For the past few months we have been gathering archival materials and footage, doing preliminary interviews and working on logistics for following The Cynics on a five show tour of Spain and France. While in Europe, the plan is to capture quality video/audio of the shows and interview as many fans, promoters, club owners, and other bands as we can in the short time we are there. Over this summer, we will seek out similar interviews here in the U.S. and hopefully capture a few shows stateside. Having solid coverage from both sides of the Atlantic will give us perspective on this story.
Note: if you have ever played in The Cynics – especially between 1985 and 1995 – and you have not heard from us, or are wondering “why didn’t these jerks want to interview me?” we would love to talk to you! Please reach out. It’s possible that our private detective just hasn’t found you yet, but your story and input is important to this project. We need you!
So to business: since the NEA and support for the arts in the US has become a thing of the past, and the new age of the benefactor is upon us, we are crowd-sourcing financing for this project. As of this writing, we are maxing out credit cards for the equipment and travel costs of following the band to Europe, not to mention covering our regular bills and income loss incurred while working on this project, instead of more lucrative client work.
Additionally, the next phase of this project will require financial resources we currently do not possess: accountant and legal fees to set up an LLC, licensing for music from both The Cynics and artists whose songs they cover, and usage rights for the archival footage we’ve sourced to tell the story.
Like The Cynics, we aren’t in it for the money. We are passionate about our art and think there is a universal story here to tell, one worthy of a place on the “rock docs” shelf.
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