La Blogotheque Raising Money to Shoot Polyphonic Spree Film in Uganda

I’m sure most of you have probably seen some of the awesome Takeaway Shows shot by Vincent Moon over at the La Blogotheque site. If not, you should definitely have a look. This series of performance/music videos have been imitated by many but nobody seems able to create the same magic that Vincent Moon and his crew manage to capture on video.

The Polyphonic Spree seems like a band that would fit this format perfectly, and it looks as though they might be getting the feature length documentary treatment with a series of Take Away Shows to be shot in Uganda. The film will feature the Spree, along with two other bands, visiting Gulu, Uganda in co-operation with the Invisible Children organization, in hopes to bring attention to the long standing war that’s been going on over there for the last 20 years. It sounds like a cool project but the filmmaker’s need a bit of help getting this thing off the ground. They’ve set up a Kickstart account online and are currently receiving donations to help finance the project. With a goal of $20,000 and a deadline that ends March 1st, they still have some ground to cover. Check out their statement after the jump…

“In Uganda, rebel leader Joseph Kony is currently abducting children and forcing them to fight in a war that has lasted over 23 years. When, in 2003, three young guys from southern California traveled to Uganda and stumbled across this situation, they knew they had to share it with the world. The result was the documentary film Invisible Children and, after an unexpectedly overwhelming response to the film, the non-profit organization of the same name.

Invisible Children has always been an organization that prides itself on creativity – and we have seen the power that film and music can have on educating and motivating individuals. Invisible Children, in partnership with La Blogotheque, has set out to make a documentary film combining the power of the Invisible Children’s story with the influence of three of our culture’s most innovative musical groups.

In 2010, the members of Polyphonic Spree, along with two other bands (TBD), will join the Invisible Children crew and La Blogotheque on a journey to Gulu, Uganda. While there, the bands will learn about the many affects the 24-year-long war has had on the area and its inhabitants, and they will learn about what’s being done to stop it. During their stay, each of the bands will play a show – in La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show fashion – interacting with the locals and using the surroundings and the scenery to enhance the experience for all.

The result will be a documentary film – a series of three Take Away Shows interspersed with band member interviews and local events. The film will be sold by Invisible Children in an effort to raise funds to further promote awareness of the 23-year-long war and to support the Invisible Children programs.

Invisible Children and La Blogotheque want YOU to be involved. Your support will not only help get production for this project under way, but it will ultimately help us in proving to the world that ‘musical notes can be more powerful than bullets, and songs more powerful than bombs’.”

If you’d like to donate, click here and head over to their Kickstart page and follow the simple instructions. Hopefully we’ll see the finished project in the near future.

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