"ROCKBOTTOM - Songs of no money"
is a feature documentary about poverty and Rock´n´Roll.
Five episodes showcasing a variety of musicians from different dirty cities all over the world - united in their struggle and their unbelievable, outstanding musical talent.
They won´t stop, they won´t go away, they are resilient and stars in their own right - „ROCKBOTTOM“ is the first film about poverty and Rock´n´Roll !
The film has an international approach - with me, the director Marc Helfers and the production company Neue Stereo Filmproduction coming from Berlin/Germany.
„I have always been interested in the unknown faces of Rock´n´Roll, the so-called underdogs, who represent what I believe is the true soul of rebellious music.
Hasn´t greatness in music always come from struggle, poverty and rebellion ?
Music that moves me is rebelmusic - coming from the blues, developing into rock´n´roll and growing into punk, reggae, hiphop !
My protagonists are confronted with struggle, they are the antithesis of superstardom."
Aside me as the director, there is Martin Groß on the project as executive producer.
Our company - Neue Stereo Filmproduction (www.neuestereo.com) - is our common baby and it has been for a while now. The company is state of the art, when it comes to music and film.
I have directed over 60 musicvideos for the European market, was nominated for the German Grammy called ECHO and Martin and I have documented and featured many famous stars and musicians in many of our documentaries and films about music.
The topic of „lack of money“ is spoken about in interviews and thoughts by the musicians. The film shows their current situation and avoids too many recounts of the past and opinions of other people - it´s all about their personal views, ways of life, statements and the current storm they are put up against.
The soundtrack to the film are songs of different genres, all dealing with the topic "lack of money". This is the reason for the subtitle „Songs of no money“.
We have already started working on this film, but it is a million miles away from completion.
If all goes well and this campaign and all that follows is a success, we should be able to finish the film by the start of 2015.
Two episodes of the five (maybe even six) episodes have already been shot at our own costs.
Some of this material was used to create the trailers for this campaign.
Here´s a short introduction to the first two protagonists.
Super Bad Brad is a guy from Brooklyn, who´s been singing on the streets of New York for almost 30 years. The same street corners, the same soulful songs from the 70s, a time of uprising and a time when New York was wild, crazy and dangerous.
Super Bad Brad is still wearing the same shirt, as he did when he first set up his Boombox and Mic in the 80s, but the New York around him is not the same anymore - it now is clean, very safe and boring. „I'm the only one left ! They did away with all the other freaks. They´re all gone, while I'm still there. I won´t give in just yet ! Consider it my form of civil disobedience“ he says.
Texas Terri Bomb is a "fucking living legend".
She started her career in L.A., at the end of the 80s. Crazy times, drugs all over the place and lots of fun. She made many famous friends at that time - Marylin Manson or Angelina Jolie... But then Tex never became rich and wealthy - she became the queen of the underground.
„But sometimes being a legend simply doesn´t pay your rent ! I am the best known unsucessful person in the world !“ she says.
She is almost 60 and is far away from sunny LA, stuck in a small apartment in Berlin. Once again she is at the crossroads of life, earning money at the cloakcheck and still fighting to continue with her music. „Never shut up !“ is one of her Undergroundhits and symptomatic for her situation.
Critics say she´s the female Iggy Pop !
You´re in trouble, if you´d just call her Terri - so: don´t mess with Texas !
What do we need the money for ?
These two very inspiring, great protagonist are the starting point for „ROCKBOTTOM“.
The crowdfunding campaign starts from here, not aiming at paying for the complete film, but for the next steps, the absolutely vital costs that have to be covered - mainly costs for traveling to the next possible protagonists. (see „what we need“ below)
We are currently looking for the three other stars for the movie.
The episodes should represent very different angles on the subject, which is why the following musical styles and places are on our wishlist for further shooting:
DUBLIN a mostly drunk irish folkpoet.
BEIRUT Lebanon´s only Reggaeartist, still singing about peace.
BAMACO/ACCRA young hiphop artist from Westafrica.
JAPAN an electronic artist lost in cables and gadgets.
SOUTHAFRICA forgotten jazz legend
Nothing is set and certain, apart from that this story wants and needs to be told. We will research on the remaining cast and narrative for the film and will keep you informed on every step of the way.
What we need ?
This film is costly. Not only does it take a lot of time in research, production and postproduction, but there are also the actual costs for all that is needed to make a film. These are positions like equipment, travel expenses, rights issues....the list goes on.
The overall cost of the film will be approximately 85.000 Euro !
It would be difficult to fund this huge amount from Indiegogo, which is why, we have reduced our funding goal to 15.000 Euro! After deducting all fees to indiegogo, paypal, ect we will be left with approx. 13.600 Euro.
Of course, it would be superb and of substancial use, if we exceed the goal !
Whatever exceeds the goal will cover further costs from there on.
Let´s aim for more, but 13.600 Euro is our minimum goal !
We have several great people working on the film aside Martin and me, soundpeople, extra camera people, graphic designers...
EVERYONE working on the film has agreed to do this for free, untill we make profit from it in the end.
All of us will personally not receive anything from the Indiegogo campaign.
Thank you for all the help to these people !
Our aim of 13.600 Euro will enable us to continue on the project and would cover the necessities, the actual hard costs, that we can´t afford to put in the project ourselves, aside of our time, equipment and effort we are already throwing in the ring.
In detail we need:
Adequate „Thank you“ payment for every musical protagonist
Travelexpenses for 3-4 further destinations
Accommodation during time of shooting
Visas and Permits for shooting.
Starter-Budget for handling musical rights issues.
How to support ROCKBOTTOM ?
The financial support through this campaign is vital for the film.
If you really like the trailer, the idea and feel, please do support us !
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Please LIKE and SHARE and contact us on Facebook !
In order to widen the outreach of the campaign, make sure to post it on your social networks, via Mail and personal conversation.
Spreading the word is so important.
And in any case, be sure, we are very thankful for your help however big or small !
Martin Groß/Marc Helfers