In 2001, I heard Lateralus by Tool for the first time. I've never been able to hear music the same way again. Never before had I experienced such a feeling. Usually, I would be able to know why I like a musical piece for its main riff – Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry - , its intro – So What by Miles Davis, or the multi-inspiration of an artist such as Omar Rodriguez Lopez. But with Tool, I wasn’t able to put words on my feeling and I wasn’t the only one…
By providing a portrait of individuals connected or not with Tool, I choose with The Holy Gift to offer a journey to the four corners of the world searching for answers to the question: "Why do we like music?"
More info: www.theholygift.com
ABOUT THE FILM
Music is everywhere. No people or culture lives without it. Why do we feel the need to listen to it? Can we understand our attraction? Why is this art so special?
The Holy Gift offers a journey from Paris to New York, New Delhi to London, Athens to the Rainforest in search of individuals from different worlds (Alex Grey a psychedelic painter, Moreno Andreatta a mathematician who translates music into geometric shapes, Tony Cicoria a surgeon who became a virtuoso pianist after being struck by lightning, and Grant Standard a sculptor who casts metal to the rhythm of rock) - individuals who, through their singularity, passion, and talent, will enable audiences to better grasp the nature of music. To my mind, they are the ones who best embody the questions raised in the film. I apply the concept of the "six degrees of separation" to them.
Painter Alex Grey during the location scouting in New York states
Sculptor Grant Standard during the location scouting in South Dakota
The group will not be physically present in the film. Some of their tracks will be played in part, but no real excerpt of their albums will be heard.
Tool Tribute Schism in CoSM in 2011
Lateralus Tool tribute band during the location scouting in Illinois
A young tabla player during the location scouting in India
I thus opted for a symbolic omnipresence of the group. Tool is the project's backbone, the tree trunk to which all the film's themes are attached, an opportunity for the audience to ask themselves about their relationship with music. With this treatment, nothing excludes those who aren't familiar with them.
The film is structured around
chapters which each develop a theme with a direct or indirect link to music
(rhythm mixes with myth, Jungian analysis with musicology, painting with
improvisation). Each of the parts deserves a film in itself, but I wish to present the
audience with themes they would probably never have connected to music.
Questions are therefore raised, hypotheses appear without ever imposing
"truth". To me, the questions
are more important than the answer.
The Holy Gift seeks to open audiences up to a different approach to music of all kinds.
WHO IS TOOL?
Tool in 2006, photo by Travis Shinn
Tool is an American band formed in 1991 by Adam Jones, Maynard James Keenan, Danny Carey, and Paul d'Amour, replaced in 1995 by Justin Chancellor.
They make music in the 60s and 70s progressive rock tradition of Pink Floyd or King Crimson. On paper, Tool would appear to have a limited audience. They are deliberately absent from radio and TV, yet they have sold over 13 million copies of their four albums.
I've been playing music since I was 8 - piano, then guitar. Lateralus is my greatest musical discovery to date, an album that was different to what I knew though I couldn't explain why. It changed my approach to music. It provoked so many questions in me, including seemingly the simplest: Why do we like music?
By wondering about that, I asked myself what Music was.
The Holy Gift opens
the audience up to questions about creativity,
rhythm, meditation, mathematics, philosophy, and myths. We will discover that
understanding what music is means trying to understand its emotion.
Connection between Music and Math
Connection between Math and Nature
This film shows that music isn't just a series of notes on a stave. I want the audience to be able to listen to music with a fresh ear after watching the film.
WHY DO I NEED TO RAISE FUND ?
Filmmaking is expensive!
the end of 2010, I received a grant from the European Programme Media.
I have done location scouting in USA (New-Yok, Wappinger Falls, Oneonta, Chicago, Los-Angeles, Carlsbad, Jerome, Hill City), Europe (Paris, Brittany), India (New Delhi).
The documentary will be filmed with a Red camera (used on feature film like The Social Network by David Fincher, The Hobbit by Peter Jackson, Prometheus by Ridley Scott…). The natural choice of format was Cinemascope due to the wide variety of settings (desert landscapes, megalopolises, etc.). We will shoot in 5K or 4K to be able to adjust depth of field.
This crowdfunding campaign has been designed to raise the money to continue the filming and finish the film.
I am asking for at least $60,000. This is not half of the total amount I need to accomplish my dream of sharing the film worldwide, but it would be a great start!
Here are the different goals:
$60,000: I can finish the shooting in North America
$80,000: I can finish the shooting in Europe and South America
$95,000: I can finish the shooting in Asia
$150,000: Editing, Mixing, Color Correction: “The Holy Gift” will be alive!
BE THE FIRST OF EACH LEVEL FROM LEVEL#1 TO LEVEL#8 TO DONATE AND YOUR NAME WILL BE IN THE OPENING CREDITS. ALL GONE!!
The Zion pendant by Grant Standard
The 3 inches version of Zion by Grant Standard
OTHERS WAY YOU CAN HELP
I’m truly grateful for your donations, whatever the amount.
But there are many other ways you can help even if you can’t contribute financially, starting with spreading the word:
- Follow us on Facebook and share the page.
- Email our website link and share it.
You can also join the guild of “The Holy Gift”:
- If you convince 30 persons to make a $50
donation ($1,500 in the end) via Indiegogo: your name will be in the opening credits as
"Special contributor of the Guild".
- If you convince 30 persons to make a $150 donation ($4,500 in the end) via Indiegogo: You'll have an individual credit in the opening credits as "Associate Producer" and your photo will appear on the film's website (optional).
Please visit our website to find the free registration form.
Tell your friends about the film.
Thank you for your help and stay tuned!
Stéphane Kazadi, Film director