Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Just Gimme Indie Rock! documentary needs your help

When I spoke to Lou Barlow last month, I asked him what he thought the connection was between the current indie scene and the underground indie movement he was a part of in the '80s. His response: "I just think it’s like one continuous thing. You know, we were what they are, which were young people synthesizing our influences and making music."

Oddly enough, the day I posted that interview was the same day documentary filmmaker Brad Katz launched his Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to bring Just Gimme Indie Rock! The Story of an Underground Uprising to the big screen. The film, which hopes to "be the first to connect the dots between these divergent eras of indie, revealing the single greatest rock and roll story never told," will feature artists over the past three decades, including Sonic Youth, Husker Du, Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr., Pavement, Elliott Smith... well, basically every artist we cover at Fucking Nostalgic will be covered in the film. So far, the project has raised close to $8,000 of its $75,000 goal, and currently has 63 days left to meet that goal. They need your help to bring this ambitious and guaranteed-to-be-amazing movie to life.

As of right now, the $75,000 goal is just "Phase 1 Financing" as a way to ramp up production, in which afterwards they hope to hit up traditional investors to complete the project. As an incentive to those who contribute, there are gifts one will receive depending on the amount they pledge. For example, a $10 pledge will get your name added to the website's list of contributors while a $10,000 contribution will give you producer-like access to shoots, interviews, festivals and premiers. No matter what you contribute, your help is clearly needed and appreciated.

Head over to the official Just Gimme Indie Rock! blog and read more about what the project is all about, and then check out the offiical Kickstarter campaign page to see exactly what you can contribute. Personally, I think the documentary is a story that needs to be told, and I'm really hoping they raise enough funds to make it happen. Fucking Nostalgic will be covering this project along the way, and we even hope to be a part of it on a grander scale.

Below, check out some footage that has already been shot for the documentary, including interviews with Lou Barlow, Stephin Merritt and the Submarines.

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