New Contest Gives Up-And-Comers Chance To Film Rockumentary

Jul. 23 2009, Published 11:23 a.m. ET

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The ALL Access sweepstakes gives young fans the access and resources to film the backstage comings and goings of bands such as Weezer, Blink 182, Franz Ferdinand, Public Enemy and others for a rock documentary.

Sound cool? (Yes, this is a rhetorical question.)

The contest, sponsored by Kyocera Wireless and Virgin Mobile, will select 14 entrants between the ages of 16-22 and grant them behind-the-scenes access -- from backstage, to the tour bus to the mosh pit -- at the Virgin MobileFreeFest music festival. The event takes place August 30 at Maryland’s Merriweather Post Pavilion.

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The winners will be divided into four groups and paired with a professional producer and director, before heading into the trenches to make their rockumentary.

“ALL Access is the chance of a lifetime for up-and-coming filmmakers to pull back the curtains of the rock festival and tell candid, compelling stories about today’s hottest artists," Tom Maguire, head of global marketing at Kyocera Communications Inc., told


The talent was also enthusiastic about the experience the contest afforded contest hopefuls.

Said Taking Back Sunday's Matt Rubano: “It gives us a chance to let our fans get a glimpse of our life on the road and it will hopefully give some deserving people a chance to achieve their artistic dreams.”

Hopefuls can apply online through August 10 at



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