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A trip to the history of jazz. „Stories from the Lighthouse“ is a documentary about the legendary jazz pianist Kirk Lightsey, who turned 80 this year.
225 €
Michael Schmidt
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Funding period 6/7/17 1:04 PM - 7/20/17 11:59 PM
Realisation 6.6.2017-20.7.2017
Start level 60,000 €
Category Movie / Video
City Berlin

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What is this project all about?

The legendary pianist Kirk Lightsey who played with many great musicians turned 80 this year. He was the Motown-Studios pianist in his early years in Detroit and worked with musicians like Bobby Hutcherson, Pharoah Sanders, Dexter Gordon, Chet Baker, Arthur Blythe and Yusef Lateef.
In this documentary „Stories from the Lighthouse“ Kirk Lightsey with his nickname „Lighthouse“ will tell us stories from his life. A piece of history of jazz from over 60 years, with a lot of humour as well.
Some of Kirk's musician friends will also be interviewed.
I want to make a personal film due to our recording of two CD's and our friendship of over 30 years. I will be more like chatting with him than a traditonal documentary.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

The aim with this documentary is to immerse into the history of jazz through Kirk Lightsey's stories and his musical experiences.
The largest group is jazz fans, jazz musicians, Kirk Lightsey fans and those who want to know more about black musicians in die USA especially in the 50s and the 60s.
I want to show the film at jazz and film festivals.

Why would you support this project?

Most of the documentaries about jazz musicians are made posthum. That's why they are made with old interviews and old performances. I want the audience experience Kirk Lightsey live as a private person and as a musician on stage.
I think, every jazz fan or jazz musician is interested in as many stories about jazz as possible. This documentary can definitely contribute to this interest.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded? 

With successful funding of 60.000 Euro the money will be spent for the production of the documentary, such as hiring of professional equipment, camera and soundman, Trips to Paris for the interviews with Kirk Lightsey and his musician friends, video, photo and music rights, postproduction.
In case of target funding of 100.000 Euro we will also travel to Detroit and New York for research.

Who are the people behind the project?

Özay Fecht, born in Istanbul, lives in Berlin since 1971 with intervals in Paris, New York and Istanbul.
Pantomime classes with Marie-Luise Anger, Berlin
Acting classes with Susan Batson, New York
American Studies at the Free University, Berlin
Özay Fecht starred in over 70 movies, received best actress award with her role in the movie „40 m² of Germany.“
Since the early 80s she has been performing as jazz singer.
She worked with musicians such as David Murray, Heinz Sauer, Tony Lakatos, Doug Hammond, Joachim Kühn, Günther Klatt, Christoph Lauer, Roberto di Gioia, Chico Freeman, Amina Claudine Myers.
She recorded 2 CD's with Kirk Lightsey and made several tours with him.
Özay Fecht speaks Turkish, German, English, Spanish and French.

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