"The Last Scene" will be the FIRST comprehensive chronicle of what many believe is the LAST underground, DIY music scene. One forged in VFW halls and community recreation centers across the United States in the Late 1990's/Early 2000's.
This is the story of the punk and emo kids who gave us the last "new" thing in rock music, during an era of change for the music industry and youth culture at large.
My objective is to make a feature-length doc that covers about a 10-year period and I envision the narrative being organized chronologically into 3 distinct time-periods:
- 1997 - 2000
- 2001 - 2004
- 2005 - 2007 (with a "Where Are They Now," "What's It All Mean" coda...)
For the INITIAL GOAL amount of $10,000, I can set up the technical infrastructure and cover travel costs to gather the interviews I need to complete the first part of this story. At this level, the finished product would be a digital-only release with a minimal amount of music and footage clearances. That's not ideal, but we've gotta start SOMEWHERE in telling this important story.
The more support for the film, the deeper I can go into telling the ENTIRE STORY and coordinating MORE INTERVIEWS.
I’ve been amazed with what I’ve been able to do so far with the help of a few friends and the guys at Craft Services. I'm blown away by how gracious artists and other folks integral to the scene have been about taking the time out to talk to me.
This experience has reinforced the extent to which the scene really was (and still is) a community whose story NEEDS to be told.
As you can see from the picture below, we've talked to a TON OF ARTISTS already (which includes a couple folks who aren't in the picture, too!) —
- Travis Shettel (Piebald)
- Vinnie Caruana (The Movielife/I Am The Avalanche/Solo)
- Peter Munters (Over It/Runner Runner)
- Shane Told (Silverstein/Lead Singer Syndrome podcast)
- Mark Rose (Spitalfield/Mark Rose/Downwrite.com)
- Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday/The Color Fred)
- Chris Conley (Saves The Day)
- Amy Fleisher Madden (Fiddler Records)
- Ben Jorgensen (Armor For Sleep)
- John Tran (Home Grown)
- Chris No. 2 (Anti-Flag)
- JT Woodruff (Hawthorne Heights)
- Geoff Rickly (Thursday)
- ...AND MORE ARTISTS TBA!
PROJECT GOALS & REWARDS:
As you can see, I've done a bit of production and spoken to a lot of influential artists thus far, but going the purely DIY route places limitations on what I can do and how long it’ll take. Telling the whole story of "The Last Scene" is very important to me; but by reaching the initial goal figure, I know I can make something.
However, the more support there is for the film, the more I can up the ante by hiring staff, creating a higher-quality product, doing things more quickly, and creating something that covers the FULL ARC of this movement.
Kickstarter is an "ALL OR NOTHING" platform, so if we raise $9,999 dollars by the end of the campaign, NO ONE gets charged and "The Last Scene" won't see the light of day.
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REWARD PACKAGES INCLUDE:
- "The Last Scene" T-Shirts (Your Choice of Design AND Size)
- Digital Copies of the Film
- "The Last Scene" Companion Guide (Notes & Pics)
- "The Last Scene" 11x17 Movie Posters
- YOUR NAME Listed in the Film Credits
- Making of "The Last Scene" Podcast Link
- "The Last Scene" Guide to Essential Emo Albums
- "The Last Scene" Sticker Packs
- YOUR NAME Listed on "The Last Scene" Website
- ...AND MUCH MORE!
Check out the full list of rewards along the right hand side of the project!
PLEASE NOTE - Reward bundles include ONLY items expressly listed in the reward outline.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR: KYLE KILDAY
Music has been a part of my life since I was 4 years old. I started playing piano, then saxophone, and finally taught myself guitar so I could start my own band in high school. We practiced in the drummer's garage, writing songs that combined all our different musical influences.
My first exposure to this underground punk scene came when I went to college in Boston. I remember everything about the first show I went to. The small space, the acoustic ceiling tiles, the barely-raised stage; the guitarist hitting the opening chord and sending a shockwave through the room. Kids all around me started to jump and sway into one another, like corn kernels inside of a microwave popcorn bag. They moved in waves towards the stage, singing along, extending their fists and shaking them in unison. There was pushing and shoving, but when the song ended everyone smiled and hugged one another. Zero pretense, near zero production value. Just electricity, instruments and you. Exactly what playing music for other people is supposed to be.
We were all peers and it was something built for (and by) us all.
After college I moved to Los Angeles and started working in reality/doc TV. I continued going to shows with the friend who took me to that very first punk show and still goes to shows with me today. Going to these bands' album anniversary tours and feeling the general sense you get when you enter that "20 years since" realm, I started thinking more retrospectively about this era of music and why it's meant SO MUCH to me (and I know to millions of other people, too!).
I'm at the point in my career where the timing feels right to strike out on my own and tell this story. I need your help to do just that.
My hope is for "The Last Scene" to be a launching pad to start my own production company that specializes in music-related content.
I've spent last 15 years, helping bring other people's visions to life and it's now time that I tell a story that has been SO IMPORTANT, SO INFLUENTIAL, and SO PERSONAL to me.
ANY TYPE OF SUPPORT HELPS - not just monetarily. That support can be sharing this project on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and anywhere you can to help spread the word.
I hope you will consider becoming part of this journey by participating in my Kickstarter campaign.
Let’s share this story with the world and thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
As with all products, there could be production delays. However, the Last Scene Team will keep everyone updated throughout the entire process.
We're all hoping for enough support to allow us to release a FULL LENGTH production, telling the story EXACTLY the way it should be told. I can't wait to deliver "The Last Scene" to the world!
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