The Unknown Tour  (2019)

1h 11min   |   Gravitas Ventures

The Unknown Tour is a collaborative project that involves hundreds of artists across the US and Canada. At its core, it is both a full-length documentary and an album of original music. The music was produced and recorded along a 10,000-mile journey that lasted 10 weeks. Every artist involved was interviewed about their creative process, artistic ambitions, and personal viewpoints on the music industry as a whole. This is the story of these unknown artists and the journey it took to bring them together through their music. 

THE BIRTH OF "FANNIE"

The idea for The Unknown Tour stemmed from a couple years spent traveling and filming behind-the-scenes videos for musicians all over the world.  We used to travel a few times a month, spend a couple days in a city shooting with an artist or band, and go home and edit content for them to post.

Frankly, it was a dream job.  We got to travel, be creative, and spend the majority of our working hours at concerts and in studios.  The dream of moving to Hollywood and being filmmakers was actually panning out.  The only thing we were missing was the ability to create anything of our own. We were making cool videos, but they really weren't our videos.

So we hatched a plan to travel America on our own mission, recording music with the artists that are getting ignored by Hollywood. We wanted to get deep in the weeds: dive bars, street corners, jazz clubs.  Meet some real characters.  And we wanted to make a movie about our journey.

So we started looking for a vehicle.

We found it on Craigslist. It was a 40-foot RV that belonged to an old-timer named Russ (pictured below) who lived about 2 hours outside of LA. It wasn't pretty, but it was enormous and it didn't have too many miles. We drove out to his home, paid him $7,500 in cash, and we were ready to roll.  The only problem was, the bus needed a serious makeover before we hit the road.

BEFORE

Not pretty.

AFTER

Pretty.

The exterior also needed some love.  We came up with a colorful design that we thought would give off a better vibe than the classic "beige Nike swoosh" design that every RV starts out with.  Got some friends together and we painted the bus by hand.

Introducing... Fannie.

© 2019 Lake Effect Films

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