April 24nd, 2015 at the City Winery in NYC.
Cambodian's music history will be redeemed.
Read on to learn just how.
Don't Think I've Forgotten, tells the story of an incredible music scene that developed and thrived during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s in Cambodia, as well as the country's modern history. Cambodia was known as "the pearl of South East Asia" until 1975 when it fell under the control of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge and was nearly destroyed. In just under four years an estimated 1/3 of the population- close to 2 million people- died due to the brutal policies of the Khmer Rouge. Their revolution tried to eradicate all Western influence and most of Cambodia’s beloved pop singers became targets and did not survive.
For 9 years director John Pirozzi pieced together the history that remained ultimately making a film to tell that story. On January 11, 2014 Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten premiered at the historic Chaktomuk theater in Phnom Penh. Directly following the screening a live concert featuring surviving musicians from the film took place. This entire event was made possible with the support of Documentation Center of Cambodia and the US Embassy in Phnom Penh.
Our goal is to reproduce that concert in NYC at the theatrical premiere. To do that, we need your help.
Check out some cool photos and press from the original concert below!
And watch the film trailer here!
The overwhelming success of the film and concert in Phnom Penh made it clear that this unique event should have a much larger audience, it's historic and emotional significance can not be overestimated. Just as "The Buena Vista Social Club" put Cuban music in everyone’s playlist in 1998. Don't Think I've Forgotten has the potential to create a similar phenomenon with Cambodian music.
The film will have it's theatrical premiere at the prestigious Film Forum in NYC on April 22, 2015. Our goal is to reproduce the Phnom Penh concert featuring 9 Cambodian musicians from the film on Friday April 24th.
A Film Forum premiere guarantees major press coverage. Having these artists in NYC to play a concert at the premiere will give the world a platform from which to experience the artistry in a way that is befitting it's historic significance. Musicians will be available to participate in panel discussions, press circuits, interviews, etc., allowing the public to develop a more in-depth understanding of the world and context from which they come.
This coming April is Khmer New Year and marks the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge take over of Cambodia. The significance of this timing should be recognized as we create a great opportunity for the Cambodian musicians to share their stories and music with the world.
To fund this event, we need to raise $30,000. Some of our costs include but are not limited to:
- rehearsal spaces
- equipment & instrument rentals
- professional stage & sound technicians
- concert venue fees
- event crew
- event documentation
Anything over our goal will be used to take the show on a road, producing a 3-city East Coast tour.
MEET THE ARTISTS
- Touch Chhatta (Drakkar Band)
- Touch Seang Tana (Drakkar Band)
- Ouk Sam Art (Drakkar Band)
- Menh Sothyvann (Drakkar Band)
- Sinn Chann Chhaya (son of Sinn Sisamouth)
- Chhom Nimol (Dengue Fever)
- Mol Kamach (Baksei Chamkrong)
- Mol Kagnol (Baksei Chamkrong)
- Samley Hong (Baksei Chamkrong and Bayon Band)
We know you can't wait to meet these amazing artists, well the feeling is mutual and we have video to prove it! Drakkar Band, Chhom Nimol, and Sinn Chann Chhaya all taped themselves expressing their excitement to come to NYC for you.
YOU HAVE THE POWER TO UNLOCK THESE "SPECIAL MESSAGE" VIDEOS BY HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL MARKERS!
As we do, backers will receive the following videos:
- 10k unlocks DRAKKAR BAND!
- 20k unlocks CHHOM NIMOL!
- 30k unlocks SINN CHANN CHAYA
SO, WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Check out some of the beautiful rewards we've put together as a THANK YOU for your generous pledges!
Risks and challenges
At this moment some the risks we foresee are the changing health or status' of the musicians we wish to bring to NYC. Our goal is to see that all nine of them arrive to NYC safely and soundly. Other risks include logistical issues that may arise, any permanent changes to the above stated goal will be conveyed to our backers in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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