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This project was successfully funded on August 20, 2011.

Pass the Music is a feature length documentary about the Los Angeles indie rock music scene.

About this project

What’s it about?

Pass the Music is a feature length documentary about the Los Angeles indie rock music scene. 

Film Synopsis:

The east and northeast areas (aka “the eastside”) of Los Angeles has become an indie rock hub drawing musicians, venues, labels, studios, and fans to the area of Silver Lake, Echo Park, Highland Park and Eagle Rock. With the incredible number of bands playing and emerging from this area, Pass the Music explores the concept of “making it” and what it means to bands today.

The film takes a look at several bands at key parts in the their careers – from those starting out to those reaching an end. For many bands the pressure of success is intense and whether it’s selling enough records to tour the world or simply making enough to quit their day job, the risk and reward these bands face are very real. Shot over nearly 3 years, Pass the Music captures the people and bands that make up this thriving music scene circa 2008 – 2010.  Pass the Music is a window into why LA has one of the greatest indie rock scenes in the world today.

Featuring: 

The Happy Hollows  / The Henry Clay People / The Movies
Radars to the Sky / Seasons

With Additional Interviews/Performances by: 

The Airborne Toxic Event / The Deadly Syndrome / Death to Anders / Division Day / Downtown/Union / Earlimart / Everest / The Health Club / The Hectors / Le Switch / Manhattan Murder Mystery / Mezzanine Owls / The Monolators / One Trick Pony / Radar Bros. / The Transmissions / Kevin Bronson (Buzzbands LA) / Jax (Rock Insider) / Kat Corbett (KROQ) / Ben “Mouse” McShane (Classical Geek Theatre) / Joe Fielder (Radio Free Silver Lake) / Mr. Shovel (Indie 103.1) / and many others...

The Current Status & Why We Need You

We have been working on this project for over 3 years now - we are done filming and have a very solid cut ready to go, but we need help for the finishing funds of the film. These funds will help make the film the best possible and bring it to a professional level. The finishing funds would be allotted for: Post-Sound Mix, Motion Graphics, Color Correction and festival submission fees. Any funding we reach over the goal would be directed to help cover additional mastering, screener duplication, score composition, graphic art for posters, promo materials, etc – all going directly into the film. We’re placing a tight deadline on this because our goal is the submit Pass the Music to several film festivals by the end of summer and get it out there to as many people as possible.

The film started out as a small project with Ryan Maples and Jason Tovar (co-directors/producers) being fans of the Los Angeles music scene. Once we started going to shows we were truly amazed by the quality of the music available every night of the week. We were hooked on the music and were inspired to start documenting it. Once we started filming, we started meeting new bands and people who in turn would recommend us to another band or another person. Before we knew it, we had countless hours of video documenting behind the scenes with bands, interviews and performances, and we knew we had the makings of a great movie. Throughout the three years of the project, we never had any financial backing whatsoever, the entire project has been funded by ourselves, our credit cards and has been possible by the donation of time by many talented crew members serving as camera ops, sound ops, p.a’s, additional editors, etc. Byron Tejada, has been on since the very start as a soundman and now is an associate producer on the project. Many people have been passionate about the film from the get-go and donated time along the way. Now as we are nearing completion, we feel very proud of the film we put together and want to get out the word on these talented bands and their intriguing stories. With your help we can finally, once and for all, make this film a reality.

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  • This is the actual finished film (with the graphics, mix, color correction, everything). Since we are going to the festival circuit with the film, the film will only be able to be screened at festivals and will not be available to purchase or download or anywhere else online. This is a special kickstarter reward copy only - so you can have a copy of the film before anyone else!

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    Kick-Ass! Every dollar helps! Thanks so much for your support and we will keep you updated on all the happenings on the film!

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    A special kickstarter-only MP3 COMPILATION featuring music from bands in the film - including new/rare tracks!

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    A LIMITED EDITION POSTER, plus the advance screener DVD, digtal download of the film, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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    A LIMITED EDITION POSTER (SIGNED BY THE BANDS FROM THE FILM), advance screener DVD, digital download of the film, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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    LIMITED EDITION ARTWORK FROM ADAM SEASONS of the band, Seasons, plus limited edition Poster (signed), advance screener DVD, digital download, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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    A RARE FRAMED BLOW UP OF THE ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF THE MOVIES ALBUM COVER, "In One Era Out the Other", plus limited edition Poster (signed), advance screener DVD, digital download, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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    JOHNNY SEASON'S KEYBOARD (his real deal, original ROLAND JUNO D 61-keys keyboard that he used in the film and to record all their EPS), plus limited edition Poster (signed), advance screener DVD, digital download, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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    A LIVE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE at your house/venue featuring Seasons and other bands from the film (TBD) at a location of your choice (200 miles within LA area), plus limited edition Poster (signed), advance screener DVD, digital download, mp3 album and special thanks in the film credits.

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