It's been three years in the making. After making over nine versions of the film, we are finally satisfied with what we've got now and are ready to bring it to the world. We've tested it on a few sympathetic audiences but it has yet to go public. 2011 is the year we will bring this film to a global audience by whatever means we can: film festivals, distribution deals, TV screenings, or just your friendly neighborhood cafe.
This 50-minute doco is based on footage that I shot of China's indie rock scene in 2007. Many of my experiences in filming the rock scene in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere are written up in various blogs on this site, just use my search engine and type in "indie rock" and you'll find some of them.
I've posted a web page for the film which you can see by clicking on Down: Indie Rock in the PRC under "Books and Films" to the left of this entry. Or you can just click here.
As for the title, we've had various feedback. Some people feel that "Down" is a bit of a downer. But "Down" can mean many things in English. It can mean "down on the scene" or "coming down to Beijing" (one of the song titles in the film) or just "get down". So we're sticking with it. It also happens to be the title of one of the most important songs in the film, by the rock band SUBS.
At any rate, I'll be posting more entries now and then as we move forward with our plans to get the film out to a wider audience.