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About this project

IT BEGAN BETWEEN TWO FRIENDS…

More than fifty years ago, two friends got together to document the recording of a new jazz album: Vince Guaraldi, a “reformed boogie-woogie piano player”, and Ralph J. Gleason, jazz/pop critic for the San Francisco Chronicle.

Vince Guaraldi and Ralph J. Gleason
Vince Guaraldi and Ralph J. Gleason

In a half-flooded studio, on their own dime, “Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus” was laid to tape and captured on film, including the breakout hit “Cast Your Fate To The Wind.”

Vince would go on to fame performing at the Hungry i and the Trident… composing the first-ever “Jazz Mass”… and creating the soundtracks for the beloved "Peanuts" animated programs, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas," which practically re-defined the sound of the holidays.

Ralph would soon become the co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine, author the album liner notes for every major jazz artist, testify in court for the defense of Lenny Bruce, and help organize the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Charles Schulz imagines Vince with the gang!
Charles Schulz imagines Vince with the gang!

This original film of the 1962 recording sessions had been lost for several decades, until recently uncovered by another set of friends: Toby Gleason (Ralph’s son) and Andrew Thomas, a filmmaker who focuses on music and culture. Lovingly restored in high definition, these previously lost treasures are a definitive look at a transformative era in music.

But these films only documented a few months in the creative blossoming of Vince — and didn’t cover those times prior that formed his esthetic, or those years that followed when his remarkable career took off.

So, with the help of Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, George Winston, and an eclectic group of musicians, artists and social activists, Toby and Andrew have expanded Vince and Ralph’s raw footage into a new feature-length music documentary.

Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, Kitty Bruce and Paul Mazursky featured in "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi"
Dave Brubeck, Dick Gregory, Kitty Bruce and Paul Mazursky featured in "The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi"

Featuring never-before-seen Guaraldi performances (plus a soundtrack constructed from previously unreleased material gleaned from Vince’s live and private studio recordings), you won’t hear or see any of this anywhere else.

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SECURE THE FINAL MUSIC LICENSING THAT WILL ALLOW US TO MAKE THE FILM AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE!

Unpublished music and new performances that have never been available before!
Unpublished music and new performances that have never been available before!

Originally presented as a special event at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and winner of five Best Documentary Awards at international film festivals, “The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi” is a musical / cultural journey that has already been celebrated by audiences and critics, and used by the Library of Congress to kick-off the national jazz celebration.

Also an Official Selection at Big Sky Documentary Fest • Newport Beach Film Fest • Sausalito Film Fest • Thin Line Fest • Carmel Film Fest • Chicago Movies & Music Fest • San Luis Obispo International Film Fest • Amelia Island Film Fest • and more!
Also an Official Selection at Big Sky Documentary Fest • Newport Beach Film Fest • Sausalito Film Fest • Thin Line Fest • Carmel Film Fest • Chicago Movies & Music Fest • San Luis Obispo International Film Fest • Amelia Island Film Fest • and more!

 

BUT IT’S NOT YET AVAILABLE FOR RELEASE, AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Toby Gleason and Andrew Thomas are introduced by Leonard Maltin at a benefit screening of"The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi"
Toby Gleason and Andrew Thomas are introduced by Leonard Maltin at a benefit screening of"The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi"

Although “festival licenses” were acquired for our limited showings and marketing, we need to expand the permissions to allow the finished film to be seen through home video and streaming, plus made available for schools and libraries who have asked for it to be in their collections.

And we want YOU to see it, too!

We paid for the production out of our own pockets (and from spare change between the couch cushions!) and it is complete. Except for the credits, that is… because we want to add YOU to those as well. After all, your kind participation in this Kickstarter campaign will make the film’s distribution possible. And that makes you a filmmaker in our book.

It’s that simple.

We need your help. We need it now. And we want to tailor our Kickstarter appeal in a way that might be part of your own holiday celebrations.

After all, what better gift for a friend, family or yourself than to be credited on an award-winning film — especially a film that explores an American musical icon whose music delights millions year after year?

We appreciate your participation, and we want you to be a permanent part of this fascinating musical adventure on film — a unique way to remember, and be remembered.

Be sure to check out our film's website and see advance clips at:  www.anatomyofvinceguaraldi.com

Risks and challenges

"The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi" WILL be released as soon as the music clearances are complete. It's all ready to go!

And after a (hopefully!) successful Kickstarter campaign, we will have the film and all its associated premium giblets sent ASAP for your enjoyment... noting that manufacturing and shipping at the end-of-the-year can be dicey -- those brief delays being a traditional part of the holiday season.

But we're making certain that the streaming premiums and "Gift Card" PDFs will be available up-tempo and on-time... but circumstances beyond our control, like holiday-season DVD replication and snow-storm compromised delivery pipelines, may incur some minor slippage of a couple days... Of course, we'll be keeping you posted every step of the way!

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    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    JAZZ CAT LEVEL

    For just about the cost of a 12 healthy servings of syncopated seafood Friskies, we’ll send you our exclusive 16-page Preview Booklet — featuring the jazz legends who perform and participate in the film… from Dave Brubeck, John Handy and George Winston to Vince himself.

    The cover is based on the film’s poster, which is based on the iconic photo of Vince taken by Max Weiss (head of Fantasy Records who championed Guaraldi’s recording career). You’ll also get updates from our team as the campaign and the celebration continue. Let’s purr together!

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    ZEN BEATNIK LEVEL

    Less than half a “C” note — and we ain’t talking the key.

    No hip pad is complete without this limited edition 24”x18” poster, again boldly featuring Max Weiss’ iconic photo of Vince.

    Put it on the wall… tack it to the ceiling over your bed… mount it in the kitchen and you’ll never suffer a “square” meal again!

    You’ll also get the Preview Booklet above, and our updates… but really, doesn’t your crib crave this hip hang-up?

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    UNREPENTANT HIPSTER LEVEL

    There’s no excuse not to dig the music ASAP!

    And at the $70 level you’ll get a link to view the film, streaming to you within days of its release. (Our kids assure us that this is exceedingly hip.)

    That means you can enjoy it at home, or on the go… wherever you can catch the vibes. Or the WiFi.

    You’ll also get the booklet, updates and many respectful snaps!

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    A LOVESOME THING LEVEL

    Why not round-up the love to a full Benjamin Franklin? That’s what HE would do!

    Especially since this level is rewarded by the DVD in the first month of release, plus the streaming link ASAP, Booklet and updates. (See the musical progression going on here?)

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    ALL ABOUT JAZZ LEVEL

    Yeah… you know who you are, and you know what you’re getting! (That’s why you’re here!)

    This is the special promotional level exclusively for the readers of AllAboutJazz.com, where copacetic cognoscente of cool make the scene.

    ‘Cause this is a special level, with special benefits, don’t sweat the text… just let your fingers do the walking and click the pledge… then bask in the righteous love that’s coming your way!

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    IT'S 2 GOOD 2 BE TRUE LEVEL

    Here is a reward for you,
    AND someone you don’t even know!

    Just like before, make this pledge and you’ll receive the DVD, streaming link, Booklet etc., AND WE’LL ALSO SEND AN ADDITIONAL DVD AS A GIFT IN YOUR NAME to a major music academy to inspire students through the story of Vince Guaraldi.

    Which academy? As many as possible!
    Each contributor at this level triggers another gift. And thanks to you, Vince will be too cool for every school.

    (We’ll contact you directly with all the gifting details of your generousity.)

    It’s a great way to share the music you dig,
    and influence the next generation of jazz

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    LINUS AND LUCY LEVEL

    Consider this a jazz duet with TWO DVDs!!

    The complete film PLUS a collection of outtakes that will never be seen anywhere else.

    Dave Brubeck on seeing Lenny Bruce perform naked? Check.
    Vince Guaraldi waxing philosophical while eating a banana? Check.
    Dick Gregory’s insights on almost everything? Check.

    Even extra Vince performances — solo, trio, and with Bola Sete.

    Yeah, you need this.
    (Also includes the Booklet and ASAP streaming version!)

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    I GOT THE BLUES!

    Okay… the Blu-Ray, that is.

    Sure, you’ll also get the DVD, Extras DVD, ASAP streaming version and Booklet… but THIS version is natively in HD.

    (Hey, ever notice that they have to put a hyphen in Blu-Ray or it would read “blurry”?)

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    CAST YOUR FATE LEVEL

    With this premium, WE FEATURE YOUR NAME ON THE CREDITS, thanking you for making this film possible.

    No kidding. From now until eternity, this award-winning film will be linked to you personally. And ain’t that righteously copacetic? Supremely!

    You’re gonna get the DVD, Extras DVD, Blu-Ray, ASAP streaming version and Booklet… then get seriously into the groove by putting YOUR name on the whole shebang!

    Or consider this great holiday gift-giving idea:

    Grant this credit to someone you love who also loves Vince Guaraldi! We’ll send you a PDF to print out that announces that (whomever) is now featured on the film’s credits — whenever and wherever it appears. Print it yourself on fine cardstock and stuff it in a stocking… it’s a perfect fit even if you don’t know the shoe-size! (Then take your bows when you see it on-screen…)

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    PLAYING FOR PEANUTS LEVEL

    Don't dig it by yourself!

    Here's premium your whole gang can share -- family, friends, party, club, class, organization, gang, mob... you get the picture.

    A special private screening with the guys who did the film... we'll even bring some popcorn! (You bring the microwave.)

    For this offering, Andrew or Toby or BOTH will come to your group’s gathering along with great scenes and outtakes from the film, and regale you with stories about jazz, Vince, and the wild tales about the making of this film. We promise a stimulating and provocative evening about the filmmaking process, an insider’s look at the music biz, and the unexpected shenanigans that surround audacious cultural initiatives. Man, is this in OUR wheelhouse!

    (This is for the California area, though other locales are available with additional transportation and lodging.)

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    ANGEL-HEADED HIPSTER LEVEL

    If you would make a heavenly connection to our starry dynamo, we would be eternally grateful. Yeah… all that stuff mentioned earlier… plus a Producer credit that appears at the very beginning of the film, before the titles where it belongs. You deserve it.

    And you will be part of America’s jazz heritage in a real and meaningful sense. Yeah, this is a film… but it’s also about an original American musical form — one that needs our support.

    You may be giving to US now, but you’re also contributing to a significant musical legacy that will inspire generations to come. That deserves celebration.

    (Not a bad way to get into the film biz, eh?)

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