Photo Courtesy of Jared Greunwald and the Village Voice
Won’t you help get this movie made? I mean, no pun intended, but it’s f*cking bananas. Check the back story:
“A documentary film that follows record store owner, producer and vinyl archaeologist Joel Stones as he explores uncharted territories of psychedelic Brazilian music. Following the success of his sold-out compilation Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas, Joel travels to Brazil in search of visionary and chaotic artists that have been overlooked by mainstream culture. Sonic rarities remind us of the great expanse of music history, with unique stories hovering behind every song. Armed with a wild afro, a box of 45s and an infectious personality, Joel pulls these secret histories through the cracks of Brazilian music. Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas- The Movie contains stories of people known and unknown, brought to life in shocking technicolor sound!
The seed of Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas- The Movie was planted with the short film “What Are Fuzz Bananas?” This short goes behind the scenes for a making-of the compilation and pairs Joel with L.A. based producer Egon (Now-Again Records) and Tropicalia in Furs’ regular Elijah Wood before setting off to Brazil for short interviews with Marisa Rossi and Fabio. The enthusiastic response we received for this short film inspired us to expand it to a full-length feature film.
Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas- The Movie will take place in New York, Los Angeles and Brazil. The Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas compilation will guide Joel throughout the southern hemisphere as he seeks out the musicians behind the record, piecing together a musical kaleidoscope. Some of the characters and stories will be re-enacted in different scenarios, combining fiction with surrealistic sketches and animation. Through his travels Stones will show us a unique vision of Brazilian culture, the multi-ethnic aspect of its people, and the ingenious ideas of these creative communities.”
“Now open for 8 years, Tropicalia in Furs has become an iconic spot in the Lower East Side, host to a rotating cast of New York vinyl junkies, weirdos, Hollywood and music industry celebrities, psychedelic artwork, great friends, and amazingly fuzzy music at all times ”
More about Tropicalia in Furs owner Joel Stones:
“Joel came to New York from São Paulo 12 years ago with less than $200 to his name and even less than that many words in his English vocabulary. He soon got a job shining shoes at Goldman Sachs and would spend his extra cash on Brazilian records to sell online and at record fairs. This eventually led him to open his own vinyl store. Now open for 8 years, Tropicalia in Furs has become an iconic spot in the Lower East Side, host to a rotating cast of New York vinyl junkies, weirdos, Hollywood and music industry celebrities, psychedelic artwork, great friends, and amazingly fuzzy music at all times. Featured in New York Magazine, The Guardian, the Village Voice and a variety of TV shows, Tropicalia in Furs is the place to be! The real meat of Joel’s collection consists of extremely rare 7-inch singles released by unknown Brazilian musicians, many of whom never went on to record again. Bringing together a host of these rare tracks, Joel released the mammoth compilation Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas in 2010 to great popular and critical acclaim, quickly selling out of its first pressing.”
If you like records, specifically Brazilian music, this is the movie for you. Go to their Kickstarter page, read more details, and donate. Here’s the Kickstarter trailer here. Looking forward to this thing getting the funds it needs and getting up on the big screen. Good luck boys!
Lp Original Trailer