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A Celebration of the ELECTRIC GUITAR with Kevin Bacon, Les Paul, Slash, Robby Krieger, Skunk Baxter, B.B. King, Nancy Wilson, Carl Verheyen, and more.
Doug Forbes
Santa Monica, California
United States
2 Team Members



                     **PLEASE NOTE!**


 Downloads/DVDs/Blu Rays of the film will be made available as soon as possible in 2013.


TURN IT UP! explores the electric guitar, and the unique place it holds in global pop culture, as well as the hearts of those who are dedicated players.  



Steve Lukather, Trevor Lukather

Hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, TURN IT UP! includes interviews and performances with Les Paul, Slash, Robby Krieger (the Doors), Paul Stanley (KISS), Carl Verheyen (Supertramp), Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Albert Lee, Steve Lukather (Toto), and the legendary B.B. King--plus many more. The film traces the history and development of this uniquely American instrument. We'll meet players and dedicated guitar-nuts from all walks of life, who share their personal passion for the electric guitar. 


Skunk Baxter with Strat



Filmmakers Robert Radler and Doug Forbes have been working on this project over the last five years. The film is almost ready for you the viewer, BUT WE ARE IN JEOPARDY.  We've gone out on a financial limb to finance the film so far, and there is now a ticking clock.  If we don't complete financing by the end of this campaign, the project is now in danger of foreclosure.

 THAT MEANS YOU MIGHT NEVER SEE THIS FILM! It would go into a vault and gather dust.  

We believe in this film as an entertaining and epic look at the single most culturally important instrument of the 20th Century, the electric guitar.  Pop icon, artists' tool, or political weapon..the guitar has healed broken hearts, started social revolution, and gotten your booty shakin'.  That's why OVER 50 MILLION PEOPLE PLAY THE GUITAR.  The traditional paths of financing documentary films are drying up, and that's why we are turning to you, our audience, for support. With your financial help, the final steps are:

1) Licensing of the clips and music used in the film. (These licenses have been negotiated, and are simply awaiting payment for execution). 

2) Final color-correction and preparation of the master.

3) The final audio mix.

Should your support allow us to exceed our goal, we can pay the technicians, editors and other hardworking elves who have deferred their salaries to help get this film finished.  Their contributions are have been critical to the success of this project, and we want to compensate them as soon as possible. 


We have amazing support from musicians and friends of the film...see our Perks list!!...you can get a private lesson with a rock star like ROBBY KRIEGER of The Doors, SKUNK BAXTER, ALBERT LEE, CARL VERHEYEN of Supertramp, RICK VITO from Fleetwood Mac, a cool digital guitar from LINE 6, rockin' portable speakers from BOOMBOTIX, and a selection of SEYMOUR DUNCAN pickups, plus many more cool Turn It UP! items...customized guitar picks, Carl Verheyen Signature strings from DEAN MARKLEY, and advance copies of the film!  


We'll be updating and adding perks throughout the campaign...if you don't see what you want, keep coming back.  Check out our first wave of perks  MORE TO COME!...

In our test screenings, we've been gratified to learn that audiences find TURN IT UP! to be both informative and entertaining.   As more than one long-suffering spouse has said to us..."NOW, I understand where this obsession comes from...".  

We want you, the viewer, to be able to enjoy this film as well.  With your help, we can share our passion with you.  If you love the guitar, or love someone who does, PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT AND SPREAD THE WORD.   Thank you for being a part of TURN IT UP!




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$75,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on December 21, 2012
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  • $20USD
    Turn It UP! Film Contributor

    Earn a place in the film's credits, recognizing you as a funding contributor! A $20 donation gets your name in a special section of the end credits, immortalized alongside our rock stars. LIMITED NUMBER!

    12 claimed
  • $35USD
    A Digital Download

    Download copy of TIU! Note: these will be available as soon as we complete the licensing and color correction.

    48 claimed
  • $50USD
    DVD of Turn It UP!

    Advance DVD copy of the film, plus 5 Turn It Up! guitar picks, and a cool sticker for your car or road case!

    77 out of 200 claimed
  • $100USD
    DVD, swag and set of strings

    DVD of Turn It UP! PLUS guitar picks, our cool sticker, and a set of Carl Verheyen signature guitar strings from Dean Markley!

    12 out of 300 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $100USD
    Boombot Bluetooth Speaker

    A very cool, VERY LOUD, Ultraportable, wireless speaker from Boombotix! Works with any MP3 player, iPod or Smartphone. Clip the Boombot to your bike or backpack, and roll with some tunes! Learn more at Boombotix.com (includes domestic shipping - add $15 to ship outside the USA)

    1 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $150USD
    Director/Producer Q&A

    Do a private Q&A with the Director and Producer of Turn It UP! via Skype. Inside stories, a behind the scenes look, and tips on making documentaries with passion.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $250USD
    Seymour Duncan Pedal

    Your choice of: (A) -One Twin Tube Blue Tube Preamp. High quality, two channel, high plate voltage tube preamp. Perfect pedal for the no-compromise blues player! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ OR!!!! ** SPECIAL DEAL! ** (B) -One "Lava Box" Distortion Pedal *AND* One "Shape Shifter" Tremolo Pedal! Two pedals! One price! Grab them NOW! Gone at midnight, PST!

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $395USD
    Rock Star Hang!

    Rare opportunity! a private, lesson or chat with one of our esteemed musicians (Skype or in person). Choose your teacher: Skunk Baxter, Robby Krieger, Carl Verheyen, Albert Lee, Rick Vito, Tim May. Amazing holiday gift for that hard to buy for person!

    0 out of 6 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Week-Long LSL Internship

    Spend a week (up to 40 hours) in an internship at the famed LSL Instruments, in Van Nuys, CA! You'll get hands-on training in the the art (and science) of building a guitar that is modern in execution, vintage in tone. Lance Lerman builds great guitars that feel like lovingly worn instruments from the golden age of electric guitars. Check them out at lslinstruments.com

    0 out of 1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $1,500USD
    Studio Recording Session!

    Pick your city - Nashville or Philadelphia: *NASHVILLE: Spend a day recording your song in the Gee and Gee studio, Brad Stella producing. Check out the Stellas at thestellasmusic.com, and see Brad's daughters, Lennon and Maisy, starring in NASHVILLE on ABC or on YouTube.  Country, Americana or Hard Rock, you can track with the best! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ *PHILADELPHIA: A day of recording at The Guitar Workshop! (Email for more details!)

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    Estimated delivery: January 2013
  • $10,000USD
    Co-Producer Credit

    Want to be a Hollywood big shot? Or just be a real patron of the arts! We're offering an on-screen Co-Producer credit, VIP/Star treatment at all our premieres and screenings, and unlimited bragging rights!

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    Estimated delivery: January 2013
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