Today we finished shooting with Jessica and Ann Northrop for our IndieGoGo campaign, which will go live in the next two weeks. Stay tuned for more updates about our campaign, including our fantastic perks like an autographed copy of Sherill Tippins' new book Inside the Dream Palace, The Life and Times of New York's Legendary Chelsea Hotel.
Busybusbyfilms LLC is proud to welcome Anton Bielecki as our new ASSISTANT DIRECTOR on The Man on the Fifth Floor.
Anton is an experimental filmmaker based in New York and London. He recently received his doctorate in film practice, and has been awarded grants by the prestigious Arts & Humanities Research Council in the UK. He has worked extensively as a found footage filmmaker, particularly in association with Other Cinema in San Francisco, where he has been developing new forms of documentary. He is director of the forthcoming documentary feature, The Long Shadow, the first found footage narrative.
From the Dust Bowl of the ‘30’s to the sexual revolution of the ‘70’s, our new trailer covers it all. And more.
BusyBusbyFilms LLC was formed in 2012 to make a feature Documentary on the amazing life and times of award-winning composer Gerald Busby.
We quickly became a 501 C (3) through Composers Collaborative, fashioned a Production Team, shot andgathered over 40 hours of footage and cobbled together a 3-minute video teaser.
Since then we’ve gathered more archival footage and historic photographs and filmed and transcribed more interviews.
We are now creating a new and longer teaser - or sampler - building on our rich, new resources.
We begin with Gerald’s “ theatrical” childhood. “My earliest memory is of the Dust Bowl”.
We meet Gerald’s deeply religious Baptist family. The father "defeated by the Depression and the Dust Bowl", and the religiously fanatic mother who frequently referred to her son as “ God’s punishment”. And God's punishment slept in his parent’s bedroom until he was 20 years old!
We hear hilarious stories of Gerald’s early homosexual escapades, which blossomed around the same time as his “prodigious musical talent”.
The sampler moves from the Dust Bowl of the ‘30’s to the gay witch hunts at Yale in the ‘50’s where Gerald chose to “out” himself rather than name names of other homosexuals, and agrees to see a psychiatrist rather than be “fired”.
The Man on the Fifth Floor shines a light on a chapter in America’s Ivy League schools.
A true chapter in American History.
When Gerald arrives in NYC it is the ‘70’s, the time of gay liberation. He has thrown off the shackles of Texas Baptism and Yale repression.
New York is in the midst of a sexual explosion.
As Gerald takes us on a romp through the all-night bars and truck stops, we have excellent footage that brings the viewer along for the ride.
It is during this wild, sex-ridden ride that Gerald composes his first film score for a major Hollywood Director. Gerald has found his sexual freedom, and simultaneously found recognition for his music.
Stay tuned for further updates.
The Man on the Fifth Floor began production in November, 2011. As of December, 2012, we completed filming and logging approximately 50 hours of interviews. Our interview subjects included Craig Lucas, Mark Beard, Richard Daniels, Paul Taylor, Gerald Busby, Maggie Paley, Susan Berg, Jonathan Berg, Ellen Peckham.
We gathered numerous articles, archival footage, photos and letters.
We edited a 3-minute teaser and launched a fundraising campaign on the world’s largest crowdfunding site: Kickstarter.
We hired a PR person who succeeded in having us featured on OUT Magazine’s Kickstarter page with this quote from Out Magazine: “A documentary that needs to be made about a man’s story that needs to be told.”
And the blog, Queer New York, highlighted us on their site.
On October 29 Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast as a category I hurricane. Sea waters surged over Lower Manhattan’s seawalls and water inundated tunnels, subway stations and the electrical system. Needless to say fundraising was the last thing on people’s minds. The campaign failed.
Thanksgiving followed on the heels of the Hurricane, and then the Christmas holidays, so we put a hold on the film, and took a step back to examine the earlier stages of the film and decide whether or not we had a truthful story in the material, enough footage to support the story, and what pick-up material we will need to fill in gaps.
As of January 22nd, 2013, we’ve come roaring back.
We began Phase II by conducting more interviews and shooting more footage of Gerald. The new interviews help give the film more energy, more depth, and more consistency of style.
We hired an Intern who is transcribing all 50 hours of interviews.
We are writing an outline to be used as a "pitch" as part of our fundraising proposal package.
We are researching copyrights, scouting locations, creating a file of potential interviewees and conducting ongoing daily production work.
We have set a new fundraising goal, as paying the staff is germane to making the film.
We will launch a campaign on IndieGogo.
The goal is to raise Development funds, which will include hiring a skilled screen writer.