Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A documentary feature film about the Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston.
48 backers pledged $18,008 to help bring this project to life.
Last updated

About

Cocoanut Grove-Documentary Feature project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$18,008

48

Thank you to all our amazing supporters for helping us reach our goal in just 8 days! We couldn't have done it without you! We are thrilled to announce our new STRETCH GOAL of $20,000! These additional funds will allow us to get this important story out to a wider audience—we can do more screenings in more cities and hopefully find a distributor so you can watch it on TV at home.

We have just added a new reward—for $20 you will receive a postcard of our film poster. We will continue to add new rewards so stay tuned…

Six Locked Doors is a new powerful documentary feature that examines the story behind the deadliest nightclub fire in American history.  The Boston Globe has called the film a "riveting documentary."

On November 28, 1942, ​the Cocoanut Grove nightclub was the swankiest place in Boston, Massachusetts, attracting socialites, athletes, celebrities and World War II army and navy personnel. With double the allowed occupants, locked doors, flammable materials and a host of other deadly conditions, the tragedy left 492 people dead. The film features interviews with survivors who have never before spoken on camera and showcases an extensive archive collection of photos, and unreleased vintage footage. A tragedy of enormous historical significance, the Cocoanut Grove fire set the standards for modern day fire codes, led to major changes in medicine, and resulted in the first conviction of involuntary manslaughter. 

As per April 2019, we have successfully reached post production and started submitting to key film festivals. The film looks fantastic and the excitement is building up but we need your help to bring the film across the finish line. 

In the next 30 days we are asking for your support to raise funds that will allow us to pursue final editing services including color correction, sound design/mix, and archival and music licensing. Once we succeed on this step, we have concrete plans to launch an outreach and distribution strategy for the film that will take Six Locked Doors to YOU and audiences across the country.

Every penny that you contribute will help bring us to the final product and start making an impact with the film. Thank you in advance!  

For more information or to continue the journey with us, follow us on Instagram,Facebook and our website. 

Inside Cocoanut Grove
Inside Cocoanut Grove

Our Team

Michele Shapiro: Producer and Executive Producer

Michele at Fenway Park
Michele at Fenway Park

Michele Shapiro is a Boston native and grew up hearing about the legend of Cocoanut Grove from her grandfather, Frank Shapiro, who was the lawyer for the victims of the fire. He was also at the scene that night across the street at the theater with his wife and ran over to the club and helped pull bodies from the fire. This film is her way to honor her grandfather.

Michele was the head of public relations for McLaren Automotive North America and has worked for Vanity Fair, Glamour, and Dark Horse Entertainment. 

Zachary Graves-Miller: Director and Producer 

Zach shooting in Bay Village
Zach shooting in Bay Village

Zachary Graves-Miller is an independent documentary film director and producer releasing his first feature documentary “Six Locked Doors: The Legacy of Cocoanut Grove” in the winter of 2019. A Boston, Massachusetts native, Zach graduated from Westfield State University, studying film and literature. He co-directed his first documentary short “A Respectable Routine” about Westfield State maintenance workers, and went on to direct “Agent Orange,”which was shot in Vietnam. He has worked with award-winning filmmakers as assistant director and associate producer, including director Alan Tomlinson, John Curran on “Chappaquiddick,” and for LA Roma Films´ documentary “Boston".  While working for New York’s PBS station, THIRTEEN, as a cinematographer, Zach had the chance to document visual artist JR and the New York City Ballet Project at Lincoln Center. These projects have helped him further hone his skills in documentary filmmaking and develop a personal style. 

Additional Crew

EDITORS: TY FLOWERS AND CHRISTOPHER SALERNO DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: ZACHARIE LANOUE ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: HEATHER MERRILL IMPACT PRODUCER: MARGA VAREA MUSIC: OOVRA MUSIC MIX & COLOR: CHRISTOPHER SALERNO ASSISTANT EDITOR: CHRISTOPHER MALENFANT 


Behind The Scenes

Filming survivor John Heyman
Filming survivor John Heyman
Interviewing Kevin Cullen, Reporter for the Boston Globe
Interviewing Kevin Cullen, Reporter for the Boston Globe
Interviewing CBS legal expert Rikki Kleiman
Interviewing CBS legal expert Rikki Kleiman
Interviewing former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn

PRESS

> Read the Boston Globe's review of Six Locked Doors, which they call a "riveting documentary."

> Read our story in The Patch about our Producer's family connection to the Cocoanut Grove.

> Read Boston.com

> WGBH, Jared Bowen said, "This documentary was very well told… [it] really goes into detail….You find people who’ve never been interviewed on film before. As someone who grew up here I thought I knew so much about it but I realized I knew absolutely nothing."

Risks and challenges

The film has been completed. We are now putting on the finishing touches: making final edits, color correction, sound design/mix, and archival and music licensing. We have already been accepted into a few film festivals and are working toward more. We are currently working on a distribution strategy. We are hoping to get this incredible story out to a wide audience but as with all media there is a risk that it may not sell. If this happens we do have the option to release it digitally.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Thank you on the our website

    We will thank you on our website: www.sixlockeddoors.com.

    Your name will be added to a page where we will list and thank all those who helped make​ the film possible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 20 or more About US$ 20

    NEW REWARD-Postcard of our film poster

    Get a postcard with our official film poster on it.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 25 or more About US$ 25

    Thank you on our social media

    Get a shout-out on our Facebook and Instagram accounts.

    Plus, your name will be added to a page where we will list and thank all those who helped made​​ the film possible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 50 or more About US$ 50

    Digital Download of the film

    Get an exclusive sneak preview of the film with a private link to watch the film delivered directly to your inbox.

    Plus, your name will be added to a page where we will list and thank all those who helped made​​ the film possible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    18 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Boston's Greatest Hits Playlist

    Download our "Boston's Greatest Hits" playlist from Spotify. We put together our own favorite songs from Boston bands and about our beloved Boston.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Official Film Poster

    Get the official limited edition film poster.

    Plus, your name will be added to a page where we will list and thank all those who helped made​​ the film possible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 7 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Skype Session with Director

    Get a 45 minutes private Skype session with the Director, Zachary Graves Miller.

    Plus, your name will be added to a page where we will list and thank all those who helped made​ the film possible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    Thank You Credit in Film

    Receive a Thank You credit in the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 2 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 1,942 or more About US$ 1,942

    Associate Producer Credit

    Receive an Associate Producer credit in the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 3,000 or more About US$ 3,000

    NEW REWARD--Ultimate Associate Producer

    Associate Producer credit plus: Official film poster, postcard, a digital download of the film, Boston's Greatest Hits Spotify playlist and a special Thank You shout-out at our next screening.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Limited 0 backers
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 400 or more About US$ 400

    2 Tix to our SOLD-OUT Boston Premiere

    Get 2 tickets to the SOLD-OUT East Coast Premiere screening at the Boston Globe Documentary Film Festival on October 6th and have a meet and greet with the Director and Producer. (Tickets only, no travel included).

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only United States
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Reward no longer available

    Pledge US$ 10,000 About US$ 10,000

    Co-Producer Credit

    Receive a Co-Producer credit in the film.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 1 backer
    $

    By pledging you agree to Kickstarter's Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy.

    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)