Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band Movie

$936 of $1,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 35 months

In 2001 I wrote a parody to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". I assembled a rockin' polka band for Battle of The Beatles Bands at Beatlefest and we almost snuck into the finals. That was it. We had COME TOGETHER for one song, one performance. Several years later, a rock mockumentary idea was kicking around in my head which would feature a band who played unique instruments: a tamboranjo, a washbitar, a pogo cello and an electric washtub bass. I was stuck moving the story along until I realized I had the perfect band for the story all along. Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band- a band from Whiting, Indiana who was popular in the late 1950's and early 1960's. A band who unknowingly influenced the Beatles until that one fateful night in 1964. The Beatles went on The Ed Sullivan Show and the band realized two things: they were somehow ripped off by The Beatles and polka was dead. The band quickly deteriorated and broke up. The four friends left town and went in four different directions, never to see or to talk to eachother again... until now.  We started filming this musical comedy mockumentary in 2015 and I need your financial support to help finish it.  I've created TV shows, recorded music CDs, filmed video DVDs, published books and produced live shows, and compared to those projects, I discovered that making movies is insanely expensive! If you are able, please consider supporting this artistic project. My creative self-expression is wanting to bring this movie into existence. It's a film that will make a difference. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll boo, you'll cheer, and in the end you'll all feel a little better about this world we live in!

A live version of Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band was also assembled in 2015 to play Beatle Polka Songs. Check out our website at http://sgtsauerkraut.com and our Facebook page:   http://facebook.com/sgtsauerkraut

2017 Update: In June of 2017 the film was finished and played to a standing room only crowd at The Karolinka Club for it's Chicago Premiere. We are now in the process of raising funds for entry fees into film festivals.


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CIMMfest FUND! We're looking for 10 people to donate $8 each this week as part of our CIMMfest Fundraising Drive. Thank you to all who have donated to help us get our movie finished. With the money that was left in the movie budget after our premiere, I was able to submit our movie into 5 film festivals with inexpensive entry fees. But every once in a while we come across a festival that we need to be in... CIMMfest is the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. All the movies in the festival focus on music and musicians. Because we've already screened the movie in Chicago, it's not eligible for competition but we would like to submit it in the Out-of-Competition category. As a perk at the $8 level, we will do something special... It's a surprise because we haven't thought of it yet, and it's better if we wait and are able to customize your perk to give you what we think you would like best. Check out CIMMfest at http://cimmfest.org and check out our website at http://sgtsauerkraut.com THANK YOU! The first deadline is this Friday, August 4th which is cheaper than the absolute last final deadline on September 1.
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Hi Folks! This Saturday, January 21, 2017 we will be filming the big final scene for the movie and we need your help! We need to feed the cast and crew at the movie shoot and the movie budget done dried up. If you would be willing to make a financial donation at the $20 level we will send you the 4-song Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band Demo Album on mp3. Terri Hemmert played "Lucy In The Sky Polka" on Breakfast With The Beatles in December of 2016 and plugged the movie on 2 different shows! We hope you enjoy listening to Terri enthusiastically talking about the movie on the air (3 min video). Thanks for your continued support!
Terri Hemmert plugs The Sgt. Kraut Movie
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On Saturday, January 21, 2017 we will be assembling the cast of the movie to film the final interview scene and reunion polka performance. I'm making a special request for funds so we can feed the cast and crew. We've depleted the movie budget and we need these funds to feed the volunteer actors, volunteer camera crew and volunteer make-up artists. A $20 donation will get you our 4-song demo which has already gotten radio airtime on WXRT! Thanks and the movie is scheduled to be ready by June 1st, 2017... the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!
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Hi folks, it's been a while but we're still at it! We've filmed throughout the summer and getting close to shooting the big final scene but unfortunately we've used up the funds from our initial fundraising efforts, so if you could throw a few bucks in the polka hat, we sure would appreciate it!
Wally, Terri, Danny and Kit in Chicago
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Raised by 21 people in 35 months
Created August 12, 2015
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JD
$8
John Dawson
11 months ago

It's Polka Time!!!

$8
Kit O'Toole
11 months ago

Here's to the great Sgt. Sauerkraut's Polka Band!

MW
$8
Matt Wenzel
11 months ago

Good luck at CIMMFest - Cabin 7 Promotions

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