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Project of the Day: 'The 78 Project' Takes Today's Musicians Back in Time

By Indiewire | Indiewire October 11, 2012 at 10:00AM

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "The 78 Project" Tweetable Logline: A journey across America to record today’s musicians on 1930s technology in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past. Elevator Pitch: Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology. With just one microphone, an authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past. The film, music and feelings that arise from the journey result in a magical time travel adventure to find a new connection in our shared cultural legacy. Production Team: Director: Alex Steyermark ("One Last Thing", "Prey for Rock & Roll", former music supervisor for Spike Lee and Ang Lee) Producers: Alex Steyermark & Lavinia Jones Wright Presto Recordist: Lavinia Jones Wright Editor: Alex Steyermark About the Production: "We're inspired by field recording and the canon of American song. The 1930’s technology we use on our journey is the perfect focal point to capture a snapshot of America as it strives to understand its very own identity. This is a time with parallels to what was happening socially and economically in the 1930’s, when Alan Lomax was doing his first recordings for the Library of Congress. As we pursue our own quest to connect performers in a shared creative experience, we are seeking to understand what it is about a musical performance that helps define ourselves to ourselves." -- Alex Steyermark Current Status: In production/Funding ended on October 5, 2012 -- this project has reached its Kickstarter goal! For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page Film Website
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"78 Project"

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

"The 78 Project"

Tweetable Logline:

A journey across America to record today’s musicians on 1930s technology in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past.

Elevator Pitch:

Inspired by the field recordings of Alan Lomax, The 78 Project is on a mission to record today’s musicians with yesterday’s technology. With just one microphone, an authentic 1930′s PRESTO direct-to-disc recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given the opportunity to make a recording anywhere they choose in a quest to connect with the haunting recordings of the past. The film, music and feelings that arise from the journey result in a magical time travel adventure to find a new connection in our shared cultural legacy.

Production Team:

Director: Alex Steyermark ("One Last Thing", "Prey for Rock & Roll", former music supervisor for Spike Lee and Ang Lee)
Producers: Alex Steyermark & Lavinia Jones Wright
Presto Recordist: Lavinia Jones Wright
Editor: Alex Steyermark
About the Production:

"We're inspired by field recording and the canon of American song. The 1930’s technology we use on our journey is the perfect focal point to capture a snapshot of America as it strives to understand its very own identity. This is a time with parallels to what was happening socially and economically in the 1930’s, when Alan Lomax was doing his first recordings for the Library of Congress. As we pursue our own quest to connect performers in a shared creative experience, we are seeking to understand what it is about a musical performance that helps define ourselves to ourselves." -- Alex Steyermark

Current Status:

In production/Funding ended on October 5, 2012 -- this project has reached its Kickstarter goal!

For more information and to support this project:

Kickstarter Page
Film Website

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