First, it needs to be said that a major announcement I had prepared for this update has been slightly postponed due to circumstances beyond my control. When this announcement is given the go ahead, details we've been obligated to keep under wraps since the new year can finally be shared- all I can say now is that the discs are on track for the summer and are becoming even more comprehensive in the meantime.
The bright side of the delay is that nothing will prevent me from making sure, using all the resources available to me, that the remaining cast and crew from Manos: The Hands of Fate get to tell their stories. The overall intent of the interviews is to create a better appreciation for the film by focusing on the context in which it was made and the personalities of the people involved, their differing ambitions, and what happened to them in the years since.
I am making it a point to let the facts, the footage, and most of all the words of the people who were actually there steer the discussion. A respectful, interested and non-judgmental tone must maintained as I assemble these interviews. It would be an easy mistake to present a reductive, cynical, and frankly unoriginal judgement of Manos on the same disc that contains it, when we can easily take the opportunity to enhance people's appreciation of what exactly they are watching and re-evaluate what they thought they knew.
Is there humor? Absolutely, but it will come from the words, anecdotes, criticisms and observations of the people who were there, whose lives were shaped in some degree by their roles in the production of this film. 46 years on, there are unfortunately fewer and fewer left to give us insight into this time capsule that we have polished and restored so carefully. The interview work we're doing now is every bit as important, and your backing has directly made it possible.
An important reminder: if you've been following us on Facebook and Twitter, you'll know that Portland, Oregon's very own Manos: The Hands of Fate stage show has returned to thrill us all. Capital I Productions and Brian Koch have brought all sorts of new twists to this revival, including a delightfully creepy Debbie puppet voiced by our friend Jackey Neyman Jones.
That's right: after 46 years, Debbie will be providing her own voice. If you're in the Portland area, grab some tickets and check it out. I'll be there too for the first couple of nights as I interview some of the people involved, and Jackey and I look forward to meeting any local backers who come out.
If you're in the Pacific Northwest and won't be able to join us in person, you'll have at least two more chances: screenings of Manos are still in the works for Portland and Seattle in the coming months.
More news soon!