On June 25, 2016, New York’s Other Music, a must-see East Village record store, closed. Its more than two decades of activity was celebrated with a tribute show at the Bowery Ballroom starring Yoko Ono, Sharon Van Etten and Yo La Tengo, among others.
In April, the store’s history will drag on in Other Music, a documentary that will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs from April 24 to May 5. (Fittingly, April also marks the annual Record Store Day celebration on April 13.)
The filmmakers’ project Rob hatch-miller and Puloma Basu explore how Other Music played an influential role in shaping the 2000s New York music scene through archive footage, untold stories, and interviews with bands like Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Interpol and Depeche Mode. “While hubs like Other Music struggle to exist, we think it’s important to celebrate what spaces like these have meant to people in the past and explore how their minds can live in a increasingly digital world ”, Hatch-Miller and Basu recount Billboard. “Other Music was a place that defined the experience of living in New York for us and for thousands of other young people. “
On Tuesday, March 5, the filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign to coincide with Tribeca’s announcement. The fundraising page, organized by Production Company Productions, aims to reach $ 20,000 in 30 days.
The documentary has been in the works for three years, starting shortly after the closure of Other Music. Without studio or distributor backing, it first kicked off with a 2017 Kickstarter in which 920 supporters pledged $ 77,323 – this funding ultimately allowed the filmmakers to do a rough cut that earned the doc. in Tribeca. The new Kickstarter will raise funds for color correction, sound mixing and titling ahead of a world premiere.
And while Other Music is sure to offer a trip down memory lane, Hatch-Miller and Basu have also done so with a whole new generation in mind: “We hope our film will inspire young people who did not grow up with a culture of ‘go to a store to buy an album or rent a movie to find spaces like these in their hometown and do whatever they can to help them stay alive.