Project Update: We have reached our funding goal, but would still appreciate your support if you are willing to offer it. Additional support would be particularly valuable in raising production quality for the live music we shoot in the next few months. It's amazing what some decent mics and better lighting can do.
What's our film about? All Alone Together is a documentary about the Atlanta hardcore punk scene. We are producing it because we want to tell a story that we feel has been ignored by other punk histories - the story of our lives. Among our major focuses will be Neon Christ, the legendary band considered by many to be the heart and soul of the original early eighties Atlanta scene. But this film is more than just an historical accounting. We also talk to the kids of today to find out what's on their minds. Why is hardcore still relevant 30 years later? How does a culture once viewed as a lethal threat to our society retain its transformative power in the wake of mainstream acceptance? Does that acceptance make being a punk today easier or more difficult than it was three decades ago?
In February 2008, we took our cameras to an all-day concert event at the Treehouse, an all-ages DIY club in the Atlanta suburb of Lawrenceville, GA. Bands from all over the southeast came to play, among them, The Carbonas, Die Ficken, Government Warning, The Despised, Double Negative, and headliners Neon Christ, who came out of a 22 year retirement to play their final show ever.
The sheer size and galvanizing energy of the teenaged crowd at the Treehouse was truly amazing. The underground DIY punk ethos was still alive and thriving in Atlanta. The new kids were keeping it real and making it their own, finding personal identity and community through the music, just as we had decades before. We were guests in their house and they welcomed us in solidarity. It taught us a powerful lesson, one that we want to share. This film explores the common threads and differences between two generations of rebel kids, thirty years apart, each facing the particular challenges of their era, yet all forged by the same uniquely empowering subculture. This is the story of OUR lives.
Who are we?
Edgar Johnson (director, field producer, videographer, video editor, and whatever else needs done): Oldschool punk and university professor.
Christopher Mills (producer, field producer, videographer, and film production expert): Oldschool punk and film professional.
William DuVall (executive producer and music editor): Vocalist/guitar player for Alice in Chains and Comes With the Fall, guitar player for Neon Christ.
Jimmy Demer (associate producer): High school teacher, drummer for Neon Christ, guitar player for Accidents.
Randy DuTeau (associate producer): Sporting event planner, vocalist for Neon Christ.
Danny Lankford (associate producer): Sign location and permitting professional, bass player for Neon Christ and Accidents.
Randy Gue (associate producer, story editor): Archivist, roadie for Neon Christ.
Brandon Mullis (production assistant, videographer, editing assistant): Television promotions professional, amateur film maker.
David Rose (production assistant and videographer): College student majoring in television and cinema.
Stephen Gilliam (video editor): Government contractor and amateur film maker, currently working on Confederate Zombie, among other projects.
We still need to shoot some “must-have” interviews, and we hope to have them accomplished by Summer 2011. Then, we'll cut the first 10 minutes of the film, and write a detailed treatment of our vision for the rest of it. The film segment and treatment will be used to put together a proposal to a professional production house. It is our hope that we can get their backing to do professional post-production for the film, and to exhibit and distribute it nationally and internationally.
What do our backers get?
We've put together some cool, interesting, and unique items for our backers. Check out the list to see just what's available. Some of these items will be available shortly after we fund the project, and some will take longer, as they are dependent on other projects which must be finished first. They will be shipped as soon as we have them available.
As we make progress on the project, we'll also keep in contact with our backers through updates to this page. If you have other questions, feel free to snail mail or email me at the address below.
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