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$6,665
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52
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 29 2010

About

"What an incredible documentary, story and work. This is a documentary of astonishing power and emotion. All at once superior to every doc I saw last year"
- Harry Knowles, Aint It Cool News

"Thunder Soul" is an award winning documentary about the Kashmere Stage Band, the greatest high-school funk band of all time. The film tells the band's amazing story in the 1970s, and follows the band members in the present day as they come back together again to play a reunion concert for their incredible band leader Conrad "Prof" Johnson.

The film premiered at SXSW 2010 and has won Audience Awards at SXSW, Dallas International Film Festival, and Hot Docs. It has received rave reviews from Harry Knowles at Aint It Cool News, Drew McWeeny at HitFix, and my buddy Nick on Twitter.

We have been given the remarkable opportunity of screening "Thunder Soul" at the Los Angeles International Film Festival at the 1200 seat outdoor Ford Amphitheater on June 26th. This is when the wheels started turning in our heads. Wouldn't it be amazing is if we could get the 30-member Kashmere Alumni Stage Band out to Los Angeles to play a live concert after the screening?

Unfortunately the band all live in Houston, and we have no money left in our festival budget for the film. The cost of bringing the thirty member band out to Los Angeles for the show is $25,000. As the producers of the film, we're able to kick in $10,000 to cover this cost, but that leaves a $15,000 gap. If only there were a way to raise that $15,000 online…

As an avid Kickstarter user, of course I come here. We need to raise an additional net amount of $15,000 to bring the band to Los Angeles, and based on my spreadsheet skills I have determined we have about $5000 worth of fees, shipping, and reward costs to get there. That gets us up to a $20,000 fundraising target. Anything above that would be much-appreciated gravy.

So here's the deal. We want your help in bringing the Kashmere Stage Band to Los Angeles on June 26th for what will be a mind-blowing event of cinema and live music. We will provide you with some amazing rewards like beautiful posters, funk-filled CDs, and Thunder Soul t-shirts. We'll even have some insane once-in-a-lifetime experience rewards for top level backers. This is a cool chance to be an integral part of a heartwarming award-winning independent film. And you'll even get some sweet swag out of it.

Love and kisses,
Keith Calder
Producer, "Thunder Soul"

p.s. - If I'm not already enough of a shill, my final pitch is that you should let your friends and family and followers know about this campaign. You will make 30 grown men and women from Texas incredibly happy, and you'll help bring a wonderful live music experience to 1200 people on Saturday June 26th.

p.p.s. - You can see the design of our T-Shirts and Poster on the Project Updates Page.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Congrats! You helped the world's greatest high-school alumni funk band come to Los Angeles to blow some minds. We will thank you personally on our official Thunder Soul website.

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    Not only will we thank you personally on our official Thunder Soul website, we'll also send you a beautiful limited edition Thunder Soul poster printed for our SXSW premiere.

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    Everything in the $25 package, plus I promise to follow you on Twitter for at least the rest of 2010.

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    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    People love the THUNDER SOUL t-shirts so much that we're offering a new pledge level at $30 where the reward is just one of our amazing t-shirts. Be the envy of your entire neighborhood in our stylish blue shirts!

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    For patient backers only! At some point in the future Thunder Soul will be released on DVD. When that time comes, we will send you a Thunder Soul DVD signed by director Mark Landsman.

    (The Fine Print: At this reward level you will only receive the signed DVD, and you will not receive the Thunder Soul poster.)

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Woah woah woah, you're willing to give us $50 to bring the Kashmere Stage Band out to Los Angeles? You get not only the website thank you, not only the limited edition Thunder Soul poster, you also get the badass double-disc CD "Texas Thunder Soul" containing 32 original recordings of the Kashmere Stage Band. Guaranteed to blow your mind (Note: guarantee is not actually a contractual guarantee, just a turn of phrase. But your mind will be blown.)

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    The "thank you" on the website, the poster, the CD, what more can a funk loving kickstarter backer want? How about a stunning collectible Thunder Soul t-shirt? This lovingly screen printed shirt comes on an athletic blue soft tri-blend American Apparel shirt. This fashionable shirt will make you the envy of your entire neighborhood. If not, you should consider moving to a different neighborhood.

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    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Everything in the $100 package and I will give you a call personally to thank you and to answer three questions about independent filmmaking.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    You get the "thank you" on the website, you get the "Texas Thunder Soul" double-disc CD, you even get the T-Shirt. What else can we do to reward the $250 level backer? How about a limited edition Thunder Soul poster signed by the filmmakers and members of the original Kashmere Stage Band. A true one-of-a-kind treasure for the funk and/or independent film lover out there.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    "Thank You" on website? You're getting that.
    "Texas Thunder Soul" Double-disc CD? Yup, that too.
    Thunder Soul t-shirt? Of course.
    Thunder Soul poster signed by filmmakers and Kashmere Stage Band members? How could we not.

    What do you give the backer who has everything? How about a ticket to the June 26th Los Angeles International Film Festival screening of "Thunder Soul" at the Ford Amphitheater and following concert by the Kashmere Stage Band? How about we let you sit in the VIP section with the band and filmmakers and have an all-access pass to the event? Now I think we're on to something. The reward for the Los Angeleno who not only wants to support the funk, they want to experience it live in surround-sound style.

    And just for the hell of it we'll throw in a second t-shirt because we love you that much.

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    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    You already know you get the "thank you" on the website, the CD, the two t-shirts, and the signed poster. You know you get the ticket and VIP seating for the concert and the LA Film Festival screening on June 26th. In fact, we'll give you two VIP passes and tickets.

    The filmmakers will also take you out to dinner some time in June or July, and we will thank you personally in front of the whole audience at the Ford Amphitheater for providing this generous level of support in bringing the band to Los Angeles. You sir/madam are a king/queen amongst men/women.

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Funding period

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