Big Star Documentary Heading Our Way After Successful Fundraising Campaign

Big Star Documentary Heading Our Way After Successful Fundraising Campaign
On March 17, Big Star's Alex Chilton left us forever. The influential Memphis songwriter died at the age of 59, but luckily for fans, he left a long and lasting musical legacy. And soon, we may be able to add to that with an upcoming Big Star documentary.

The producers of Nothing Can Hurt Me: The Big Star Story have raised over $10,000 to complete a documentary film about the influential power pop band. Using the Kickstarter program, the producers have already surpassed their $6,000 goal, with eight days still left on the fundraising campaign. The funds raised will be used to complete the documentary film, based on the book by Rob Jovanovic, which will feature live footage of the band, unreleased music footage and rarely seen photographs.

Originally the film was to include Big Star's March 20 performance at the SXSW festival in Austin, TX, but the set never happened due to Chilton's death only three days prior. Instead, Chilton's Big Star band-mates put together a tribute show for their departed friend, featuring guests such as Mike Mills of R.E.M., M. Ward, Evan Dando of the Lemonheads, John Doe from the X and Curt Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets.

The tribute performance was filmed by the documentary film's producers and will be part of the movie. Money raised from the Kickstarter program will be used to film another upcoming tribute show in Memphis, TN, as well as some final interviews for the film, travelling costs and post-production expenses.

All of this should go off without a hitch now that the producers have raised almost double the amount of money they were hoping for, and with donations still being accepted here.

No word yet on the release date for the film but, according to their statement on Kickstarter, the producers hope "to finish by the end of 2010 then premiere at a major film festival in 2011."

Thanks to Consequence of Sound for the heads-up.