This documentary film is the story of Henry Lewy, the unsung giant among the music producers/engineers of the rock era. A man with an unparalleled ability to create an environment in his studio where the talent of Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Joan Baez, The Doors, The Flying Burrito Bros, Leonard Cohen and so many more—could grow and flourish. Surprisingly, when we began to work on this documentary, there wasn't even a Wikipedia entry for Henry! He was a modest man. He almost never granted interviews and shunned publicity. Few outside of his close circle of friends knew the extent of his talent. That's why we are here to tell you his story...
Director/Producer Bob Burton first met Henry in 1978 and for the next 28 years Henry became his mentor and friend. Shortly before Henry died, he gave Bob his personal journals and photos from his incredible life's journey. At that moment, Bob pledged to tell Henry's story. That's where you come in and you can help.
Burton and production partner Evan Archerd have formed Below Stairs Productions to create and produce this documentary film to honor the "man behind the music". We're hoping to move quickly on the production of this film so we don't miss the opportunity to interview those who knew and worked with Henry.
We have begun to connect with an incredible list of artists and musicians for their participation
in this project and to date have commitments from Joni Mitchell, Herb Alpert, Chris Hillman (Founder of The
Byrds/Flying Burrito Bros.), Stephen Bishop, and Mark Isham (Composer of A River Runs Through It, et al), Bernie
Grundman, Roscoe Beck, Max Bennett, Leah Kunkel and Steve Katz. We have
already filmed interviews with Henry's
sister Eva along with other members of his
family. Our current outreach list also includes Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Joan
Baez, Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and many, many more.
Your support is a critical component to filming these additional interviews. At the conclusion of this phase of production we will create a special, first edition of the documentary film.
The funds raised through this campaign will be used to complete the filming of the initial interviews in Prescott, AZ, Los Angeles and British Columbia. Expenses include (but are not limited to) camera and lighting crews for each location, studio rental (when at A&M studios in Hollywood) and travel for both camera and production crews. The edited interviews will be combined with additional researched video footage plus photographs highlighting Henry's incredible journey. A journey that took him from escaping Nazi Germany to the pinnacle of the music business in Los Angeles. The remaining funds will be used for post production needs including: editing, sound and music mixing and color correction.
Although our expected release date of this special edition video is summer of 2015, there's always a risk that we may run into unexpected delays along the way. We will certainly keep you posted on our progress and notify you if our schedule needs to be adjusted due to artists schedules.
Best of all, in addition to telling the story of Henry and his impact on music history, we have some amazing perks to offer you. From never seen before photos of Joni Mitchell, a signed copy of her new book "Joni Mitchell: In Her Own Words" and a chance of a lifetime tour of the venues that played the music produced and engineered by this unsung hero, you'll be graciously rewarded and thanked for all you do to help us tell Henry's story.
While we are confident that the goal we set is conservative and realistic, if we fall short, our first interview will be with Joni Mitchell in British Columbia. Joni and Henry represent the greatest collaboration in rock music history, cutting 13 albums together. Next we will interview Herb Alpert, who founded A&M records. Henry was chief audio engineer at A&M Studios for 16 years.
The principal partners in the documentary film, Bob Burton and Evan Archerd draw no salaries from the production company. Initial organizational office space is also handled out of our homes. All expenses thus far have been donated by the partners to the operation at no cost. Whenever feasible and possible, we will utilize interns to complete some of the work required thus providing an opportunity for education and resume building to young people interested in the documentary film business. If you are interested in an internship related to this project, please contact us at www.belowstairsproductions.com.
Henry was a treasure, a man who deserves this tribute. He put aside his ego so that creativity could flourish in the nurturing environment of his studio. He believed that this free flow of creativity - without judgment - built trust with the artist, and that’s when the magic happens. With Henry it was never about himself, he always put the artist first. He was not interested in putting his distinctive stamp on every record he made. He helped each artist he worked with to fulfill the vision of their art and their music. Henry believed in the Zen of the recording art: the beauty of the work will emerge only if you let it, never if you force it.
Henry was a beautiful man, let us show you... please donate today!
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