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Finally, a film which exposes the life, talents and influences of one of the most underrated guitar legends, Terry Kath.
Finally, a film which exposes the life, talents and influences of one of the most underrated guitar legends, Terry Kath.
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KEEP GOING!  ANYTHING OVER 100%  WILL GO TO MUSIC RIGHTS, POST PRODUCTION DISTRIBUTION AND OUTREACH.   Thanks so much.   BTW backers will receive bonus incentives in addition to rewards.  So after you donate make sure to click the backer update section.   You never know...you might want that Terry kath guitar pic.  And we've decided that everyone who donates WILL be apart of the TKFG party (with Q and A by Michelle via skype where she may show Terry's Gibson or Fender upclose and personnel...with (possible) surprise guests and movie.  Read more about it in the backer update section!  also sign up for the newsletter at www.terrykath.com for updates!

This kickstarter page has been set up to raise funds for the production of the film Searching for Terry.  With your help we hope to reach our goal and, hopefully, more! 

 Your pledge will go toward 15 days of shooting which will include the crew (camera and sound experts), equipment rental and purchases, travel expenses for crew and/or interviewees, and editor assistant. 

If we go beyond the fund raising goal then we are able to put funds toward any additional production, post production (including music rights which is a biggie!), marketing and promotion. 

 Thank you for checking out this page. We hope you join in on the project by making a pledge.

For further details on all the pledge gifts visit:

www.terrykath.com

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Synopsis:

As a member of the 1970's pop band Chicago, who became famous for pop ballads like "Saturday in The Park" and "If You Leave Me Now", Terry Kath lived the fast life of a rock star. He is known amongst guitar enthusiasts for his unique and complex ensembles as well as his deeply, soulful voice.  Jimi Hendrix famously praised him as being the better player.  During the course of nine years, Terry Kath and Chicago released ten albums, including a greatest hits album and toured nonstop. By the mid 70's, Kath became disheartened by the music industry and life on the road. At 32 he died of a self-inflicted gun wound to the head, leaving behind his wife and young daughter.   

This is a film by Terry's daughter, Michelle Kath Sinclair, who was only three years old when he passed.  The film will explore Michelle’s journey in learning about her father’s life, through a series of interviews, live concerts, and never-before-seen home video footage shot by Terry Kath himself. Using interviews with Chicago band members (past and present), family, and contemporary musicians, the documentary seeks to highlight the musical legacy of Terry Kath.  Weaving through this very intimate exploration, the film will also celebrate the history of Chicago as a band in the context of the city of Chicago's music scene in the late 1960's. 

The film is a coming of age documentary of a woman in search of her father’s identity, both as a rock icon and as a creative master.  Michelle must take the audience on a journey that digs beneath the public surface.  She hopes to learn more about Terry's personal struggle against the pop machine in favor of his quest for creativity and reveal the highs and lows of a turbulent rock scene.  She seeks to discover the secrets behind Terry's great talents, including his musical influences and demonstrate in turn how his music has influence another generation of artists.  As a working DJ in the LA music scene, she realized that her generation experiences Chicago through samples and remixes from artists like Fat Boy Slim, Girl Talk, De La Soul, The Bucket heads and Pitbull to name a few.  Her goal is to present an in-depth portrait of her father’s creative process and share it with a new generation of music groupies. 

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For more details on Terry Kath, this film and the pledge gifts visit:

www.terrykath.com

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    This pledge contributes to a great portion of the funds! Thank you. You will receive a SPECIAL thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, and ACCESS to a private part of the website that will be showing updates as the film progresses including photos of film days and quotes from interviewees.

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    Thank you! This contribution is greatly appreciated! You will receive a COLLECTORS POSTCARD with an ORIGINAL PHOTO taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a HAND WRITTEN THANK YOU from Michelle, a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    PRINT #1 - Photography by Terry Kath. ORIGINAL PHOTO TAKEN by Terry Kath: This is one of four that are being released for kickstarter only. Each photo will be a high quality 8x10 glossy print and will be marked with the print number you have been gifted. Visit terrykath.com for details on print #1.

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    A 20 MINUTE VIDEO OF TERRY KATH'S HOME FOOTAGE that was shot by him and has very CANDID MOMENTS of the band CHICAGO. A really cool find that depicts a moment in time, the mid 1970's, through the eyes of this guitar legend. Visit terrykath.com for delivery details.

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    A 20 MINUTE VIDEO OF TERRY KATH'S HOME FOOTAGE that was shot by him and has very CANDID MOMENTS of the band CHICAGO. A really cool find that depicts a moment in time, the mid 1970's, through the eyes of this guitar legend. Visit terrykath.com for delivery details.

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    FRAMED ART BY TERRY KATH. You will received a FRAMED, high quality 11x14 glossy of PRINT #1(Mentioned above), a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    FRAMED ART BY TERRY KATH PRINT #2 - You will received a FRAMED, high quality 11x14 glossy of PRINT #2 (Mentioned above), a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    FRAMED ART BY TERRY KATH PRINT#4 - You will received a FRAMED, high quality 11x14 glossy of PRINT #4 (Mentioned above), a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    You simply just wish to pledge toward the making of this film. Your are a star! Thank you. You will receive a signed DVD, special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    We are very grateful for your Pledge. You have funded a day of filming! You will receive a THANK YOU in the FILM CREDITS, EXCLUSIVE PICTURES from the day of filming you sponsored, a DVD copy of the film SIGNED BY Michelle, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    You want to see this movie made! This excellent pledge gets us well on our way. You will received 2 TICKETS TO THE SCREENING OF THE FILM (travel not included) plus passes to attend the exclusive after party, EMAIL updates from the filmmaker on the progress of the film, a thank you in the film credits, a DVD copy of the film signed by Michelle, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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    You are now an associate producer! We can not thank you enough for your phenomenal pledge. You will receive an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER credit in the film and on the IMDB page, a thank you in the film credits, A DINNER with the FILMMAKERS, a DVD copy of the film signed by Michelle, 2 TICKETS TO THE SCREENING OF THE FILM (not including travel), email updates from the filmmaker on the progress of the film, a postcard with an original photo taken by Terry Kath while on tour with Chicago with a written thank you from Michelle, a special thank you on the website www.terrykath.com, and access to a private part of the website that will be showing updates to the progress of the film.

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