Bend, OR-based production company PopMotion Pictures’ Kickstarter campaign for its latest project, ‘Pick It Up! Ska in the 90’s‘, a feature-length documentary film that explores the third-wave ska explosion of the 1990’s, was by all accounts, an overwhelming success.
The campaign exceeded its initial goal by nearly 300%, raising over $118,000 from over 1,900 backers from 31 different countries!
The film will be released this spring.
Director Taylor Morden says, “We are amazed at how much support we received from the ska community! When we started this project we had no idea it would resonate with so many people. The response to our kickstarter project has been truly inspiring. Now that we know how many people are as excited about it as we are, we are working as hard as we can to get the movie finished and out into the world! This is really great time for ska fans around the world and we are stoked to be a part of it! Thank you all so much!”
Set for release in Spring 2019, ‘Pick It Up!’ aims to tell the story of 90’s ska from a wide variety of points of view, including dozens of the key figures who lived it, such as members of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, and Sublime.
The documentary, a “love letter” to third wave ska, will delve deep into how the genre of ska evolved from its original Jamaican form, through British “two-tone” in the 80s, into an entirely new global thing in the 90’s, when it became wildly popular for a brief moment in music history. From the early years of bands like No Doubt, Fishbone, The Toasters, Let’s Go Bowling and Skankin’ Pickle, to the massive radio success of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, and Save Ferris.
The list of on-camera interview subjects includes members of No Doubt, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Pietasters, Fishbone, Save Ferris, Let’s Go Bowling, Dance Hall Crashers, the Specials, Mustard Plug, the Toasters, Skankin’ Pickle, Hepcat, the Slackers, Kemuri, Blink 182/the Aquabats, the Hippos, The Skatalites, Sublime and many more!