Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 by Peter Sciretta
Some of you might know Colin Hanks as the son of actor Tom Hanks, but most of you probably know the young actor from his roles in such films as Orange County, Peter Jackson’s King Kong, The Great Buck Howard, Oliver Stone’s W., Band of Brothers and tv shows like Roswell and The Good Guys. I personally loved Colin’s fantastic stint as Father John Gill on Mad Men and am very much looking forward to seeing him on the next season of Dexter.
Recently, Colin has been working hard on an interesting documentary film, All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records. Colin hopes to raise $50,000 by July 15th to help finish production of the film. Hanks has set up a Kickstarter page to do it. For your help, Colin is offering a variety of incentive gifts: starting at a mere $5 for a “Thank You” mention in the film’s credits, or if you donate more, t-shirts, signed DVDs, limited edition vinyl records, and premiere tickets.
Colin sent me an e-mail explaining why he hopes to make this documentary, and why he needs your help in finishing production. You can read that letter after the jump, reprinted in full. And there is even more information available on the Kickstarter and Facebook Pages.
How goes it? So, here is the project I was mentioned. It is something very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been working on it, off and on, for the past few years.
I am writing you because my producing partner Sean Stuart and I have been making a documentary about the Rise and Fall of Tower Records. The story of Tower is of particular interest and pride for both of us as the company was founded and based in Sacramento, California, which happens to be our hometown.
We believe that just the history of Tower Records alone is gripping enough to warrant the production of a documentary film. But on a larger scale, the cultural relevance of the company worldwide and it’s significant role in the end of this era in not only the music industry but in the way people interacted, makes the story unique and so incredibly multifaceted.
We have the full cooperation of Russ Solomon, the original founder of Tower Records. We plan on interviewing many more of the people to help tell the story of how the company got started, what made it unique, and sadly how it ended
We have just recently launched a Kick Starter website to help raise funds so that we may finish the film. Kick Starter is our opportunity to reach out to the thousands of former Tower Records employee’s and not only get them involved with the process of completing the film but also to get the word out about our documentary to other music and film fans…
As you know, I have been a big fan of your site, /Film, and I hope that your readers will be interested in our project. I’d be grateful if you would link to our Kick Starter page on your website. I’d also be more than happy to talk to you more about the project.
Thank you for your time,