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A film about the history of a piano bar, a piano player who has been at the keys for 50 years and a group of people who love to sing.
A film about the history of a piano bar, a piano player who has been at the keys for 50 years and a group of people who love to sing.
32 backers pledged $4,250 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you for stopping by and your interest in "The Alley Cats" documentary.

The Alley opened its doors as a local bar in Oakland in 1934 on Grand Ave. Today, walking into The Alley 80 years later, history literally jumps off the walls which are plastered with business cards, photos, posters, and miscellaneous memorabilia. Another piece of history, the American Songbook has also been preserved and shared by piano player Rod Dibble and the Alley Cat singers for over the past 50 years.

Living in the Grand Lake area of Oakland for the past 12 years, and visiting the Alley, I felt there was a story to be told. Last Spring a waitress and friend connected me with the owner and we began to film. Since then, the staff and patrons of The Alley; the film crew; Rod, his wife Linda and the singers; and many in the greater bay area community have helped to get this project to this phase because of their generosity.... and for that I am very very thankful.

Now its time to take this project to the next level. Kickstarter funding will be the first fundraising for the project. This $4250 is roughly half of what's needed to complete the production phase- to film more and dig deeper into related Oakland and Alley history. The final outcome is planned to be an hour long film.

Check out the trailer and help us move forward!

Also, I wanted to give special thanks/recognition for giving their time so far to this production to
Rich Wells, Lighting
Ilja Sarro, Cinematography
I couldn't have done this without you guys!

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    A huge ZIKOMO KWAMBIRI (thank you in Chichewa) and you will receive regular project updates!

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    Same as above, except you will be under "Special Thanks" in the credits, plus Director will buy you a drink at The Alley sometime.

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    My first born (JK), same as above, plus a tshirt of your choice from "Oaklandish": http://oaklandish.com/shop/

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Funding period

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