The Winding Stream is the story of the family at the heart of Americana music - the legendary Carters and Cashes.
I write this knowing we have achieved and exceeded our Kickstarter goal and there’s still time on the meter. How great is that?
FOR ANYONE WHO’S ARRIVED HERE “TOO LATE” (AFTER THE CAMPAIGN ENDED) BUT STILL WANTS TO DONATE (BECAUSE WE DO STILL HAVE LOTS OF EXPENSES), YOU CAN GO TO THE WINDING STREAM WEBSITE’S “DONATE” PAGE:
I want to thank everyone who helped make this Kickstarter campaign a success – all of our amazing donors, the fabulous folks who got the word out, the friends we know and the friends we've yet to meet who wrote letters of encouragement and support, all of the Winding Stream Facebook fans, our “Street Team," the fantastic “Flash Mobsters,” the gang at ADX, including The Band, our buddies in Counterfeit Cash, Hot Lips Pizza and Widmer Brothers Brewing, the Women in Film and POWfest folks, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls girls, the Winding Stream Team and my dear, loyal family. We will now get to work on our next phase of this film – completing a fine edit! Thanks a gajillion!
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Here's the story of our film production thus far:
The Winding Stream is officially in post-production and we are now seeking funds to get the film done by the end of 2012! This is a story that has never been told in its entirety and it's one that we feel really needs to be told.
Our film is the saga of the family at the very heart of Americana music - the Carters and Cashes. This family has influenced generations of musicians and has produced a cultural legacy that is celebrated to this day, 85 years since the first Carter Family recordings.
Our documentary is a big story about our culture and our history. It features lots of great performances and interviews with a wide range of country and roots music artists. But our most notable interview is the one with the legendary Johnny Cash, granted to us in the last weeks of his life. We believe he allowed this interview for one simple reason - he thought it was critically important that people know the Carter Family story. He felt he owed them. The Carters not only influenced the course of country music - the genre he loved and excelled in - with their songs, but they also influenced it by saving Johnny Cash's life.
In 2010, lots of folks through Kickstarter generously helped us complete principal photography. With that money we were able to finish shooting key interviews with Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash and his wife Laura, as well as interviews with June's daughter Carlene Carter, family friends and other well-known musicians. [NOTE: See our website for the complete rundown www.thewindingstream.com]
So now we have a bunch of great footage that needs to be incorporated into the cut we've been working on. Ideally, we're hoping we could raise enough to pay some folks who've been working very hard on this for years for little or no compensation - in particular, we're talking about our diligent and talented editor, but we'd also want to cover our animator/graphics people, our clearance people, our sound designer, our color corrector and other post-production people. That would get us to fine cut stage!
But all that comes with a big price tag - $250,000. So we're going to think about this in parts.
We've already completed Phase 1 in 2010. We raised that money for the aforementioned principal photography. Done! Successful! Thanks!
Phase 2 which we're just now wrapping up will pay for the rest of the editing and some other post-production costs. Plus the fees and rewards and postage attached to this campaign. That yielded over $53,000+ as I write this.
Phase 3 lies ahead now. If you are inclined to help us beyond this Kickstarter campaign, you can visit our website and donate:
Can you help us get there?
There's some urgency to all this. In a recent conversation with folks at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, we learned that they are extremely interested in screening the film there, perhaps as a premiere event, and will focus some additional programming on the Carter Family as well. We can't think of anything better to be a part of. We want our film in the mix!
We have to get The Winding Stream done by the end of 2012!
We also have had interest from other museums (Country Music Hall of Fame, Experience Music Project), festivals and broadcasters, but obviously, we can't take advantage of their offers to show the film when it's not done yet.
And because we'd like the film to "do well by doing good" we're also committed to doing benefit screenings for The Winding Stream. We've already formed a great partnership with the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls and some of our proceeds from this latest Kickstarter campaign are going to a scholarship for a deserving camper and for DVDs of my last music history film Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly.
We also plan on assisting two organizations that assist musicians in need: MusiCares, the Grammy Foundation's philanthropic arm and Music Makers Relief Fund.
We've offered to do benefit screenings for all three of these great organizations but that can't happen until we get the film done!
We're grateful to have received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the Faerie Godmother Fund and the Roy W. Dean Grant. But films are expensive and with recent cutbacks in arts funding, this just hasn't been enough.
We've had great support from the people who care about roots music, history, indie filmmaking and the world of rural America. We're hoping you folks are the ones who will help us get this film made.
Please note that because The Winding Stream is being done in conjunction with the non-profit Center for Independent Documentary, your donation is tax deductible (minus the cost of your reward).
To our friends who've already helped us in these Kickstarter campaigns, we say thanks again. You're the best. If you're inclined to donate again, we'd be honored. But even if that's not in the cards for you, we hope you'll help spread the word to anyone you know who might share your enthusiasm for this project.
The real success of crowdfunding relies on that exponential growth that occurs when you share our link and information about what we're doing! These campaigns grow only with your assistance. Please tell people about this film! Send them to this Kickstarter page and our website www.thewindingstream.com And please pass along any outreach ideas you have to us. We're giving this our all in the coming days but we can't get it done without you!
Thanks a million.
Beth Harrington and The Winding Stream Team
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Specially-designed Carter digital "wallpaper" for your computer, as well as your name in the Carter-Cash Honor Roll on our website.Estimated delivery:
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A special gift courtesy of John Carter and Laura Cash, this reward is a First Day cover of the US Postal Service's Carter Family stamp, postmarked from Nashvillle on September 25, 1993 and featuring June and Johnny's return address. We only have a very limited number of these. Plus you get all the rewards below that: name on the website Honor Roll, digital "wallpaper" and Winding Stream sticker.Estimated delivery:
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A beautiful giclee print of the Carter Family signed by our friend and graphic novel artist David Lasky. David's work has an evocative, vintage feel. You'll also get your name on the website Honor Roll, Carter "digital wallpaper" and a Winding Stream sticker. [NOTE: David's full-length Carter Family graphic novel, "Don't Forget This Song" will be released soon by Abrams Publishing!]Estimated delivery:
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NEW REWARD: For this donation, You get a DVD copy of Beth Harrington's music documentary, Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly, and a copy of this DVD on the pioneering women of rock 'n' roll is donated to the Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, OR Plus you also get a Winding Stream sticker, Carter digital "wallpaper" and your name on the website Honor Roll.Estimated delivery:
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On Monday, August 27 from 5 to 7 PM, we're pleased to be hosting an exclusive reception honoring Rosanne Cash and Tara Cash Schwoebel. The lovely Cash sisters have graciously agreed to meet with a group of Winding Stream supporters at a beautiful Portland, Oregon location (TBA). There will be drinks and hors d'oeuvres, clips from the film, gift bags, and other surprises. And best of all Rosanne and Tara will share their thoughts on their family's musical legacy. The event will be limited to 50 people so we think it will be a relaxed and intimate evening of conversation and reminiscence. This reward also includes items from the previous levels - your name on the honor roll, Winding Stream digital wallpaper, sticker, special edition movie poster and a Welcome to the Club DVD, narrated by Rosanne Cash. [Please note that the event will take place in Portland, Oregon and while our backers from other locations are welcome to pledge we cannot provide transportation.]Estimated delivery:
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Do well by doing good! For the person who pledges this amount, a deserving girl will get a scholarship to this summer's Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Oregon. Plus two tickets to the premiere and after-party of your choice in either Portland, LA, Boston or NYC (transportation and accommodations not included) and your name in the credit roll thank yous, as well as the special edition poster, companion book, sticker, "wallpaper" and name on the Honor Roll.Estimated delivery:
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The opportunity to serve as a rough cut advisor to the film! We will connect you with a site where you can view the film when we get to rough cut stage and get your input! You'll receive an Editorial Consultant credit in the finished film, as well as two tickets to your choice of premiere and after-party (transportation and accommodations not included), the special edition poster, companion book, sticker, "wallpaper" and name on the Honor Roll. [NOTE: This credit implies no financial stake in the film nor editorial control.]Estimated delivery:
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A private screening for you and your friends of The Winding Stream at your own home (or location of your arranging) with Beth Harrington in attendance, as well as a chance to serve as Editorial Consultant to the film, two tickets to your choice of premiere and after-party (transportation and accommodations not included), the special edition poster, companion book, sticker, "wallpaper" and name on the Honor Roll.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above (your choice of premiere) and a three night trip for two to the Carter Family Fold with filmmaker Beth Harrington as your guide. See where the story happened. Hear live music at The Carter Family Fold. See A.P. Carter's cabin. Visit the Carter Museum. Meet the people of Maces Springs, Virginia. [Transportation not included, but hotel and meals will be covered.]Estimated delivery:
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