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Andrei Arsenievich Tarkovsky (1932-1986) is widely regarded as one of the top directors of all time. Time Within Time explores the acclaimed Russian director through his diary, and his articulate assessments on life, love, art and the struggles he endured working in the Soviet political system. Tarkovsky comes alive through interviews with his closest family and friends, and rare archival footage and photographs. As the voice of Tarkovsky, the renowned Russian actor Oleg Vidov  personalizes Tarkovsky, and we come to know the man, his personality, his influences, and challenges he faced, through his own words.

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Our journey took us deep into Russia to understand the influences of Tarkovsky. In Moscow we interviewed his sister Marina Tarkovsky, and Andrei Konchalovsky the award winning director who went to VGIK Film School with Tarkovsky and co wrote his first 3 films. We went to Rome to interview the late Tonino Guerra (legendary Italian screenwriter for Federico Fellini, Michaelangelo Antonioni, and Tarkovsky), and to Stockholm to meet Katinka Farago (Ingmar Bergman's production manager for 30 years) who helped on his last film "The Sacrifice' in 1985. And I even went up to Tarkovsky's country home in Myasnoye Village- 300 km from Moscow, to experience this 'unbelievably beautiful land' that he wrote about. You can experience it too.

Tarkovsky left us some of the greatest films of all time (Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia, The Sacrifice) that are still studied today for their poetic logic, and the international language of film. 

Tarkovsky on the set of Andrei Rublev (Courtesy of Mosfilm)
Tarkovsky on the set of Andrei Rublev (Courtesy of Mosfilm)
Tonino Guerra and Tarkovsky in Sardinia, Costa Paradiso (courtesy of Enrica Antonioni)
Tonino Guerra and Tarkovsky in Sardinia, Costa Paradiso (courtesy of Enrica Antonioni)
Tarkovsky and Konchalovsky (courtesy of Andrei Konchalovsky)
Tarkovsky and Konchalovsky (courtesy of Andrei Konchalovsky)

What will the Funding go for?

Our film is 75% complete. All principal photography is done. Editing is almost there, depending on the final archival footage and photos we can afford. We are seeking the final finishing funds to payoff literary and archival footage/ photo rights, original music score, sound design, final audio mix, and color correction. We want to finish at a professional standard equal to the talent in the film, and what this important film deserves. We can finish by September. Its already generating a buzz on You Tube and has been excerpted in the Hollywood Reporter. We have assembled an experienced team of quality professionals to get it done. But it does cost money, and we have raised money to get to this critical point.

Your pledge will help with payments for 13 minutes of archival film footage from Mosfilm, RAI TV, Swedish Film Institute, and other private owners; 81 Photos from 12 individuals and organizations; and 20 minutes of an original music score from Kubilay Uner; Plus standard costs for technical services to deliver a First Class film including $12,000 for Sound Design  $8000 for Sound Mix, and $10,000 for Color Correction (and these are discounted rates); 

Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Sacrifice (Courtesy of Layla Alexander-Garrett)
Andrei Tarkovsky on the set of Sacrifice (Courtesy of Layla Alexander-Garrett)

The Team

PJ Letofsky and Oleg Vidov
PJ Letofsky and Oleg Vidov

About the Director PJ Letofsky:
Born and raised in Minneapolis, PJ studied piano and photography from age 6. An accomplished pianist and composer, PJ released 8 rock and roll records, touring for 10 years before moving into film. He directed TV Party, a Minneapolis based arts and music cable show (43 episodes), before moving into features with “Summer Solstice” in 2003. In 2009, he directed Polly’s GlobalWalk on sister Polly Letofsky’s 5 year walk around the world for Breast Cancer. He studied film at UCLA and has been producing, directing, editing for 20 years.

About Oleg Vidov:
Oleg is the Russian Robert Redford. He has appeared in 50 films since 1961, some of the most popular Soviet films ever made, which are still regularly broadcast on Russian television today. His U.S. credits include "Red Heat," "Wild Orchid," and "Thirteen Days." Tarkovsky was the first person Oleg called when he himself arrived in Rome in 1985, becoming the first major Soviet actor ever to defect.

About Joan Borsten, Producer; Joan graduated UC Berkeley and received a graduate degree from USC. In 1973 she became a staff reporter for The Jerusalem Post. Several years later PJ’s father Irv Letofsky, Entertainment editor of the Los Angeles Times, began sending her on assignments from Poland to West Africa, and Spain to India. In 1985, she met Oleg Vidov in Rome and returned to Los Angeles where she worked for Carthago Films (“La Traviata”) and Just Betzer Films (“Babette’s Feast”). In 1988 Joan and Oleg formed Films by Jove Inc., a film production and distribution company, and in 1992 acquired worldwide rights (excluding the former USSR) to most of the award-winning animation library of Moscow’s Soyuzmultfilm Studio.

About Peter Belsito, Executive Producer; Peter grew up in New York City, graduated from the Univ of Wisconsin, Madison and from the UCLA Masters Film program. He was a founding member of the Independent Feature Project (IFP) in New York City in 1981 and opened the IFP office in Los Angeles (now FIND). He worked professionally as a cinematographer, produced films, documentaries, and wrote screenplays. In 1988 he assisted Sydney Levine in founding FILM FINDERS as a blue chip film acquisitions tracking, consulting and publishing firm, and in 1995 became Head of Sales/ Marketing and Executive Vice President. In 2006 FILM FINDERS merged with WITHOUT A BOX to develop new digital services for filmmakers, festivals, and international sales and distribution. In 2008 FILM FINDERS / WITHOUT A BOX were sold to IMDb /Amazon.com. Today he is a blogger on www.SydneysBuzz.com website which appears on IndieWire and IMDb, covering the international independent film business, and travels extensively throughout the year to film festivals and markets worldwide. 

Risks and challenges

The risks and challenges of producing an international film can be overwhelming, especially when it involves a greatly respected historical figure. There are cultural sensitivities, and business/ legal hurdles with finding the intellectual property rights holders, and negotiating licensing, agreements (with many different people and organizations). But we are at a point where we can finish relatively quickly. All principal photography is done, and we are in contact with all the rights holders. and we need to pay them to complete the film. And then we need to finish the technical, professional 'delivery' elements- and that can be expensive, but it's the right thing to do. You can see by viewing the Trailer that we are almost there, and that we have the support of some very prestigious people.

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    Tarkovsky Fan; A sincere Thank You and inclusion on our monthly email list- I'll write, promise! Your name will be placed on our website's Tarkovsky Time Within Time Hall of Fame; You will also get your name and picture in the Official Facebook Page as a Tarkovsky Backer. (You can remain anonymous and still receive your rewards)

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    Exclusive VIP Backer; A High Quality Digital download of the finished film to watch at your leisure; Plus! Exclusive 30 minutes of special behind the scenes footage and outtakes as an online link- Moscow, Rome, Paris- at least one clip a month starting in July until the release. This is an English language film, with subtitles for Russian and Italian interviews.

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    Special Collector Edition; A special “Kickstarter Supporter Edition” DVD of the finished film with packaging unique to this campaign, autographed by Oleg Vidov and PJ Letofsky; And your name with a special "Kickstarter Thank You" in the film credits; Plus the Poster, and Hall of Fame credit. It's also a great gift for your cinephile friends. DVD shipping date TBD after film release. This is an English language film, with subtitles for Russian and Italian interviews.

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    Beverly Hills Premiere House Party- Exclusive release party is limited to 50 people with PJ and Oleg, food, drinks. Get to know us, and our team and celebrate our film. And leave with an autographed DVD, and other goodies. Must find your way to Beverly Hills. (Does not include travel or accommodation)

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    WORLDWIDE PREMIERE ONLINE SCREENING! A first of its kind live movie screening across the world. I'll host at least three live online screenings of the film. Watch from your computer or mobile device, and after each screening, I'll stick around to answer as many of your questions about the film as I can via online Q&A; You'll also get the Script in a PDF file. Plus you get a DVD, Poster, Film credit, and are in the Hall of Fame.

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    Host Your Own House Party Private Screening! Invite your family, friends, and whoever you want, and Director PJ and Oleg will have a Q&A conversation, at the end of the movie, via Skype; We can appear live in person if you pay our expenses (we live in Los Angeles); Plus you will get the DVD, Poster, Digital download, and Script... This will truly be a memorable evening!

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