UPDATE JAN 20TH, 2010: We have reached our initial $5000 goal BUT still need to raise as much as possible. We will also be donating 5% of what we earn on Kickstarter to the Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund, as asking for donations on a documentary film seems so inconsequential to the grand scheme of the recent events in Haiti. ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO PLEDGE!
In 2006 at the ripe old age of 22, I left my home in Sydney, Australia to travel to Los Angeles and shoot a documentary on my favourite music scene; 90's punk rock. At the time I didn't know any of the artists personally, but with my producer Matt Wardle and executive producer Bill Silva, I was able to interview every band that I had on my list(Green Day, Blink 182, Bad Religion, NOFX, Rancid etc) and also get professional skateboarder, Tony Hawk, to come on board as the narrator.
3 years later and I have completed 99% of the film, I've interviewed all of the bands, cut it together, added archival footage, Tony's narration, sound mix, colour correction you name it. However I have hit a wall with the music clearances, when we started this project we set aside 45% of our small budget for music, but the record labels and publishers(the big guys) unfortunately want more money than we can provide. This means that to release the film we need to pay the labels and publishers what they are asking as they, not the artist, control the copyrights.
We need to raise money from the community(meaning you) to finally finish this project, clear the music and have it released to the world. We are also trying to raise money from other areas such as sponsorship but to date this movie has been 100% independently financed out of Australia from family and friends.
We have a music supervisor now working around the clock to sort out all of the deals and paperwork with the publishers and labels, but we still need the money to pay for this music once the paperwork is signed.
The film already has a lot of awareness and good will in the community. It has been mentioned in press all over the world such as NME, Spin, Rolling Stone, Triple J, Indie 103.1 & also punk websites such as Punknews.org and Absolutepunk.net. Collectively the trailers have been viewed over 100,000 times on Youtube and I was also invited to be interviewed on Last Call With Carson Daly, after he heard about the film through the grapevine. We were also invited to screen at the Calgary International Film Festival recently where the film received a standing ovation & Blink 182 even have us in their top friends on Myspace!
I have set the pledge target quite low at $5,000 which I believe we can raise. However this is only going to pay for a portion of the music, the more money we can raise the less music I will have to cut out of the final version of the film. Ideally if we can raise over $30,000 we will be able to finish the film immediately as is. Please help spread the word through your blogs, facebook, twitter, myspace etc.
Honestly making this film was one of the best experiences of my life. When I was 16 years old listening to these records in my bedroom I never imagined that I would meet any of my heroes, let alone get to interview them and even become good friends with some of them.
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