I have made a documentary about the early days of acid house, more specifically the Blackburn warehouse parties of 1989 - 91. I wanted to make a film that summed up the spirit and ethos of acid house and i thought, through the prism of my own experience, that these parties were the best vehicle to tell the story.
This film has been 10 years in the making. When i started i didn't have a clue. Mid way through i got in to film school and learned how to do things 'properly'. I tried to get traditional funding but when this failed to happen i thought, to take a line form the film, 'fuck it lets do it ourselves'. I borrowed £20k and found a team of creative people who would work for minimum money up front. The film was truly a collaborative effort and all the contributors are professionals who work in the industry so the final documentary is immensely watchable and rather like the parties themselves, what it lacks in gloss it makes up in energy.
The film is now ready to release but it has 16 music tracks in and there is a cost to clearing these. Also it needs some money for a website and marketing. Unfortunately i am now maxed out of cash, credit and favours.
I need to find a inventive solution to get my film to its audience, either that or a sponsor to come and save the day. The original contributors are now stake holders in the film and the original benefactor will need re reimbursing. I have not paid myself a penny and have given the last 18 months to this project almost exclusivity. But then my motivation rather like the protagonist of the film, Tommy, was never about the money it was, in his words, "about making it fucking happen!"
Any thoughts and ideas greatly appreciated.
Have a look at the trailer that i have uploaded to videos.