The Earth Moves - Update
To all The Earth Moves contributors –
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we move toward completion of our film.
We are reaching the last phase of editing — an intensive process for director/editor John Walter in completing the last act of this epic 4 Act film. This last Act is centered on the underlying science incorporated into the opera and the enigmatic figure of Einstein himself. After the Kickstarter campaign, we did some additional shooting of interviews with Professor Steven Gimbel, whose book Einstein: His Space and Times was published by Yale in 2015.
The film has expanded in scope — and our target for completion is now in the summer of 2017. John is holed up in a basement editing space in Soho, with a little bit of light filtering in from 6th Avenue. The film is being edited in an unconventional way — with all graphics and visual effects executed as John proceeds through the cut. There is a massive amount of archival footage included — some of it never before seen — from private collections, members of the ensemble, and the creators of the opera. This material follows the evolution of Einstein on the Beach from its first rehearsals at Westbeth through the most recent production. The filmmakers have had unprecedented access, but the documentary's true merit comes from John Walter's ability to present the artistic process in a context that has surprised even the opera’s composer.
John Walter explores the creative synergy between the artists in Lower Manhattan in the 1960’s and 1970’s and finally shifts his lens to the subject that inspired the opera: the world of Einstein and the creative leap that initiated a revolution in the way the physical world was perceived as a narrative. This leap between the art world and the world of science — between opera and physics — is the beating heart of our film.
We’re so close to completing John’s most ambitious film — and a very fitting complement to How to Draw a Bunny and Theater of War. Of course, we couldn’t have made it to this point without your support. We feel confident that you will consider The Earth Moves worth every bit of the wait and director/editor John Walter's considerable efforts.
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