by Eric Sandy
Because Maurice plays so many famous songs in the film, we have to pay for each and every one...which costs a lot of money. But until we can pay for these licenses, we will not be able to complete our deal with the distributor to get the film out there.The film itself, showcasing a community staple, was built on community fundraising via a Kickstarter page a few years ago. "We knew that we were going to need more than what we were going to be able to raise on Kickstarter — because it’s set up in a way that if you don’t hit a certain goal, you don’t get the pledges — so we had to find what we thought would be a magic number that would be both high enough to get us at least down the road a little further and reasonable enough to be possible. The goal was $35,000 and by the end of it cleared $38,000," Siebert told Scene last year.
For the Cleveland audience, people should come see it because what this film does is put Cleveland in a framework that really highlights the importance of community and togetherness in our particular city; he’s kind of the symbol of that in this film, for not giving up when you’re down and keeping up with your passion. For a city like Cleveland that has seen its share of hard times, I think he’s a good metaphor for how the city keeps moving forward despite the circumstances. Beyond Cleveland, it has a universal human message that true success isn’t necessarily making the millions of dollars and having your name known, it’s about finding a way to really take your deepest passions and meet the world around you to make the difference you can.