects / Photoshop / Motion etc) and have a real interest in this project - please get in touch. If you are an Animator and have an interest in this project - please get in touch.
Any questions, Email: thechurchofequal@hotail.com
Thanks. Louis

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