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From Elvis to Otis, Bono, Sting and Jack White, a Lifetime GRAMMY recipient shares the secrets of his Star-Studded Musical Lifetime.

MEMPHIS HORN! WAYNE JACKSON'S WILDEST DREAMS celebrates the life and music of a 2012 Lifetime GRAMMY Achievement Award recipient who played on more Billboard hits than The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson -- COMBINED!!!

Wayne's Magic Wand

On legendary recordings like RESPECT, TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS, SUSPICIOUS MINDS, SLEDGEHAMMER, SWEET CAROLINE and (SITTIN' ON THE) DOCK OF THE BAY, Pop, Rock and Soul Icons from Elvis, Otis and Aretha ... through James Taylor, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffett, The Doobie Brothers, U2, Willie Nelson and Sting ... to Robert Cray, Neil Young, Jack White and Alicia Keys have all called on Wayne, West Memphis' Favorite Son, for the perfect complements he could magically coax from his horn and help their songs skyrocket up the charts.

Based on Wayne's recently finished three-volume autobiography, "In My Wildest Dreams: Takes 1, 2 and 3", our Pop, Soul & Rockumentary film promises -- with your help! -- to make audiences laugh, cry, sing and dance in the aisles when it premieres in December 2013.

Help me complete this cinematic valentine to Wayne, his Memphis roots and the international fame his music continues to bring American music. Together, let's make MEMPHIS HORN! WAYNE JACKSON'S WILDEST DREAMS the movie musical trip of a star-studded Memphis Lifetime.

How This Journey Began

Four years before they were glorified by their peers' ultimate salute, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY, I flew to meet the Memphis Horns in Nashville when they were inducted into the Musicians' Hall of Fame. It appeared that fellow Memphis Horn Andrew Love's opportunity to participate in a documentary was closing fast due to his medical issues. So I advanced the costs of interviewing Wayne with Andrew in Memphis, inviting them to play together for the first time in five years.

Even though Andrew had not played a note in five years, putting his saxophone in his hands again seemed to make him come alive!

That moment went so well that Wayne and Andrew agreed to play together inside Studio A at Stax, that sacred place where they recorded some of the most famous records in musical history.

I hope you agree that my investment created a priceless historical moment. It was the last time the Memphis Horns ever made music together.

My camera also followed Wayne at the GRAMMYs last year, when The Memphis Horns were honored alongside legendary performers including Diana Ross, The Allman Brothers and Glen Campbell.  Fellow musicians -- including many 2012 GRAMMY nominees -- and fans alike showered Wayne with love and r-e-s-p-e-c-t.

One White, One Black; One Trumpet, One Sax: A Legendary Brotherhood

Born just 3 days and a few miles apart, Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love became symbols of A New South, as if by some cosmic design. Throughout America's Civil Rights Movement, The Memphis Horns effortlessly showcased the promise of racial harmony for concert audiences from London to Monterey Pop to Oslo ... and for listening audiences worldwide.   But their relationship was anything but contrived, as Wayne explained with Andrew once again comfortably by his side:

Throughout America's Swingin' Sixties, while "Mad Men" in New York were shaping the nation's taste of things to come, the Memphis Horns were enjoying more success (and more fun!) than any horn section in recording history -- and helping create the unforgettable interracial music that served as the soundtrack to Baby Boomers Coming-Of-Age.

Unfortunately, Andrew died in Memphis shortly after his wife Willie and their children received the Lifetime Grammy on his behalf. 

Because the Memphis Horns will always be inseparable, our documentary will remember Andrew fondly, too, and celebrate his life and music, of course.

Fighting Media Stereotypes

Hollywood prefers stories about the Music Business to end unhappily -- "Walk The Line", "Cadillac Records", "Lady Sings the Blues" -- which is why we need your help!  We want "MEMPHIS HORN! Wayne Jackson's Wildest Dreams" to remain totally faithful to Wayne's autobiography -- bright, funny and mostly upbeat. 

With your help, this will not be just another formulaic treatment about a self-destructive musician tortured by his/her talent that conforms to an outdated stereotype.

But this documentary will not be scrubbed clean.  Wayne likes to say "you can't be an angel and make this kind of music."   Believe me, after playing with everyone from Elvis to Neil Young, Wayne is full of inside stories, wit and wisdom. So we plan to have Wayne present his unique and musically unparalleled story IN HIS OWN WORDS, based on his autobiography.

Wayne will also perform some of his most famous horn lines ON HIS OWN TRUMPET, a special Bach Stradivarius created for him in 2012 by the Conn-Selmer Musical Instruments when they made Wayne the first inductee into their company's new Hall of Fame.

Even though Roger Ebert told me through his keyboard last year that he considered productions in 3D "a waste of a perfectly good dimension", I plan to "Future-Proof" Wayne's playing by videotaping his playing with multiple SONY 3D cameras so that future generations can enjoy him in added depth.

Memphis Musical Legacy

I agree with the incomparable Quincy Jones, who told his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame audience in May, "Music is the soul of our country, yet every other country in the world knows more about our music than we do. Our children and future generations must be made aware of our country’s greatest cultural heritage and contributions to the world."

Some of Memphis' most beloved musicians, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Ronnie Stoots, died in 2012.  And George Jones, a member of the Memphis Horns' 2012 Lifetime Grammy class, died just weeks ago.  

We cannot afford to let America’s musical legacy slip into obscurity.  If America's indigenous music is the heart and soul of our nation's cultural heritage, then we cannot afford to let it slip into obscurity. In his own words ... through his own horn ... Wayne Jackson's unsurpassed -- but still under-appreciated -- place in the History of Horns should be preserved for generations to come.

Here are seven iconic images from acclaimed photographer Thom Gilbert featuring Wayne, his Hall of Fame horn and some other legendary treasures from Memphis' incomparable musical legacy.  Thom's images will appear in our documentary's Title Sequences, elevating our Production Values even higher and emphasizing our contemporary treatment of Wayne's story.

So, please, let’s all do our part:

If you share my passion for Memphis, its irresistible, sweet Sound and its unsung role in the history of recorded music, help me preserve its legacy by supporting this documentary about one of the last of Memphis legendary musicians who is still living there.

For all the pleasure his music has given the world, let’s make another one of Memphis Horn Wayne Jackson’s Wildest Dreams come true.

Let's crowd together and fund this movie ... while we're all still young enough to enjoy it!  

And while we're waiting, here are some samples of Wayne's most famous horn lines to enjoy.

Photo Credits: Wayne's B&W Portrait and Conn-Selmer Trumpet courtesy of Thom Gilbert; Wayne's Hand courtesy of Ronnie Booze.

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I’ve enjoyed dozens of documentary credits since the Eighties, making movies for television about the people, places and things I love and respect … everything from Presidential Press Conferences (PBS' "The Press Secretary") to Pioneering Plastic Surgeons (PBS/BBC "A Normal Face") and the making of iconic Network Television Drama (NBC/PBS "Anatomy of a Homicide: Life on the Street".)

For this documentary, I assumed all the financial risk. My independent production company has been in business since 1986, thankfully, so you can have every confidence we will turn this production into another high profile, proud-to-be-associated-with production.

I have already met most of the challenges documentaries like this usually present. The most daunting task this time will be negotiating the performance and publishing rights for all of the music cues we prefer to include. Rest assured that I have already met with Music Supervisors experienced with most of these cues and feel confident we can maintain our schedule and budget if we act now.

Finally, I am prepared to devote my full time and attention to this project from the moment our Kickstarter is successful until completion, so that all delivery deadlines can be beaten.

Given that I have been developing this project for 5 years already, including many trips to Memphis for shooting and scouting, and that many of the bold faced names above have already been contacted, I feel perfectly poised to realize my vision.

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    Most viewers were from the US and UK, followed by Western Europe, Scandinavia, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia and Japan.

    I thank you all for watching ... Wayne thanks you ... and we hope you'll continue to direct more viewers to the site!

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