American Filmmakers Launch Global Fundraiser To Finish Documentary On The UK Recording Pioneer Joe Meek

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This feature length documentary chronicles the rise, fall and resurrection of Joe Meek and includes exclusive interviews with Jimmy Page, Steve Howe, Alex Kapranos, Keith Strickland, Edwyn Collins and Huw Bunford.

Joe Meek is widely considered to be the UK's first independent pop record producer.

This is as independent as you can get. A documentary produced with the same DIY spirit in which Meek produced his music.

Susan Stahman and Howard S. Berger of Los Angeles based PalmDoorFilms have turned to the crowdfunding website Kickstarter to help complete their documentary on 1960's British music production pioneer Joe Meek, entitled: A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK.

The documentary shows how Meek managed to leave an indelible stamp, not just on the music industry, but on modern pop culture as well -- due in equal measures to his groundbreaking DIY recording techniques, hit-making philosophy and a life full of social, psychological and sexual obstacles. Co-director Howard S. Berger says “over 40 years after his tragic and, still, somewhat mysterious death, Meek has been reborn as an inspirational icon for anyone in search of the Independent Spirit. I mean, if a publication like NME (New Musical Express) names him the #1 Music Producer Of All Time, with so many brilliant (and more fashionable) names to choose from, then it's obvious that Meek's contribution is profound.”

The project is a 9-year labor of love for the Americans, who up until this point have paid for everything out of pocket. Berger says "this is as independent as you can get. A documentary produced with the same DIY spirit in which Meek produced his music."

Stahman and Berger have already traveled across England, Scotland and the US to interview over 70 friends, family members, colleagues, employees, enthusiasts, critics and biographers of Meek -- including rock luminaries Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Steve Howe (Yes, Asia), Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Keith Strickland (The B-52's), Huw Bunford (Super Furry Animals) and Edwyn Collins in addition to members of Meek's vast stable of artists such as Chas Hodges (Chas 'n Dave), Big Jim Sullivan, Mike Berry, John Leyton, The Tornados, The Outlaws and The Honeycombs.

Both filmmakers feel the crowdfunding method of financing is the most appropriate way to see the movie to completion. Co-director Susan Stahman explains, “Kickstarter is the least cynical business platform for fundraising. It’s people backing your project with trust and emotion. And they benefit as quickly as the creators -- the project gets funded and the backer receives some pretty exciting incentives ranging from exclusive promotional material to a private screening with the directors and on-screen credit. It's also the fastest way a DVD can make its way onto the entertainment systems of those that passionately want to see the film released. But, it’s a ‘do or die’ deal. If we don’t reach our goal by October 16th, the money is refunded and the project gets nothing.”

Follow their Kickstarter progress at:

Twitter: @palmdoorfilms

Business Insider recently had this to say about the Joe Meek fundraising campaign .

If you’d like more information about A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK - please email palmdoorfilms{at}

New York natives Susan Stahman (Producer/Director/Editor) and Howard S. Berger (Producer/Director/Editor) formed the Los Angeles based PalmDoorFilms in 2003. Their inaugural project was the feature-length documentary A LIFE IN THE DEATH OF JOE MEEK. Together, they have also produced, shot and edited “behind the scenes” shows for MTV including several of the highest rated episodes of the popular “Makes A Video” series featuring Hip-Hop superstars Kanye West, Lil Jon, E-40, Ying Yang Twins, Sean Paul, John Legend and Lil Wayne, as well as many record company EPKs and promo videos.

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