Crowdsourcing for David Bromberg documentary

Beth Kruvant and Good Footage Productions are at work completing a documentary film on the life and artistic career of David Bromberg. And like so many independent films in the online era, they are using crowdsourcing site indiegogo to attract the necessary investors.

The project is entitled David Bromberg: Musical Maverick, and it covers what the producers describe as the untold story of this icon of the folk, bluegrass and acoustic music scene in the 1970s. Bromberg was a fixture on the festival circuit in his day, headlining shows and sharing the stage with fellow ’70s music figures  Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Mike Cross and others.

He was known for his skill on multiple instruments, including fiddle and mandolin, but it was as a guitarist that he is most particularly remembered. He excels at both finger and flatpick styles, and brought a unique, rootsy voice to the table on his signature mix of blues, bluegrass, and old time music.

After an active performing and recording career, David largely disappeared in the 1980s when he undertook a serious study of violinmaking, only to reappear in 2007 with a new album, a new band, and a renewed passion for live music.

Kruvant’s film follows Bromberg through the process of recording his newest CD, Use Me, and looks back over his life in acoustic music through a series of interviews with David, and his many contemporary artists. The record has David in collaboration with John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Los Lobos, Tim O’Brien, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’ and others.

The Good Footage folks have come up with an interesting twist on the crowdsourcing formula. Instead of just offering artist recordings and copies of the final product as premiums for online donors, they are entering all their small investors into a raffle to win a Martin D-16 guitar, autographed by David.

Here’s a look at the trailer…

Anyone wishing to become involved as a fanvestor can check out the indiegogo site.