Helmet’s Page Hamilton (left) with Jason Blackmore
Punk rock vinyl documentary Records Collecting Dust is getting a sequel. Director Jason Blackmore, who also plays guitar in the hardcore band Death Eyes, has begun work on the next installment of the documentary, which he hopes will be released in 2017. Following the first film, which focused on musicians from the West Coast, Blackmore has shifted his focus to the East Coast punk and hardcore scenes.
"I wanted to cover as much as possible: the West Coast, Midwest, East Coast," he says in a phone interview. "I realized, maybe this could be a series."
For Records Collecting Dust II , Blackmore has taken the step of launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund its creation. Everyone who contributes receives a copy of the film, and depending on how much you donate, you could even receive a producer credit in the film. Blackmore says he doesn't love the idea of crowdfunding, but after paying for most of the first film out of his own pocket, he's looking to get a little help from the fans.
"Riot House ended up releasing [ Records Collecting Dust ], but it was a self-funded project," he says. "That's why weíre doing the Kickstarter thing. We don't really have any funding."
So far, Blackmore has confirmed interviews with Quicksand's Walter Schreifels, Page Hamilton from Helmet and Craig Wedren from Shudder to Think, among many others. The gist of the movie will be the same, but this time around he says he's a little better prepared.
"I'm eight interviews in," he says. "I've already learned a lot from the first year of doing this. I know how to get from point A to point B quicker. This film is pretty similar to the first one. If you liked the first one, you'll love this one."