A feature documentary film about a Nashville country music group on a mission to confront prejudice and xenophobia in America's heartland and around the world.
Crazy Dream (working title) is a full feature documentary film by Rainlake Media, director and cinematographer Bob Richman and executive producer Joe Berlinger. Original soundtrack provided by Blended 328 and Grammy / Emmy / Dove award-winning producer Shannon Sanders.
Crazy Dream is about the real life journeys of Blended 328, a country music group from Nashville who are on mission to fight the growing tide of bigotry, hate and xenophobia around the world by introducing country music fans to diverse cultures. Follow the band as they travel from their homes in Nashville to international destinations with unrestricted access to high-risk and rarely-seen venues as music ambassadors for the United Nations Development Programme. At the heart of every tour is the band’s interaction with people who have had little or no exposure to American culture. The band’s tours are lightning rods for making real street-level connections with real people in surprising places. The film is an immersive crash course in authentic cultures led by a passionate cast of everyday Americans embracing cultural diversity to shake up contemporary beliefs with a dose of soulful truth telling.
The film takes the viewers on an unscripted, real-life journey to several very diverse locations around the world. Venues will include universities, festivals, music clubs, street concerts, schools, orphanages, United Nations events and US State Department events. Between security briefings with UN personnel, music performances and media appearances, every tour produces a procession of cathartic experiences. The band has booked a made-for-media itinerary to maximize these once-in-a-lifetime events. Destinations include Tajikistan, Papua New Guinea, Mongolia, Bhutan, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Guatemala and Korea.
In Asia, viewers can expect gender clashes, democracy debates and transcendent music collaborations. Blended 328 will perform on the plains for Mongolian cowboys, connect with Muslim artists challenging human rights restrictions, and tour Vietnam 40 years after the war, where the remote rugged northern border is a magnet for human trafficking. In Korea, band member and adoptee Kimberly Phillips will come face to face with her past as she visits her birth place for the very first time. In Guatemala, Diego Estrada (the bands drummer) will be reunited with his father who was deported from America five years ago.
The band members know to expect the unexpected. In past tours they've experienced delays due to stage-smashing monsoons (Paraguay), emergency hospitalization (band member Kimberly Phillips almost died in Cambodia), traffic jams from rock-slides (Kazakhstan), tasting mopane worms at a road-side stand (Zimbabwe), discussing a taxi driver’s polygamist practices (Pakistan), leading a music workshop with Paraguay’s indomitable Landfill Youth Orchestra (whose instruments are fashioned from garbage in Cateura township’s dump), and sharing a meal with transgender “ladyboy” waiters in Bangkok.
At each destination, a popular local act opens for the band and performs with them in true collaboration. The rehearsal provides a chance to spend time in the artists’ neighborhoods with family and friends. Yet, their fearless attitude and star treatment on the road makes their humble struggles as a country music artist in Music City more poignant, where the rarity of non-White talent poses a formidable challenge. Despite several years performing on every continent as the face of America, breaking into the country music charts could be their toughest feat. Still, a budding collaboration with 2x Grammy winning producer/songwriter Shannon Sanders in Nashville could be a game changer for the band at home.
Crazy Dream is executive produced by acclaimed film and television filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, HBO’s Paradise lost trilogy, Tony Robbins: I am not your guru and more), directed by Sundance prizewinning filmmaker Bob Richman (Director of Photography on The September Issue, Inconvenient Truth, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) and produced by Rainlake Media. Music production is provided by Grammy / Emmy / Dove award-winning music producer Shannon Sanders (India Arie (Grammy), Jonny Lang (Grammy), Robert Randolph (Emmy) and Nicole C. Mullen (Dove)). Shannon will produce the soundtrack for the film.
* Film locations may be subject to change
One World Country Girl Entertainment LLC
OWCG is an entertainment company that specializes in music diplomacy. Our work involves sending American music ambassadors abroad to perform, conduct workshops and build bridges to the international community. OWCG has facilitated cultural programs and live entertainment events for the United Nations and the US State Department on five continents. OWCG will act as cultural advisor and production liaison. For more information, see www.oneworldcountrygirlglobal.org
Blended 328 is an American Country Pop group consisting of Kimberly Phillips (vocals), Laura Galanti (vocals), Be Ke Love (vocals), Diego Estrada (drums), Micah Von (bass) and Gabe Jordan (guitar). In 2013, the band began its "Country Music for the World" tour with stops throughout Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America. The group recruited Rick Ross producer (Messy) David Mescon, for tour support, guitars and background vocals. During the three year tour, Blended 328 co-headlined several international music festivals including HIFA in Zimbabwe, The Usadba Jazz Festival in Russia and The Santa Lucia Festival in Mexico. In 2015 the band had the honor of representing the United Nations as Global Goals Ambassadors in Eastern Europe. The band's new album, "One World Country Girl" produced by Grammy Winner Shannon Sanders is scheduled to be released in conjunction with the release of the One World Country Girl documentary film. For more information, see www.Blended328.com
Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger has been a leading voice in nonfiction film and television for two decades. Berlinger’s films include the landmark documentaries BROTHER’S KEEPER, PARADISE LOST, and METALLICA: SOME KIND OF MONSTER, a film that re-defined the rockumentary genre. CRUDE, about oil pollution in the Amazon Rainforest, won 22 human rights, environmental and film festival awards and recently triggered a high-profile First Amendment battle with oil-giant Chevron. Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES about the 25th Anniversary of Paul Simon’s Graceland album was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards after its 2012 Sundance Film Festival premiere, including outstanding Nonfiction Special. His most recent work includes the Netflix Documentary TONY ROBBINS: I AM NOT YOUR GURU (2016). For more information, see www.joeberlingerfilms.com
Award-winning filmmaker Bob Richman's credits include AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH (cinematography), THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE (cinematography), WAITING FOR SUPERMAN (cinematography) and AHEAD OF TIME: THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF RUTH GRUBER (director). AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time grossed over US $24 million. For more information, see www.bobrichman.com
Grammy / Emmy / Dove award-winning producer Shannon Sanders has worked with some of the most talented artists in the music industry including India Arie (Grammy), Jonny Lang (Grammy), Robert Randolph (Emmy) and Nicole C. Mullen (Dove). Shannon will work with Blended 328 on the new album project which will also be used as the soundtrack for the One World Country Girl documentary. Shannon is the President of the Nashville Chapter of the Recording Academy. For more information, see www.shannonsanders.com
RainLake produces critically acclaimed, innovative media with passionate, award-winning filmmakers, bringing together decades of experience in the art of documentary. Since 2001, Rainlake has produced hundreds of award-winning media projects for broadcast, for digital platforms and for NGO’s like the Feebok Human Rights Foundation and Women’s Learning Partnership, working to promote human rights around the world. For more information, see www.rainlake.com