Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are asking local businesses to come alongside them to celebrate their community and bring Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to life.
Businesses sponsoring by $500 or more will have their logo featured in the credits and on the project website, and be welcome to attend on the days of the shoot, Oct. 22 and 27. The goal is to raise $6,000 to pay off remaining expenses.
In 2012, the two participated as unpaid extras in “42” the Jackie Robinson story, which was a
“Seeing so many people together in one place, all in vintage dress, was an inspiring event,” said
Ms. Muff, “It was like traveling back in time, and I wanted to recapture that. This could be a once in lifetime chance to put this much time into a project like this, and I’m really excited to bring so
many things together that I love, and to challenge myself to rise to the expectations I’ve set.”
The past few months have been a whirlwind of work for the two of them. Initially, they planned
on funding it themselves, but as expenses mounted, they turned to crowd-sourcing and seeking
sponsorships. A successful Kickstarter project raised them $1,600, but that was quite quickly
spent as their project gained momentum.
“We could have done it for a lot less, and at a much lower quality, but that would have been
cheating ourselves, and those who have helped us, out of our best.” said Mr. Steele, “As we put
more time and energy into planning this production more talented and passionate people came
alongside us and that inspired us to go further.”
At this point they are looking at about $14,000 in expenses, the majority of which, they have
paid themselves. They pair have hired three-time national ballroom dance champion Nathan
Simler as their dance instructor and choreographer, the Tennessee Valley Railroad as their
filming location, Seek First Video Productions are filming and earlier this week local brass band
Sweet Georgia Sound finished their in-studio recording. On top of that there have been voice
lessons, wardrobe, props, promotions, travel expenses and more.
This week, Chattanooga radio personality James Howard featured Ms. Muff on his daily morning
show and was invited to join their cast of over 30 extras.
Ms. Muff is a graduate of Southern Adventist University with a B.Sc. in Graphic Design. She has had a life-long love of 1940s music and fashion and though she has often felt like she had two left feet, she is excited to add dance to her repertoire of talents as she is passionate about the fine arts. Ms. Muff lives near Seattle, Wa.
Landon Steele is a long-time resident of Chattanooga, an entrepreneur, volunteer fire fighter
and natural networker. Mr. Steele comes from a family that loves music and is an avid