The lost tapes. The Rosetta Stone of the Rock Gods. A goldmine of historical Rock n Roll importance. Eight hours of footage condensed into an hour and twenty minutes.
Rare concert footage below, from the "Are you authorized" concert documentary.
From the "Are you authorized" documentary. Flea and John inventing the riff for "give it away" in March of 1991. This is just a peek of what is to come.
From the "Are you authorized' concert documentary
H.A.T.E "Hops, Anarchy, Truth for Everyone. Flea and Johns side project.
Richard? What's this project all about?
As a Rock n Roll Filmmaker It's about chasing your dreams, capturing a magical moment in history, perseverance, tenacity, patience, being an inspiration, being a teacher, always a student and a nice smile.
As a Teacher I've never thought of using crowd funding until now. I was always able to fund my own projects. As a Student I've found how hard this is to do, as I'm doing this campaign on my own. I have no hands on deck, no Interns, no Inside help.
Hurdles come to mind, In 2006 I began editing this project with lack of funding it was put back in the vaults. For the past seven years I've been unable to get this back to post production. I must say thank you for stopping in to take a look at pure filmmaking passion.
You have everything on the line?
Yes everything is on the line. I've put myself my very essence out here. One thing is certain; "this project is way bigger than me". My biggest concern is that no one gets to see it. I think that's a major concern most filmmakers have about their creative work.
In launching here at Kickstarter I'm hoping this documentary project will be supported by the fans, and the music Industry. I've been a curator of the master tapes property master, security agent, and restoration manager (digital restoration), keeping them secured in a climate control storage. Now is the time to produce the project for the sake of Rock n Roll history.
How was this footage shot?
Access was granted by GoldenVoice Productions key players; Gary Tovar, Kevin Lyman, Paul Tollett, Cathy Simpson, Mark Edwin Johnson, Bryan Meckelborg and Dave Rat, of Rat Sound. Without these folks and belief in me, this footage would most likely not exist. Camera's were not allowed in those days.
Shot and directed by me, at the time a 22 year old aspiring concert filmmaker, musician, and skateboarder here in the Foothills of Los Angeles.
This particular footage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was shot over a four year period here in Los Angeles during their Mothers Milk era right before and up to recording BSSM. Includes one of John's very first performances as well as the debut of Chad Smith in January of 1989. Includes some very silly backstage interviews. All authorized by then manager Lindy Goetz of LGM who encouraged me to; "film everything and edit the hell out of it for a documentary". Yes those are Lindy's exact words. I've never forgotten them.
By clicking on these live links you can see the rest of my work with some great bands, I've uploaded at my youtube site. It's important to note that back when this footage was being shot there were no cell phone camera's this footage was extremely exclusive, and extremely rare. I was given access to many of these shows during that era doing freelance camera work with Jane's Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Gwen Stefani and No Doubt .
What are you doing now to make this work?
I've patiently been thinking about it for a long time. I'm raising these funds to post produce/edit rare concert and interview footage of the Red Hot Chili Peppers captured from that era out here in L.A.. Including silly back stage footage, interviews and footage from side projects both Flea and John Frusciante were involved with at the time. Shows from the John Anson Ford Theater, Cal state Long Beach, the Roxy, the Music Machine, EMI parking lot, with rare Interviews. I have everything written down in my notes to work from, time signatures off the masters, names, places, dates, credits, It's one big project. The masters have been sitting in my vault for many years.
A very Interesting title, what is the inspiration?
The title of this documentary "Are you authorized" was actually part of a question. Anthony approached me backstage as I was standing next to Lindy Goetz talking about where I should set up for the best shot. My camera was rolling at the time as I was pushing in on John Frusciante's new tattoo, Anthony comes up to me and says; "Are you authorized by chance"? Lindy says;"yes he is" I say; "yes I am" It's all caught on camera and will be included in this unique rare concert doc.
This photo below, I took of Anthony Kiedis on the roof of the Hyatt on Sunset September 22, 1989.
It was later used some ten years later in VH1's behind the music special May 31, 1999. With this rare concert documentary I will also include an amazing photo gallery of Flea, John and Anthony. Interesting that I would launch this project on May 31, 2013.
Anthony 1989, this photo is a reward 8x10 signed and numbered by me for a donation of $18 or more.
This photo below I took at the Hollywood Palladium September 22,1989. Flea 1989 this photo is a reward 8x10 signed and numbered by me for a donation of $18 or more.
Below: Anthony and a very young 19 year old John Frusciante with all his original teeth, on the roof Hyatt on Sunset in 1989.This photo is a reward 8x10 signed and numbered by me for a donation of $18 or more.
Where are you in the world today, and what do you do to?
Well I have a Funny or Die site where I've created some very silly characters in the last few years. These are completely out of thin air. So I spend time thinking of quick skits that could be used for SNL, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, stuff like that.
Here's a recent photo of me with a lady friend out in Texas where I was second engineer for a live broadcast. I worked in live broadcasting, mobile television, and some local Hollywood studio work. Click on the photo below to see the production truck.
I'm a hard camera operator in my spare time. My camera was hot when this photo was taken. Click on this photo to see my camera in action. Oh and there is no gate to check with these.
For strength and conditioning I'm dropping in and practicing. This photo was snapped in Burbank, California.
More exercise at the Bronson ditch in Hollywood, on Bronson street. The steel rail was manufactured at the metal shop Warner Brothers Studios Burbank.
What inspired you now in 2013 to follow up on your dream?
I recently heard the story of Zach Braff who in one day raised one million dollars here at Kickstarter for his film "wish I was here". Today Zach is well over the two million dollar mark. I thought to myself; hey self you could do something like that on a much smaller scale" I had shelved this project seven years ago. Remembering what Lindy their manager said to me many years ago has always been the inspiration.
Is this your first production?
No, I had mild success with the legendary Bad Religion Riot video originally released on VHS in 1996 then on the DVD format in 1999 with national and international distribution on the MVD label. We released the Special Edition in 2006. Then in 2002 released the TSOL live from O.C. DVD shot and directed in 1991. I have a Nine Inch Nails concert DVD production ready for release, Just need to secure the rights. I also have a 15 minute No Doubt/Gwen Stefanni short documentary ready for release. These two below were very humbling productions. Click on both DVD covers to find out more details.
Where do you plan on doing the post production?
Planning to pull this off at the TVP studio's in Burbank, California. Utilizing funds for post production editing fee's, including legal fee's to help secure the rights and clearances with the band and their management/legal team. I've already secured this project with the Library of Congress Washington D.C. I have a Certificate of Registration. My footage regarding this film and title is secured by the US copyright office. This project is protected, when I have the finished film It goes straight to the band for screening.
25 years to finish this project? Why?
Finances for one, and certainly trials and tribulations of life. Important that I might add, this project was almost completed in January of 2006, where I had at the time exhausted all my funds and resources. To make matters worse my editor backed out, she lost interest, I actually screened the finished film with her. The project was scrapped by her. I call it creative differences. During this time I was in contact with the bands legal team regarding a screening of a finished film. It was a rough time for me on a creative level. It was very frustrating for me as a filmmaker.
All is not lost...
For now in 2013 this project is number one priority for me. I wish to give back, sharing this lost Rock n Roll history with the world. With your help and support I can get this project up and rolling again.
You can view all my video work, at my youtube site in the link below. https://www.youtube.com/user/raw420x
As it stands this footage has been in my vault for roughly 25 years, except when I unlocked it and started the editing back in late 2005. I have the digital masters to work from. Distribution for this production I already have in place. I'm sure when all the clearance's are dealt with it could be a release on the bands current label. I have legal representation from Paul S. Levine.
I hope, and I'm putting out the call that with one hundred percent support from Kickstarter, the band, their publishing company, their fans and help from the music Industry that this endeavor will have the funding needed to finally finish this project so that everyone around the world can finally see a piece of lost Rock n Roll history. Its been a blessing and a dream of mine for the past 25 years, It's what I was put here to do in this one moment of time.
So please feel free to contact me, ask any questions before you send your donation, I will do my very best to answer any and all concerns. My direct email is email@example.com
Thank you again for taking the time to research this project.
In the words of the immortal Lindy Goetz ... "film everything and edit the hell out of it for a documentary"
Copyright 1988-2013. Richard A White