Rhythms of Life Documentary Film

$5,690 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 23 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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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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Hey happy interdependence day! Spending the next 3 days in New Brunswick Canada working with my editor on the preliminary cut. Psyched to be working one-on-one with Horace Little at this point. He Has been going through all the footage for the last month and is super excited by what he sees. Nice to have someone else on board who shares my vision. Can't wait to see what becomes of it and share with you all!
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So excited to start working closely with an experienced editor/musician/sound designer to edit the film into something really special. Horace Little and I are collaborating on the edit and creating a very musical and inspirational film experience. When he loaded all of the footage into the timeline, it added up to 23 hours of usable material! We've got our work cut out for us to reign that in but its good to know we have so much to work with. Coming into the home stretch!!!!
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Big news my friends! I just finished screening and logging every minute of footage that was shot over the last year and a half and just in time because I found an editor! I'll be working with Horace Little who ran a production studio in Vermont for 30 years and now lives in New Brunswick, Canada. He's a perfect fit with experience making inspiring spiritual documentaries and he uses the same editing program that I do so we can collaborate on the edit remotely.

After going through the footage I've narrowed down the focus to really explore the healing nature of drumming and how it makes us feel. I've interviewed countless people who have experienced all sorts of positive benefits from drumming. There is no down side, is there? Think about it....

Please consider sharing this gofundme to help bring this puppy home. We've raised about $5,500. but I've spent close over $20,000. There's lot's more to spend for the editor, film festival submissions, promotion and distribution. Thank you!!!
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Raised by 59 people in 23 months
Created December 18, 2016
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Mary Tolena
4 months ago

Congrats on your progress, Craig!

Joe Empert
13 months ago

Craig, great meeting you in SC earlier this year. I love this project!

Terry Gobeli
14 months ago

This is so awesome what you're doing, Craig! And your impending trip to Africa - wow - I'm so happy for you! Can't wait to see the final result!

Jonathan Flaks
14 months ago

Pounding prayers for peace and powerful healing for Leslie

Ed Dresel
16 months ago

Wonderful project! Great to be able to take part.

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