To bring a vintage 16mm cultural arts documentary into a digital format -- DVD --- with a newly created bonus segment.
THE ORIGINAL NOTE:
In Life Is A Saxophone, esteemed poet Kamau Daáood looks at survival as an oral poet in an electronic age. Filmed in 1984, the documentary includes a live concert at the popular Watts Towers Arts Center in Los Angeles, with interpretations of his work by musicians Billy Higgins, Roberto Miguel Miranda, Dadisi Komolafe and Nirankhar Singh Khalsa, dancer Lula Washington, martial artist Dadisi Sanyika and portrait artist Gale Fulton Ross. A film by S. Pearl Sharp. 54 min.
“My typewriter is a machine gun aimed at a lie
pointed at the descendants of book burners. . .”
Released in 1985, Saxophone was selected for the American Film Institute’s tour which included screening in Southeast Asia, and was recognized by the Black American Cinema Society.
HOLD THAT NOTE . . .
Only available on film and VHS for many years, this successfully funded project will bring the 16mm film into the digital age, accessible to its fans and available to new audiences.
SINCE THEN, SINCE WHEN
Since making the film the artists and film crew have produced CDs, books, videos and grandchildren. They have worked in every part of the world and garnered Emmys, Oscars and Grammies. Kamau and drummer Billy Higgins co-founded The World Stage, in Los Angeles, which has become an internationally known performance space. To celebrate and honor all this we're creating “Since When,” a visual montage of the artists' and crew’s fabulous and interesting accomplishments over the past 28 years. It will be a bonus segment on the DVD.
BANKING ON OUR WORD . . . BUDGET: $ 3,800
IndieGoGo funds will be used for:
1- Technical preparation of the 16mm film for a digital life (now in progress)
2- Creating and editing the DVD bonus segment, "Since When"
3- Licensing footage and stills for the bonus segment
4- Refreshing the original logo and creating the DVD packaging
5 -Preparing the DVD Master
6 -Duplication of the new DVD
7 -Launching the DVD -- Press kit, publicity, screenings, distribution outlets
An award-winning independent filmmaker and writer, Sharp’s other films include The Healing Passage/Voices From The Water (currently airing on The Documentary Channel), Central Avenue Live! and Fertile Ground: Stories From The Watts Towers Arts Center for the City of Los Angeles CH 58, the semi-animated Picking Tribes, and a poetry-on-film short, Back Inside Herself. Sharp’s commentaries and essays have been heard on NPR, and published work includes Black Women For Beginners (distrib. Random House), four collections of poetry, and two poetry w/jazz CDs, On The Sharp Side and Higher Ground. She’s featured in Kate Crash’s documentary L. A. Woman, and
S. Pearl loves collaborating with dancers, musicians and visual artists.
Cinematographer & Co-Director: Orlando Bagwell (Eyes On The Prize, Malcolm X Make It Plain), Sound: Russell Williams (Dances With Wolves, Glory), Second Camera & Gaffer: Steven Farrier; Co-Editor: Donald Wylie.
Kamau Daáood is known fondly as "the word musician." He has published two chapbooks, Ascension and Liberator of the Spirit, and in 2005 released The Language of Saxophones - Selected Poems (City Lights). His first CD, Leimert Park (Mama) received wide acclaim. In 1989 Daáood and master drummer Billy Higgins founded The World Stage in Los Angeles, a storefront performance gallery which has become world famous. A former member of the Watts Writers Workshop, Daáood honed his skills with Horace Tapscott's Pan Afrikan Arkestra, and today leads the performance group An Army of Healers.
“I stand on the o.g. corner
tell old school stories with a bebop tongue
to the hip hop future
I see new rainbows in their eyes
as we stand in the puddle of melted chains.”
STEP UP TO THE MIKE!
There are other things this project needs, and you can help:
Suggest groups who might be interested in showing the film (for a small rental fee.) E-mail us at Saxophone28th@yahoo.com.
Encourage your college or university to order a copy for their library. Their purchase fee scale is higher than city libraries and these funds greatly support keeping the film out there.
When you're planning your next conference, convention, program, suggest booking one of the artist associated with the film.
Support art -- Give the artists' products as gifts for those special moments.
“.. . life is a saxophone
playing a sacred song . . . “
Contributing: When you click on a perk you may contribute more than that
specific perk's amount (but not less.) You may also contribute in a friend's name.
Tax: Just want you to know that your donation to this project does not qualify as tax-deductible.
DVD Delivery: The Sax28th DVD will be shipped in mid-February.
Digital Metaphor: You will receive an access code, The download will be available for a limited time (a few months.)
Library Special: College and universities not applicable. Libraries have the right to accept or refuse donated items, therefore in the event the library of your choice is not accepting digital material or this material we will contact you to request an alternative library.
Overseas Shipping: Contributors providing a shipping address outside the USA must add $20 to their contribution to cover the additional costs of international mailing.
DVD usage: The Sax28th DVD distributed for this funding campaign is for home video use only. For all other use, including public screenings, embedding, duplication, podcast, webcast and broadcast, permission must be received in advance, in writing, from A Sharp Show.
S. Pearl Sharp