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Thomas Chapin Doc Begins Kickstarter Campaign

Jazzed Magazine • News • February 20, 2013

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EMMY-winning filmmaker Stephanie J. Castillo is running a 45-day global fundraising campaign at to raise $50,000 to begin shooting her feature-length documentary film, Night Bird Song: The Thomas Chapin Story this summer.

The shoot locations will include the New York City area, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Europe. The campaign will end on March 31. Castillo’s 90-minute documentary film, budgeted at around $300,000 for its production alone, and slated for a 2014 finish, will unfold the life of the late Thomas Chapin, a jazz master who emerged in the 1980’s in New York City’s wild and free downtown music scene with a highly original style. After 20 years of a soaring career and 12 CDs, most under the Knitting Factory label, Chapin passed away in 1998 at age 40, following a yearlong bout with leukemia.
Chapin was considered a virtuoso by jazz writers who followed him. He was described as having “monstrous chops” and “full of incredible energy, pushing the needle, never letting up.” Jazz writer Larry Blumenfeld noted: “Chapin is commonly pointed to as one who helped the downtown scene connect with a larger audience and is credited by some as lending a more experimental edge to jazz’s mainstream.”

Night Bird Song Kickstarter Campaign

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