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David RichardsBy David Richards
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David RichardsBy David Richards
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$1,015
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, April 14 2012 4:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Big City Players - True Life Documentary

This will be a full length documentary shot over an 8 month period on the journey of a jazz musician in the trenches of New York. David Richards, a former professional baseball player of 18 years, follows his dream to be a jazz trumpeter in New York City. After a tumultuous career in sports, filled with great levels of success and touches of bad luck, he follows his original dream of being a musician. We get a close look at the world of the freelance music industry and meet the people who’s life choices keep the music alive. 

Along with David’s story, we also get to follow several people’s musical journeys. From Grammy winners and music business legends, to side men, buskers and aspiring musical dreamers.

We learn the importance of relationships and the love and support shared between musicians with an inside look never seen before . And while some struggle to barely support themselves, others have made it to the top. Watch as personal circumstances are thrown aside as the music brings them together on the same stages, venues and sessions. Follow him during his own struggles and triumphs as he deals with his new life aspiration. After enduring personal family failure and being diagnosed with multiple scleroses a couple years earlier, see David overcome his setbacks and work his way into the jazz and music scene on his journey to producing his first record with all of his musical brothers and sisters.

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Watch the Full Preview (Approx. 18 minutes)

What We are doing:

we need to raise at least $50,000 to make this happen.  The production being taken on is huge!  Just for the 18 minute preview we shot 20 hours of footage!  Can you imagine the resources needed to shoot 8 months! Ideally a project like this would require more but it is a project that NEEDS to happen!  We plan to release this film in 2013 and look to get it broadcast in a desired medium.  We will keep you posted on those negotiations.

The Director talks about his MS diagnosis

Partners and Supporters:

Harrelson Trumpets - will be our executive partners and will help us co create some amazing items and instruments for the project. 

Cove City Studios - Richie Cannata will be appearing in the film as one of the subjects and we will be recording the album and movie soundtrack for the film.

Guitar Con - Has offered to be a supporter in our fundraising event!
http://guitarconventioninc.com/ 

We have received huge amounts of participant support and interest from musicians all over the world.  They will be appearing in the film.  Some of which include:

Alan ChezArturo SandovalWilliam GulinoBob Mover , Brad GunsonBrad MasonBria Skonberg ,Carl Fischer, Cynthia Sayer, Dennis Lichtman, Ed Palermo, Frosty Lawson, Gil Parris, Gordon Webster, Javier Arau, Jesse Gelber, Julio Fernandez, Kenny Rampton, Mark Freidman, Mark Pender, Mike Clark, Neville L'Green, Ozzie Melendez, Richie Cannata, Ryan Anthony, Shareef Clayton, Tom "Bones" Malone, Tommy Morrimotto, Winston Byrd.  The list is growing!

WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO SUPPORT BIG CITY PLAYERS:

  • Make a pledge today via Kickstarter. Any contribution, no matter how small or large, will make a difference. And all contributions will be rewarded! Please check out the donation tiers to your right to find the level and gift that’s right for you!

  • Spread the word by telling your friends, family and social networks about our film and this Kickstarter campaign. Please send the URL of this page with a heartfelt endorsement to everyone you know! "Like" and Share the link on Facebook, Twitter, by email or blog. Encourage people to follow us. 

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    Signed DVD, plus the film soundtrack on CD, Special "Thank You" in the credits. Raw Brass "Big City Players/Harrelson Trumpets" Custom Key Charm

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    DVD, Autographed , Thank you in the credits PLUS Invitation to the Premiere and invitation to Premiere Reception with David Richards. Supporter recognition in the credits. Raw Brass "Big City Players/Harrelson Trumpets" Custom Key Charm. $100.00 towards any Harrelson/Big City Players Trumpet product.

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    DVD Autographed, Soundtrack CD. Thank you in the credits PLUS Invitation for 2 to the Premiere and invitation to Premiere Reception with David Richards and cast members in New York. Supporter recognition in the credits. Raw Brass "Big City Players/Harrelson Trumpets" Custom Key Charm. $500.00 towards any Harrelson/Big City Players Trumpet product.

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    A HT5 Harrelson/Big City Players Trumpet! DVD Autographed, Soundtrack CD. Thank you in the credits PLUS Invitation for 4 to the Premiere and invitation to Premiere Reception with David Richards and cast members in New York. Supporter recognition in the credits. Sterling Silver plated "Big City Players/Harrelson Trumpets" Custom Key Charm

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    A Custom "Big City Players" Art Summit Trumpet! (or artwork of your choice) DVD Autographed, Soundtrack CD. Special Thank You in the credits. PLUS Invitation to Premiere Reception for 4 people. Sit-in Performance with David Richards and musicians in the film attending the premier and reception. A 24k Gold plated "Big City Players/Harrelson Trumpets" Custom Key Charm

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Funding period

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