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Creators Of Houston Nightclub Documentary Launch Kickstarter

A Houston filmmaker hopes to raise $40,000 with a new online crowdfunding campaign to finish production on a documentary.

Updated on February 3, 2014

Director-Marcus-Pontello-_right_-coordinating-a-shoot-for-Numbers_-documentary_-_Friday-I_m-In-Love_-with-producer_-Jeromy-Barber-_left_.pngDirector Marcus Pontello (right) coordinating a shoot for Numbers’ documentary, ‘Friday I’m In Love,’ with producer, Jeromy Barber (left). Photo courtesy of Marcus Pontello

A legendary Montrose nightclub launches a social media campaign this morning to secure funding for a film project.

It’s where bands like, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis, Grace Jones and Grand Master Flash all performed — just as their musical careers were about to take off.

“Numbers” — the Lower Westheimer music venue — has featured a plethora of who’s who of the alternative, new wave, indie and electronic dance music scene since 1979.

“If you go there on a Friday night, you will see such diversity,” says Marcus Pontello. He’s a Houston native and the film’s director. He recalls his first experience at Numbers as a 15-year-old.

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Vintage vinyl collection inside Numbers’ nightclub DJ booth. Photo courtesy of Marcus Pontello

“It’s a very special place and I think the older I got, the more I realized how important it was,” Pontello says. “The more I lived in other places outside of Texas, the more I realized just how special “Numbers” is and how crucial it is that someone really go through the lengths of documenting it and bringing this story to a film.”

“Friday I’m in Love” is the working title of an upcoming documentary on the two-story dance club and performance space.

With shooting already underway, Pontello says a new Kickstarter social media campaign will help the crew connect with musicians and performers outside of Houston.

“We’re asking for $40,000, which is going to help us with various production expenses,” he says. “But more specifically, it’s going to help us travel for interviews.”

Numbers-nightclub-billboard.pngNumbers nightclub billboard. Photo courtesy of Marcus Pontello

Pontello says the music and archival rights for the project will also be a major expense, since the soundtrack of the film will play a significant role.

But it’s not all about the music.

“More than the music, we’re trying to hone in [on] what are those experiences of people feeling, like this is their home or feeling like this is their place of safety and acceptance,” the 26-year-old says. “I think that’s what resonates with me and I think that’s what’s going to resonate with people.”

The film is slated for a fall 2016 premiere in Houston. The fundraising campaign went live online on Monday morning.

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