The Papa Grows Funkumentary

Papa Grows Funk, a New Orleans musical institution, is taking an undefined hiatus after 13 years of legendary bandom. This is their story.
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Josh Freund
Film
New Orleans, Louisiana
United States
2 Team Members

The best experiences in life are ones you deeply connect with, ones that move you, moments that make you feel alive. 

For 13 years, Papa Grows Funk gave such experiences to music lovers in New Orleans and around the world. Every single Monday night you could find Papa Grows Funk on stage at the historic Maple Leaf Bar elevating the spirits of those fortunate enough to be dancing on that small floor.  

Along with countless others around the country and globe, we too were shocked when we heard the band was going on hiatus. As local filmmakers dedicated to authentically capturing the expressions of New Orleans musicians, we decided that we must take action. How? Make a Funkumentary.  

And the project was born. That was back in January. With the backing of John Gros and everyone in the band, ABIS Productions has put in countless hours working on capturing the Papa Grows Funk story. The more we've filmed shows, interviewed band members and musicians in New Orleans, the deeper we've gotten into the nuances of the band, the side stories, the good times and the trying ones.  

YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS WILL HELP THIS STORY GET TOLD!

We are raising $25,000 to produce a feature-length documentary on Papa Grows Funk. 

We need money for:

SOUND - Eric Heigle, New Orleans sound engineer extraordinaire, is leading our sound department. He and his team are mixing and mastering live shows,  composing the movie's score, mixing interview levels and making sure this movie sounds better than it looks. Eric has worked with just about every musician in New Orleans. 

ANIMATION - We've got FRENCHY on board. He's going to paint a few originals that will become animated sequences in the movie. We're looking to hire animator Jimmy Trancill and TancoToons to bring Frenchy's paintings to life! Jimmy produced this award-winning animated music video for Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A Frenchy original painting made exclusively for this documentary is available as a reward! 

OPENING TITLE SEQUENCES - We haven't hired anyone yet, but we want a super talented post-production expert to craft these sequences for us. 

COLOR CORRECTION - Again, no one hired yet, but professional color correction is very expensive and very necessary. 

INSURANCE AND LEGAL COUNSELING - We foresee costs here and want to be prepared for them once they arise.

DISTRIBUTION AND OUTREACH - We need to make DVDs, enter film festivals, and get as many people around the world to see this film as possible!

TRAVEL EXPENSES - We've already taken ourselves to Austin on our own dollar. We've also bought plane tickets to fly to NYC to film Papa Grows Funk's final show at The Cutting Room June 22. 

GEAR AND CREW - We've hired extra cameramen on shoots and plan on hiring some big local guns for the final Papa Grows Funk show at Tipitina's June 29. We also plan on purchasing a powerful desktop computer and other accessories to make a great edit bay to edit this film. 

YOU WILL BE REWARDED FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION!

We've been working hard getting ready for this fundraising drive. We've prepared tons and tons of rewards for all our amazing donors. We have rewards for donors in cities all across America from New Orleans to NYC, San Francisco, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and more. NOTE THAT WE HAVE MORE REWARDS THAN YOU SEE RIGHT NOW. Once rewards get claimed, we will replace them with new ones. We have some amazing rewards waiting in the wings. ABIS Productions is incredibly thankful to all the businesses and people inside and outside of New Orleans who have donated gift packages to help us raise money for this film. Thank you!

DONATE NOW AND HELP THE PAPA GROWS FUNK STORY GET TOLD!

Your contributions will go directly towards producing a feature-length documentary about the incredible band, Papa Grows Funk. This band has touched, moved, and inspired so many people around the world. Their musicianship is at as high a level as any band can reach. They have become synonymous with New Orleans Funk after playing at The Maple Leaf every Monday night for 12 years. This documentary will display incredible live performances and take you inside the bands' internal dynamic. You'll learn about every member, get inside their head, see how they tick, what they channel as they play, who inspires them, what drives them, what New Orleans means to them, what it's like to play for such incredibly devoted fans, and so much more! 

Please DONATE NOW! Thank you so much! We really appreciate every donor who supports this project and Papa Grows Funk. 

DON'T FORGET TO SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN! 

Tell your friends, tell family, tell music lovers, tell your crew you see live shows with, tell magazines, tell blogs, tell radio stations, tell musicians, tell anyone you think will tell others. 

Indiegogo has great share tools. Use them! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH! HELP US TELL THIS STORY! DONATE AND SHARE NOW! 

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    Let's get this party started. Even a $10 donation helps. You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team.

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    I see you $25 donors! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive one "PGF" bumper sticker.

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. AND you'll receive a $20 gift certificate to iRevive on OAK STREET!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. AND a gift certificate for 5 small juices from d'Juice on OAK STREET!

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    Whatup! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. "I Am Funkier Than You" bumper sticker. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film. AND a $25 gift certificate to MUSHROOM RECORDS on Broadway Street!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film. AND a $25 gift certificate to THE MELLOW MUSHROOM on Oak Street!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film. AND a $50 gift certificate to the GUITAR CENTER in Harahan!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film. AND a $50 gift certificate to NEW ORLEANS MUSIC EXCHANGE!

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    New Orleanians! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And two tickets to any night (non special event) plus a complimentary bottle of wine at Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans!

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    PHILLY!! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! AND You'll receive FOUR tickets to any show at THE BLOCKLEY!!

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    San Francisco fans! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And TWO tickets to any night (non special event) at Brick And Mortar!

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    Where's St. Louis at?! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And TWO tickets to any LOCAL show plus a $10 gift certificate to the Broadway Oyster Bar!

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    Baltimore folks! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And TWO tickets to any night (non special event) at 8 x 10 PLUS ONE $25 gift certificate to Mother's Federal Hill Grille!

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    You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And a private 1-hour saxophone or improvisation lesson from Jason Mingledorff!

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    DRUMMERS! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! ALSO, you'll receive Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander's double petals he used to record Needle in the Groove!

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    Only one available! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And a private link to a rough cut of the film. And Jason Mingledorff will offer his services for one night of solo saxophone entertainment (up to three hours)!

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    CRAWFISH BOIL! You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And a private link to a rough cut of the film. AND chef Jason Seither of the famous Seither's Seafood (Maple Leaf Sundays) will cater a crawfish boil with crew to feed 50 people (must be in New Orleans, can be bigger or smaller)!!

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    You'll receive an email THANK YOU from the ABIS team. You'll also receive a digital download of the finished film! And a private link to a rough cut of the film. And you'll be an Associate Producer on the film. Add it to your resume.

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