'Just Gimme Indie Rock!' Documentary to Chronicle Rise of Underground Music
Published Jun 03, 2011Indie rock has never been more popular, with bands like Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and the Decemberists topping the Billboard charts in recent years. Now, the movement's meteoric rise will be chronicled by a new documentary -- and you can pitch in to help.
The film is called Just Gimme Indie Rock! The Story of an Underground Uprising, and it's being spearheaded by director Brad Katz. He's launched a new Kickstarter campaign to help fund the project, which is described as a "feature documentary about four transformative decades of American music and culture."
The film begins with '80s bands like Sonic Youth and Husker Dü, moves on to successful '90s artists like Pavement and Elliott Smith, and continues into breakthrough contemporary bands like Arcade Fire and Phoenix.
According to Katz, "Our generation's rock'n'roll narrative is unique, in that it isn't set in the mainstream, it is the story of an underground uprising."
If you want to see his vision turned into a movie, donate over at Kickstarter and you'll receive a reward. These range from access to the IndieRockDoc.com website for $1, to a spot on the film's Creative Council for $10,000.
The filmmaker is seeking at ambitious $75,000, which he calls the "bare minimum we require to keep on keepin' on, ramp up production a bit, and hopefully get something resembling our vision on film." The deadline is August 23, and as of press time, he's raised over $4,700.
See a trailer over at Kickstarter, featuring interviews clips of Henry Rollins, the Submarines, J. Mascis, Lou Barlow and Stephin Merritt. See the interview with Merritt below, as he talks about grunge and plays with his dog.