Rhythms of Life Documentary Film

$7,018 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 70 people in 27 months

For the latest news from behind the scenes as production continues, click on Updates above.  

What's your favorite documentary about community drum circles? Think about it... there are none! This film will feature inspiration from nationally recognized drum circle leaders, teachers, music therapists and lots of people who love to drum. "Rhythms of Life" will not be a talking head doc, there will be upbeat drumming sections featuring some of the best drum circles in the world, shot in spectacular locations. 

I have had this idea for over a decade. Now with your help, it is the time to make it happen! We have the connections. We have the resources. We have the time. We have the motivation. We're building a great team to help make this awesome idea a feature length film in 2017! Want to be part of the team? Please contact me! 

The aesthetic will be a musically fueled documentary with lots of high energy drumming in funky locations and lots of inspiration from those who practice drumming in a wide variety of ways. It will appeal to those who love to drum and those who are curious about the community music making movement that is sweeping the nation. Drumming together gives everyone an opportunity to connect and be musical and who doesn't want that?  

We'll talk to people who’s lives have been transformed by drumming and overcome challenges with health, addiction, depression, pain, etc. We'll talk to music therapists who use drums to give people a chance to express themselves. We'll be crowd-sourcing footage from drummers around the world. We'll be shooting behind the scenes and putting that out with drumming footage  throughout the crowd-funding and promotional campaign to build excitement and keep everyone in the loop with our progress.  

Production timeline looks like this:
12/16-2/17 - Research, crowd-funding, team-
building and resource gathering
2/17-2/18 - Principal shooting
12/17-1/18 - Africa! 
2/18-??? - Editing, release planning and promotion, film festivals and VOD/DVD release.

We are not doing this to make a profit. The principal production team are volunteering their time. It will cost big $$$ to create  and we can't do it without you! Plans for release on streaming services include iTunes, Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu and that costs big bucks to process and distribute. 

I am truly grateful for your contribution to this uplifting project. Thank you for considering a donation to our film. 

"The spirit of the drum is something that you feel but cannot put your hands on,
It does something to you from the inside out . . .
It hits people in so many different ways.
But the feeling is one that is satisfying and joyful.
It is a feeling that makes you say to yourself, '
I'm glad to be alive today! I'm glad to be part of this world!"
Babatunde Olatunji, 1927-2003

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I know many of you are aware of the situation, but I want to let you all know what's up. Last Friday I presented Rhythms of Life to the 75 attendees to the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild conference in Myrtle Beach, SC. This was the public premiere of the film with several folks who are featured in the film. It received a 5 minute standing (rhythmic) ovation and at the conclusion, Arthur Hull stood up and said "I hope you understand how important this film is..." I was elated and empowered and thrilled to get so much positive feedback and gratitude from everyone. Two hours later, a massive arson fire broke out in the hotel and my room went up in flames. I lost everything in the room including my computer, SLR camera, lenses, clothes, everything....
Luckily my drums and 30 DVDs were in the conference center and unharmed, (blessing #1). So here are all the other blessings... no one was injured in a fire that completely destroyed 21 rooms. I was surrounded by the most supportive people you could ever ask for. There was a chance that my dog was going to be with me and she would have been in the room at that moment but she decided to stay home for the weekend. The conference workshops and drumming carried on as scheduled which was exactly what I needed to deal with the shock and PTSD that set in. My insurance is going to cover about half of what was lost.
This will not delay the release of the film in any way. My editor Horace is still hard at work on the final sound and vision quality control. Next step will be to schedule screenings around the country and enter film festivals. The DVDs and streaming services will follow.
I am grateful to be alive. I am grateful for the incredibly generous spirit of the followers of this film and the drumming community. I am grateful to have this opportunity to create a film that will make a positive difference in the world. Thank you.
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This film is locked. No more editing. We are done!
Now on to marketing, promotion, screenings, film festivals, streaming aggregation, DVD duplication, on and on....
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Big news as we come into the home stretch with editing and preparing the film for release.... The first screening will take place at the Drum Circle Facilitators Guild Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC on 2/23/19! I can't wait to share the film with the DCF community and beyond. We'll be setting up screenings this spring and summer all over the country so let me know if you'd like to host. The idea will be to show the film and host a drum circle after the film. It's a great way inform your community about the many benefits of drumming and share the groove. Ok, back to editing.... Peace!
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Checking in to let you all know we are well under way with editing the film and it looks and sounds freakin' awesome!!!! We have so much inspiring material to work with. The last shoot we did a couple weeks ago will supply tons of "visual soundtrack" to carry the film into the uncharted realm of musical documentary. The folks who were invited to the "Drum Pool" were specifically selected to represent a nostalgic perspective of my drumming journey as well some new friends I had never played with before. It was a perfect representation of how drum circles function.... trust that the players will listen to each other, connect and play from the heart and we'll make beautiful music together. I was not disappointed!

This coming weekend will be the final shoot in Boston with my mentors from Earth Drum Council. They were some of my first teachers back in the late 90's and the core group is still playing together on a regular basis.

I'm thrilled to see this important project come together in editing and get a sense for the final product. But I am perplexed and challenged by the lack of contributions on this crowd funding platform. I greatly appreciate your generosity but I've spent over $30,000. of my own money and raised only a fraction of that here. I'm not in this to make a profit (obviously!). If anyone has tips for success, please share! I've heard from countless people that if everyone who has enjoyed drumming gave $10. we'd reach our goal. So how do we make that happen????
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Created December 18, 2016
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Patti Sivo Cole
26 days ago

I donated because I have long meant to. Sorry it took a fire to get it done.

Mark Tegtmeier
28 days ago

Can’t wait to see your film. Also glad you survived the fire, and hope you’re back on your feet and in business soon.

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