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The feature-length film about DIY pioneer Jeff Rosenstock, who put his songs online for free and redefined punk for the internet age. Read more

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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The feature-length film about DIY pioneer Jeff Rosenstock, who put his songs online for free and redefined punk for the internet age.

Brooklyn, NY Documentary
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WOW! We reached our goal in three days! Thank you! Let's keep breaking records! Our initial goal was pretty low for a feature-length film. The more money we raise, the better the film will be and the faster we can get it to you. Also, the better the REWARDS will be! If we exceed our goal the quality of all the content goes up and up and UP!

STRETCH GOAL: $38,800

If we reach our stretch goal, then this will be the most amazing DIY project ever. Please see below for a breakdown of where your donation is going. Also, if we make it to our stretch goal, we're throwing you a party in Brooklyn!!!!! All donors invited!

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At a moment when crowdfunding seems like it will be the future of the industry, Never Get Tired takes as its focus the world's first donation-based band, Bomb the Music Industry! and its variously charismatic, depressive, big-hearted, and loudmouthed mastermind, Jeff Rosenstock. Fans around the world cling to Jeff as the only true punk icon of their generation, but as Jeff rounds out a decade with Bomb the Music Industry! and begins to outgrow the chaos, he is caught in a maze of his conflicting ideologies, anxieties, and ambitions.

Years before Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails offered free downloads of their new releases, Rosenstock founded the first-ever donation-based label, Quote Unquote Records. In response to the collapse of his more industry-minded former band, Jeff launched the label and Bomb the Music Industry! from home with just a guitar and his computer.

The music sparked something in basements and DIY venues worldwide. The pay-what-you-can model creates an inclusive community between musicians and fans. In exchange for free music and cheap shows, fans support bands however they can, whether it be by donating or letting them crash on their couches while on tour. People kept donating, and for the last ten years Bomb the Music Industry! has headlined sold-out music festivals and toured the world several times over. But over the last two years, the weight of their neglected futures forced Jeff to decide whether to keep touring or call it quits in search of a more secure future. 

Photo by Jessica Flynn
Photo by Jessica Flynn

5(!) years, 11(!) countries, and 350(!) hours of footage later and we finished shooting Never Get Tired in January at their final shows in Brooklyn. Thanks to Kickstarter*, back in 2010 I made enough money to buy a camera and go on one tour. The intervening four years have been nothing short of a financial miracle. Maxed out credit cards, the generosity of BTMI!, and the volunteered time of an amazing crew allowed me to finish shooting Never Get Tired with no significant film funding. We've stretched our resources as far as they could go, and now we're gearing up for post-production and need your help.

!!REWARDS!!

Donate $15 or more and get these cute lil BTMI themed stickers!
Donate $15 or more and get these cute lil BTMI themed stickers!
Donate $35 or more and get this t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock!
Donate $35 or more and get this t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock!
Donate $45 or more and get this limited-edition Never Get Tired poster designed by punk cartoonist Mitch Clem!
Donate $45 or more and get this limited-edition Never Get Tired poster designed by punk cartoonist Mitch Clem!

You can check out BTMI! and lots of other really wonderful donation-based albums on Quote Unquote Records, and listen to Jeff's other projects here, here, and here. And you should! They're great!

*IF YOU DONATED TO THE 2010 KICKSTARTER, YOUR REWARDS WILL STILL BE HONORED.* Your donation back in 2010 got us started, but this one will get us across the finish line. So, thanks! We couldn't have gotten this far without you!

Risks and challenges

$25,000 probably sounds like a lot of money. It is a lot of money! Finishing a movie is expensive, and $25,000 is actually a very small budget for post-production. We kept costs super low throughout our production, and will be able to finish the film on a tight budget, but we need some help. Your donation will help cover:

editing costs-$8,000
on-line color correct-$4,000
audio mix-$6,000
graphics-$1,000
Kickstarter fee-$1,500
Fulfilling your rewards-$7,800
STRETCH GOAL:
Legal fees-$5,000
E & O Insurance-$5,000
Festival submissions-$500

The good news is-we made a movie! It's all there! This money will ensure that it gets finished and into your hands as quickly as possible.

When I started this project, Jeff and I talked about how the music documentaries we liked often spanned several years, sometimes decades. This project took five years because I wanted to tell the true story of this band, and I think it was worth the wait.

If we don't reach our goal, we don't get any money. Zilch. Nada. That means it would take me a lot longer to finish the film. Maybe even a few more years. But Never Get Tired is ready for you. We just need your help!

Thanks for checking us out!

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    THANKS! Never Get Tired will thank you by name on our website.

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    MAIL BAG! Never Get Tired will thank you by name not just on the website, but in the credits of the film! We will also send you a personalized postcard of the film signed by the director.

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    SNEAK PEEK and STICKERS! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a personalized postcard of the film signed by the director, and offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release. You'll also get a sheet of really cute BTMI inspired stickers, designed by Alex Kahn!

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    HD DOWNLOAD! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director and the stickers, and offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, and send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired.

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    THE JEFF SPECIAL! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director, offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, the stickers, send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired, and hit you with a t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock.

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    MITCH CLEM POSTER! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director, the stickers, offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired, and a limited-edition, exclusive-to-Kickstarter, beautifully printed poster drawn especially for us by the amazing cartoonist and punk mastermind Mitch Clem!!! 11 x 17 in.

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    JEFF + MITCH! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director, the stickers offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired, and hit you with a t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock AND the Mitch Clem original Never Get Tired poster!

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    SCREENING! Never Get Tired would like to thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director, the stickers, offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired, hit you with a t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock, the Mitch Clem poster, and two tickets to a first-look screening of Never Get Tired in New York! (Travel not included.)

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    I WANT MY MTV! You in a band? Sara will work with you to create a concept and direct a music video for your band! You will also get thanked in the credits, postcard from the director, the stickers, the sneak peek of the film, HD download of the final cut, and the shirt designed by Jeff.
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    WORLD PREMIERE! Never Get Tired will thank you by name in the credits, send you a postcard of the film signed by the director, offer a digital download of the first ten minutes of the film before its release, send you a digital download of the final cut of Never Get Tired, hit you with a t-shirt designed especially for us by Jeff Rosenstock, a limited edition poster of Never Get Tired, and two tickets to the WORLD PREMIERE of Never Get Tired and after-party in New York! (Travel not included.)

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    DINNER AND A MOVIE! In addition to the thank you in the credits, postcard of the film signed by the director, sneak peek, final cut of Never Get Tired, the t-shirt designed by Jeff Rosenstock, limited edition poster, and two tickets to the WORLD PREMIERE of Never Get Tired and after-party in New York...(phew!)...the filmmakers will buy you dinner and show you a private screening of the film in NYC.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER! You get everything above, PLUS an Associate Producer credit on-screen!

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    PRODUCER! Damn!! You get it all: postcard of the film + sneak peek + digital download of the final cut + t-shirt + poster + two tickets to the world premiere + pretty much anything else you want AND a PRODUCER CREDIT on the film because whaaaaat.

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