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This film explores the revival of manual work through the passion of motorcycle enthusiasts who have found their way to a happy life.

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About this project

The Greasy Hands Preachers is a feature documentary film shot entirely in Super 16mm.

So far we have shot in California, Utah, Nevada, France, Scotland, Spain and Indonesia. We will finish shooting in March 2014. 

We are making the film we / you wanted to see. We have realized that we were not alone and that a lot of people want to see a beautiful motorcycle film shot in film not HD. Since Easy Rider or On Any Sunday not much has been made on motorcycles. With the help of friends, and our three fantastic partners : Belstaff, BMW Motorrad and Motul, who since the beginning believed in our project and gave us early financial support. We have been able so far to shoot our film almost entirely. Now we need the help and support of our community to finish post-production and allow this film to be released this year and maybe one day become a classic. 



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PITCH

A biker crossing a beautiful landscape is an image that, for most, conveys the idea of freedom. However, the mechanic who builds and repairs this bike remains perceived as proletarian with dirty hands, a man who is without a doubt dominated in the economies of knowledge. How did this generalized devaluation of manual labour create the image of a man in his garage as a prisoner of his own intellectual and financial misery? We can often recall hearing this saying at school: “if you don’t work you’ll end up a mechanic”. As if our good report cards would forever prevent us from becoming poor and stupid.

However, recently, the media has taken a liking to this new wave of handymen who seem to have deliberately chosen their track: from vintage motorcycle customizers to bakers, the fact that they are good with their hands hasn’t been a cause for lack of respect. It’s actually quite the opposite.

Often it’s white-collar workers who no longer find meaning in the contemporary working world. They have rediscovered the virtues of “savoir-faire”, the pleasure of building something tangible by seizing control of a method of production fit for their level and, above all, the satisfaction of understanding what they are doing. So, while the contemporary working world renders the act of “working” obscure by relentlessly continuing to separate the conception from the carrying out and the doing from the thinking, these new craftsmen see in the art of mechanics a way of finding a grip on reality. And, if we look at it closely we can see that there’s a lot more to it than it seems.

Amongst these bikers/craftsmen are those who walk the path to becoming a sensei. They seek perfection in their art without any financial rationality. Their lives are dedicated to this priesthood of seeking perfection; and of going against most things by achieving a certain generosity in their work. Others are, above all, interested in traveling on the machines they’ve created, giving a soul to their motorcycles by redesigning them to fit their own images. But all of them, as craftsmen, gain an honest satisfaction from both the actual physical and practical side and the marvel of the person for whom the machine is meant to be for.

Even if they all demonstrate the same kind of enthusiasm, they remain individualistic in their approach to work. Building a motorcycle is an affirmation of your personality. But, at some point, comes the need to share. Where it be on a road-trip, at a race or at a festival, there is always a sense of community, a “band of brothers”, that involves the enjoyment of being together. There is, in this crude world of mechanics and bikers, a need and desire that reveals an original outlook on work and pleasure, on the group and the individual, on the present and the past. Like surfers, bikers are dedicated to an authentic lifestyle and pure freedom while remaining in connection with the beauty of nature. It makes you wonder if they don’t have in their garage all the tools to build a happy life.

Our facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TheGHP

PROTAGONISTS

Blitz

Deus Ex Machina

El Solitario

Roland Sands

Shinya Kimura

PREVIOUS MOTORCYCLE WORK

We (Clement and Arthur) have started making motorcycle short film a bit more than 3 years ago. Vimeo has awarded our two films a Staff Pick.
These two films total over a million views.

We started by filming people riding and enjoying their bikes. Then we shot a short documentary about traveling with motorcycle. Now, with The Greasy hands Preachers the aim is to push things forward and share with you the values, philosophy and work ethics that have made our protagonists happy.  


FINANCIAL GOAL

We are aiming at raising US$ 100,000.

In order to have a theatrical release we need to pay for a part of the post production up front to finalize the image, do the sound editing and sound mixing, and also pay for music rights to get a great sound track.

The music right will cost around US$ 35,000

The color grading and the post production will cost up front around US$ 30,000 our post producer joined us as a co-producer

then in February we will finish the film by shooting a few days in California and in Paris for US$ 25,000

Kick Starter and Amazone have a cost of approximatively 10% of the total raised hence 10k for 100K raised.

PRINTS

During the shooting Mike Valentine our fantastic focus puller/camera assistant and photographer has shot stills in 35mm on the set. You can acquire some during this campaign in three different sizes, signed and in limited edition.

You can see all the pictures on our blog:

http://thegreasyhandspreachers.viewbook.com/

We have selected ten prints:

Deus W650 on the flat at Bonneville, Utah
Deus W650 on the flat at Bonneville, Utah
Riding around Lone Pine, California
Riding around Lone Pine, California
Biltz in Scotland
Biltz in Scotland
El Solitario with friends
El Solitario with friends
On the starting line at the Bonneville Speed Week
On the starting line at the Bonneville Speed Week
Shinya with his knuckles head
Shinya with his knuckles head
Roland fixing the Husky
Roland fixing the Husky
Shinya in his wonderful work shop
Shinya in his wonderful work shop
Blitz in the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Blitz in the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Shinya's workshop
Shinya's workshop

THE GREASY HANDS PREACHERS TSHIRT

The Greasy Hands Preachers Tshirt prototype
The Greasy Hands Preachers Tshirt prototype
Patch prototype, we are aiming atdoing a full embroided patch
Patch prototype, we are aiming atdoing a full embroided patch

SHOOTING AND CREW

We have shot in the US, France, Scotland ,Spain, Indonesia in amazing places with amazing people.

We have shot the entirely film with a total crew of 6

Thomas Vignali # Production manager

Xavier Dreyfus # Sound engineer

Four DOPs # Zack Spiger (Wheels and Waves), Valentin Vignet (USA), Jacques Ballard (Spain), and Stephane Vallee (Indonesia).

And Mike Valentine that has shot 35mm pictures while doing is # focus pulling & camera assistant job.

Nicolas Manuel Business affaires and Thomas Renaud international coordination.

Some of the crew all together in the Bardenas desert, Spain
Some of the crew all together in the Bardenas desert, Spain
Clement, Arthur, Mike and Jack setting a shot
Clement, Arthur, Mike and Jack setting a shot
Thomas, the production manager and camera car driver
Thomas, the production manager and camera car driver
Mike Valentine shooting stills in 35mm between takes
Mike Valentine shooting stills in 35mm between takes
Shooting surf in Indonesia with Deus, Stephan is behind the camera
Shooting surf in Indonesia with Deus, Stephan is behind the camera
Arthur and Clement discussing a shot
Arthur and Clement discussing a shot
Thomas, Clement and Valentin
Thomas, Clement and Valentin
A cameraman with balls
A cameraman with balls

Risks and challenges

At this point most of the risks associated with the fabrication of the film are behind us. The editing is the major creative challenge ahead. We know we have great material and great protagonists, we know now that we have all we need to reach our expectations.

We want your help, we need your help, we want to make this film with you directly through kickstarter because we made it for you.

Join us in the adventure and let's make the motorcycle film of our generation.

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