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The story of how a gang of poets and musicians turned a pile of puppets into an internationally touring stage show.

It's official! 

The first part of the journey has come to an end. 

You made this movie happen!


Maggie Dixon put it well:

"I love how you managed to raise the funds without any backer giving more than $1000. That makes it a truly community piece. A grass-roots endeavor. It may just be the summer heats talking but I feel the heat of your success."

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This is a big one for the Yard Dogs Road Show.

FIFTEEN years in the making - Documented from day ONE.

From a tiny jug band to the vaudevillian spectacle it is today.

This will be the beginning story of how a gang of poets and musicians turned a pile of puppets into an internationally touring stage show. It was a colorful lifestyle that evolved into a show - a spontaneous collaboration started around a campfire that would eventually stumble out of the woods and into the spotlight of American subculture.

All of us here at the Yard Dogs Road Show thought long and hard about what our next BIG project should be and this movie was IT!

We did the math - we only need 800 of you (our best friends/fans in the universe) to donate $31.25 each and we will reach our goal.

All donations of $1000 (and above) will be tax deductible. 

This is our first fundraiser ever.

Help us tell our story! 

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Scope:

Flecher Fleudujon (founding member of YDRS) has been documenting this project from day one. This film will span 15 years of footage (some on Super 8 film). It will be a kind of rags to riches fairytale - how it started as a three-piece jug band (handmade instruments, roadside music halls, food in cans) and evolved into an internationally touring stage show. We will address its roots in the underground, its organic beginnings (as a lifestyle more than a show) and its place in the national community of modern vaudeville/cabaret troupes.

It's sure to include all the interpersonal conflict, emotional breakdowns and near-death experiences you would expect from a story about misfit spirits and half-mad troubadours. 

www.yarddogsroadshow.com

Your contribution will go towards:

Production: video transfer fees, editing, obtaining additional footage, purchasing archival/stock footage, music publishing fees, audio production etc..

Tools of the trade: computer and camera maintenance/upgrades, tape stock, hard drives etc..

Other: film festival entry fees, film promotion, graphic design, DVD manufacturing etc..

What you'll get: 

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Our friend Anna Sheffield from Bing Bang NYC just donated these two necklaces at the $125 and $180 reward level (to see a detail of the Keyhole Charm Necklace go here): 

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Our friend Spencer from Blamo Toys just donated this hand carved Micha Bear doll at the $150 reward level - inspired by Micha D of YDRS:

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New Belgium Brewery (the makers of Fat Tire Ale) have just donated this bike at the $1000 reward level. Get it while it's hot!

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Our friend Rachel Brice was kind enough to donate this headdress at the $800 reward level:

Made and worn by Rachel Brice in 2009. Materials include: hand dyed ribbon, hand knotted victorian jet trim, found elk vertebrae (one process is broken off, but the vertebrae is intact), huge antique and rare mauritanian shells, large brass african beads, a large and wonderful number of rare Tuareg beads, antique faceted glass beads, bohemian crystals, smaller vertebrae (animal unknown), and beaded tassels (age unknown). Has a chin strap and black, silk crepe ties for the back of the head. 

This is not a piece for fast dancing. A very slow, creepy, and dark piece would suit it best as the vertebrae hang right below the jawline and could hit a person in the face... Could also work as a piece of history under a bell jar. 

Extremely rare opportunity as Rachel has never before sold costume pieces.

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We're offering this old school YDRS family portrait to project "ambassadors". Please contact us for details.

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A few samples from the Yard Dogs movie photo contest:

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YDRS: Facebook

Thank you
 Subterranean Art House for the fiscal sponsorship and Five and Diamond for the tote bags.

Music by YDRS and Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show

Photos: Hilary Hulteen and Flecher Fleudujon

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    YDRS documentary sampler on DVD + YDRS 5 song EP. When this fundraiser is done (and we've reached our goal) we'll send you a 20 minute "segment sampler" from the rough cut of the documentary within 3 months - a sneak peek of the movie for you and a deadline for us!

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    Hand carved Micha Bear doll by Blamo Toys + DVD of completed YDRS documentary. This doll was inspired by the one and only Micha D of YDRS. There's a picture of the doll to the left.

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    One of 3 "Silver" producer credits in film and liner notes of DVD + custom T.S. I LOVE YOU hat made by Teri Lynn Sage of YDRS + cornbread home cooked by Eddy Joe Cotton of YDRS + signed and framed YDRS tour poster + 2 show tickets + DVD of completed YDRS documentary + YDRS documentary sampler + YDRS 5 song EP + Five and Diamond tote bag.

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    One of 1 "Platinum" producer credit in film and liner notes of DVD + the GOLDEN TICKET - 2 YDRS tickets to any show for LIFE + custom T.S. I LOVE YOU hat made by Teri Lynn Sage of YDRS + cornbread home cooked by Eddy Joe Cotton of YDRS + signed and framed YDRS tour poster + DVD of completed YDRS documentary + YDRS documentary sampler + YDRS 5 song EP + Five and Diamond tote bag.

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