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JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! is a feature documentary about four decades of American music and culture.

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This project's funding goal was not reached on August 23, 2011.

About this project

What is Indie Rock? A sound, a movement, an ideal?  After 30 years, why is it still so mysterious? Surely there is more to say about the largest and longest-running rock and roll movement of modern times? 

Join us in making history: give your indie rock heroes the pop-culture celebration they deserve by pledging your support today!

JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! is a feature documentary about four transformative decades of American music and culture. 

Beginning with the pioneers of the 80s independent label scene (Sonic Youth, Husker Dü). through the underground explosion that was 90s indie rock (Pavement, Elliott Smith) to the non-stop indie pop world of today (Arcade Fire, Black Keys), JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! will be the first documentary to connect the dots between these divergent eras of indie music.


For the first time ever, JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! will document our generation's contributions to music, art, and culture. Just imagine: the bands and fans; the labels and scenes; DIY and lo-fi; zines and record stores; hipsters and indie film; low brow and poster art; underground comics and alternative comedians; and the technological sea change that swept it all up from the underground while flattening the corporate status quo.  Set it to the soundtrack of a generation, stand back, and watch history in the making.

Most importantly, JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! will rock.  Whether it's a beautiful eight-camera shoot of Guided by Voices recent reunion, a classic Superchunk music video, or an intimate performance by Devendra Banhart procured from a new generation of pocket-video toting fans, JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! will let the music speak for itself. Ultimately, we want to bring the thrill of discovery that comes with being an indie rock fan to a mass audience and to future generations.


The way we see it, indie rock at its core and at its best, is a grassroots movement. It's uncorrupted and uncompromising art rock that thrives on a direct relationship between those who have something rare to give and those who want to support it.  There are many avenues we could have taken to fund this film, but only one made any sense to us: we want YOU to make JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! a reality. 


Phase I Production:

1. Hiring camera, lighting & sound crew, production staff.

2. Travel with crew across N. America and possibly beyond:

* Filming performances in theaters, in-stores, festivals, etc,. and shooting interviews with these artists, their people, their fans.

* Film the many iconic people and places of indie's many scenes: the labels, the clubs, recording studios, record stores, zines, poster/ album artist, radio gurus, etc, etc.

* Interview rock and roll intelligentsia, critics, celebrity fans who's opinions give credence to the legacy of our heroes.

3. Hire researcher, music supervisor, lawyer to begin the process of finding and legally securing over 30 years of archival footage and music.

Your generosity of money and spirit will ultimately determine the scope and scale of the parade your indie heroes will receive. Vote with your dollars, join the JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! community, and stay involved with the cause all the way through to the silver screen.

Once you've donated:
* Check out the rewards and incentives we are offering to better understand your part in our community after you have donated.

*If you would like to suggest indie bands or have an idea you'd like to bounce off our wall, contribute a scheckle or two and your thoughts- both are more than appreciated, they are necessary.  Donate, communicate, spread the word, and help us make rock and roll history. 

*Get involved and help us make this a reality. We welcome collaboration: simply email us here or call Brad Katz at: 818-653-3521. For media inquires, fundraising or PR call Amy at 805-428-9252 or email 

For more on JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! check out our blog, performances and interviews, at and 

We're also on Twitter and Facebook


  • No! Until and unless we are 100% funded on day 90, no money will actually change hands. If and only if we meet or surpass our goal of $75,000 will your credit card be charged the day the campaign ends in late August. Sadly, if we don't meet that goal, all the money pledged stays where it is and nothing is charged. So even if you are broke now, if you know for sure you will have more by August, go ahead and pledge!

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  • JGIR's production team is committed to helping the indie music community every step of the way as we make our documentary about indie rock! To this end, and to continue to raise the necessary funds, we are seeking enthusiastic volunteers across the world who can organize an indie rock concert in their community. This will be an awesome way to:

    1. Give a stage to local bands and musicians, upcoming or established.
    2. Help you make connections, meet other artists, hone your own business and community leadership skills
    3. Help raise funds for Just Gimme Indie Rock! Money raised would be donated here by the organizer, who will then receives our promised Kickstarter awards, plus a whole lot more!

    If you or someone you know may be interested, please email: We will send you a concert promotion kit and help you plan your concert and event. These can be held anywhere you can get permission: from a nightclub, to a public library, to your own back yard.

    We are hoping to have concerts going across the world in or around July, to celebrate "Indie Independence Day": the day indie rockers everywhere broke free of corporate control and took their music, creativity, and financial futures, back into their own hands!

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  • Let us know your interest!

    Our immediate need, obviously, is assistance with fundraising: if you can encourage others to donate, pass our info on to your media contacts, let the bands know -- the legends and the budding stars -- tweet, Myspace, Facebook, and call all your rich, influential, music loving friends, that would be amazingly helpful. Let us know you are doing this (just send us a message here) and we will shower gifts upon you! Those who are willing to do the hard work now will be at the top of our list when we need production assistants to help at the really exciting stuff, interviews, performance concerts, serving tasty beverages at parties, etc. We really mean it when we say we want the entire indie music community to be involved!

    Please do follow us on twitter and Facebook too, post links to our sites, write about us, call your local radio stations, etc. etc. etc. All of that helps now and in the future!

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  • Our JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! "Family Tree" logo is one tree in the forest! We will be attempting to tell the story of four decades of our favorite music (the word "our" includes you!) and this will include hundreds, if not thousands, of bands.

    Post suggestions for whom you would like to see included on any of our social media sites... we do check these and respond regularly, and we are taking to heart all ideas. Start debates with your friends about who should be included, and send them to this page to participate!

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  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00 USD

    JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! is the first major media project to put the whole of indie rock on record. Your donation gives you membership to, where you can post your brilliant ideas, theories and suggestions that will ultimately shape the future of indie rock history.

    8 backers
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    Pledge $10 or more About $10 USD

    Receive the above gifts, plus your name will be added to our website's list of contributors.

    10 backers
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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    Receive a download of our film "Just Gimme Indie Rock" when it is released. Gain exclusive access to the Editor's blog: view up-to-date raw footage and works in progress. Also receive the gifts mentioned above.

    67 backers
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    Pledge $50 or more About $50 USD

    Receive all of the above, plus a poster with the "Just Gimme Indie Rock" family tree logo, signed by the artist/Executive Producer.

    20 backers
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    Pledge $100 or more About $100 USD

    Receive all of the above, plus a T-Shirt with the "Just Gimme Indie Rock" family tree logo.

    27 backers
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250 USD

    Receive all of the above, plus a second T shirt you and a guest can wear to the premier parties you will be invited to when "Just Gimme Indie Rock!"
    is released.

    5 backers
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    Pledge $500 or more About $500 USD

    Receive all of the above, plus have your name included in the film credits as a contributor, and a link to your own blog/website added to the film's website. Also receive all of the gifts mentioned above.

    2 backers
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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000 USD

    You or someone of your choice will be in the film as a man-on-the-street opinion or similar (webcam or home video statement provided by you, under our direction.) 2 tickets to premier. Receive all the above gifts.

    0 backers
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    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000 USD

    You will receive Associate Producer credit. We will actually engage you personally for ideas and opinions in the making of the film. You will be invited to attend performance shoots as our guests and hang with the film makers, have dinner, etc. You will receive 4 tickets to premier and preliminary screenings. Also receive all the awards mentioned above.

    Limited 0 backers
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    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000 USD

    Join the JGIR Creative Council: You will receive producer-like access, when possible, to shoots, interviews, music festivals, fundraisers, premiers, and the like (at discretion of producers.) Also receive all the gifts mentioned above.

    Limited 0 backers

Funding period

- (90 days)