Friday, 25 October 2013

Dave Davies – ‘Rock N Roll Journey Film’ - A documentary following Kinks founder member Dave Davies on the road

Ever since Dave Davies changed music by slicing up the speaker cone of a little green amp and created a revolutionary, distorted guitar tone and frenetic solo on song You Really Got Me - he has been compelling force in popular music.  A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave's massive guitar sounds have inspired bands from Van Halen to Green Day.

Dave suffered a serious stroke in 2004, but thankfully has recovered and he performed his first concerts for 9 years with the band the Jigsaw Seen a few months ago. Judging by the reviews, it was as if he had never been away. Since 1997 when Dave started playing live solo after the discontinuance of the Kinks, there hasn`t been a proper video recording made, which is why we are eager to make this project - it`s a unique opportunity to capture the energy of Dave playing live and his upbeat disposition in behind the scenes action. Interjecting rocking gigs with other elements to create a road movie style documentary.  Memories of Kinks life on the road in America, chatting and reminiscing with fans and contemporaries. We also hope to film Dave in conversation with 1 or 2 people important to his musical story and that of the Kinks.

These are the concerts on Dave`s upcoming tour we aim to film: -

12 Nov, 2013: City Winery, New York City

14 Nov, 2013: Bergen Performing Arts Center, Englewood, New Jersey

16 Nov, 2013: Bear`s Den, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, New York.

18 Nov, 2013: City Winery, Chicago, Illinois.

19 Nov, 2013: Evanston SPACE, Evanston, Illinois

There will be hopefully be more concerts/events over winter that we can film - whether in America or Europe.  The more we can capture, the better we think the film will be.  We are aiming for a release by Spring 2014.

We don`t have as long for our campaign as most projects on Indiegogo, so would be grateful if you could help spread the word.

The Kinks are as popular now than they`ve been for a while, as new generations have discovered the magical music which has inspired countless bands and artists.   Dave`s songs `Living on a Thin Line` and `Strangers` have featured in iconic TV show The Sopranos and the Wes Anderson film The Darjeeling Limited.  Yet Dave and his solo work are not as well-known as perhaps they should be and we would like to help rectify this.  We think this film will attract anyone interested in rock `n roll.

We would like to upgrade our HD camera, and ideally get a second camera for supplementary footage, and add some quality lenses to facilitate low light/night-time filming. We would also pay for additional crew for some gigs to help with visuals and audio - including a steadicam.  We also need some audio equipment including field microphones.

If we reach a certain level of funding, we aim to allot 10% of the budget for archive - film, video and photography.  We have already started sourcing material. If we raise enough money, it would be great to use footage of Dave on TV - performing live or being interviewed.

We hope to hire several locations for filming - conducting interviews or for other filming purposes.  Part of the budget will also cover travel and accommodation for 1 or 2 person man crew (Martin and additional camera or sound if we have enough).  We also envisage a 8-10 week edit - and will allot a bare minimum for the cost of this.

If you are interested in purchasing a perk, please consider doing it asap to help us build some momentum.

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