Kickstarter deadline approaches for Newcastle jazz legend Keith Crombie doc

Posted: 21st November 2013

Kickstarter deadline approaches for Newcastle jazz legend Keith Crombie doc

Newcastle legend Keith Crombie is to be the focus of a new documentary, The Jazz Man, from North East producer/director Abi Lewis of Agogo Films. Crombie, who ran Pink Lane’s Jazz Cafe for over 20 years, died aged 73 in December last year after a short illness; the club was open until shortly before his death.

Having backed the project with her own money from its inception three years ago and developed the project with funding from Northern Film & Media, Lewis has been campaigning via online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter for the final £7,500 needed to complete the project. With less than a fortnight left to go until the Kickstarter deadline she is already two thirds of the way towards the finishing line.

She said of her decision to embark on the projected 60 min film: “like Keith himself, the Jazz Cafe was becoming old and worn and my gut feeling told me it was time someone documented Keith and the history of the venue before it was too late. I wanted to capture the venue for posterity and all that it means to all the people who regularly go there.” With footage shot over a two year period, the film will draw not only on contributions from the club’s regulars but on Lewis’ deep knowledge of her subject (Crombie was also also her Godfather).

Lewis has worked in the television industry for nearly a decade on television drama and online content, largely for 21st Century Media. The Jazz Man will be her debut film.

To support the film via Kickstarter click here.

To watch the official teaser click here. You can follow Abi’s progress on Twitter @TheJazzManDoc, on the film’s Facebook page or its dedicated website.

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