This project's funding goal was not reached on April 17, 2012.
About this project
NOTE: Kenny is only the subject of the documentary. Rod and Brian, two independent filmmakers (see the 'About Us' section on the lower right) proposed their idea for a film project to Kenny and he agreed to let them make this movie. However, he is not providing any financial backing nor is he involved in the business side of the project! Supporting this Kickstarter is truly supporting a small independent filmmaking team on a quest to make a fun movie for a huge international audience!
And, if this is your first time visiting Kickstarter check out this PAGE to learn about how to contribute to a project here and how Kickstarter works! If you still have questions after reading that please e-mail us at email@example.com!
Everyone knows the name Kenny G — whether we recognize him for his sax or his hair, love his music or rolled our eyes at our parents for listening to his CDs, he's one of the most recognizable musicians in history.
But we're making this movie because there's a side to Kenny G that NOONE has ever examined before. We want to show you what makes Kenny G tick, how he's taken hits from critics in stride, how he's remained such a fun and important part of our pop culture, and why he keeps trying new things and working so hard to stay on top. This film is a chance to understand a man and a part of our world that has never been explored before.
We're doing this project on Kickstarter because we want everyone who remembers Kenny G — from young people whose parents were fans all the way to long-time devotees of Kenny — to come together and join us on this adventure. No matter how much you know about Kenny or like his music, we know you'll have fun watching our film. So help us out from the start, and we'll get to the finish line together!
About The Film
Known all over the world as the king of smooth jazz, Kenny G is a true superstar — one of the top-25 selling artists of all time. Since his self-titled debut in 1982, he’s sold 75 million albums — more than Eric Clapton, Prince, or Bob Dylan.
Now Kenny has begun to pursue a new goal — becoming a movie composer. But will he be able to convince producers and directors, even if Kenny himself knows he can compose memorable melodies?
Full of humor and warmth, Kenny: A Documentary in G will tell the incredible story of Kenny G's unlikely rise to the top of the mainstream music world, from his beginnings as an underground funk musician in Seattle to his chart-topping successes and victories at the Grammy Awards. Interviews with industry titans, fans and critics will paint a picture of Kenny's place in pop culture history. Then we'll follow Kenny into the world of film composing in Hollywood, go on tour with him in Asia, where he is massively popular (his music plays on national trains and at the end of public school days in China), and trek across the United States on his door-to-door journey to reconnect with old fans.
No matter if you're a fan of Kenny's music or not, you'll fall in love with the man behind the sax — warm, engaging and hilarious, Kenny G might not be what you expect. This is the ultimate entertainment documentary about one of the most successful musicians of the era: Kenny: A Documentary in G.
New Incentives Every Week!
Every week we'll be adding a NEW experience-based reward that Kenny G himself has been generous enough to donate to the production. Keep checking back so you don't miss out!
What We're Doing
Simply put, we’re raising money to fund the production of this film. We could try to raise money traditionally, but we'd rather go directly to our audience. We want you to get involved in the actual MAKING of the film! We're hoping that fans of Kenny G will support us, and people who aren't fans or don't know much about Kenny's music — who know him as the dude with the sweet curls and the saxophone — will want to learn more, throw us a few bucks, and get some AWESOME rewards.
Is $100,000 Enough To Make A Movie?
Our goal is to raise $100,000 from your support in order to ‘kickstart’ (pun fully intended) production on this film. Its going to take a lot more to fully finance the film but with your help we can paying for our initial production costs, including crew, equipment rentals and travel/transportation to and from shoots with Kenny. Any amount that we raise over $100,000 (Let's do it Kickstarter!) will work towards filling our budget and reducing the need for other fundraising. The more we raise, the more we will be able to retain creative and marketing control!
OK, enough talk...lemme SEE what I'm getting for INCENTIVES!
The 'Romance Kit' includes a Romance Initiator (to use, pop in your Kenny G CD, light the initiator and watch the romance blossom) and a Romance Reduction Brick (freeze, apply in cases of extreme romance).
The Sax Upkeep kit includes Original Formula Sax Wax and a can of Sax Polish.
The basic t-shirt.
The 'Handy Field Guide to Kennys of the World' Famous Haircuts poster.
The Special Edition 'Famous Haircuts' t-shirt.
All products! See below for a close up of the After After Shave and the Melody Mints.
Our film poster and stickers are being designed as we speak by the amazing Amy Martin. Check out her site to get an idea of the style of the poster and stickers!
If you're interested in larger reward levels, or other involvement, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org!
YES! Spectacular idea. If you would like to donate to the film but give the reward to someone as a gift, go through all the normal process of making a donation in your name. For billing purposes, this action must be in your name. After our deadline, we will send a message to you on Kickstarter (It will be forwarded to the email address you provide). We will request things like your address and t-shirt size (or how much KENNY Sax Scent After After Shave you will require). Please reply with all the person’s information that is to receive the gift. We will make sure they are the person who receives the glorious, glorious reward.
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount, to acquire other awesome incentives and add to your general awesomeness quotient. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
Unfortunately, nothing. Well, we will be very sad — we think this is a really worthwhile, fun and awesome project! But if our goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands. We want to avoid this scenario at all costs, so please help us out and tell your friends!
YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Does that mean we could obtain our entire production budget on Kickstarter, and pay a great editor to help us finish the film? Yes it does! Maybe we'll be so successful that we'll be able to hold special Kickstarter supporter screenings all across the world...who knows? The possibilities are endless.
Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at email@example.com. We check it. Really, we do. And we will get back to you — promise! That's also the place to get in touch for press or media inquiries.
Unfortunately neither this movement nor KENNY is set up as a non-profit. Donations are raw gifts. Non-tax deductible. But you will get the pleasure of helping out some artists making a really fun project, so that's worth more than a tax deduction, right?
All incentives, big and small, will only happen if our goal is met. If we do meet our goal, immediately after our deadline we will start to manufacture and ship all physical merch directly to you. It will be our priority to schedule the more personal incentives as soon as possible. You will hear from us. (More on this as we get closer to our deadline)
Every penny (minus the fees for Kickstarter’s involvement) will go directly to the movie budget - i.e. Your money goes directly to the funding of this film and to getting your rewards out to all you kind folks.
Great question! We're trying to gauge how much interest there is in a Blu-Ray. Email us if you want us to offer it, and if there's enough interest, we'll add it and send an email to backers offering them the chance to upgrade — no need to hold back your support to wait for a BR disc!