LOVE IS THE MESSAGE- DJ Nicky Siano and the club that changed music forever

Love is the Message is a film that combines the history of 1970's New York, dance music, nightclubs, social unrest & the gay rights movement into one story.

Nicky Siano is a founding father of disco. A club owner at 17. A drug addict. A world famous DJ. An AIDS advocate. A legend.

And his story leaves audiences understanding that his theme song and way of life IS fact; LOVE IS THE MESSAGE.

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    LOVE IS THE MESSAGE- DJ Nicky Siano and the club that changed music forever

    Genre
    Documentary
    Seeking funding for
    Production
    Scope
    Feature
    Campaign type
    Flexible Funding

    Love is the Message is a documentary film that combines the history of 1970s New York, dance music, nightclubs, social unrest and the gay rights movement into one story.

    Nicky Siano is a founding father of disco. A club owner at the age of 17. An innovator of beat matching. A world-renowned DJ. A drug addict. An AIDS advocate. An author. A legend.

    He is the last survivor of the core DJs that built the disco industry in the early ‘70s; the one person who can tell this story. This is the true and accurate story of disco, examining the deeper social aspects of the music scene and its impact on the world’s view of the LGBTQ+ community.

    With Nicky acting as guide, and Luke Poling directing, this project takes audiences on a journey from the legendary Stonewall Riots that ignited gay liberation around the world, to the openings of The Gallery, Studio 54, and beyond. The story weaves through the era with personal accounts and stunning rare footage captured on 16mm film, much of which has never been seen before.

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    We're already in production, scanning photos, conducting interviews and converting film to HD (film shot at The Gallery in the 70s... nothing close to this amount of club footage exists anywhere else). We've dug up some amazing stories and memories. The film IS happening- and we'd love for you to join our team!

    We realize that times are tight and we appreciate you even considering supporting this project. We want to make this the most important film ever produced on the subject of disco. It is a thrill for us to be a part of it, and we will be honoured to have you join on our team as we spread love around the world through this film.

    Nicky's story leaves the audience understanding that his theme song, catch phrase and way of life IS fact; LOVE IS THE MESSAGE.

    Join the party. Your invitation awaits!

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    Meet the Crew:

    Writer- Nicky Siano

    Nicky Siano is a true pioneer of the dance music scene. In 1972, at the age of 1y, he co-owned, designed and was the DJ at The Gallery, frequently referred to as ‘The First Disco.’ He pioneered many musical techniques that are considered commonplace, including beat matching, crossover and the first club bass horns. After The Gallery closed, Siano was hired to serve as the first DJ at Studio 54.

    He helped launch the careers of Grace Jones, Loletta Holloway, Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles. Of the early, most influential DJs in New York, Siano is the last survivor.

    “If anyone is to be called a legend it is SIANO.”  New York Magazine,

    "Nicky Siano invented the segue." New York Magazine

    "100 People who Changed New York." -New York Magazine

    "Nicky Siano IS dance music." Play Magazine

    “DJ Legend Nicky Siano remains an important figure in the music industry.” Time Out Magazine

     

    Director- Luke Poling

    Luke brings an immersive approach to documentary filmmaking. A Poling film is one in which you are never the audience member. You are placed in the story experiencing history firsthand as it’s happening. Audiences have enjoyed being transported to fabulous cocktail parties at George Plimpton’s apartment and to the depths of Alabama for boar hunting alike with equal excitement and captivation. His style and
    talent are the perfect partner to Nicky’s exquisite footage, expressive historical anecdotes, and his extraordinary life thus far.

    Films include:

    Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself (Feature film, New York Times’ Critic’s Pick, “A” from Entertainment Weekly)

    The Defenders (Feature film)

    Spearhunter (Short film, debuted SXSW, reviewed in Maxim and The Atlantic)

    My First Time (Short flim series produced for The Paris Review)

     

    Producer- Heidi Hedquist

    Heidi has more than 20 years of success in editorial, event planning, media relations, and guerilla marketing across the entertainment, corporate and non-profit sectors.

    She is the original Editor-in-Chief of After 5 Detroit, the region’s premier digital lifestyle magazine.

    Her broadcast experience includes producing Ready, Set, Go! All Things Autism for WJR 760 AM and her current endeavors as co-host and producer of the podcasts Why? the Podcast and Rock ‘n’ Roll Grad School.

    She has managed initiatives for such clients as Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Greektown Casino-Hotel, Desert Diamond Casino, Dana Corporation, and Fiat Chrysler.

    A Detroit native, she remains on her quest to prove that everything great has a connection to the Motor City.

    $3,652.00
    raised of $100,000.00 goal
    13 Days left
    37 Backers

    Pledge without reward:

    You can make a pledge to support LOVE IS THE MESSAGE- DJ Nicky Siano and the club that changed music forever without a reward. The minimum donation is £1.00.
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    Join the Team!

    You’ll get our newsletter, sent out every month (or even more frequently if we have something exciting to share) filled with fun things and surprises.

    $5.00
    Bridge & Tunnel

    You’ll get an exclusive link to Love is the Message sent directly to you. You’ll also get our monthly newsletter.

    $25.00
    Saturday Night Funder

    We’ll send you a one-hour DJ set recorded by Nicky during the making of the film. You’ll also get the link to the movie and our exclusive newsletter.

    $50.00
    Front of House

    You’ll get our exclusive album-sized (12x12) Love is the Message movie poster, perfect for framing. You’ll also get the download of Nicky’s set, the link to the movie AND be on the inside with our newsletter.

    $100.00
    Fashion Plate

    Clothes more your thing? You’ll get tbe legendary Gallery t-shirt featuring the club’s logo. You’ll also get the DJ set, the link to the movie AND our newsletter.

    $100.00
    Backstage Door

    You’ll get everything at the $100 FoH level, but your exclusive album-sized Love is the Message poster will be signed by the whole creative team. (Nicky Siano, director Luke Poling and producer Heidi Hedquist.) AND you’ll get the DJ set, the link to the movie AND get the newsletter people are already talking about.

    $150.00
    Opening Act

    You’ll get a record signed by Nicky Siano, the legend himself, from his collection. (Limited to 100 people) What album will it be? We don’t know yet! You’ll also get the download of the DJ set and the link to the movie, and the newsletter people can’t stop talking about.

    $250.00
    Headliner

    You want more? You’ll get the signed LP from Nicky’s collection (limited to the first 100 people) , a 12x12 Love is the Message poster signed by the whole creative team, a download of Nicky’s DJ set, a link to the movie and this newsletter that is the talk of the town.

    $500.00
    I’m on the List!

    Nicky will add you to the guest of any show he is playing anywhere in the world. (You can even bring a +1) You’ll also get the download of Nicky’s DJ set, the link to the movie and this newsletter that is bringing so much joy wherever it is read. (Addition to the guest list depends on Nicky’s schedule and restrictions by venues.)

    $1,000.00
    The Long Distance Dedication

    Legendary DJ Nicky Siano will curate and email you a link to a one-of-a-kind, just-for-you hour long set. What will he play? That’s up to him, but he will ask you for your likes & dislikes.. You’ll also get the link to the movie and join our already sizeable newsletter group.

    $2,000.00
    Do You Know Who I Am?

    Want to be a big shot? You will be added to the film’s credits as an Associate Producer. (That means your own IMdB page!) Plus, you’ll get a unique personal DJ set e-mailed to you from Nicky, the link to the movie and be sent this newsletter that has already been nominated for several prestigious awards.

    $3,000.00
    Seriously, Do You Know Who I Am?

    You’ll join the production team as an Executive Producer. See your name on the screen, get your own IMdB page. If that isn’t enough, Nicky will send you a personal one-hour DJ set, a download of the movie and you’ll join this newsletter list that has been rumored to have healing powers.

    $5,000.00
    The Kingpin

    Legendary DJ Nicky Siano will DJ a set for you and your friends, live and in person. (Travel and housing not included.) Want to have the coolest backyard party ever? Just add Nicky and the whole neighborhood will envy you for the rest of your days. You’ll also get the Executive Producer credit, a download of the movie and, of course, this newsletter that is getting pretty good write-ups.

    $10,000.00