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Experience the hardship & dedication it takes to keep a rock band together after 27 years & the battle for what they believe in alive.

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Bloodgood - Seattle, USA: 1985 (Taylor, Zaffiro, Carlsen, Bloodgood)
Bloodgood - Seattle, USA: 1985 (Taylor, Zaffiro, Carlsen, Bloodgood)

Hello, Everybody! My name is Paul Michael and I am the director/producer of In The Trenches of Rock and Roll. PLEASE watch the 2 minute video above for just a small taste of the vast spectrum that this rock documentary is going to cover. Once you're able to refrain from hitting "replay" just one more time, come on back here and check out the synopsis below; then we can discuss the details of how your precious financial pledges would be used to make this incredible story unfold on film.

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Although Bloodgood has given their full blessing to the creation of this documentary, it is being independently funded through Bloodygood Pictures and your pledges.  This is not a Bloodgood product.
Detonation Tour - Minnesota, USA: 1987 (Welling, Zaffiro, Carlsen, Bloodgood)
Detonation Tour - Minnesota, USA: 1987 (Welling, Zaffiro, Carlsen, Bloodgood)

Synopsis:

In The Trenches of Rock and Roll chronicles the 27 year history of Bloodgood: starting from the band’s 1985 debut cassette demo, Metal Missionaries (which put them on the map and won them the attention of Frontline Records and veteran music producer, Darrel Mansfield), leading to their first record deal and self-titled debut album. Sophomore and platinum-selling Detonation was followed by multiple U.S. and European tours, 3 subsequent studio records, 8 live releases, and numerous compilation albums - ultimately solidifying their status as one of the founding fathers of “Christian Metal" and their induction into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

Bloodgood’s road was paved with conflict by the mainstream music industry that found their blatant use of faith-based lyrics an unfitting marriage with heavy metal, as well as extreme religious conservatives who believed heavy metal was purely secular and of the devil.

Cornerstone Festival - Illinois, USA: 1988 (Bloodgood, Carlsen)
Cornerstone Festival - Illinois, USA: 1988 (Bloodgood, Carlsen)

Seattle-based Bloodgood, led by bassist Michael Bloodgood and lead vocalist Les Carlsen, forged on undeterred for decades, continually spreading their positive message through their music, saving thousands of estranged teenagers and adults from their depression and thoughts of suicide – an unheard of juxtaposition to the typical message of rock and roll at the time.

In The Trenches of Rock and Roll explores the depth of their ministry and musicality, the ensuing brotherhood and camaraderie of its band members, and the hardship and perseverance it takes to keep a rock band together for nearly three decades. Trenches includes in-depth interviews with all past and present Bloodgood members, openly sharing their individual testimonies, internal struggles, their triumphs and their tragedies, layered throughout reels of mostly unseen archival footage, much of which were obtained from the personal collections of the band. Trenches is essential viewing for Bloodgood and rock and roll fans alike, as well as anyone who wants an up close look at what makes a historical band legendary.

Basic Topics the Documentary Will Cover:

  • An exclusive look at Bloodgood from the past and present band member's perspective.
  • Scheduled interviews include: Michael Bloodgood (bass), Les Carlsen (lead vocals), David Zaffiro (guitar), Paul Jackson (guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), J.T. Taylor (drums), Mark Welling (drums), Kevin Whisler (drums), Paul Roraback (drums), David McKay (keyboards), Craig Church (rhythm guitar, live).
  • How Bloodgood survived the bludgeon of ridicule laid upon them from both the mainstream and extreme religious conservatives alike, particularly at their inception.
  • Band member's recollection of recording individual albums, playing memorable venues (both good and bad), and the U.S./European/Russian tours that surrounded them.
  • Internal struggles among the band and how it influenced Bloodgood's sometimes fragile future.
  • The temptations of the rock and roll lifestyle and the constant fatigue of life on the road.
  • The ultimate bonds of brotherhood that formed amongst the band members as a result of their faith and perseverance. 
  • The impact of Bloodgood's music upon hundreds of thousands of fans.
Legends of Rock - Germany: 2009 (Bloodgood, Carlsen, Fox, Jackson)
Legends of Rock - Germany: 2009 (Bloodgood, Carlsen, Fox, Jackson)

Documentary Shooting Locations:

  • Seattle, WA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Nashville, TN
  • Austin, TX
Seaside Festival - Norway: 2009 (Carlsen, Bloodgood)
Seaside Festival - Norway: 2009 (Carlsen, Bloodgood)

What Your Pledges Will Fund:

In the Trenches of Rock and Roll will be 100% funded by our Kickstarter campaign, several recently accepted grants, as well as financial investment from Bloodygood Pictures. Only professional quality camera, audio, lighting, and editing equipment will be used for the creation of this documentary, as Trenches will be entered into numerous domestic and internationalfilm festivals. Any funding that exceeds our Kickstarter goal will help to offset this financial debt. Every dollar pledged will benefit the quality of the final product. We are looking forward to completing this project with your support!

Here's what we need to cross the finish line:

  • Planes, Trains & Automobiles to transport the film crew to and from the airport and various shooting locations of the documentary.
  • Gasoline for aforementioned transport.
  • Helicopter rental for aerial footage of Seattle.
  • Hotels.
  • Craft services: aka food to keep everybody happy.
  • Archival footage restoration (video, radio, television, and picture).
  • Any additional equipement rental and/or repair if needed. 
  • Miscellaneous on-location needs.
  • Post-production polishing (color correction, 5.1 mixing, etc.)
The Glass House - California, USA: 2012 (Jackson, Fox, Carlsen, Bloodgood)
The Glass House - California, USA: 2012 (Jackson, Fox, Carlsen, Bloodgood)

Thank You for Your Support!

***All imagery, video, and music used with legal permission courtesy of Bloodgood and Meis Music Group***

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