Danny Clinch Launches Shannon Hoon Documentary Kickstarter

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Renowned music photographer and filmaker Danny Clinch has launched a Kickstarter campaign in support of his planned feature length documentary film about the late Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon. Hoon died of an accidental overdose October 21, 1995 at age 28. Directed by friend of the band and early collaborator Clinch, as well as Colleen Hennessy and Hoon, the film will include private footage filmed by Hoon on his hi-8 video camera from 1990 to 1995, as well as music by Blind Melon and others. 


For every $20,000 raised during the Shannon Hoon Film : A Danny Clinch Documentary  Kickstarter campaign, the directors will release never-before-shared footage filmed by Hoon. Much of that footage includes taped television content which the directors need licensing clearance for, including, “Rodney King Trials, Clinton’s battle for the presidency, and now iconic ad campaigns and MTV news bulletins.”

Here’s how they describe the need for the campaign:

This year marks the 20 year anniversary of Shannon Hoon’s death. After years of watching Hoon’s private footage and understanding his vision for his film, it’s time to close this chapter for the band, his family, his friends, and his fans, and bring the world this incredibly powerful and raw look at Shannon Hoon’s story. The archival footage included in our film, as well as legal clearance for music, are the primary focus of this Kickstarter campaign. Our legal fees alone are far beyond our funding goal, currently exceeding $300K, but because we can’t risk losing everyone’s generous contributions by not reaching our goal, we are starting with a goal of 100K. We have a much greater stretch goal, and we hope you can help us exceed our minimum to help finish this film. This will help us clear our legal fees and wrap up editing, after which we will be in home stretch to complete this film that we are all so passionate about.

This film is incredibly personal, and it’s an honor to have your support to help complete Hoon’s vision, and share with the world not only his life, but the impact his life has had. Thank you for your incredible support and your generosity.


The Shannon Hoon Film : A Danny Clinch Documentary Kickstarter project will only be funded if at least $100,000 is pledged by Tuesday, May 5 at 4:00 p.m. PT. Head over to the campaign’s page to view all of the available rewards for backers.