Send MY GRANDMOTHER to New York!

by Beth Custer

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The Beth Custer Ensemble has been invited to perform in New York at a very prestigious venue as part of the Pacific Film Archive's Georgian Film Retrospective festival on Saturday, November 22nd, 2014. We are raising funds to fly us there, cover our freight costs for instruments, and rehearsal fees for the musicians. This will be our premiere performance at this presitigious NY venue and it's an honor to be included on this festival.

We begin rehearsals this October. It's a 65 minute score and we haven't performed it in a while so we need a few rehearsals to give a great performance. We'll be flying out November 20th and performing on the 22nd as part of the Pacific Film Archive's Georgian Retrospective.

Your donations will buy 8 roundtrip air tickets from San Francisco to New York, pay for cargo charges for musical instruments and pay for the musician's time to rehearse and prepare for this wonderful engagement.

All donations are tax deductible! Thanks for your time.

    • October 14, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      I'm overwhelmed with gratitude, only $87 left to go by midnight, thank you so very much to everyone who's contributed so far!

    • October 11, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      To all of you who've supported me thus far on this endeavor, thank you from the bottom of my heart! We've only another $2015 to raise by midnight on Monday! And if you haven't had the chance to contribute yet, I graciously welcome any support. Dig deep folks! We've 59 hours and counting!!

    • October 08, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      Hey there, Thanks for visiting my site, 5 days to go, we're about 50% there. Please consider a tax deductible donation today, I greatly appreciate it!

    • September 24, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      Hey everyone, thanks to all of you who've contributed thus far we are 13% raised! If we raise $275 more by tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24th, Hatchfund will match it with $225. So if you're thinking of contributing, now would be the time! One of our more interesting performances of this work was in Prague in 2007 as part of the now defunct MOFFOM festival. MOFFOM stood for 'Music Over Film, Film Over Music' and music and film be dammed, man do the Czechs like to party! The festival 'headquarters' were in a charming early 20th century Deco building that had a long curved bar and long tables of food. Shots of slivovitz and steins of beer flowing constantly at all hours. I remember speaking to one of the MOFFOM officials and I swear he was drunk all the time! After a lot of discussion and months of emailing back and forth, including sending our stage plot and technical rider several times, we showed up at the soundcheck and they had no back line for us whatsoever. (We travel with only our instruments and venues supply the amps, drum kit, and keyboard. This is common practice with touring groups.) Our sound man obviously had never seen any of the paper work and spent the entire 2 hour slot we had to do sound on the phone calling in favors of musicians to bring us some gear. Slowly, piece by piece, the very funky old gear arrived and we got the sound happening. And then our actor showed up....I forget his name but he was a famous soap opera star who thought quite alot of himself! He arrived decked out in super '70's attire including bell bottoms, dark sun glasses, and long fur vest. Rather than act out the subtitles provided for him, he threw the script out the window and took the opportunity to create his own story, talking constantly throughout the 65 minute film! We had no idea what he was saying but the audience loved it and laughed uproariously! Afterwards they held a dance party at MOFFOM headquarters where the slivovitz flowed freely and we all danced the night away!

    • September 24, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      Hey everyone, thanks to all of you who've contributed thus far we are 13% raised! If we raise $275 more by tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 24th, Hatchfund will match it with $225. So if you're thinking of contributing, now would be the time! One of our more interesting performances of this work was in Prague in 2007 as part of the now defunct MOFFOM festival. MOFFOM stood for 'Music Over Film, Film Over Music' and music and film be dammed, man do the Czechs like to party! The festival 'headquarters' were in a charming early 20th century Deco building that had a long curved bar and long tables of food. Shots of slivovitz and steins of beer flowing constantly at all hours. I remember speaking to one of the MOFFOM officials and I swear he was drunk all the time! After a lot of discussion and months of emailing back and forth, including sending our stage plot and technical rider several times, we showed up at the soundcheck and they had no back line for us whatsoever. (We travel with only our instruments and venues supply the amps, drum kit, and keyboard. This is common practice with touring groups.) Our sound man obviously had never seen any of the paper work and spent the entire 2 hour slot we had to do sound on the phone calling in favors of musicians to bring us some gear. Slowly, piece by piece, the very funky old gear arrived and we got the sound happening. And then our actor showed up....I forget his name but he was a famous soap opera star who thought quite alot of himself! He arrived decked out in super '70's attire including bell bottoms, dark sun glasses, and long fur vest. Rather than act out the subtitles provided for him, he threw the script out the window and took the opportunity to create his own story, talking constantly throughout the 65 minute film! We had no idea what he was saying but the audience loved it and laughed uproariously! Afterwards they held a dance party at MOFFOM headquarters where the slivovitz flowed freely and we all danced the night away!

    • September 18, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      5% raised....will be holding a fundraiser at our Red House Speak Easy home in October. Please stay tuned for details coming your way! My ensemble has traveled all around the world performing our MY GRANDMOTHER score. On our tour in 2007 we performed at the Berwick Film Festival in Berwick Upon Tweed a few hours north of London, a gorgeous little town near the border of Scotland with all kinds of medieval buildings and bridges. Berwick was the first festival to respond when I started booking that tour with my (then) assistant, accordionist extraordinaire, Isabel Douglas. It was also our first performance in Great Britain and they treated us like royalty! They put us all up in this 9 bedroom adorable hobbit house, had huge spreads of homemade food, and of course, pints of beer and shots of whiskey flowed freely! When we perform in foreign countries the festival hires a local actor to narrate the film's Russian subtitles in the local dialect. We hit the jackpot in Berwick with actor Robert Wilkinson, now the director of Tideline Runners Theatre Company. Check him out on Facebook, he's also a musician and a very sweet and hilarious individual.

    • September 11, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      One percent raised, 99 to go! Thanks to all you early bird donors!

    • September 10, 2014 Beth Custer Artist

      We are really honored and excited to be doing this engagement!