A Kickstarter campaign for a documentary about the cassette subculture received a variety of coverage in late 2011 and is now back in the news as they countdown to its last day on Saturday. A variety of blogs are spreading the word that the makers of CASSETTE: A Documentary needs your support to meet their campaign goal of $25,000. If you want to help spread the word about the cassette revival with documentary evidence or just think it sounds like a cool idea, now's your opportunity to help out.
Though skeptics rely on discredited sources such as SoundScan to attack the very notion of a cassette revival, this revival has been widely-documented in both mass media and the indie press. The Wall Street Journal has covered it and established acts like Dinosaur Jr. are getting in on the action with releases on small cassette labels.
Trailer for CASSETTE: A Documentary
Now filmmakers Zack Taylor and Seth Smooth want to take a deeper look at the cassette phenomenon with CASSETTE: A Documentary. They are currently trying to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter and, as of early Thursday morning, have only received pledges of a bit less than $10,000.
Though this does raise the question of the wisdom of using a crowdfunding platform that only pays out if you meet your goal, rather than taking IndieGoGo's more realistic approach of passing on funds regardless of whether or not a specific window for fundraising is met, it would be great if people came through in the final hours with outsize support.
The filmmakers want to take a global look at the movement in historical perspective:
"Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond."
"We've already conducted a number of interviews in the UK, and with your support we'll be able to speak to manufacturers, musicians, and historians around the world. Along the way, we'll stop in Zimbabwe to cover the recent boom in cassette culture there."
Beyond the campaign, you can keep up with the progress of CASSETTE on their blog.
Cassette Pic via Cassette Generator.
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