A team of filmmakers this week debuted the first teaser trailer for “35,000 Watts: The Story of College Radio,” a documentary they say will tell “the untold story of college radio brought to life by the students behind the mic and the bands they made famous” — and they’re looking for help funding the project.
Director Michael Millard, a veteran of Texas Tech’s KTXT-FM, and producers Maggie Contreras and John Bernstein have begun work on the documentary, filming interviews with college radio veterans and musicians including members of the Pixies, Bratmobile and the Apples in Stereo.
Now they’re asking people whose lives were impacted by college radio to help them raise $50,000 through a just-launched Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to expand and continue their work.
Of the project, the filmmakers write:
Where does your mind go when you hear that minor chord at the top of Jane’s Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing” or the opening riff to “Smells Like Teen Spirit”?
Did your college late nights involve David Letterman’s infamous Top 10 Lists? Were you telling all your friends “You Look Marvelous” in the vein of Billy Crystal’s Fernando Lamas? Do you consider “Weird” Al Yankovic a comic genius?
Do you remember the first time you heard “Rock Lobster” by The B-52s or “Radio Free Europe” by R.E.M.? Do you always have to play “New Year’s Day” on January 1st?
If those moments make the hair on your neck stand up or unlock core memories — you can thank college radio. If the soundtrack of your life involves bands like U2, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Pixies, The Police, Fugazi, The Smiths, The Cure, Sonic Youth, Violent Femmes, Ramones or Talking Heads — thank college radio.
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