The story goes that on March 31, 2004, an article appeared in the Detroit News explaining that the halted release of the critically acclaimed MC5 – A True Testimonial documentary. The film was ready for theater screening and a DVD release before a decision was made by MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer to deny the requisite synchronization license for the band’s music publishing.
The matter would eventually make its way into the legal system in 2005, when Kramer filed a suit alleging copyright infringement, fraud, and breach of contract claims against the film’s director, producer, and Future/Now Films. Almost a year later, a district court judge dismissed all the charges brought forth by Kramer and found that there was “insufficient factual basis to establish any claim” against the filmmakers, according to a release.
And now, nearly seven years after its intended release, MC5 – A True Testimonial has a chance to escape purgatory. The filmmakers and Future/Now Films have set up a Kickstarter page to raise $27,000 to acquire the aforementioned requisite sync license, If the campaign successfully raises the funds by the May 9 deadline, the company will immediately set up screenings and a DVD release.
So far, as you can see in the widget below, more than $3,500 has been raised. We will keep you updated if and when the campaign reaches its goal.