Take it for granted that there’s something quintessentially Los Angeles about Stones Throw Records. It was only a matter of time before the widely-respected, independent, and generally hip-hop label received the cinematic treatment, no? Though production reportedly began in 2010, director/producer Jeff Broadway just recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for the feature-length documentary Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (This Is Stones Throw Records).
Adding upon what you already know — that Stones Throw was the ambassador for critically-acclaimed releases by Madvillain, Quasimoto, J Dilla, and Dâm-Funk — the new documentary compiles “live concert footage, never-before-seen archival material, inner-circle home video and photograph, and in depth interviews” to offer you an entirely new (because nobody’s done this before, so it is entirely new) look at the visionary label’s history.
So what’s the campaign for, if French filmmakers Sébastien Bauer and Lucas Blaya of Media TV have already amassed hours upon hours of footage for the film? Broadway cites the need for “additional shoots and production trips” as the primary reasons. Never underestimate the cost of realizing one’s creative vision.
Here’s the Kickstarter page again. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised a little over $11,000 in less than a week. Yup, I’d say things are looking pretty positive.
Oh, and here’s the trailer for the actual documentary:
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com