Pinball Films to document iconic Newcastle indie music venue

Posted: 22nd June 2012

Newcastle-based indie Pinball Films is aiming to crowd-fund just over £3k to part-finance a documentary on the city's Riverside music venue.

Donors to Riverside: The True Story of a Truly Independent Music Venue will gain exclusive perks and contribute to the development of the doc on the venue that gave Nirvana their first European gig in 1989 and hosted the most intimate date on David Bowie’s 1997 tour.  Other acts to have graced the Riverside’s (sticky) floors between 1989 and 1999 include Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Manic Street Preachers, The Beastie Boys, The Stone Roses, Kirsty MacColl and Moby.

 “We have made a start, and with these funds we can complete filming of interviews with the stars that played, and some of the key people who worked and hung out at Riverside,” said Carol Lynn, Riverside’s director.

“ We have some name acts including Billy Bragg, Fugazi and Mercury Rev  who want to talk to us, and others in mind.  We just have to get to them and shoot it!” 

“We want our supporters to chose a ‘perk’ from those listed on our indiegogo page. Perks start from as little as $5 (about £3.20) and include limited edition Riverside R logo tote bags and signed hardback copies of the Riverside book,” added Carl Taylor, the film’s writer and producer.

“For those who want to fund us a little more, we are offering invites to the Newcastle upon Tyne premiere of our finished documentary. This is an opportunity to help fund a film about aspiration, perspiration and inspiration.” 

 The film will be executive produced by Pinball Films’ Ashley Horner.

Contributors have until Sunday 15 July to pledge their support. Click here to visit the campaign page.


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