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.
Two new Co-Producers!
May 5, 2015
I'm excited to welcome 2 highly creative and experienced collaborators to the project!
Co-producer Christine Günther and her Berlin-based FireGlory Pictures have played a crucial role in ensuring the project reaches a broad, worldwide audience. Christine has worked closely with Cassette editor Georg Petzold. She still keeps her 90's hip-hop tapes in heavy rotation on her Walkman.
New York-based co-producer and story consultant Susan Korda brings a wealth of experience to the project. Susan, who served as editor on the landmark For All Mankind, is fluent in the language of documentary film and has helped shape the narrative of Cassette.
Christine and Susan are welcome additions 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