Making a film is expensive -- particularly when it involves decades of history, licensing locally-sourced music, and dozens of interviews with musicians of all calibers. Luckily, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJ Marco Collins has friends in both high and low places, and knows enough people to help out. This month, some of the regions biggest artists are coming together for a benefit concert to fund Collins' forthcoming tell-all documentary.
The benefit's lineup include Mary Lambert, who rose to fame as the female vocalist on Macklemore's huge hit, "Same Love," The Young Evils, Fences, and Sean Nelson of the Long Winters and Harvey Danger. And, in true Seattle style, the benefit is behind held at the EMP.
Called "The Glamour & the Squalor," the film looks closely at Collins' rise as a tastemaker; as a popular radio DJ, he helped launch the careers of some of the area's most notable artists, from Nirvana to Death Cab for Cutie. All the while, however, Collins was struggling with his own person issues, including years of addiction and identity issues as a gay man.
Still, Collins believes in the project -- which needs ample funding to become a reality. To help secure funding, he's has used his extensive musical connections to curate the benefit show, which will also feature a sneak peek of the film before its as-yet undefined release date.
The show, though, is hardly the first fundraiser for the film. The project is now in its later stages -- the show is specifically raising money to help with post-production costs -- and initially drummed up seed money through a Kickstarter campaign, which, at the time, Collins wasn't even sure would meet its goal. But following an eleventh-hour publicity push, "The Glamour & the Squalor" did ultimately, hit its target, netting a total of $55,594 from nearly 500 backers.
The personal nature of the film is the reason, Collins says, he went to Kickstarter and other fundraising efforts. He wanted to ensure complete creative control for him and his team, which includes director Mark Evans and producers Andy Mininger, Michelle Quisenberry, and Jennifer Reibman, without the influence of outside investors or production companies. But, he says, that comes at a high price.
"I just want them to be able to have the funds to make the film they want to make," he explained in an interview earlier this year.
The show brings together multiple styles of music, including indie pop and hip-hop, with the inclusion of up-and-coming artists like Nacho Picasso, and cult-favorite musicians, like motopony's Daniel Blue. All of the concert's proceeds go to helping wrap up the film and prepare it for release.
Mary Lambert's presence is fitting, as well; an outspoken LGBT activist, the singer's involvement with "Same Love" has helped her shed light on issues which face queer youth. Similarly, "The Glamour & the Squalor" follows Collins' own struggle to come out and, ultimately, fight for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Washington State.
The film is tentatively scheduled for release during the 2014 festival season.