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This award winning film about the corporate takeover of local radio needs your help to reach across the US!

We want radio DJs to be able to pick the music that they play.  When they lost that liberty we lost an outlet for local culture and local economy. 

We want to promote this movie across the country because we love radio and what it can do for local voices, local bands & local charities.  Corporate FM reveals from many perspectives how localism has diminished and what that means for the rest of the country.  By being part of this Kickstarter you can help bring this film to  college campuses and independent theaters.  You also help us get the word out in larger cities with booking agents and promoters as well as our grass-roots efforts to get the word out.  You also help bring a story to the nation at a time when diversity in media is sorely lacking.  

If you are a DJ who wants to give anonymously to protect your job; make sure that when you sign into Kickstarter that you don't use your full name as your user-name.

Here’s the story: DJs have a gift of listening to the best of their communities and then presenting that back to them. When live local voices are replaced with prerecorded and satellite programs, it ends an age-old symbiotic relationship between radio and the community. That hurts emerging bands, small charities and even the emergence of new ideas on a local level. Corporate FM uncovers a financial shell game that doomed radio the moment it started to consolidate. The medium of radio becomes threatened when there are only 2 stations worth listening to.

Unlike Facebook, Satellite radio, or web-based music sharing applications, locally-owned terrestrial radio can reach thousands of people across all incomes and ages in a local region at the same time with a message that is relevant to them at that moment. That ability is what once moved entire cities to unite around local bands, local charities, local businesses, and even new ideas. Our local infrastructure used to depend heavily on radio, but now there is a communication void in our cities that we have not yet filled. Radio is free and its everywhere. It is potentially the most powerful way that we can unite a community.

William Elder's design.  Robot radio does not play our music.
William Elder's design. Robot radio does not play our music.
This station bumper sticker speaks openly.
This station bumper sticker speaks openly.
Corporate FM Poster
Corporate FM Poster
Moon shot from Corporate FM
Moon shot from Corporate FM
reclaimed wood, reclaimed radio
reclaimed wood, reclaimed radio
Unisex, Jill McKeever's design.
Unisex, Jill McKeever's design.
Girly Tank, Jill McKeever's design
Girly Tank, Jill McKeever's design
Smashing Pumpkins Adult M, Unisex
Smashing Pumpkins Adult M, Unisex
Skinny Puppy, Amerian Apparel M Girly T
Skinny Puppy, Amerian Apparel M Girly T
Blondie, American Apparel, S Girly T FRONT
Blondie, American Apparel, S Girly T FRONT
Blondie, American Apparel, S Unisex T BACK
Blondie, American Apparel, S Unisex T BACK
The Mars Volta, S Girly T
The Mars Volta, S Girly T

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    We will mail you a Corporate FM bumper sticker. It looks like a rock station bumper sticker except instead of “Rock FM,” it says “Corporate FM”. Yep (See picture to left).

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    You will receive a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film (Available after August 8th).

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    Vintage Smashing Pumpkins Concert T shirt Adult Medium unisex. Plus bumper sticker and streaming link.

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    The festival edition DVD (without DVD extras) plus a postcard of our poster, plus a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film (Available after August 4th). You will also receive a copy of the DVD of the film

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    You will receive a T-shirt designed by Kansas City DJ and artist William Leonard Elder (See picture to left), plus a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film (Available after August 8th).

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    Vintage Mars Volta T Shirt, American Apparel Small Girly T. Plus bumper sticker and streaming link.

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    A DVD of the finished film complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary, plus a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film.

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    A DVD of the finished film complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary plus a T shirt designed by Kansas City DJ and artist William Leonard Elder (See picture to left) and Corporate FM bumper sticker. Plus a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film.

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    Screening! We work with you to set up a screening in YOUR community. We will Skype in for Q&A after the show. Timing of this screening is negotiable to follow any film festivals that we may be obligated to in your area if festival has restrictions on local play. Screenings require a month+ advance time to let print journalist have time to cover it. Help shed light on Corporate FM in your home town. Also includes DVD and 8x14 color handbills to advertise the show.

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    A signed 16x20 radio tower night landscape as seen in the film (See picture to left). Shot by director Kevin McKinney. Plus a DVD of the finished film, complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary, and a Corporate FM bumper sticker. Plus a link to watch the streaming festival edition of the film.

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    A limited edition artwork by Greg McKeever - the San Francisco Sutro radio/tv tower, laser etched onto reclaimed wood (See picture to left). You can see his work in Corporate FM. You will also receive A DVD of the finished film, complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary, signed by film-makers, and a Corporate FM bumper sticker. Plus a link to watch the streaming festival edition of the film.

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    Danny Cox (the narrator of the film) or former NPR host Walter Coppage will record a custom voice message for your phone. You will also receive a T-shirt designed by Kansas City DJ/ artist Bill Elder (See picture to left). You will also receive a DVD of the finished film, complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary and signed by the film-makers, a Corporate FM bumper sticker, and a link to watch a streaming festival edition of the film (Available after August 2nd).

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    We will enlist Corporate FM film composers Chris Crabtree or Clay Vernon to write and record a song in the style of your choice. You may include your name or the name of a loved one to be put in the lyrics. Send more if you are feeling very creative. Perfect for birthdays and anniversaries or for sending any personal message. You will also receive a DVD of the finished film complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary, signed by the film-makers, a Corporate FM bumper sticker, and a T-shirt designed by Kansas City DJ/Artist William Leonard Elder. Plus a link to watch the streaming festival edition of the film.

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    The Poster! We will send you the Corporate FM poster, on 20x30 thick photo-paper. Signed to you if you like. You will be listed as an associate producer on the final DVD and website (unless you want to remain anonymous). You will also receive a DVD of the finished film, complete with deleted scenes and film-makers’ commentary, and signed by the film-makers. You also get a Corporate FM bumper sticker and the T-shirt designed by Kansas City DJ/artist William Leonard Elder. Plus, you will get a link to watch the streaming festival edition of the film.

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    We will make a music video for your favorite band or a short Doc 3-5 min. (preferably shot within 200 miles of Kansas City). We work to make this so ground-breaking that we will want to put it on our demo reels as well.

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