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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.

HELP US TELL THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD!

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.

EITHER YOU CAN MAKE JUST GIMME INDIE ROCK! HAPPEN OR "THEY" CAN (WE PREFER YOU).

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. 

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO:

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 amykatz@justgimmeindierock.com. 

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

We're also on Twitter and Facebook

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

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    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 IndieRockDoc.com, where you can post your brilliant ideas, theories and suggestions that will ultimately shape the future of indie rock history.

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    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.

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Funding period

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