Filmmakers Seek Donations To Finish My Father’s Place Documentary

My Father’s Place
Clockwise from top: Outside My Father’s Place, Emmylou Harris, Billy Joel and Debbie Harry of Blondie all were among those who played the legendary venue (Photos by Steve Rosenfield)

A group of independent documentarians are asking online donors for help finishing their partly completed film about the legendary Long Island music venue My Father’s Place and its founder, Michael “Eppy” Epstein.

The filmmakers raised more than $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign last year for their documentary, titled Names Are Bulls*** about the Roslyn venue where the likes of Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, and Madonna — and many other big names — played early in their careers.

“We’re now at a critical juncture and need your support to help finish production,” the filmmakers say in their latest campaign to raise another $20,000, this time on Facebook. They note that they “shot reenactment scenes with a terrific cast, created animation, sourced crucial archival materials, and worked hard to bring the project to fruition.”

The original venue — a gritty rock trend setter akin to the CBGB of Long Island — was open from 1971 to 1987. Thirty years after its closing, Eppy relaunched it as a posh supper club called My Father’s Place at The Roslyn Hotel in 2017.

The team behind the movie is Director and Producer Meshakai Wolf, Cinematographer and Co-director Zac Nicholson, Producers Eric Weil and Raymond Schillinger, Associate Producer Jonah Koplin, Editor Sam Reiss, and Animator Whitney Theis. Watch the trailer below.

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My Father’s Place film (teaser 2.0) from Suburban Rebel on Vimeo.