‘Pick It Up! Ska In The 90’s’ Documentary Is Now the #1 Project in Kickstarter’s Music Section
Film Explores the 1990’s Third Wave Ska Explosion
Film to feature interviews with members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!
Bend, OR-based production company PopMotion Pictures’ Kickstarter campaign for its next project, ‘Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s’, a feature-length documentary film that explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990’s, is now the #1 Music Project on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/
The project is now 163% funded with 16 days left to go.
With plans to release the documentary in Spring 2019, filmmakers have added stretch goals, including a number of new incentives, to encourage ska fans to help make it an even better movie, given that the average budget for low budget documentary films is around $200,000.
Director Taylor Morden says, “We continue to be in awe of the outpouring of support from the ska community! With just a couple of weeks left we are looking forward to seeing how far we can take this project!”.”
‘Pick It Up!’ aims to tell the story of 90’s ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.
The documentary, a “love letter” to third wave ska, will delve deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British “two-tone” in the 80s, into an entirely new global thing in the 90’s, when it became wildly popular for a brief moment in music history. From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let’s Go Bowling and Skankin’ Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.
The list of on-camera interview subjects includes members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!
Excerpts from some of the featured interviews in ‘Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s:
“When we started off, Grand Rapids didn’t really have a ska scene… The only people in Grand Rapids that knew about ska were the ones in our band. If you knew about ska, you were in Mustard Plug. Didn’t matter if you could play an instrument.”- Dave Kirchgessner / Mustard Plug
“Part of the reason why I wanted to be in a ska band, was because I loved the scene, but also I knew, this is where I need to be!”- Monique Powell / Save Ferris
“When ‘Sell Out’ came out… That was like in the movies! Where they do a montage of playing a small show and then they get bigger and bigger and then they pan up the charts… Oh, going to number one!”
–Aaron Barett / Reel Big Fish