When I started this journey six years ago I didn't realize what I had committed to. I just came out of a nine year relationship and I was at a place in my life where I wanted to express myself in a personal way with the next film project I decided to do. When I finally ended the relationship I was filled with emotion and reflection on where I was with my life. This change was very surreal.
One thing that always seemed to comfort me through this time in my life was my music. I've always been someone who has music constantly on and everywhere in my life. Those moments you feel alone can easily be fixed with an i-pod selection or the radio; music had that power for me during those tough times. When I came up with the idea for this movie, I was in the midst of rediscovering some music selections that I hadn't heard in at least 10 years. It took me back to a time when I was in a similar situation of trying to find myself. I was 20 years old, my parents divorced, I was depressed, wasn't focused, and my girlfriend at the time had broken up with me. My identity was unclear to me and I was looking for a place to fit in. I moved to Toronto in the summer of '98 and with nothing but a suitcase and dreams of making it in the movie business, I made this city my new home. This music that I was rediscovering again was House Music. During the late 90s the electronic music scene blew up in Toronto and I was lucky enough to experience it through the friends I made at the time working at a restaurant. These memories inspired me and ultimately have led me down the road of creating this film and the message it represents.
Now I could write out a huge overview of the film, but I think your best bet to see and understand what this project has become, is to visit our site, as well as our associated links in our ABOUT US section. What I can say is that I managed to meet some amazing talent along the way that includes some of the biggest names in the global DJ community and culture, such as, Armin Van Buuren, Pete Tong, Carl Cox, ATB, Benny Benassi, David Guetta, Christopher Lawrence, Sander Van Doorn, DJ Dan, Hector Romero, David Morales, Max Graham, Kenneth Thomas, Steve Angello, DJ Sneak, Darren Emerson, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Hatiras, Jelo, Colette, DJ Heather, Chuck Love, Mark Farina, Blank and Jones, Honey Dijon, and Andy Caldwell, just to name a few. I also experienced events that I captured on camera such as Burning Man, Winter Music Conference through the eyes of the DJ, as well as venturing in to the rain forest in Panama and visiting the island of IBIZA to find the ultimate beat. This global journey was my Eat Pray Love in a sense with electronic music.
The site for the film is: http://groovetheglobe.com/
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My reason for coming to the Kickstarter universe is to campaign for this project which is in it's final stages of completion. As I'm sure you're aware, putting together feature films can be a costly. For the past 6 years I have been working as a Server, Bartender, Barista, Personal Assistant, Dog walker, Babysitter, and Landscaper in order to raise that extra cash to live and follow my dream of making a film that says something personal but universal to the world. I tried bank loans, grants, asking family to help fill in the blanks but being a first time feature film maker with no equity and just a dream doesn't doesn't always inspire funding and/or investors. As much as I understood where they were coming from, I wasn't going to let their NOs make me give up. One thing I can be proud of in this process is that I did follow through and actually finished this documentary with a lot of cool and relevant perspective from all around the world. Now that I'm at this stage, I need that last portion of funding to wrap up post production costs, future film festival activity, as well as initial promotion costs to make people aware of us and raise awareness.
My hopes are that you can help us reach our goal and give my film a chance to show this personal story about music's effect on people. I know everyone has had at least one moment where music has had impact on their life. Music is so universal and something that comes from a very primal place. Let me share this feeling and take you on a journey...
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Check out the latest issue of DJ MAG CANADA - (PG 10 / 11) for a great article on my journey thus far - http://content.yudu.com/A20h98/DJ-Mag-Can-003/resources/index.htm?referrerUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.djmag.ca%2F2013%2F01%2F07%2Fdj-magazine-canada-003-january%2F
HERE IS SOME MORE COVERAGE on the FILM -
EDM NIGHTLIFE SHOW REVIEW..
Take a read - get to know the journey even more... Thank you for your time.
Risks and challenges
It's been a long road for me with this project. After being left with nothing except a suitcase of clothes after a 9 year relationship, I really felt like I was starting from scratch. The savings I had were used up in the first few months paying rent for two places, until my ex was comfortable in our new living arrangements. It was really a struggle to get back on track. The only thing I had at the time was my credit cards and this idea for the film which came from such a passionate place. All I knew is no matter what, I had make this film. It became more than just a project; it became something that I felt would help me find my identity again. Even if this film/project was going to break me financially, I was determined to finish it because I believed in it so much. When you start the process of making a film you need money, and a DJ Documentary 6 years ago was not a hot topic for production companies or networks. The answer that would always come back to me from the North American marketplace was that there is no market. I always found this response surprising because there was such a large and untapped culture full of people in this community. I look at the climate now and the DJ scene in different cities, as well as the EDM (Electronic Dance Music) culture in general, and it's really redefining music in a big way for many genres. I felt this would happen at some point, so at the beginning of this journey I decided to roll the dice which I knew would be a financial undertaking. I needed to pursue my love letter to the DJ culture for the big screen. Throughout the entire process of creating the GGN movie and brand I had no help from grants because they turned me down as a first time film maker (something that Canada defines as someone who hasn't sold anything yet to a distributor or network), along with the politics that happen with people who are already established. Even though I had this great content, experience in film making, and a growing social media audience, and dance music culture was popular once again, my topic was not for them. I guess I needed to put an Inuit angle which seems to be a favourite for documentary grants in my country - LOL. That being said, I pushed ahead maxing out ALL my credit cards and to this day I'm hanging on by a thread as I make my crazy monthly payments to stay afloat and not let them discourage me. When you believe in something, you can't give up... especially when you're so close to reaching the finish line, no matter how much time it's taken.
To give you an idea of the time that has passed in making this film, I always refer to my camera purchase at the beginning of the process. I bought the top of the line Panasonic DV100 6 years ago to film in a 24P mode which is a great look for documentaries. As we moved forward, HD took over so quickly that my camera is now obsolete for the market place. It also added an HD transfer on to my final post production - this is one of the reasons for our campaign.
Another reason that comes to mind is a minor error in sizing with some of the footage, which I didn't find out until we blew up the film on a big screen. I'm forced to go back into the editing studio and reconstruct some of it, which is not a simple push of the button fix. This fix to get it broadcast ready is costing me close to $10k to fix: it brought me to tears the day I heard the news because we were essentially at the finish line and I had to bite my lip because I had to deal with it, as a film maker has to, in order to have any chance of selling the film to recoup my immense debt. That was back in May 2012.
Along with this, I've been working on music licensing which is finally complete after only 6 months of pleading with some of these artists I've never met to watch the movie and support us. Thank god that everyone involved really enjoyed the film and have come on board to support me and the GGN dream to release the movie to a global audience. Some of the Kickstarter money will also help finalize this too.
What's been a glimmer at the end of the rainbow is we've managed to lock down a distribution deal in Canada thus far with a company called Kinosmith. This company specializes in documentaries and really believes in us which is great, but I need to provide the final deliverables. This is what I'm hoping to establish with our Kickstarter campaign - a means to provide these deliverables and help promote us even more on social media. We have a great shot at finding an audience with your support!
Ideally we would like to raise $20k, but I've set our Kickstarter goal at $15k to be on the safe side since we can only keep the funding that is pledged if we meet the goal. This total will cover the essentials, but we hope to exceed our goal in order to give a bigger push in the PR department with some established experience. I've been wearing all of the hats up to this point because of cash flow but it would be nice to really push it bigger so people get to see this love letter about music.
I hope you can support us and know that with every dollar you contribute you're making someone's dreams come true!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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