On June 25, 2016, New York’s Other Music, a record store staple in the East Village, closed. Its two-plus decades of business were celebrated with a tribute show at the Bowery Ballroom featuring Yoko Ono, Sharon Van Etten and Yo La Tengo, among others.
This April the store’s history will be eternalized in Other Music, a documentary set to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 24 through May 5. (Fittingly, April also marks the annual celebration of Record Store Day on April 13.)
The project from filmmakers Rob Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu will explore how Other Music played an influential role in shaping the 2000s New York music scene through archival footage, never-before heard stories and interviews with with bands like Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The National, Interpol and Depeche Mode. “As hubs like Other Music struggle to remain in existence, we think it’s important to celebrate what spaces like these have meant to people in the past, and to explore how their spirit can live on in an increasingly digital world,” Hatch-Miller and Basu tell Billboard. “Other Music was a place that defined the experience of living in New York City for us, and for thousands of other young people.”
On Tuesday (March 5), the filmmakers launched a Kickstarter campaign to coincide with Tribeca’s announcement. The fundraising page, organized by Production Company Productions, has a goal of hitting $20,000 within 30 days.
The documentary has been in the works for three years, beginning soon after Other Music closed. With no backing from a studio or distributor, it first got off the ground with a 2017 Kickstarter in which 920 supporters pledged $77,323 — that funding ultimately allowed the filmmakers to make a rough cut that earned the doc at spot at Tribeca. The new Kickstarter will raise money for color correction, sound mixing and titling ahead of a world premiere.
And while Other Music is sure to offer a trip down memory lane, Hatch-Miller and Basu also made it with an entirely new generation in mind: “We hope our film will inspire younger people who didn’t grow up with a culture of going to a store to buy an album or rent a movie to find spaces like these in their hometowns and do whatever they can to help keep them alive.”