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Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon filmed his life from 1990-1995 intending to make a documentary - a goal realized 20 years after his death.
Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon filmed his life from 1990-1995 intending to make a documentary - a goal realized 20 years after his death.
1,197 backers pledged $115,524 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you for your support, donations, and sharing this project. We're aiming to reach our stretch goal of $125,000!

So many people have been touched by Blind Melon's music and Shannon Hoon's voice and lyrics. Many of today's artists site Blind Melon as the music that inspired them in their youth.

Thanks to Chuck Ragan of Hot Water Music for this awesome cover of Blind Melon's 'Walk' to honor Shannon Hoon and support this Kickstarter. We're blown away, and so grateful.

Thanks to Seth Avett of The Avett Brothers for recording this beautiful cover of Blind Melon's "St. Andrew's Fall" in honor of Shannon and this Kickstarter. We are so grateful, and are reminded once again of the love so many have for these songs.

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Thanks to Jim James of My Morning Jacket for recording this cover of Blind Melon's "Sleepyhouse" to honor Shannon and support the documentary we're making to share his story. We're so thankful, and we're reminded again how artist covers like these bring new life to songs that keep them living on forever.

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Thanks to Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem for recording this cover of Blind Melon's "Mouthful of Cavities." We've been amazed and grateful to the musicians supporting this Kickstarter. Huge thanks and appreciation to Brian for this cover. 

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 Thanks to Nicole Atkins for jumping into photo-booth on her computer and recording this cover of Blind Melon's "Change" to support the film and this campaign. Such a beautiful tribute honoring Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon.

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This is a very personal story, and we welcome you to play a part in the journey of funding and completing a documentary over 20 years in the making.

**Please Note** We're happy to announce that we have included a digital download upon release of the film in all donations of $75 or more! (Some packages don't reflect this in the description because it's an update.) 

Synopsis

Shannon Hoon left behind over 200 hours of personal footage from his own camera; an impressive body of work that rivals his output as a musician. He began filming before Blind Melon met, and through this film, we experience the entire journey of the band from being anonymous L.A. transplants to 90's rock icons. This film documents the band's rise to fame, Hoon's family life, his creative process, his tumultuous struggle with addiction, as well as the politics, technology and culture of the 90's. It is being made in a way that honors the footage Hoon shot while maintaining a genuine and authentic story.

About Blind Melon

In September of 1992, Blind Melon released their first big break-out hit from their self-titled debut album. 'No Rain’ quickly climbed the charts with the help of the music video featuring a young, tap-dancing bee-girl. The song rose to number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number 1 on both the US Billboard ‘Album Rock Tracks’ and US Billboard ‘Modern Rock Tracks’ lists. Hoon died in 1995 of an accidental overdose a few months after the band released their second album.

Blind Melon 1992 Capitol Records
Blind Melon 1992 Capitol Records

About The Film

A Danny Clinch Film : Directed by ‘’Ladies & Gentlemen” - a collective consisting of Danny Clinch, Colleen Hennessy, Taryn Gould, and the late Shannon Hoon.

Hoon's personal footage is being made into a feature length documentary that is unique. The film Hoon made - the film that we get to complete with him - is thorough, raw and at times experimental and we're intent on honoring the vision he had for what he was making through this collaboration.

This film will be primarily through Hoon’s eyes until his death, after which we see the legacy of his life, his lyrics and his music. This portion of the film will include a look into the annual Shannon Hoon Vigil in Dayton Indiana, where fans from all over the world gather every year with Hoon’s mother around his grave for a two-day celebration of his life.

We Need Your Help

This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Shannon Hoon's death. After years of watching Hoon’s private footage and understanding his vision for his film, it’s time to close this chapter for the band, his family, his friends, and his fans and complete this powerful and raw documentary about Shannon Hoon and the 90's culture where he came of age. The archival footage included in our film, as well as clearance for music, are the primary focus of this Kickstarter campaign. We have a much greater stretch goal, and we hope you can help us exceed our minimum to help finish this film. This will help us wrap up editing, after which we will be in the home stretch to finally finish this film that has been in the works for 25 years.

This documentary is incredibly personal, and it’s an honor to have your support to help complete Hoon’s vision and share his work, life and legacy. Thank you for your support and your generosity.

Throughout the duration of the campaign we will be releasing new media. For every $20K raised on Kickstarter until we hit our $100K goal, we will release never-before seen clips from Shannon Hoon’s private footage, personal memories from Danny Clinch about his time and friendship with Hoon, and other surprises. So help spread the word about this campaign so that you can share in the celebration!

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Rewards

Every donation of $75 or more will receive a digital download of the completed film (estimated date March-April 2016)

Reward #8 $500 - An original 11x14 signed select from Danny Clinch. Your choice of one print below. 

Option A. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option A. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option B. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option B. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option C. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option C. Blind Melon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option D. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option D. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option G. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option G. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option H. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option H. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option I. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Option I. Shannon Hoon 11x14 signed select. Copyright Danny Clinch.

Reward "Soup" Package: T-Shirt with Danny Clinch Photograph of Shannon Hoon. (note: this is a mock up version. Tshirt will be black crew neck with this Clinch print)

Copyright Danny Clinch.
Copyright Danny Clinch.
Riki Rachtman Cathouse Shirt - owned by Shannon Hoon. This is Shannon's personal shirt, donated by his mother to support this film. On the tag inside: 1990 Ricki's Private Reserve Hollywood CA. Size L. Condition: Used
Riki Rachtman Cathouse Shirt - owned by Shannon Hoon. This is Shannon's personal shirt, donated by his mother to support this film. On the tag inside: 1990 Ricki's Private Reserve Hollywood CA. Size L. Condition: Used

Reward "Tones of Home" Package: Artwork by Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham options.

'Ask The 8 Ball' Copyright Glen Graham
'Ask The 8 Ball' Copyright Glen Graham
'Backdrop' Copyright Glen Graham
'Backdrop' Copyright Glen Graham
'Kick Drum Design' Copyright Glen Graham
'Kick Drum Design' Copyright Glen Graham
'Redneck' Copyright Glen Graham
'Redneck' Copyright Glen Graham

50% Off Danny Clinch Prints Reward: Your choice of print below. $375 for 11x14 prints. $600 for 16x20 prints. 

Bob Dylan. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Bob Dylan. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Pearl Jam. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Pearl Jam. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Neil Young. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Neil Young. Copyright Danny Clinch.
The Black Keys. Copyright Danny Clinch.
The Black Keys. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Bruce Springsteen. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Bruce Springsteen. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Foo Fighters. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Foo Fighters. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Green Day. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Green Day. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Patti Smith. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Patti Smith. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Tupac. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Tupac. Copyright Danny Clinch.

About Danny Clinch 

Danny Clinch has established himself as one of the premiere photographers of the popular music scene, having photographed and filmed a wide range of artists from Johnny Cash to Tupac Shakur, from Bjork to Bruce Springsteen.

As a director, Danny has received 3 Grammy Award nominations: for Bruce Springsteen’s “Devils and Dust,” John Mayer’s “Where The Light Is,” and the short film “Get Up” with Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite. He has also directed music videos for Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, John Legend, Avett Brothers, Foo Fighters, and Dave Matthews, to name a few, as well as directed various music documentaries and concert films, including “Immagine in Cornice” featuring Pearl Jam, and “Skin & Bones” featuring the Foo Fighters.

Danny Clinch with Blind Melon members Christopher Thorn and Shannon Hoon. Woodstock, 1994. Copyright Danny Clinch.
Danny Clinch with Blind Melon members Christopher Thorn and Shannon Hoon. Woodstock, 1994. Copyright Danny Clinch.

THANK YOU

Gracias. Merci. Danke. Grazie. Tak. Xie Xie. Do Jeh. Obrigado. Spasibo. Thank you. There’s no other way for us to say it. Without you, we will not be able to complete this film. So, we give you our heartfelt ‘thanks’ for helping us to finish.

Risks and challenges

We simply need all legal clearances of our footage, so we need to exceed our goal to complete the film that Shannon wanted made. We want to include all relevant media footage and recordings in this film, because Shannon included so much in his own footage of what was happening in the news and the world around him.

Shannon had an almost classical approach to documenting the cultural, political and artistic climate of the 90's. He would often film the television wherever he was. In his tapes we found footage of the Rodney King Trials, Clinton's battle for the presidency, and now iconic ad campaigns and MTV news bulletins. We can't imagine the full breadth and depth of this film without this huge influence in Shannon's life, as evident in his personal footage.

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    Flash Friday Incentive - Till 5PM EST only. Danny Clinch print T-Shirt of Shannon Hoon shown. Plus Reward #3: Send us your selfie. And now-you'll have an awesome shirt to be on our wall of fame. Plus Reward #1. ENDS AT 5PM EST TONIGHT-FRIDAY, APRIL 24.

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    When The Iron Bird Flies. Signed personalized paperback by Danny Clinch features images from all four Tibetan Freedom Concerts (1996-1999) of artists including Beastie Boys, BB King, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, and more.

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    Discovery Inn Book. Signed personalized paperback by Danny Clinch. Cover features Shannon Hoon. Photographs of iconic artists, including: Public Enemy, Layne Staley, Blind Melon, Eddie Vedder, the Beastie Boys, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Radiohead, Tupac, David Byrne, Pete Rock and more.

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    Reward #5A: Digital download of the completed film and a Shannon Hoon t-shirt by Danny Clinch. Plus Reward #1.

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    Reward #5: "Tones Of Home" Package: Every reward listed above (#1, #2, #3, #4) plus a signed print of original artwork by Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham.

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    "Tones Of Home" Package: Rewards #1, #2, #3, #4 Plus a signed print of original artwork by Blind Melon drummer Glen Graham. Plus a digital download of the film.

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    "Soup" Package - Rewards #1, #2, #3, #4 Plus a Shannon Hoon t-shirt by Danny Clinch. Plus a digital download of the film.

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    Reward #6: "Letters From A Porcupine" Package: Everything listed in the Reward #5 "Tones of Home" Package PLUS a sweet 10-page booklet of copies of personal photos from the band Blind Melon, Danny Clinch, and Shannon Hoon's mother, Nel.

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    Reward #7: LIMITED TIME ONLY**24 HOURS REWARD** Ends 7PM Wednesday, April 8th.** Signed 11”x14” Danny Clinch select portrait of Shannon Hoon or Blind Melon. (Retails for $750+) Price changes to $500 Wednesday Aprl 8th at 7:00PM. Plus Reward #1.

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    Private Skype guitar lesson with Blind Melon guitarists Rogers Stevens OR Christopher Thorn, founding members of Blind Melon. 45 minutes. Fulfillment date based on scheduling.

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    LIMITED REWARD - A signed 11x14 Danny Clinch print (retails for $750) Your choice listed on this page: Bob Dylan, Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Neil Young, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Foo Fighters, Green Day, Patti Smith, Tupac.

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Funding period

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