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Project of the Day: ‘The Shopkeeper’

Project of the Day: 'The Shopkeeper'

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The Shopkeeper

Tweetable Logline: He’s worked w/ Carole King, Ani DiFranco & Oasis, but can beloved producer Mark Hallman keep his studio alive in the age of Spotify?

Elevator Pitch: Everybody can make a record, but nobody can make a living. Is there a problem with that? While Taylor Swift, Bono and Dave Grohl duke it out over Spotify, how do fundamental changes in the music business affect the microcosm of devoted clients of the great Mark Hallman? The Congress House studio in Austin just celebrated its 33 and 1/3 year of continuous operation. With footage from the anniversary party, interviews with notable clients (Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, Iain Matthews and more) and tons of great music, we are part of a celebration that might just be the swan song.

Production Team:
Director – Rain Perry  
Director of Photography – Micah Van Hove  

About the Film:  I love my producer, Mark Hallman. He has been fundamental to everything I’ve done, musically speaking, for the last ten years. It occurred to me: you could tell the whole story of the rise and fall and uncertain future of the singer-songwriter era through him. 

Carole King is widely credited with being a vanguard of the genre, Ani DiFranco is the godmother of DIY, and some of the most important troubadours today – like Eliza Gilkyson, Tom Russell and Sara Hickman – have a common bond, and it’s Mark. “Somebody should tell this story.” And then, yikes: “somebody” is me.

Current Status: We successfully raised our $28,000 budget on IndieGoGo. Principal photography is almost completed, and we are scheduling the last few interviews.

For more information and to support this project: IndieGogo Page

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