A documentary following five young guns from Chicago as they journey West and conquer audiences across America.
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE SUPPORT! WE HAVE 18 DAYS LEFT UNTIL THE TOUR AND WE COULDN'T BE MORE EXCITED! WE ARE ALMOST READY TO ROCK & ROLL, AND IT WOULD MEAN THE WORLD IF YOU COULD HELP US REACH OUR STRETCH GOAL OF $7000 SO WE CAN MAKE THIS AN EVEN BIGGER AND BETTER PRODUCTION THAN WHAT IT'S ALREADY SHAPING UP TO BE!
ABOUT THE FILM
We have been working on The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal for the past six months, documenting the musical trials of the Chicago-based band HËSSLER. Both on and off the stage, the members of this band are bonded by their passion for music-making and by their allegiance to the legacy of heavy metal and rock 'n' roll. We've shot rehearsals, demo sessions, concerts, countless days in the life of, and we even made it with the band to the Rocklahoma Music Festival, where they played in front of their largest audience to date. This December, they embark on their first national tour and we want to document the journey.
THE FILM CREW
We are two sisters, Biliana and Marina, who ride the wind and aspire to build a life-long career of making music documentaries around the world. We are:
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
The $3000 we hope to raise will go to funding our cross-country trip (car, gas and lodging) as we track the band's every stop, and it will allow us to rent a second camera and additional sound accessories to properly record each show. This is the barebones minimum we need to make it.
A PARTICIPATORY ROCK DOC!
Since we are turning to you to help us with our trip across America, we also want to take you along for the ride. This is how our film differs from the conventions of the rock music documentary genre. We want you, the film audience, to become our guide along the way and participate on a much more personal level. Lead us through the cities on this tour (listed below) by telling us about unique places we should visit! Your suggestion may get featured in the film and you'll have become a location manager with us!
For every dollar you give, you will receive a little piece of our hearts, along with other really great goodies. Some are edible, some are spooky, some are just plain wild. We urge you to pay close attention to the $25 and $35 pledge levels (as stated above, they explain how you can actively participate in our journey). Another special special reward is a print of this beautiful 1970's painting of Jimi Hendrix.
HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS
If we don't meet our goal of $3000, we don't get any money and your credit card will not be charged. Only if enough backers believe in this project will we be able to make our dream of embarking on this musical adventure a reality.
Thank you so much for your support! You can follow the tour this December on www.facebook.com/eljinetefilms, where we will post daily updates and videos from the road!
Remember, as Steven Tyler of Aerosmith once said, life's a journey, not a destination... So, friends and supporters, come on and join us!
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The money from Kickstarter will fund the production process of the next brick of our film: the December 2012 tour from Chicago to the West Coast and back. We are confident that the material we have gathered so far and the footage we have yet to gather from the road will allow us to create a compelling story about a band on the rise and their adventure across America. We also handle the entire postproduction phase in El Jinete FIlms: DIY is our main principle. By May 2013, we will have a finished product which we will then submit to film festivals.
However, although one version of the film will be completed, we also aspire to join the band on a potential international tour during the summer of 2013. With that said, The Last Kamikazis of Heavy Metal, as any other documentary in which the characters' lives unfold before our eyes, is a film which could inspire a much longer-term production process for which we will seek funding in the future. It may even acquire a different title down the road, only time will tell. Nevertheless, an epic rock doc will be completed by May 2013 and the backers who have been promised a copy of the DVD will receive it after the festival run.
A short-term challenge is not being able to make it to every single place recommendation we receive from our backers. As we have a limited time in each city on this tour, as specified, we will have to make a difficult choice when selecting which unique spot to visit. However, we strongly encourage backers to participate in this way because we want to hear YOUR stories and YOUR inspirations, and it is a guarantee that we will AT LEAST visit one recommendation per city, and it could be yours! This film will follow a band, but it's also about connecting the dots that our supporters put on our map and we are extremely excited about this part of the project too!
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