Beginning in 2006 under the direction of Aiyana Elliott, Sundance-award-winning daughter of Ramblin' Jack Elliott, we have interviewed over thirty past Ash Grove performers former Ash Grove staff, and notable patrons.
We filmed and recorded the Ash Grove's 2008 50th Anniversary UCLA Royce Hall sell-out concerts and workshops and the organizing of the event.
We gathered archival footage, photos, fliers and original taped Ash Grove concerts music of the performers. Work on the project was on the back burner for several years, but in 2015 a new team was designated by Ed Pearl and the Board of Directors of Ash Grove Music, Inc. They began work on the film under the supervision of Fred Aronow.
Adding a few new interviews and other footage, we are now working to complete a first rough edit of the film, while locating and arranging licensing for necessary archival film, photographs and music.
To complete the film, financing will be required for editing, licensing, legal and technical processing. The licensing costs alone for film, photographs and recorded music is estimated to be about $200,000. A minimum of $300,000 to $400,000 could get us close to finishing. We will take every possible course that cuts costs as long as we can tell the Ash Grove's story in a way that is as dynamic and engaging as the Ash Grove was itself.