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Clovis Salmon, aka 'Sam the Wheels', has been making films since the late 1940's. As a first generation migrant from Jamaica, Sam documented the lives and times of the Caribbean community as they struggled to establish themselves in the UK. Based on Railton Road in Brixton, which was known as 'the Frontline',  Sam filmed the  uprisings of the 1980's, street life, weddings, funerals and baptisms creating a unique historical archive of film footage in various formats which tells the story of the Windrush generation from within the community itself. In 2008,198's project People, Signs, Resistance digitised a small part of the archive and made it more broadly available. This material is currently on show as part of the 'Making Jamaica' exhibition at Autograph ABP. However the majority of the archive still needs to be rescued, digitised and archived so it can be made accessible to the public.  We are raising these funds to undertake the crucial work of preserving Sam's films for future generations. This unique documentary collection chronicles the history and contribution of the Caribbean community to the UK, and is an essential slice of black and Caribbean British heritage.

Clovis Salmon, AKA Sam The Wheels
Clovis Salmon, AKA Sam The Wheels

 Anyone who has lived in Brixton, and especially anyone who cycles, will know Sam. He may even have saved your life once with a bike repair, new wheel or cheap bike. Sam has been an essential part of the Brixton landscape for over 50 years, an ever present figure on Railton Road, and an active community organiser.

UPDATE 9th March

We are so happy with the progress so far, thanks again to all our current backers! We have been getting a lot of support from around the world, such as Jamaica, USA etc. The great news is that Kickstarter accepts payments from anywhere in the world, as long as you are using a major credit card.

It's fantastic to see the local engagement as well. Local celebrity, Linton Kwesi Johnson, dub poet, writer and musician sent us this message of support: "I congratulate the 198 for your efforts to save these important film footage. I am a neighbour of Mr Salmon and I have been privileged to view some of the films. The material that Mr Salmon has is a treasure trove of the social and cultural history of Brixton’s black communities over half a century. It is imperative that these priceless documents are preserved."

Don't leave without one!

During this campaign only, we have these amazing exhibition posters featuring film stills from Sam's archive available as rewards for your support and pledges. There are 6 different images to choose from. For the collection see updates here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/56359764/save-sams-shots-film-archive-of-brixton-life-since/posts/1837399 and here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/56359764/save-sams-shots-film-archive-of-brixton-life-since/posts/1837393

Exhibition Poster Reward - your choice of 6 images
Exhibition Poster Reward - your choice of 6 images

 

 

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    We are looking for people to hold bake sales or fundraising events for Sam's campaign. Also anyone who can help with social media marketing. You will receive our endless gratitude, and the satisfaction of bringing this project to fruition.

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    A special Thank You

    You will have your name published in our 198 Monthly Newsletter

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    'I Saved Sam's Shots' Mug

    A bespoke mug printed with an image from Sam's collection

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    Personalised 'I Saved Sam's Shots' Tote

    Canvas bag with your name added to above text plus image from Sam's collection. Perfect for a gift!

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    Signature Baseball Cap

    A baseball cap featuring a bespoke 'Sam the Wheels' design

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    Greetings Cards Set

    A collection of 10 bespoke greetings cards for all occasions with images from Sam's collection.

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    'Sam the Wheels' photographic print

    Photographic print featuring a still image from the archive of 'Sam the Wheels.'

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    Copy of Sam's film on DVD or USB

    Your own personal copy of Sam's films, as shown at Autograph ABP

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    'Sam the Wheels' signed print

    A limited edition signed photographic print featuring a still image from the archive of 'Sam the Wheels.'

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    'Sam the Wheels' exhibition poster

    A framed limited edition poster from the 'Sam the Wheels' exhibition at Autograph ABP, London

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    Invitation to An Evening with Sam Event

    Personal invitation for 2 people for An Evening with Sam event at Autograph ABP, and opportunity to meet Sam.

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    Private hire of 198 for a day or evening event. (Date to be agreed based on availability and completed by the end of December 2017.)

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    Private Hire of 198

    Private hire of 198 for an exhibition, to run for a maximum of 2 weeks. (Date to be agreed based on availability and completed by the end of December 2017.)

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