Every day this week, we’ve highlighted projects in the works seeking support from people like you. Below find the four profiled this week; you can learn more about them by clicking on the film title.
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This Week’s Projects:
Pitch: The self-made mythology of a self-taught guitarist, prankster and raconteur is lovingly examined in our film about a man who inspired Pete Townshend of The Who, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. (All participants in the film.) He was also influential to Sonic Youth and Beck among others. With the support of the John Fahey Trust, Executive Producer JoAnn McCaig and the creative participation of The School of Creative Arts and Animation of Seneca College of Toronto, Tamarack Productions will ponder Fahey’s enduring legacy in a film that will employ both animation and live action.
Pitch: The film will explore the influence that corporations have on our perceptions of ourselves, showing how mass media, advertising and several industries manipulate people’s insecurities about their bodies for profit. The preoccupation with physical beauty is as old as time; what is different today is the central role that the pursuit of the perfect body has taken. It has become our new religion. Everyone is affected: boys, girls, women and men from Los Angeles to Tokyo, passing via Mumbai. “The Illusionists” will examine the historical roots and the economic motives behind the marketing of unattainable beauty.
Pitch: What does it take to turn a lifeless, concrete bunker into a legendary club that hosted some of the biggest bands? What does it take to forge a thriving, vital scene in a downtrodden, dangerous city like Trenton, New Jersey, with nothing but flyers, postcards and pre-internet word-of-mouth? It takes passion and a dedication to the independent spirit that drove the underground music scene. It requires the ear of someone attuned to diversity and a set of balls big enough to book the envelope-pushing bands that most promoters wouldn’t touch. That man was Randy Now, and this is his story.
Pitch: “My Brooklyn” chronicles the dramatic changes that have occurred in Brooklyn over the past decade, and shows how they are not natural, but fueled by public policy. The film documents how an obsession with upscale environments driven by the Wall Street bubble, and more than 100 re-zonings by the Bloomberg administration, are destroying the racial and economic diversity and neighborhood character that have drawn generations to the borough and made it unique. This process has led to a fierce battle over the soul of the city, the themes of which resonate with urban communities across the county.