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 producer with over a decade of experience in film, TV, and commercials who previously worked at Lionsgate, Intermedia Film and Creative Artists Agency (CAA). He loves live music, is a child of Seattle in the 90’s, and has a passion to tell stories about underdogs. Ryon recently produced award-winning short REAL ARTISTS (2017), which screened at over 100 festivals, including Cannes, SFFILM, Mill Valley Film Festival and Cinequest. Cherokee. Vegan.
With over a dozen feature documentaries to her credit, Jen divides her time as an editor between docs, commercials and the occasional narrative short, bringing a strong storytelling ability and stylistic playfulness to her work. Jen’s recent films have premiered at Sundance and SXSW, aired on HBO and PBS, and garnered a number of audience awards. Jen decided at age 16 she wanted to be a documentary editor, and three years later as a college student she 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.
The insanely talented Patrick has been a music video and commercial cinematographer and director for several years, and is one of the best. He has worked on everything from narratives, commercials, corporate videos and music videos. Patrick and Chelsea are long-time friends and make a ridiculously awesome team. He is one of the first 5 people in the world to have his video hosted in 4K on YouTube, and is the first Cinematographer to release a demo reel in 5K. Patrick has worked with bands like 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. His commercial clients include LRG x Star Wars, Audi, Honda, Cadillac, Naked Scale, Humanscale, Intel, and Mophie. Patrick has been teaching courses and giving lectures for the RED Digital Cinema camera company for three years.
Prior to becoming a cinematographer, Phil spent fifteen 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 International Film Festival) and Best Cinematography (Long Island International Film Expo) for a short film he directed and shot. Phil’s work on Bleeding Audio ranges from concert footage to interviews with The Matches and those who surrounded them.
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