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A feature documentary about pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
A feature documentary about pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
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THE FILM:

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Teenage Fanclub, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.

STATUS UPDATE:

Just recently, at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival, we screened a "work-in-progress" rough cut of our film at the Paramount Theater in Austin, TX. It went extremely well with over 900 people and Q&A afterwards. The screening was an amazing opportunity to present the film to the SXSW audience while still in its rough form, get feedback from both fans and those unfamiliar with the story. For a “work-in-progress” it garnered great press from media outlets including The Associated Press, Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Indiewire, The Austin Chronicle, and The Austin American-Statesman.

Here are a couple select quotes from the SXSW screening:

“The movie is brilliant—a boon to Big Star fans, as well as an indispensible primer for anyone who ever has wondered what artists such as the dB’s, R.E.M., Matthew Sweet, the Bangles, the Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, This Mortal Coil, the Posies and literally thousands of others found so inspiring." – Jim DeRogatis, WBEZ

"The movie is destined to be a seminal rock doc in the canon, and one that will bring Big Star to a new generation of fans." – Katie Walsh, Indiewire

WHAT WE NEED NOW AND WHY:

Thanks to our first Kickstarter campaign in May of 2010, we were able to launch our production. We filmed in Memphis for two months that summer uncovering the backstory, and learning how those records were made from the people that were there during Big Star’s brief lifetime. Since then we’ve interviewed the rock critics who championed Big Star’s music long after the band had dissolved and, through the new live performances of Big Star’s THIRD/Sister Lovers we’ve gotten to talk with many of the musicians who have been influenced by the band over the years.

Thank you to everyone who helped us get this project off the ground! 

We’ve been in post-production since October 2011 and are nearing completion. But to take the film from the iMac to the big screen involves some major expenses. For the final edit we need to get this Big Star “epic cut” down to a reasonable feature-length (don’t worry all the outtakes will make for great DVD extras). Additionally, we have to make this film legal, meaning a lot of rights have to be cleared now—most importantly the music. We also need to get the film to theatrical standards, with a color-correct and audio mix. We’ve also enlisted the help of a seasoned graphics person to do title graphics, and a few animations to help tell the story. We anticipate a festival run this fall and hope for a release in spring of 2013.

Please help us with whatever donation you can. Every bit really does help. Without these funds we’ll be unable to complete the necessary steps to finish the film so please spread the word so we can finally share the film with the world!

YOUR REWARD?

We have some truly amazing rewards to offer for your support of the film.

We are offering a full range of rewards from $5 - $5,000 so no matter how much you are able to give there is a great reward for you!

Some of the highlights include a copy of the exclusive SXSW film poster (from a limited run of 5), as well as a limited number of the following: Omnivore Recording’s Big Star Third [Test Pressing Edition] LP box set that’s been sold out for months, Rhino’s Big Star box set “Keep an Eye on the Sky” signed by Jody Stephens and John Fry, LP-sized paintings of all three Big Star records (#1 Record, Radio City and Third) by artist Steve Keene (the artist responsible for the cover art for Pavement’s Wowee Zowee, among many others) William Eggleston’s Guide monograph signed by William Eggleston, an exclusive tour of Ardent Studios and lunch with Jody Stephens and John Fry, two tickets to the NY or LA premiere & afterparty, a special phone call from Jody Stephens and you could even be an Associate Producer on the film with your name in the credits!!! And we have tons of vinyl, CDs and Big Star t-shirts as well.

*THE SUPPLY OF PREMIUMS IS NOT INFINITE. SO PLEDGE EARLY.

PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!

FOR MORE INFO VISIT: HYPERLINK http://www.bigstarstory.com    www.bigstarstory.com

THANK YOU FRIENDS

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