The Prisonaires-Documentary Project

A Documentary - It was the 50’s. They were Black. They were in prison. Their sound started a music revolution.
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Cass Paley
Film
Los Angeles, California
United States
7 Team Members

Short Summary

In the halls of American pop culture there is a legend about music setting the prisoner free. The story of The Prisonaires has been identified as one of the earliest known cases where the prisoner truly was set free by the power of music. This documentary tells the story of The Prisonaires, 5 amazing men in the Tennessee State Prison who captured the hearts of officials with their music. The most famous song was "Just Walkin' In The Rain."  Take a captivating look back at the realities of life, hardship, music, racism, and ultimate triumph over extreme adversity.

Visit the official website:

http://www.theprisonaires.com/

I am seeking funding to complete my documentary "The Prisonaires."  This is a story that I feel is an important look at the history of the African-American experience within the prison system and within the music industry. This is a story of triumph over adversity, and it needs to be spread as far and as wide as possible.  It is time for the music and the five amazing and inspiring artists known as THE PRISONAIRES to finally be recognized for their contribution as pioneers that helped to shape modern music. 

The monies raised will be used to pay for the stunning photos from Getty Images, music rights, and for final editing of both picture and sound. I have submitted the documentary to approximately 25 film festivals around the world, including The Harlem International Film Festival.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

About Cass Paley

CASS PALEY is president of Cassel Productions, an independent, full-service production company that has produced numerous documentaries for American television and international broadcast over the past 20 years, including The Saga of Western Man series for ABC television and the Emmy Award winning National Geographic special, Journey to the Outer Limits. 

 

In addition, Paley has worked for Warner Bros. Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music, EMI Music and other entities to produce over 250 electronic press kits for distribution to MTV and other major entertainment media for such artists as Madonna, ZZ Top, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, REM, and The B-52s.

 

Paley produced and directed a film on satiric artist Charles Bragg (Charles Bragg: One of a Kind) as well as a trio of multi-part documentaries (Guns of the Old West, Guns of the Civil War, and World War II: Breadlines to Boomtimes) with writer and co-producer Rodger Jacobs for PBS.

 

Paley has also produced several industrial/promotional films for Smith & Wesson for their Historical Museum Gun Tour.

For the past 21 years, Cass Paley has been the archivist for the Roy Orbison Estate and has produced 4 DVD projects for them; Austin City Limits Concert, Greatest Hits, 1973 Australian Concert, and In Dreams Documentary.

Recently, Lionsgate Films has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Paley's award winning documentary-WADD-The Life and Times of John C. Holmes, winner –Best Feature Documentary at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

 

 

 

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  • $5USD
    Rhythm and Blues

    See your name on the big screen and be part of R and B history! We will include your name as a ‘Thank You’ in the end credits of the documentary, as well as on our official website www.theprisonaires.com.

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  • $25USD
    Harmony Vocal Groups

    We will be issuing a limited run of The Prisonaires t-shirt, ordered especially for you! Sure to be a conversation starter, this t-shirt is not available in stores and will be ordered as a limited quantity. Plus, you'll receive a digital download of the movie and we will include your name in the end credits of the documentary, as well as on our official website. Additional shipping charge for international orders.

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    Barbershop

    What would a classic barbershop be without music? Expand your music collection with a special CD of The Prisonaires timeless tracks, signed by the filmmaker and production team! In addition, you will receive The Prisonaires t-shirt, digital download of the movie and we will include your name in the end credits of the documentary, as well as on our official website. Additional shipping charge for international orders.

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    Gospel

    Claim a limited edition poster of The Prisonaires, signed by the filmmaker and production team! As part of the Gospel, you will also receive the CD, t-shirt, digital download and will be credited in the Thank You credits at the end of the documentary as well as on our www.theprisonaires.com website. Additional shipping charge for international orders.

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  • $150USD
    Tennessee Lottery

    When Johnny Bragg and the members of The Prisonaires left The Tennessee State Penitentiary to record at Sun Records, it must have been like winning the Tennessee Lottery. Claim your own lottery winnings with this package, including The Prisonaires Documentary DVD, signed with a dedication by the filmmaker and production crew. Plus, enjoy our limited edition poster, CD, t-shirt, as well as your name listed in the end credits and on our website! Additional shipping international orders.

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    Ballads

    Always want to be a singer and/or musician but never have the time? Become the proud owner of a limited edition copy of original sheet music from The Prisonaires archives, signed by the filmmaker and production crew! Plus, you will receive all of the other goodies, including the limited edition poster, DVD, CD, t-shirt, and your name in the end credits of The Prisonaires Documentary, as well as on our official website. Additional shipping charge for international orders

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    Swing Swing Swing

    Love timeless photography? Become the proud owner of a beautifully printed copy of an original black and white still of The Prisonaires, plus all of the items listed in our Ballads package (sheet music, DVD, limited edition poster, CD, t-shirt, and special thanks in the end credits and our website). Additional shipping charge for international orders.

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    A Cappella

    Associate Producer credit, plus 10 minutes of un-edited, never-before-seen interview footage of Sam Phillips or Johnny Bragg. Share this footage privately with your friends, or keep it all to yourself – we won’t tell, promise! Plus, you will receive all of the goodies listed in Swing Swing Swing (black and white still, sheet music, DVD, limited edition poster, CD, t-shirt, and special thanks in the end credits and our website). Additional shipping charge for international order

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    “Hello my name is (your name here), and I’m the Executive Producer of The Prisonaires Documentary.” We are here to make your dreams come true! Receive Executive Producer credit for The Prisonaires Documentary, plus everything listed in the Swing Swing Swing package (DVD, black and white still, sheet music, poster, CD, t-shirt, and special thanks in the end credits and on our website). Additional shipping charge for international orders.

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    12 Bar Blues

    Let’s grab lunch! Enjoy a special group screening and private lunch in Los Angeles with the filmmaker and production crew. Plus, you will receive credit as an Executive Producer and enjoy everything else listed under the Doo Wop package (DVD, black and white still, sheet music, poster, CD, t-shirt, and special thanks in the end credits and on our website). Additional shipping charge for international orders. We will cover lodging and airfare from any major US airport.

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    Platinum Record Package

    A Private Dinner and Screening of The Prisonaires Documentary with the Director and a few guests in Los Angeles. You will also be credited as an Executive Producer of the film, receive a wealth of items including The Prisonaires Documentary DVD, original black and white still, ltd edition copy of sheet music, limited edition poster, CD, t-shirt, and a very special thanks on our website. Add shipping for international orders. We will cover lodging and airfare from any major US airport.

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