indie punk rock documentary Bleeding Audio provides an all-access pass to Oakland punk band The Matches to examine how the music industry’s rapid shift from record stores to digital downloads affected musicians.
In December 2013, The Matches humbly gathered for breakfast to catch up with one another. That morning, they realized that 2014 would mark the 10 year anniversary of their first record, E.Von Dahl Killed the Locals–the one that started it all. After a lot of reminiscing, the band decided to rerelease their record on vinyl, and you know what, to celebrate with one little reunion show–because come on, it’s been 5 years since the band broke up, who’s gonna remember some alternative band from that long ago?
After putting the show up on sale, it sold out in two minutes. Stunned, the band put up a second show. That show sold out in two minutes and crashed the ticketing website. Taken aback by the outpouring of support and demand, The Matches ended up doing 9 sold out shows across North America and 5 shows across Australia.
The Matches are a collective of four incredibly unique characters who have gone their separate ways, but together form a group of inspiring and driven individuals that captured the alternative scene from the early 2000s.
Their story overlaps with the drastic changes the music industry has undergone in the past several years. From declining record sales, to excessive touring, to illegal downloading and streaming. This documentary will use The Matches history and recent reunion along with interviews from music industry professionals to truly answer the question: “How do artists survive in the digital age?”
A close friend and fan of The Matches for ten years, Chelsea produces and directs commercial videos all over North America, Europe and Asia, where her clients range from fellow filmmakers to companies like Adobe. She is an expert in the documentary format and is endlessly passionate about storytelling.
Ryon is an award-winning freelance creative film producer, executive producer and business affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in film, television and commercials. He previously worked in Business Affairs at Lionsgate and Intermedia Film, wrote literary coverage for Creative Artists Agency (CAA), and most recently produced award-winning sci-fi short Real Artists (2017), which has screened at over 100 festivals, including Cannes, SFFILM, Cinequest and Mill Valley Film Festival. Ryon is a member of the Cherokee Nation, often serves as a film festival speaker and judge, and fell under the spell of film at age 4 when Star Wars played at his local cinema.
With over a dozen feature documentaries to her credit, Jen is an editor who divides her time between docs, commercials and the occasional narrative short, bringing strong storytelling ability and stylistic playfulness to her work. Her recent films have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, aired on HBO and PBS, and garnered numerous audience awards. Jen knew at age 16 she would be a documentary editor, and only three years later as a college student convinced a director to let her edit his film about the beloved Brooklyn Dodger PeeWee Reese. Jen lives in Berkeley with her husband, film composer Todd Boekelheide, and their two children.
Doug is an award-winning producer, editor, writer and cinematographer whose work includes over 80 feature film and TV projects. He won the ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing on Oscar-winning 20 Feet From Stardom (2013), served as Supervising Editor on the hit The Music of Strangers (2015) and 2016 Sundance Audience Award and Emmy-winning Jim: The James Foley Story, and was also Co-Editor and Associate Producer of Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning The Invisible War (2012). Most recently, three of Doug’s films played simultaneously at Sundance in 2017: Chasing Coral, Mars Generation, and Icarus.
Extremely talented, Patrick is both a long-time friend of Chelsea and one of the best music video and commercial cinematographer-directors in the world, also focusing on narratives and corporate videos for the right projects. He is one of the first five people in the world to have a 4K video hosted on YouTube, and was the first cinematographer to release a demo reel in 5K. Patrick has worked with bands including The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Big Sean, Riff Raff, Deadmau5, Animals as Leaders, Steve Aoki, Raekwon, DJ Shadow, Casey Veggies, Mayer Hawthorne, We Came As Romans, & Wavves, and his commercial clients include LRG x Star Wars, Audi, Honda, Cadillac, Naked Scale, Humanscale, Intel, and Mophie.
Prior to becoming a cinematographer, Phil spent 15 years as a cyclist racing all over North America, Europe and Asia. He now travels the world shooting award-winning narratives, music videos and commercials. In 2006, he took home the Golden Reel Award (Tiburon Int’l Film Festival) and Best Cinematography (Long Island Int’l Film Expo) for a short film he directed and shot. Phil’s work on Bleeding Audio ranges from concert footage to intimate interviews with The Matches and those close to the band.
We’re collecting archival photos of The Matches from the early days all the way to today.
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