Indie film ‘SOUND IT OUT’ to go nationwide with

Critically acclaimed independent film SOUND IT OUT is aiming to go nationwide into cinemas with the support of a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo.

‘The Official Film of Record Store Day 2011’, this documentary film based around Stockton-On-Tees’ only remaining indie record store and featuring the likes of The Chapman Family, Saint Saviour, Detective Instinct and Das Wanderlust on the soundtrack, was premiered at SXSW and the team behind the film is now asking for help to get the film into cinemas across the UK in November.

In order to get SOUND IT OUT into cinemas the team behind the film need to fund additional copies of the film, promotional materials and BBFC certification.  Consequently they are launching their final crowd-funding campaign to raise £10,000 on September 1st, through the world’s leading international funding platform

The Film

Sound It Out Records is one of an endangered species; in five years over 500 independent record shops have closed in the UK.  Tucked away off a Stockton high street already eclipsed by an out of town shopping centre, Sound It Out Records is a haven for a small but diverse group of music lovers in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

Here, dryly-philosophical shop owner Tom Butchart uses his wealth of knowledge to help customers to find the song they’ve just heard in the pub or track down that elusive rare vinyl they simply must add to their collection.

SOUND IT OUT director Jeanie Finlay grew up a few miles away from the shop.  It helped shape her love of music and started a life-long obsession with vinyl. The film captures the store for posterity and all that it means to its regular customers.

“It’s so much more than vinyl,” explains Jeanie. “As I learnt through making this film, records hold memories. I can still remember the first single I bought with my pocket money and the album that I fell in love to and the tracks that healed my broken heart. I don’t think I’ll ever feel the same about an MP3.”

The film follows a number of the shop’s long standing customers, from the Makina* boys and the devout Status Quo fan to the presenters of dance music radio show run from a garden shed in Billingham. Sound It Out Records stocks all types of music from Abba to Zappa, and everything in-between, though as Tom points out – “I tend to sell a lot of hard music, but it’s a hard area.” Tom provides the kind of personal touch that you don’t find on the high street and the shop also plays host to live performances from regional artists and bands.

*Makina: a form of high-speed dance music only popular in the North-East of England and some areas of Spain.

The Campaign

The making of the film was funded by 200 members of the public from over nine countries in return for a number of film related perks – one serious donor receiving an Associate Producer credit on the finished film.  Having made it through 5,000 submissions, SOUND IT OUT made its world premiere at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier this year.

After three previous IndieGoGo campaigns, this fourth and final campaign will help get SOUND IT OUT into cinemas, bring bands from the film to screenings and help to promote the record store network across the UK.  Also available will be a special SOUND IT OUT limited edition EP featuring THE CHAPMAN FAMILY, SAINT SAVIOUR, DETECTIVE INSTINCT and DAS WANDERLUST.

In return for their support, donors can choose from a range of incentives, relative to their funding ‘pledge’. These include signed copies of the DVD and poster, SOUND IT OUT custom jewellery from Tatty Devine, a personalised online music dedication, a portable vinyl turntable from Crosley Radio, a special screening in your home with director Jeanie Finlay, a tour of the infamous Sound It Out Records and Stockton with Tom Butchart (star of the film).

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