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A documentary about the best soul singer you’ve ever heard–even if you've never heard of him.
A documentary about the best soul singer you’ve ever heard–even if you've never heard of him.
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    Download an exclusive Syl Johnson-themed DJ mix by Duane Harriott (WFMU/Negroclash/Bim Marx/Desiree West).

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    Full color 18"x24" Syl Johnson poster by artist Eliza Childress. Plus the digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    NEW REWARD! "Afro Kitty" tote bag by Project Runway Season 11 designer Joseph Aaron Segal. Plus the digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Bonus Footage! Download a special version of the movie with additional live performance scenes (included with all pledges over $50). Plus the poster and DJ mix.

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    Syl Johnson canvas tote bag by Project Runway Season 11 designer Joseph Aaron Segal. This tote is 100% cotton, made in the USA and great for carrying records or anything else! Plus the digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Syl Johnson t-shirt by Rotter And Friends, printed on an American Apparel Power Washed Tee. Sizes XS-2XL available. Plus the digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Complete Syl Johnson pack: The t-shirt and the tote bag plus a reproduction of a vintage 8"x10" glossy Syl Johnson promo photo, digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Syl Johnson's Total Explosion LP and Diamond In The Rough CD from Fat Possum Records. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Attend a private rough cut screening of the film and reception with the filmmakers in NYC in 2014! Date TBD, includes admission for you and a guest (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Attend a private rough cut screening of the film and reception with the filmmakers in Chicago in 2014! Date TBD, includes admission for you and a guest (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Syl Johnson's Complete Mythology 6LP + 4CD box set from Numero Group. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Hand numbered, limited edition 11"x14" Syl Johnson fine art photo print by Jacob Blickenstaff. This photo of Syl was taken during a shoot that we filmed for the movie. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Host your own private rough cut screening of the film in 2014, anywhere on earth! Filmmakers will participate in a Q&A with you and your guests afterwards via Skype. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster and DJ mix.

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    Attend the film's festival premiere and sit down for a celebratory meal with the filmmakers. Includes screening tickets for you and a guest (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    The filmmakers Rob, Puloma and Michael will DJ at your party or event! We'll find a date that works for you within one year. Includes the cost of equipment rentals and our travel and accommodations within the continental US. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Executive Producer: You'll be part of our filmmaking team, watch rough cuts and give feedback, and get invitations to our festival premiere and all other events. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Syl Johnson's Dresses Too Short LP, Is It Because I'm Black LP and Mythological 45s box from Numero Group. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    PRICE REDUCED! Attend the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL and meet the film's producer Michael! Includes a pair of sold out 3-day passes to the festival July 19-21, 2013 (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014. YOU MUST PLEDGE BY JULY 18TH, 2013 TO RECEIVE THIS REWARD.

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    Daptone Records pack: A box of soul and funk releases from Daptone Records and Gabriel Roth, who has worked with Syl Johnson and appears in the film. Five LPs, five 45s, two slipmats and a Daptone tote bag! Each pack contains one autographed LP and one rare out-of-print 45. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Attend the 2013 Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans, LA "Celebrating The Unsung Heroes Of American Music" and meet the film's director and producer Rob and Puloma! Includes a pair of 3-day passes to the festival Oct 3-5, 2013 (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    Attend the 2014 Tomorrow Never Knows Festival in Chicago, IL and meet the film's producer Michael! Includes a pair of 5-day passes to the festival in January 2014 (travel and accommodations not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    NEW REWARD! DBZ Royale ST electric guitar autographed by Syl Johnson! Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    The complete Eccentric Soul LP series from Numero Group. 15 releases including Twinight's Lunar Rotation (featuring many tracks produced by Syl Johnson) and the Book + Download release of the Omnibus 45 box. Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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    The film's director and producer Rob and Puloma will do a one day shoot and edit a video up to 10 minutes in length, just for you! It could be a promotional video for your business, a music video for your band, a short film, or a documentary of an event. The possibilities are endless! We'll find a shoot date that works for you within one year (cost of travel and accommodations for shoots outside of NYC not included). Plus the t-shirt, tote bag, 8"x10" photo, digital download, poster, DJ mix and admission for you and a guest to a rough cut screening of the film in NYC or Chicago in 2014.

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