About this project
The filmmakers of the new Doug Sahm documentary, Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, which premiered at this year's SXSW Festival and earned Director Joe Nick Patoski "Variety's 10 Documakers to Watch", are here on Kickstarter to raise $75K to complete and distribute the film so that the world will come to know Doug Sahm's sound. Oh yeah, and while we're at it, let's get him the recognition he deserves in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame too.
Having a BIG footprint and a BIG show of support on Kickstarter for Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove will help raise Doug's profile and chances of getting recognized for the hall of fame! We only have 30 DAYS to raise $75K on Kickstarter and it's going to take the help from ALL of DOUG's FANS and FRIENDS to get there!
“Doug was like me, maybe the only figure from that period of time that I connected with. His was a big soul.” —Bob Dylan
He was the one individual who could play every form of indigenous Texas music authentically and with passion.
Doug Sahm’s culture-melding grooves have left an indelible mark on the world of Texas music. He is essential listening for anyone who considers themselves a fan of Rock and Roll. Doug is not just a Texas icon, but a pioneer who combined disparate styles of music into his signature groove and undeniably deserves a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Join T Bone Burnett, Steve Earle, Lucinda Wiliams and hundreds more in the campaign to induct Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by supporting the latest documentary about his musical legacy, Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove. Our documentary was made under the auspices of the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, a 501(c)3 non-profit, so Sir Doug has been a labor of love from the beginning.
We're out to raise $75K to bring our documentary film to the world so that more will come to know Doug Sahm's sound, getting him the recognition he deserves in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you can't donate at this time, you can still sign the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame petition by clicking HERE. And don't forget to share this page with your friends!
After a sold-out premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival with features in Variety, Uncut, Billboard and others, Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove is ready to make its way onto screens around the world.
Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove tells the story of Doug Sahm, the wild man musician’s musician and unsung hero of Texas music. A country music child prodigy and teenage rhythm and blues dynamo who caused a riot at his San Antonio high school, Sahm emerged as an international rock star leading the Sir Douglas Quintet. He landed in San Francisco just in time for the Summer of Love in 1967. He returned to Texas as the cowboy hippie rocker who built a burgeoning music scene in Austin before forming the Tex-Mex super group The Texas Tornados. A kinetic, quirky character with a solid sense of place as well as an innate wanderlust, Doug Sahm’s story is the story of Texas Music.
Making a film of this scope is no easy feat, nor is it cheap. Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove was made possible by the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and we've made it this far. In order to incorporate the best of Doug Sahm's music into our documentary, tracks like "Mendocino", "She's About a Mover" and over 40 more of Doug's quintessential songs, we need to pay for music licensing. The world NEEDS to hear Doug's authentic sound, so we've taken to Kickstarter to raise the funds to license the music of Doug Sahm for the documentary. With your help, our film can reach the world.
It's the mission of Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove to spread Doug's music far and wide to earn him his rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kickstart our documentary and you kickstart Doug into the Hall of Fame! Not able to donate to the film? You can still show your support for Doug Sahm by signing your name on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame petition HERE.
Joe Nick Patoski - Director
Joe Nick Patoski has authored and co-authored biographies of Willie Nelson, Selena, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the Dallas Cowboys, in addition to collaborations with photographer Laurence Parent on books about the Texas Mountains, the Texas Coast, and Big Bend National Park.
Patoski first interviewed Doug Sahm in 1973 and their friendship endured until Sahm’s death. From 1996 to 1999, Sahm and Patoski served as announcers for the SXSW softball tournament championship game, which traditionally closes the annual music/film/technology festival.
Louis Black - Executive Producer
Louis Black co-founded The Austin Chronicle, where he is editor, SXSW, where he is a director, and was a founding Board Member of the Austin Film Society. He has written extensively on film, music and politics. Executive producer of Be Here to Love Me, A Film About Townes Van Zandt, he was a producer on the Peabody Award Winning The Order of Myths. Having produced documentaries and reissues of classic Texas films (Eagle Pennell's The Whole Shootin' Match and Tobe Hooper's Eggshells) he is currently working on a number of documentary and narrative films as well as more reissues of classic Texas independent films.
Alan Berg - Executive Producer
An award-winning documentary filmmaker and native Texan, Alan co-founded Arts+Labor in 2004. His films have screened at Cannes, SXSW, and The Los Angeles Film Festival, and he’s had two documentaries nationally distributed by PBS. He has won more than twenty state and national awards for his reporting and worked on the PBS Best Practices in Journalism project. Alan has also taught reporting and long-form narrative storytelling at the University of Texas.
Dawn Johnson - Producer
Dawn Johnson grew up in Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas with a double major in Government and Philosophy, she stumbled into filmmaking when a friend asked her to help with a documentary he was making with Rick Linklater. Since then she has been producing and directing feature and short documentaries, television series, and commercials.
Dawn's work as Producer/Director on the KLRU series Downtown earned her three Lone Star Emmys. She was the production manager for Margaret Brown’s award winning film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt. She was the lead Field Producer for the A&E series Heavy, and recently produced a pilot for The National Geographic Channel about Tourette’s Syndrome. She worked with Arts+Labor as the producer of their film Outside Industry about the history of the SXSW music conference.
Most importantly, Dawn is a huge Doug Sahm fan.
Friend of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Fathead Newman, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and several generations of musicians of all stripes, Sahm played a critical role in launching and re-launching the careers of Willie Nelson, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, Steve Jordan and Roky Erickson. Above all, he was the “Groover’s groover”, a kinetic whirlwind moving a mile a minute who also happened to be an exceptional musician and a natural bandleader. An engaging, larger than life character who operated on instinct, he wore his heart in his lyrics, and made some profound observations along the way, not the least of which was:
“You just can’t live in Texas/if you don’t have a lot of soul.”
Delivering the word in rapid-fire hip-talking soul cat jive straight out of San Antonio’s El West Side, Sahm was a player’s player who could hit the note, work a rhythm, and fall into a natural groove effortlessly, no matter if he was playing onstage or in the studio, cutting record deals, hyping a gig, or making movie cameos playing himself: the pot-smoking, Pearl Beer-drinking, enchilada-eating longhaired electric cowboy from Texas.
He was big in Austin, big in San Antonio, big in San Francisco, big in Sweden, big in western Canada, big on television’s American Bandstand, Shindig, Hullabaloo, Ready Steady Go, Austin City Limits. Admired by pretty much every player he shared a stage with, he was a singing, twanging encyclopedia of Texas music, able to quote T-Bone Walker, Bob Wills, Adolph Hofner, Sunny Ozuna, Lefty Frizzell, Buddy Holly, and the Thirteenth Floor Elevators at the call of “in the key of C, gentlemen.”
Sahm’s journey tells the story of popular music, of coming of age in Texas, the soulfulness of San Antonio, and the emergence of Austin – all wrapped into one kinetic bundle of energy. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for almost forty years, because Doug’s story is the story of Texas music. But it wasn’t until the spring of 2013 that I realized the way to tell Doug Sahm’s story was as a film documentary. A book wouldn’t suffice. Readers can’t hear Doug’s drawl, appreciate the encyclopedic breadth of his music, or see where it came from.
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How do I sign the petition without donating to the film? You can support the induction of Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by simply signing your name on the petition HERE. Thank you for spreading the word about our Kickstarter campaign with your friends!
How did this film receive it's initial funding? Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove was made under the auspices of the Society for the Preservation of Texas Music, a 501(c)3 non-profit.
How does the induction of musicians into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame work? The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website states the nomination guidelines for inductees as the following: Beginning in 2012, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened Nominee voting to fans around the world. The Top Five Nominees as voted by the fans count for one ballot entry, which is weighted the same as individual ballot entries submitted by members of the international voting body. - See more by visiting the RRHOF website.
If I support the Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove on Kickstarter, is Doug Sahm guaranteed a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee? By supporting us on Kickstarter, you're helping share Doug Sahm and his music with the world through our documentary. A nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not guaranteed, but the inevitable buzz surrounding Doug through this successful Kickstarter campaign is what's needed to get the Hall of Fame focused on Doug Sahm as a nominee. If we can raise $75K from Doug Sahm's fans wanting to help release our documentary into the world, we'll be able to show the Hall of Fame how many people support Doug Sahm and his musical legacy.
Wait a minute, aren't you a film? What does your film have to do with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Though our film isn't about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the mission of Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove is to raise awareness of Doug Sahm and share his music with the world. What better way to use the film than as a vehicle to rightfully induct Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Where does the $75K go? Filmmaking is an expensive art form. Though we have completed Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove, in order to distribute the film and share it with the world, we must license over the 40 tracks played in our film. $75K is what we need in order to license these songs. Without these tracks, our documentary wouldn't honor Doug Sahm in the same way, and we believe all the world deserves to hear and celebrate these quintessential Doug tracks.
How will $75K help get Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? If we can pay for music licensing and distribute the film around the world, more folks will join in the campaign to induct Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now, more than ever, people are turning to movies to learn their history. In this case, this film will tell the story of Doug Sahm and his musical genius, shedding light on so much that is our culture. We believe the number of fans supporting Doug Sahm via our Kickstarter will influence the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as they look for their next round of inductees.
How does Kickstarter work? Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing fundraiser. We have only 30 days to raise $75K or we don't receive any money at all. It's a risk, but we know that with the help of the community--of Doug Sahm lovers like you--we can do this. It's a big goal, and we can't do this on our own, but we believe Doug Sahm's fans are willing to go the extra mile to celebrate the king of Texas music. Credit cards are charged at the end of a successful campaign. Should our Kickstarter not reach its goal (and we have NO reason to believe it won't be successful), your credit card will not be charged.
Is this a trick? Nope. This is no trick. The Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove filmmakers want nothing more than to get our film out into the world, raise awareness of Doug Sahm, and see him earn his rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We believe that with your help, we can do this!
Risks and challenges
Production of SIR DOUG & THE GENUINE TEXAS COSMIC GROOVE is complete. The film is screening at festivals to sell out crowds and receiving great reviews from critics. We are confident that people will want to bring the music and legacy of Doug Sahm to the world and that his induction has a good chance of happening. That being said, we cannot guarantee induction of Doug Sahm into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But we have worked tirelessly on this project for three years and are determined to share the groove with the world through this documentary film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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