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Told by the rock stars and celebrities that made it famous, the story of Detroit's Cobo Arena is one that is unique to the world.

OUR SINCERE THANKS!

Jake and I have been humbled by the amount of encouragement and kind words that we have received during the course of our funding campaign.
We truly are thankful for all the great people who shared our dream of making this movie a reality.

Unfortunately, time has run out and we have not reached our goal.
I can't even guess why it failed but we will continue to move forward with the project as our personal finances allow.

Our goal was to finish the movie in time to make the 2013 festival entry deadlines this fall but now it will be at least until the 2014 festival season before we will have anything ready.
At this point we will have to abandon our plans to include all the incredible historic film footage.
The cost of the restoration and digital transfers is simply beyond our personal financial resources.

We made some great new friends, learned a lot and had many wonderful moments during our promotion.
I can't say THANK YOU loud enough to everyone who helped and pledged support!

THANK YOU, DETROIT!!
THANK YOU, to the WORLD!!

Sincerely, Doug and Jake.

UPDATE: NEW REWARD!

We've just been given a very generous gift for a $500 level reward.
A dinner with award winning music journalist and author Gary Graff.
You'll be one on one with one of greatest insiders of rock and roll!
Have you always wanted know something about your favorite rock star?
Well Gary is the man to ask.
He will also throw in a personally signed copy of one of his books from his "Music Hound" series or
"The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z", the definitive study of The Boss.
Restaurant choice will be in the Metro Detroit area and at Gary's discretion.
Only 2 available so act fast!


The Movie

During the half-century Cobo Arena had been standing, it grew to legendary status and cemented a worldwide love and respect for this unique venue.

View the full length trailer.


Why are we doing this?

We love Cobo. That's why we started this film.
What surprised us was the love that the rock stars and celebrities have for Cobo. 
Their willingness to be interviewed and excitement while telling personal tales about Cobo exceeded all our expectations.

When the celebrities began to thank us for making this film, we knew our passion was well placed.

The Story


When Cobo Arena opened in 1960, its state-of-the-art acoustic design provided a unique performance theatre at a time when public address systems were still in their infancy.

In that first decade Cobo played host to many diverse and historic events such as the first NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech (months before the Washington version) at the Great March on Detroit while becoming the most widely loved performance venue in the world.

In the decades to come Cobo Arena would be the mecca of professional wrestling with “Big Time Wrestling” featuring the legendary Sheik and Bobo Brazil, as it also became the home of the live music record. 

Some of the greatest live albums of all time were recorded here by artists including The Doors, Yes, KISS, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Journey, Hank Williams Jr. making Cobo a benchmark for success. 

Cobo Arena would play a role in many other important events in history, such as breaking the political barrier with China in 1972, through what is popularly known as “Ping Pong Diplomacy". Cobo would also be the site of some very infamous moments...

About The Rewards

Yes, we have 2 pair of original Cobo seats. These would be a killer addition to any memorabilia collection. You can smell the 70's on these things!
We really, REALLY hate to give these up but we need every little bit to help us complete the movie.


Our interview stools that had a bunch of rock star butts on them.
Who sat on which one? We have no idea but they do appear in the movie.


The Cobo campaign buttons. These are replicas of the buttons from Mayor Albert Cobo's 1956 gubernatorial bid.
They're about 2 1/2 inches across and look just like this digital rendering.


The Cobo House Party.
Whenever we have gotten together with friends and fellow film makers, the conversation inevitably turns to the celebrity interviews that we did for this movie.
The question is usually something like, "How the hell did you pull that off?"
After telling the entire crazy story the overwhelming response was that these stories would make a great movie in and of themselves!
So after some encouragement we decided to put together a TED Talks type of presentation that takes the audience on our journey through the making of this movie.
It's told by Jake and I firsthand and accompanied by behind the scenes photos and video clips as we speak.
Like everything we do it will be a polished and professional production.
So here's how this reward works:
For the $500 donation we will travel up to 100 miles from metro Detroit to your house, bringing a compact setup with a small sound system and a nice flat panel display.
Jake and I will host a 40 minute-ish presentation and then take questions and hang out for awhile to talk to anyone and everyone.

A few FAQs about this reward:
Q. How many people can I invite?
A. How many can you fit in your living room? Seriously though, we would like to keep this personal. In other words, renting out a local clubhouse or bar and charging admission is not what we want. We think around 20 people or so would be the ideal maximum.
Q. My school/organization would like to host a large event with your presentation. Can we work that out?
A. Of course! We do have plans to speak at larger events. If you'd like to schedule a large event, contact us and we will work out the details/additional costs,etc.
Q. I live in Australia. Will you still come to my house?
A. YES! But... you will have to include travel and accommodation costs.
For any parties outside of our 100 mile zone we will have to work with you on any additional costs to get us there and if we need a hotel room, etc.
We're not trying to make more money off of you, just offset our cost to get there.
Q. Can you do one next week?
A. We can't even think about scheduling one until the movie is done. Our time frame for beginning these presentations starts in January 2013.
They will generally have to be on a weekend and we plan to do between 4 and 6 a month on a first come first served basis.
Q. Nobody is going to pay for this! We don't care about your stories.
A. If we don't sell any, we're cool with that. It's a long shot to sell this sort of thing but we have been encouraged to include it. So move along...


How we will use the money


The amount of 16mm newsreel footage on Cobo is staggering. 
Just trying to decide which reels will get preservation is going to be tough. 
I wish we could pay to have all of it done but that would be way beyond this moderate budget.

Once funding is complete we can begin the process of preservation and digital transfer of the historic film. This film is a key element we need to complete our Cobo story and will help us to give proper context to all the events we will cover.

Bono film labs in College Park Maryland is our choice of transfer house for a variety of reasons. One of which is they are National Archives accredited, meaning they do the job right and don't cut corners.  
At this point before adding any more footage we may find, our restoration and transfer cost is projected to be about $18,000.

One of our first priorities upon successful funding will be to hire a tax accountant. 
Yes, Amazon Payments reports all the money from Kickstarter to the IRS.
We all know that tax law is like a minefield and navigating that convoluted map is beyond our capability. 
It goes without saying that we will need to make sure all of the I's are dotted and T's are crossed with our LLC and that our tax obligations are properly addressed.
Oh yeah, Amazon and Kickstarter also each take 5% of our successful funding too.

Right now I'm looking at a box of more than 120, 60 minute HDV tapes of all of the footage we shot during the interview phase of production. 
I only have about half of it captured at ProRes 422 into my computer because I've run out of hard drive space! 12 terabytes running at near capacity. 

Of course not every single minute of footage will be used but until a rough cut is complete, all of the footage has to loaded. When the 16mm transfers come, they will also have to be brought into the system.

The plan is to acquire a series of RAID arrays to backup and archive all of the tapes and make them available to my editing system. 
A 12 terabyte enterprise spec hardware RAID with 7200 rpm drives runs just under $3000.  
I will probably need two. 

My current editing system is a bit outdated. 
A 2008 Mac Pro running Final Cut Pro 7. It will get the job done but like all computers it has it's moments of being a pain in the ass.

We will also expand our staff to include: 

  • A graphic designer who will handle the DVD and BLU-RAY covers, theatrical poster design and whatever else I can throw at them like, updating our logo. 
  • A website designer who will give it the professional touch and wow factor that it needs. 
  • A post production audio guru to handle all the tweaking and help to build a killer music score.
  • An assistant editor to log the hours of tape and also to handle the motion graphics for the movie titles and credits.
  • And of course a great Publicist to get the movie out there!

It's a lot of work to get done and we plan to hire people who are good at what they do and we will have to pay them a fair price for their work.

Then of course there are the actual DVDs and Blu-Rays of the movie that will have to be produced along with a few promotional items like posters for the festivals and lobby cards.
I think I've covered the majority of our expenses but I'm sure there will be even more that crop up as we move along.

Cobo Hall, Cobo Arena. What's the difference?


Throughout the years Cobo has been known by many names. 
Officially, it is the Cobo conference and event center. There are two parts to the center and both names are often used to describe what we know as the concert venue.

Cobo Hall is the large floor area used for the annual Auto Show and is designed as an exhibition space with the ability to subdivide into smaller areas. It sits north and west of the attached Arena.

Cobo Arena was the 11,500 seat auditorium originally designed as a multi purpose public speaking venue. 
It's design was unique, more like a large theatre than what we know today as an arena. With its horseshoe interior shape, an acoustic "waterfall" back wall and finished walls and ceiling it gave attendees an unprecedented sound and visual experience. 
Designed during an era of primitive sound systems, it allowed everyone a good seat and the ability to hear everything. 
The entire facility became known as Cobo Hall and for the most part the monicker stuck. 

The Final Product

So when the movie is done, when will you get to see it?
That depends on where you'd like to see it.

Our first screenings will be at film festivals throughout the USA.
We haven't yet decided which festivals it will be submitted to or which one will host the world premiere but most festivals take place from early spring to early summer.
We will provide regular updates as our festival strategy evolves and the scheduled screenings will be listed with plenty of lead time for you to make plans to attend.
I wish we could offer a festival screening as part of our rewards but there is no way I could reserve tickets to a festival that we haven't even submitted to yet!

Next will be our local Detroit premiere.
It will take place immediately after our festival run is complete, around mid summer 2013, and will be hosted at one of the many great indie theatre's located in around the city.

Finally, after all the theatre screenings are complete the BLU-RAYs, DVDs, and Digital Downloads will be delivered mid to late summer 2013.

So there are your three options to see our final product.
We hope you choose ALL THREE!

So THANK YOU for supporting our project and please spread the word and send the link to your friends!

Rock on!
Doug and Jake.

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    A limited edition "LETS GO COBO" button. These are replicas of the campaign button that was used during Mayor Albert Cobo's 1956 gubernatorial election bid. Check out a pic in the "About this project" panel to the left. You will also receive the digital media pack download and donor newsletter.

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    A high definition BLU-RAY of the completed movie PLUS the digital media pack and donor newsletter.

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    An original historic Cobo photo. This vintage 8x10 print shows the men who built Cobo working as the steel skeleton of the Arena looms in the background. This is from my cherished personal collection. You will also receive the digital media pack download and donor newsletter. Check out my Flickr stream for a look at the photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stntck/

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    The stools that hosted our interviews! These are the chrome and black stools that we used for our interviews that were done inside Cobo. Only 2 available. Who sat on these? Ace Frehley, Dave Bing, Ted Nugent, Judge Greg Mathis, Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Mitch Ryder and many more! We have no idea which stool was sat on by who because we really weren't paying attention at the time but these do clearly appear in the movie. We will even include a signed certificate of authenticity if you like! We recommend a local pickup of these items but if you must have them shipped, that will have to be an additional cost. You will also receive the digital media pack download and donor newsletter. Check out the photo in the "About This Project" panel to the left.

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    An incredible original historic photo of the architect of Cobo, Gino Rosetti standing next to the legendary arena he designed. This is a true vintage 8x10 silver gelatin print on glossy paper stock with the Giffels and Rossetti hallmark stamp on the back. This is from my cherished personal collection. You will also receive the digital media pack download and donor newsletter. Check out my Flickr stream for a look at the photo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stntck/

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    VIP Detroit movie premiere tickets! With this reward you get 2 tickets to the Detroit premiere of The Legendary Cobo. Your name will also be listed with a special Thank You in the movie credits! We can't give you an exact date for this because the film festival run must be completed before we screen the movie ourselves. We anticipate it will be sometime in the early summer of 2013. You will also receive a DVD of the movie and the digital media pack download and donor newsletter.

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    A Cobo house party! We will come to your house with our 40 minute behind the scenes multimedia presentation with out takes and other great stuff from the movie. Check out the detailed description in the "About This Project" panel to the left. You will also receive a DVD or BLU-RAY of the movie (your choice) and the digital media pack download and donor newsletter.

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    NEW REWARD! A dinner with award winning music journalist and author Gary Graff. A one one dinner with one of greatest insiders of rock and roll! Have you always wanted know something about your favorite rock star? Well Gary is the man to ask. He will also throw in a personally signed copy of one of his books from his "Music Hound" series or "The Ties That Bind: Bruce Springsteen A to E to Z", the definitive study of The Boss. Restaurant choice will be in the Metro Detroit area and at Gary's discretion.

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    For the ultimate Cobo collector! A pair of original Cobo seats. These are the gold color tier C seats with all their original funk and patina! Only 2 pair available. These come from our cherished personal collection and you will never see these available again. Why? Because nearly ALL of the Cobo seats were scrapped! Only a few were rescued. We recommend a local pickup of these items but if you must have them shipped, that will have to be an additional cost. You will also receive a DVD or BLU-RAY of the movie (your choice) and the digital media pack download and donor newsletter. Check out the photo in the "About This Project" panel to the left.

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