January 31, 2017
Join me and Lou Ottens tomorrow night in Rotterdam for a very special screening of Cassette. The film will be playing as part of the International Film Festival Rotterdam at the Schouwburg Kleine. The screening is completely free and starts at 8! Be there or be digital! More details here.
Amazing Night in London
July 1, 2016
I'm so happy about Monday's world premiere screening in London. Lou Ottens came through with his whole family, as did Thurston Moore and Eva Prinz, and Jen Long from Dice FM moderated the Q&A afterwards.
I need to extend a huge thanks to all of our special guests, everyone at East End Film Fest, and of course everyone who came out to show their support while they could have been home watching the England match. There was so much analog love in East London that night! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Cassette.
Shout-out to Casey Langfelder!
June 18, 2016
I want to extend a long-overdue welcome to Casey Langfelder, our Sound Designer on Cassette. Casey came on to the project back in February and has been killing it ever since. He won an Emmy for his work on HBO's Hemingway & Gellhorn and is a regular at Skywalker Sound, and we feel super lucky to have him onboard. Last week Georg and I went to Skywalker, where Casey and our re-recording mixer Stephen Urata worked their magic on Cassette!
June 3, 2016
Please join me at East End Film Festival in London on Monday, June 27th, for the world premiere of Cassette!
I began the project as a grad student in Wales, and even shot the first interviews for the doc in London, so I'm thrilled to bring it back to where it all started.
Pick up your tickets here, and stay tuned for other exciting screening news!
April 14, 2016
After just over 3 years of editing I'm jazzed to say that Cassette is finally picture locked! This means that while we're still in the process of sound mixing and color correcting, the story is locked in and all the visuals have been set. We've made the mixtape, now we're making it pretty. Thanks as always to our patient supporters who've been eager for the film to come out.
I'll be making a few exciting announcements in the coming weeks. This project has only been possible with the help of like-minded music nerds and I've been super fortunate to have met some very helpful collaborators in the last few months. We've been getting some terrific responses now that the film is almost ready, but we wouldn't have made it this far without the support from all of you. Thanks as always,
Zack and Team Cassette
Peace to Ron G
August 19, 2015
It's hard to talk about innovators on cassette without including Ron G in the conversation. One of the pioneers of DJ mixtapes, Ron has been scratching and producing for over 25 years. He's worked with Pac, Biggie, MJ, and countless other greats. So excited to sit down with him yesterday for CASSETTE!
May 12, 2015
Last week I freshened up the original trailer. Please spread it around if you dig it!
Big thanks to Simon Oxley at Greatcoat Films for pitching in with some great shots.
May 5, 2015
I'm excited to welcome a highly creative and experienced collaborator to the project!
Co-producer Christine Günther and her Berlin-based FIREGLORY Pictures will no doubt play a crucial role in ensuring the project reaches a broad, worldwide audience. She has worked closely with Cassette editor Georg Petzold. She still keeps her 90's hip-hop tapes in heavy rotation on her Walkman.
Christine is a welcome addition to the Cassette family as we gear up for our picture lock later this year. More on the horizon- stay tuned!
April 30, 2015
It's been a year since Cassette entered full-time post-production. In that time, the film has gone through six different storylines, with several variations inside of each of these versions. The film gets better and more focused with each new structure, although this process of revising has pushed the project into extra innings. I can't thank each of you enough for your patience and understanding throughout this journey. During the last 4 years I've gathered so many great tape stories- it's been a daunting task to make sure the strongest moments find their way into the finished film.
I've learned from speaking with other filmmakers that documentaries grow at their own speed. My buddy Josh Bishop got a well-deserved slot at this year's SXSW with his doc Made in Japan after 11 years of hard work. And while Cassette is on track to wrap up this year, I've learned the importance of not rushing it. Thank you all again for your patience throughout this process.
More to come!
April 28, 2015
Hey Everyone! Sorry for the radio silence! There's a lot of news to catch you up on - the film is still in post-production but we're still working harder than ever to get it done. I'll be back soon with a full report, but in the meantime I've updated the Timeline section of the site. More info coming soon!
An Amazing Interview with Rob Sheffield!
September 13, 2014
One of my favorite interviews yet! Georg and I sat down with Rolling Stone Contributing Editor and Author Rob Sheffield last week and talked tapes for a few solid hours! This guy blows my mind. We're sneaking him in to the rough cut as we speak!!
September 7, 2014
SOUNDTRACKING with EMILY MELANDER from Zack Taylor on Vimeo.
By far the best part of the edit process for me has been compiling a homemade, tape-recorded soundtrack with my talented and beautiful friends around town. Here's a tiny clip from an afternoon spent with my dear friend Emily Melander, a talented Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter!
Ms. Melander sings lyrical, melodic, whimsical songs that translate beautifully onto magnetic tape.
Stick around for more updates in the next few weeks as we get ready to start submitting to festivals.
From Holland with Love!
August 29, 2014
I just got back from Holland, where I spent an amazing 3 days with Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette (and co-creator of the CD).
Lou is an inspiration- he's 88 and still going strong.
There's lots happening with the doc now- apologies for the radio silence. We are working full-time on post-production, and are on track to start submitting to film festivals starting next month, with the film completed later this year.
At this very moment we are compiling the soundtrack (through found tapes, our own home recordings, and other music that is first being mixed down to tape).
Thanks for hanging on. Watch this space.
August 28, 2013
Guys, Cassette is now on Twitter! Follow us @CassetteFilm!
Cassette mentioned in TIME Magazine
August 5, 2013
If you guys subscribe to TIME Magazine, or happen to find yourselves bored in a waiting room, pick up a copy of this week's (August 12) issue. At the back there's a cool story about the cassette resurgence and we're mentioned!
Get on our Mailing List!
July 12, 2013
Our awesome web designer Collin just hooked us up with a MAILING LIST! Get on it. I promise I won't inundate you with junk! I try to send out updates once or twice a month. Stay updated as we edit the film!
July 3, 2013
I'm stoked to announce the newest trailer for Cassette! Scroll down to the 'Trailer' section and let me know what you think! This is technically our first public trailer so feel free to share.
June 14, 2013
Welcome to Cassette’s new home. We have begun editing more than 40 hours of footage, and we are gearing up for a summer of interviews.
Check in with us for updates on production, editing, and where you can see the film. Feel free to drop us a line as well!
- Zack and Seth, NYC