I’m sure most of you are familiar with the work of Chilean performance artist/filmmaker/comic creator/reality warper Alejandro Jodorowsky. If not, find a copy of his midnight-movie classic El Topo or his comic book epic The Incal immediately.
He also directed The Holy Mountain, which earned him enough acclaim that he set his sights on a big sci-fi film: Dune. As chronicled in the brilliant documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, he went on a journey to adapt the Frank Herbert novel before anyone else saw the potential in it. He intended to transform the story into a metaphysical experience he hopped would awaken a consciousnesses in filmgoers. He arranged collaborations with talents as varied as Pink Floyd, H.R. Giger and Salvador Dali.
And the whole thing fell apart when he couldn’t secure an extra $5 Million dollars in Hollywood.
Jodorowsky made three films after that experience — 1980’s Tusk, 1989’s Sante Sangre and 1990’s The Rainbow Thief — but walked away from directing for twenty-three years until he made the autobiographical film The Dance of Reality. It was well-received, but the story isn’t over. He intends to continue his tale in Endless Poetry, a film that tells the story of Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, from roughly 1940-1950, “in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America’s literature.
Production began production in July, but needs a little bit more money to reach completion. So, he’s asking for help via an Indiegogo campaign. Following an earlier effort in February, more is needed to cover the costs of post-production, which always creep up on any film, let alone Jodorowsky’s independent efforts. I’ll let him explain:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2d8fdUENMA
Jodorowsky stands at the edge of cinema, daring it and us. And with his campaign nearly over, give if you can.
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