With music written and performed by the great blues artist Eric Bibb, our film is set in 1944, Mississippi, a lonely and emotionally distanced music producer goes to death row to acquire a song from a black blues musician, so it can be covered by a white singer. The inmate, Sam, agrees to let Bill, the music producer, record his song on the condition that Bill tries to get HIS song on the radio -‐ exactly as it is, not covered by a white artist.
Through recording the song they find a mutual respect. Bill genuinely appreciates Sam’s music - the raw, powerful nature of it, and Sam is won over by Bill's enthusiasm for this. A rapport and trust builds between the two men.
However Bill becomes scared of what might happen to his reputation if he produces Sam's song and a confrontation between them ensues, and Bill in the heat of the moment says that 'no one wants to listen to the music of a Black Murderer'.After leaving the prison he realises what it is that he's just lost in Sam - not a business opportunity, but someone he admires and cares about, so he finally makes the emotional and professional leap to produce Sam's song.
Bill gets to the prison, set to tell Sam the news and play him the song so he can finally hear it himself, but Sam has been executed.
Sam’s death is the final acknowledgment to Bill of how ignorant he has been. Now he is aware of other people, with their own actions, their own consequences, and their own stories.
What We Need & What You Get
We are attempting to recreate mid 1930s Mississippi in modern England; it is going to be a challenge! The beauty of it is that we are a dedicated and talented crew who, with enough funding, can not only make it work, but do it fantastically.
We are planning on having the musician Eric Bibb write and perform the song that brings our characters together. This is what your donations will be providing.
Our current budget is roughly £5000 and we have only raised £2000 of this through other means of fundraising and If we do not reach our entire goal, production design (sets, props and scenery) will suffer; we will have to use cheaper materials and may not be able to afford authentic props that really show off the time period of the piece.
But we are determined to not let this happen.
By donating you will not only be supporting the ever-struggling young filmmaker but also putting your name on something spectacular.
Look at the perks to the right of your screen and make your decision how much of an impact you want to make.
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