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Recounting the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
Recounting the extraordinary life of author Kurt Vonnegut, and the 25-year friendship with the filmmaker who set out to document it.
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“YOU'VE REACHED YOUR GOAL, SO WHY SHOULD I STILL PLEDGE?"

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Almost eight years after his death, KURT VONNEGUT  remains one of the most popular literary figures of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Readers from one generation to the next, the world over, continue to find their lives transformed by his comic and cosmic insights, on display in such bestselling books as Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, Breakfast of Champions, Mother Night, God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, and on and on. Amazingly, all of Vonnegut's works remain in print, and his popularity shows no sign of waning. Yet to-date, there has been no definitive film documentary covering his extraordinary life and work. ROBERT WEIDE has been trying to correct that oversight for 33 years. In 2015, with your help, it will finally happen.

HOW IT STARTED

In 1982, a young filmmaker wrote a letter to his literary idol, proposing a documentary on the author's life and work. Kurt Vonnegut (then 60) soon met with Robert Weide (22) and authorized the production. Weide thought it would take a few months to raise the needed financing, and figured a film could be completed within the year. That was 33 years ago.

Weide (r) interviews Vonnegut in front of the author's boyhood home in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1994. ©Whyaduck Productions/ C. Minnick
Weide (r) interviews Vonnegut in front of the author's boyhood home in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1994. ©Whyaduck Productions/ C. Minnick

Filming on the documentary finally commenced in 1988 and continued, on-and-off, through the years, taking the pair to several locations, including Vonnegut's hometown of Indianapolis (where the author reminisced through his boyhood homes, his grade school, his high school, and many landmarks of his youth), Iowa City, where Vonnegut taught at the famous Writer's Workshop in the mid-60's, and Buffalo, New York, where Vonnegut would attend the world premiere performance of a humanist Requiem he had authored.  Weide's camera would follow the author to his 60th high school reunion, to several public speaking engagements, and on a promotional tour for his final novel, "Timequake."

Weide and Vonnegut on the shores of Lake Maxincuckee in Culver, IN. 1994. (Inscription by Vonnegut.) ©Whyaduck Productions/ C. Minnick
Weide and Vonnegut on the shores of Lake Maxincuckee in Culver, IN. 1994. (Inscription by Vonnegut.) ©Whyaduck Productions/ C. Minnick

AN UNEXPECTED FRIENDSHIP

As the years rolled by, something unexpected happened -- filmmaker and subject would become close friends. The upside to this was that Vonnegut would open up to Weide about his life and work in a personal way never before captured on camera. The downside was Weide's concern that he might be jeopardizing the "journalistic integrity" of the film. Despite his uncertainty, Weide kept filming Vonnegut (and principal people in his life) until shortly before the author's death in 2007.

After Vonnegut's passing, Weide faced big questions about how to continue with the project. What started out as a conventional documentary about an author, had now become a highly personal experience that suddenly felt exploitative to release publicly. And the years kept ticking by. (Incredibly, in 2015, Weide is just five years short of Vonnegut's age when he first approached the author.) Finally, it was a Vonnegut intimate, close to the project, who suggested full disclosure, citing that the evolving friendship between author and fan should be folded into the film -- in the same way that Vonnegut often interacts with characters in his own fictional narratives. This suggestion provided the incentive for Weide to dig out the old footage (dozens of hours of it), and carry on. Meanwhile, documentary filmmaker DON ARGOTT was recruited to document this new "meta" angle, while Weide carried on with Vonnegut's life story, as originally planned. Since Weide had already taken the film as far as he could on his own dime, it was now just a matter of financing.

That's where Kickstarter comes in.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

This is the perfect way to express your appreciation for all the enriching hours you've spent reading Kurt Vonnegut's books. This is a project authorized by Vonnegut, and one he very much hoped to see come to fruition. A successful Kickstarter campaign will resuscitate these efforts and finally make the completed film a reality after 33 years. We'll hit the ground running with more filming -- primarily interviews (with Vonnegut's friends, colleagues, family members) and pertinent locations, then back to the editing room to edit dozens of hours of footage, hundreds of photographs, never-seen home movies, etc., into a polished production that will be a worthy homage to one of America's most beloved writers. How proud will you be to know you helped make it happen? Please consider how much you can contribute, look over our rewards, and become part of Vonnegut's karass!

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Robert Weide wins his third Emmy Award.
Robert Weide wins his third Emmy Award.

ROBERT WEIDE is the recipient of an Academy Award nomination, as well as a Golden Globe award, and the prestigious Director's Guild of America (DGA) Award. He has been nominated for fourteen Emmy awards -- winning three times, for producing, directing, and editing, respectively. His documentary films include THE MARX BROS. IN A NUTSHELL, THE GREAT STANDUPS, W.C. FIELDS STRAIGHT UP, MORT SAHL: THE LOYAL OPPOSITION, the Oscar-nominated LENNY BRUCE: SWEAR TO TELL THE TRUTH, and WOODY ALLEN: A DOCUMENTARY, an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. His feature films include MOTHER NIGHT (writer/producer), based on the Kurt Vonnegut novel; HOW TO LOSE FRIENDS & ALIENATE PEOPLE (director), starring Simon Pegg, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges and Megan Fox; and last year's screen adaptation of THE GIVER (co-writer) starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.

Robert Weide & Larry David on the set of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Robert Weide & Larry David on the set of "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

In 1999, Weide produced and directed the HBO comedy special, LARRY DAVID: CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, which served as the springboard for the long-running series staring Larry David, which Weide directed and executive produced.  Last year, Weide created, wrote and directed the British comedy/drama series MR. SLOANE for Sky Atlantic TV (UK) starring Nick Frost and Olivia Colman.

Don Argott at work.
Don Argott at work.

DON ARGOTT’s first feature documentary, ROCK SCHOOL, was an official selection at Sundance and SXSW in 2004. It would receive rave reviews and become a favorite on the festival circuit, prior to its theatrical release in 2005. TWO DAYS IN APRIL, which follows four college football players as they enter the NFL Draft, had its broadcast premiere on the Documentary Channel. THE ART OF THE STEAL, chronicling the long struggle for control over the $30 billion Barnes art collection, was named by Roger Ebert as one of the Best Documentaries of 2010. LAST DAYS HERE, acquired by IFC Films, tells the story of Bobby Liebling, lead singer of the cult heavy metal band Pentagram. Sequestered for decades in his parents’ basement, Bobby’s music is finally discovered by the heavy metal underground. This cult favorite portrays the unbelievable journey of a man at the crossroads of life and death.

THE ATOMIC STATES OF AMERICA, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film looks at the United States’ long and troubling relationship with nuclear power. Argott’s latest feature, AS THE PALACES BURN, set out to tell the story of the heavy metal band, Lamb of God. But during the filming process in 2012, the story took a dramatic turn, when lead singer Randy Blythe was arrested on charges of manslaughter, blamed for the death of one of their young fans in the Czech Republic. What followed was a heart-wrenching, Kafkaesque courtroom drama that had observers on the edge of their seats.

Argott (L) and Weide flank their subject.
Argott (L) and Weide flank their subject.

LINKS

Vonnegutdoc.com

Kurt Vonnegut Docu Facebook Page

Sponsors & Contributors

Twitter: @VonnegutDoc

Whyaduck Productions Website (Weide)

9.14 Pictures Website (Argott)

REWARDS

Because of Robert Weide's long association with Kurt Vonnegut, we are able to offer some unique Vonnegut-centric rewards at all different pledge levels. Many of these items (some of them autographed by Vonnegut) are pulled directly from Weide's personal collection. Additional items have been donated by others in Vonnegut's "karass" (including his daughter) who are extremely supportive of this project. In many cases, these are rare items and opportunities that you will find nowhere else.

Weide is also culling from his other productions. If you are a fan of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," or Weide's documentaries on Woody Allen or Lenny Bruce, there are collectibles here for you as well. Many of these items are offered in extremely limited quantities, so pledge early before you miss out!

  • If you’re interested in a reward that’s not designated as deliverable to your country, email us at info@vonnegutdoc.com, and tell us where you live. We’ll investigate whether we can ship it to you, and send you an email response.
  • If you wish to receive two or more rewards that are not bundled together, simply pledge enough to cover the total number of rewards (including shipping), then include a message as to the specific rewards you desire. Do not attempt to make separate pledges for the individual rewards.
  • Kickstarter limits donations to $10,000 each. If you would like to donate more to this production, please contact us at info@vonnegutdoc.com.

SOLD OUT? MAYBE NOT:

If you are looking for a reward description for something you want, and it says “ALL GONE,” keep scrolling! In many cases, we ran out of that reward temporarily, had to re-stock, and then re-list -- sometimes multiple times. Also the pledge level may have changed. If the graphic below doesn't say "SOLD OUT" it means the reward is still available. Thanks!

2 House seats to Larry David’s Broadway smash, “A Fish In The Dark” + backstage visit with Larry. Was $4,000. Reduced to $2,800 this weekend only. Prettay, prettay, prettay cool. Only 2 pair available. Act now!
2 House seats to Larry David’s Broadway smash, “A Fish In The Dark” + backstage visit with Larry. Was $4,000. Reduced to $2,800 this weekend only. Prettay, prettay, prettay cool. Only 2 pair available. Act now!

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Original artwork created by Kurt Vonnegut! Numbered limited editions, personally signed by Vonnegut, ready to frame. Pledge levels start at $950. Many pieces just reduced for this weekend. (SEE NOTE BELOW)
Original artwork created by Kurt Vonnegut! Numbered limited editions, personally signed by Vonnegut, ready to frame. Pledge levels start at $950. Many pieces just reduced for this weekend. (SEE NOTE BELOW)

To view all the available Vonnegut artwork, and for ordering instructions, CLICK HERE.

$45: A revealing look at the real Kurt Vonnegut, through intimate correspondence with friends, family, colleagues, and fans. (PAPERBACK) Autographed by Nanny Vonnegut & Bob Weide. Also bundled with the Encyclopedia and Drawings book for $210.
$45: A revealing look at the real Kurt Vonnegut, through intimate correspondence with friends, family, colleagues, and fans. (PAPERBACK) Autographed by Nanny Vonnegut & Bob Weide. Also bundled with the Encyclopedia and Drawings book for $210.
For $80: Limited edition poster with original artwork for the documentary OR T-shirt displaying the image. BOTH for $150. (Artwork displayed may not be final, but image will be equally cool.)
For $80: Limited edition poster with original artwork for the documentary OR T-shirt displaying the image. BOTH for $150. (Artwork displayed may not be final, but image will be equally cool.)
For $50: Own the DVD of the completed film you helped finance: “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.” Includes lower tier digital rewards and KVML membership.
For $50: Own the DVD of the completed film you helped finance: “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.” Includes lower tier digital rewards and KVML membership.
For $25: 1-year membership in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Includes membership card, newsletters, a “So It Goes” bumper-sticker, a Slaughterhouse-Five “Dirty words” bookmark, and other benefits. (See reward description for details.)
For $25: 1-year membership in the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Includes membership card, newsletters, a “So It Goes” bumper-sticker, a Slaughterhouse-Five “Dirty words” bookmark, and other benefits. (See reward description for details.)


REPLENISHED: $48. Carry your Vonnegut books in this tote bag bearing the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library logo with Vonnegut’s “selfie” caricature. (Q: Where’d you get that cool Vonnegut tote? A: I helped produce a movie about him.)
REPLENISHED: $48. Carry your Vonnegut books in this tote bag bearing the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library logo with Vonnegut’s “selfie” caricature. (Q: Where’d you get that cool Vonnegut tote? A: I helped produce a movie about him.)
$45. Be a coffee achiever with this 14 oz. white Retro Ceramic Diner Mug, with our film title on the front, and Kurt’s signature “asterisk” on the back. Goes great with your Breakfast of Champions.
$45. Be a coffee achiever with this 14 oz. white Retro Ceramic Diner Mug, with our film title on the front, and Kurt’s signature “asterisk” on the back. Goes great with your Breakfast of Champions.
Brand new copies of three classic Kurt Vonnegut paperbacks: Cat’s Cradle, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions. Either top off your Vonnegut collection, or give the repeats to a friend! (Courtesy of Random House)
Brand new copies of three classic Kurt Vonnegut paperbacks: Cat’s Cradle, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions. Either top off your Vonnegut collection, or give the repeats to a friend! (Courtesy of Random House)
Some of Vonnegut’s most personal, provocative, and poignant writing is found in his later works, “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian” and “A Man Without a Country.” Get both, bundled. Courtesy Seven Stories Press.
Some of Vonnegut’s most personal, provocative, and poignant writing is found in his later works, “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian” and “A Man Without a Country.” Get both, bundled. Courtesy Seven Stories Press.
REPLENISHED! $90. Vonnegut Encyclopedia pre-order. Foreword by Vonnegut, signed by author Marc Leeds. Approx. 800 pages, weighing in at 3 pounds. Contains EVERYTHING about KV!
REPLENISHED! $90. Vonnegut Encyclopedia pre-order. Foreword by Vonnegut, signed by author Marc Leeds. Approx. 800 pages, weighing in at 3 pounds. Contains EVERYTHING about KV!
REPLENISHED! $90. KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS  - A beautiful coffee table book, 176 pages full of Vonnegut’s other talent: extraordinary artist/illustrator/doodler. Foreword by daughter Nanette Vonnegut, who will autograph your copy.
REPLENISHED! $90. KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS - A beautiful coffee table book, 176 pages full of Vonnegut’s other talent: extraordinary artist/illustrator/doodler. Foreword by daughter Nanette Vonnegut, who will autograph your copy.
This promo art for "Mother Night" (the movie) available at different pledge levels, from postcard size, to mini poster (14x20) to full 1-sheet (27x40).  Autographs by writer Weide, director Keith Gordon, star Nick Nolte.
This promo art for "Mother Night" (the movie) available at different pledge levels, from postcard size, to mini poster (14x20) to full 1-sheet (27x40). Autographs by writer Weide, director Keith Gordon, star Nick Nolte.
Early mock-up posters pitched for “Mother Night” film, never before published or seen by public. Out of 25, four beautiful 11x17 posters will be bundled at random as a $150 reward.
Early mock-up posters pitched for “Mother Night” film, never before published or seen by public. Out of 25, four beautiful 11x17 posters will be bundled at random as a $150 reward.
For $75: A copy of Robert Weide's screenplay of "Mother Night," never before published. (Sent as a PDF file.) For $100: Add a hard copy of the cover page with Weide autograph. (Limited to 50.)
For $75: A copy of Robert Weide's screenplay of "Mother Night," never before published. (Sent as a PDF file.) For $100: Add a hard copy of the cover page with Weide autograph. (Limited to 50.)
Rare props from “Mother Night” movie: LIFE magazine showing Bernard O’Hare with prisoner Howard Campbell at Ohrdruf. News article (by Kilgore Trout!) about the hunt for Campbell in U.S.
Rare props from “Mother Night” movie: LIFE magazine showing Bernard O’Hare with prisoner Howard Campbell at Ohrdruf. News article (by Kilgore Trout!) about the hunt for Campbell in U.S.
For $70: Vonnegut essay, “How To Write With Style” published as a scholastic hand-out in 1980. Now a rare collector’s item. The advice is insightful, funny, and totally Vonnegut. 11x16.5 (ONLY 4)
For $70: Vonnegut essay, “How To Write With Style” published as a scholastic hand-out in 1980. Now a rare collector’s item. The advice is insightful, funny, and totally Vonnegut. 11x16.5 (ONLY 4)
For $60, Original copy of Paul Krassner’s "The Realist” w/two Vonnegut cover stories by Krassner & Weide. Autographed by both.
For $60, Original copy of Paul Krassner’s "The Realist” w/two Vonnegut cover stories by Krassner & Weide. Autographed by both.
For $450: Limited-edition, signed, numbered, Photopolymer Intaglio print rendering of Vonnegut by his daughter, renowned artist Nanette Vonnegut. See Reward description for more details. (Limited to 20. Hurry!)
For $450: Limited-edition, signed, numbered, Photopolymer Intaglio print rendering of Vonnegut by his daughter, renowned artist Nanette Vonnegut. See Reward description for more details. (Limited to 20. Hurry!)
From 2001 stage revival of Vonnegut's "Happy Birthday, Wanda June," (directed by Weide) poster ($2,750), program ($600) or postcard ($500) all AUTOGRAPHED BY VONNEGUT and (optional) by Weide. (RARE! Only 5 posters, 1 postcard left.)
From 2001 stage revival of Vonnegut's "Happy Birthday, Wanda June," (directed by Weide) poster ($2,750), program ($600) or postcard ($500) all AUTOGRAPHED BY VONNEGUT and (optional) by Weide. (RARE! Only 5 posters, 1 postcard left.)
For the Curb fans: 1-sheet movie-style poster for "Curb Your Enthusiam," ($500) or a DVD ($155) signed by all the principal cast (Larry, Cheryl, Jeff, Susie) and director Robert Weide. (Only 6 posters. Extremely rare.)
For the Curb fans: 1-sheet movie-style poster for "Curb Your Enthusiam," ($500) or a DVD ($155) signed by all the principal cast (Larry, Cheryl, Jeff, Susie) and director Robert Weide. (Only 6 posters. Extremely rare.)
For fans of Weide's "Woody Allen: A Documentary": A 1-sheet movie poster (different countries) signed by Woody Allen and director Weide ($725). (Very rare. Limited to 10). Also Region 1 ($225) and Region 2 ($240) DVDs signed by Allen & Weide.
For fans of Weide's "Woody Allen: A Documentary": A 1-sheet movie poster (different countries) signed by Woody Allen and director Weide ($725). (Very rare. Limited to 10). Also Region 1 ($225) and Region 2 ($240) DVDs signed by Allen & Weide.
Lenny Bruce fans: 1-sheet movie poster for Weide's Oscar-nominated "Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth." Very rare. ($550). For $35: 2 programs. 8.5"x11" of poster art + 7-page B&W program from early invitational screening.
Lenny Bruce fans: 1-sheet movie poster for Weide's Oscar-nominated "Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth." Very rare. ($550). For $35: 2 programs. 8.5"x11" of poster art + 7-page B&W program from early invitational screening.
For $205: DVD of “The Giver” movie based on the beloved book by Lois Lowry. Autographed by Lowry, star Jeff Bridges, and screenwriter Weide. (Blu-Ray: $215)
For $205: DVD of “The Giver” movie based on the beloved book by Lois Lowry. Autographed by Lowry, star Jeff Bridges, and screenwriter Weide. (Blu-Ray: $215)

Risks and challenges

The respective track records of filmmakers Weide and Argott speak for themselves. Collectively, they have produced and/or directed a dozen documentary films, none of which have failed to find distribution or air as high-profile specials on PBS or HBO, resulting in Emmy awards, an Oscar nomination, and screenings at Cannes, Sundance, etc.There are distributors and broadcasters already eager to see the completed Vonnegut doc, so there is virtually no chance that the film would not find its way to the public.

The filmmakers are aiming for a completion date in late 2015. The only conceivable risk would be a delay in this date. It's possible that during the remaining production period, Weide or Argott could get called away for a short period of time to fulfill another work obligation. The most this would do is delay release for a short period of time. Since some of the rewards (film downloads, DVDs) can't be fulfilled until after completion, certain rewards might be delayed somewhat, but all reward obligations will be fulfilled as soon as possible.

The $250,000 raised by the Kickstarter campaign will not alone be enough to deliver a finished project, all-in. But it is enough to complete a final cut of the film, at which point we have other financing sources that will kick in and pay remaining costs of rights and clearances, and take us across the finish line. If we raise more than our Kickstarter goal, all the better, as it's that much less money we'll have to obtain from outside sources. The more free and clear we can be of outside financing, the better.

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    VONNEGUT'S READING SYLLABUS
    Robert Weide once asked Vonnegut for a list of books that everyone should read. Vonnegut initially responded with a list of four books, then added three others. Wonder what they are? Receive Vonnegut’s personal syllabus, scanned from his original correspondence, sent via email, in PDF form.

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    Become a card-carrying member of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. Receive a membership card, newsletters, a “So It Goes” bumper-sticker, a Slaughterhouse-Five “Dirty words” bookmark (see photos), and a free guided tour of the place when you visit Kurt’s hometown of Indianapolis. Run by fellow Vonnegut-lovers, the KVML is a non-profit organization, whose proceeds go towards preserving Kurt Vonnegut's literary, artistic and cultural contributions, as well as fighting censorship. If that isn’t nice, what is? (Normally, a $50 value.) Plus previous rewards.

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    Receive a digital copy of the completed film you are helping to finance: “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.” Sent to you following the initial public screenings of the film. (Not to be duplicated or distributed. Any piracy will be very damaging to our years of effort. Kurt would disapprove!) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership

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    LENNY BRUCE DOCUMENTARY – 2 PROGRAM COMBO, SIGNED
    2 rare programs for Weide’s Oscar-nominated documentary, “Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth,” (1998) narrated by Robert De Niro.

    PROGRAM #1: 8.5x11 color postcard stock with poster artwork and tag-line (see graphic), with all credits on back. This program signed by Weide.
    PROGRAM #2: Paper program for invitational screening of advance rough-cut. Never made available beyond that night's audience in 1996. (See graphic.) 7 pages. (Plus previous rewards.)

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    “WANDA JUNE” POSTCARD
    5x7 promotional postcards from 2001 stage revival of Vonnegut’s play, "Happy Birthday, Wanda June," signed by director Robert Weide. Graphic design by artist Scott Prior. RARE. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    “WRITTEN BY” MAGAZINE W/ARTICLE “THE BOYS OF MOTHER NIGHT” (SIGNED)
    “Written By” is the official magazine of the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA), containing articles about writing for film and television. The June, 1997 issue featured a lengthy article (loaded with photos), “The Boys of Mother Night,” about how the friendship between Vonnegut and Weide led to the making of the film based on Vonnegut’s novel. Includes many excerpts of Vonnegut and Weide’s correspondence. Weide signed and archived 6 issues, now available. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    DETAILS MAGAZINE W/ARTICLE ABOUT MAKING “MOTHER NIGHT,” SIGNED
    The June, 1997 issue of Details magazine (during its Condé Nast years) contained a lengthy article (loaded with photos) by director Keith Gordon, called, “Hell on Reels,” about the difficulties of making “Mother Night,” the movie. Two copies of the full magazine (David Duchovny on the cover), archived in Weide’s closet, are now autographed by Weide and Gordon, and offered as rewards. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    VONNEGUT DOCUMENTARY RETRO SOUVENIR MUG
    When you need a hot beverage to go with your Breakfast of Champions. This 14 oz. white Retro Ceramic Diner Mug is emblazoned on front with the title of the movie you’re helping to finance. On the back is, well, something that you’ll find on the back of many things -- an asterisk! (See illustration.) At $45, not so steep when you consider this includes previous digital rewards (including download of the film) and KVML membership.

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    "KURT VONNEGUT LETTERS" BOOK, SIGNED
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    Hundreds of riveting letters from Vonnegut to friends, family, colleagues, and fans. Some moving, some angry, some hysterically funny -- all reveal an intimate look at the writer you thought you knew. Signed by Robert Weide and Nanny Vonnegut, both recipients of several letters in this book. (Plus, previous digital rewards, download of the documentary, and KVML membership.) Also offered bundled with VONNEGUT DRAWINGS & VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA for $210.

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    (EVEN MORE) VONNEGUT TOTE BAGS
    Wow, you people really love those totes, don't you? This is our second re-stock, and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library has agreed to supply us with 35 more. What better way to carry your Vonnegut books everywhere, than with this black polypropylene Vonnegut tote bag? Lightweight, yet rugged, it bears the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library logo, complete with Vonnegut's "selfie" caricature. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    THE COMPLETED FILM ON DVD
    If you're old school, and prefer something you can hold instead of a digital download, get the DVD of the film you helped finance: “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.” Sent to you following the initial public screenings of the film. (Not to be duplicated or distributed. Any piracy will be very damaging to our years of effort. Kurt would disapprove!) Plus, previous digital rewards (except download of film) and KVML membership. (We cannot assure this DVD will play outside the USA.)

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    4 PDF LETTERS FROM VONNEGUT TO WEIDE (+ VONNEGUT SYLLABUS)
    4 letters (bundled randomly) that Vonnegut sent to director Robert Weide over the course of their 25-year friendship, covering a variety of subjects. Scanned from the originals, sent via email, in PDF form. (These items not to be duplicated, distributed or re-published.) Plus, previous digital rewards (including Vonnegut's reading syllabus) and KVML membership.

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    3 KURT VONNEGUT BOOKS
    Receive brand new copies of three classic Kurt Vonnegut paperbacks: Cat's Cradle, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions. Either top off your Vonnegut collection, or give the repeats to a friend. Books provided courtesy of Random House who have been very supportive of this documentary. (33 bundles only.) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.

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    LATER VONNEGUT
    Most Vonnegut fans have read his more familiar titles, but some of his most personal, poignant, and provocative writing was saved for his later years. You don’t have the complete picture if you haven’t read “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian” and “A Man Without a Country.” We’re bundling these two books together as a single reward, courtesy Dan Simon, founder and editor at Seven Stories Press. Only 20 available.

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    REALIST MAGAZINE (1997) WITH TWO VONNEGUT ARTICLES – SIGNED
    “The Realist” was America’s premiere counter-culture satirical magazine from 1958-2001, edited and published by Paul Krassner, a member of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, and founder of the Yippie movement. The Autumn 1997 edition had two Vonnegut-related cover stories: one by Robert Weide on the making of “Mother Night,” the other by Krassner, revealing who started the Vonnegut “Sunscreen” hoax. Issue is 10 pages. Your copy signed by Weide and Krassner. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    ORIGINAL: VONNEGUT’S “HOW TO WRITE WITH STYLE” ESSAY
    In a 1980 PR campaign, the International Paper Company commissioned Vonnegut to write an essay, which Vonnegut titled “How To Write With Style.” It’s actually damn good advice and totally Vonnegut. These were distributed mainly to high schools and are now rare collector’s items. Weide socked away four of them, now yours. 11x16.5 (Only 4.)

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    NEW REWARD: VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA (HARDCOVER) AUTOGRAPHED
    Very excited about this. “The Vonnegut Encyclopedia” by Marc Leeds, originally released in 1995, is long out-of-print. But Random House is releasing a revised, updated version this fall. This is a door-stopper of a book, close to 800 pages, and weighing in at almost 3 pounds. This book is literally what the title says, with alphabetical references to ALL THINGS VONNEGUT. We’ve been given only 10 advance copies. There’s a foreword by Vonnegut and your copy is autographed by author Leeds. If Vonnegut is the wampeter of your literary karass, this book will help recall the foma that comforts you. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Even if you’ve pledged already, this is worth a second pledge. We expect them to go fast!

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    SHOOTING SCRIPT FOR “MOTHER NIGHT” (1996)
    A digital copy of Robert Weide's shooting script for the feature film "Mother Night," based on the Vonnegut book. (Produced in 1996, starring Nick Nolte, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, Kirsten Dunst). This draft contains scenes deleted from the final cut, and has never been made available elsewhere. (See autographed version for $100.) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.

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    (ADDED) 3 KURT VONNEGUT BOOKS
    Receive brand new copies of three classic Kurt Vonnegut paperbacks: Cat's Cradle, Mother Night, and Breakfast of Champions. Either top off your Vonnegut collection, or give the repeats to a friend. Books provided courtesy of Random House who have been very supportive of this documentary. Remember,, previous digital rewards (including copy of film) and KVML membership.

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    (ADDED) LATER VONNEGUT
    Most Vonnegut fans have read his more familiar titles, but some of his most personal, poignant, and provocative writing was saved for his later years. You don’t have the complete picture if you haven’t read “God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian” and “A Man Without a Country.” We’re bundling these two books together as a single reward, courtesy Dan Simon, founder and editor at Seven Stories Press. Remember,, previous digital rewards (including copy of film) and KVML membership.

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    KURT VONNEGUT LETTERS Book
    Hundreds of riveting letters from Vonnegut to friends, family, colleagues, and fans. Some moving, some angry, some hysterically funny -- all reveal an intimate look at the writer you thought you knew. Signed by Robert Weide and Nanny Vonnegut, both recipients of several letters in this book. (Plus, previous digital rewards, download of the documentary, and KVML membership.) Also offered bundled with VONNEGUT DRAWINGS & VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA for $240.

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    VONNEGUT DOCUMENTARY POSTER, SIGNED
    Limited edition 11x17 promotional poster created for “Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck In Time” signed by directors Robert Weide and Don Argott and suitable for framing. (Poster mock-up displayed here not guaranteed to be the final design. But if different, it will be just as cool.) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.

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    T-SHIRT WITH VONNEGUT DOCUMENTARY ARTWORK
    T-shirt displaying original poster art for "Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time." (Artwork displayed here not guaranteed to be the final design. But if different, it will be just as cool.) These T-shirts will not be marketed, so be among the few people who will ever own one. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    9 PERSONAL PHOTOS OF VONNEGUT ON 5x7 POSTCARD STOCK
    Nine previously unpublished photos of Kurt Vonnegut, from Weide’s personal collection, taken over the course of their 25-year friendship. Printed on 5x7 postcard stock, with a memorable Vonnegut quote printed on the back. (These items not to be duplicated, distributed or re-published.) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.

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    (MORE) VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIAS (HARDCOVER) AUTOGRAPHED
    When we put up 12 copies earlier, we told you they would fly away, and they were gone in a few hours. You've now got a reprieve with 32 more copies. “The Vonnegut Encyclopedia” by Marc Leeds, originally released in 1995, is long out-of-print. But Random House is releasing a revised, updated version this fall. This is a door-stopper of a book, close to 800 pages, and weighing in at almost 3 pounds. This book is literally what the title says, with alphabetical references to ALL THINGS VONNEGUT. There’s a foreword by Vonnegut and your pre-order copy is autographed by author Leeds. If Vonnegut is the wampeter of your literary karass, this book will help recall the foma that comforts you. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Even if you’ve pledged already, this is worth a second pledge, or pledge up, before they all fly away again. Also offered bundled with KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS BOOK for $170.

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    NEW: KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS (HARD COVER COFFEE TABLE BOOK) AUTOGRAPHED
    You thought Vonnegut was just a great writer? This beautiful coffee table book is 176 pages chock full of Vonnegut’s other talent: that of extraordinary artist/illustrator/doodler. The first pressing of this book has sold out, but Kurt’s artist daughter Nanette Vonnegut has stashed away a few copies. She also wrote the touching foreword to the book, and she will autograph your copy. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Also offered bundled with KURT VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA for $170.

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    (MORE) VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIAS (HARDCOVER) AUTOGRAPHED
    When we put up 12 copies earlier, we told you they would fly away, and they were gone in a few hours. You've now got a reprieve with 32 more copies. “The Vonnegut Encyclopedia” by Marc Leeds, originally released in 1995, is long out-of-print. But Random House is releasing a revised, updated version this fall. This is a door-stopper of a book, close to 800 pages, and weighing in at almost 3 pounds. This book is literally what the title says, with alphabetical references to ALL THINGS VONNEGUT. There’s a foreword by Vonnegut and your pre-order copy is autographed by author Leeds. If Vonnegut is the wampeter of your literary karass, this book will help recall the foma that comforts you. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Even if you’ve pledged already, this is worth a second pledge, or pledge up, before they all fly away again. Also offered bundled with KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS BOOK for $170.

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    (MORE) VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIAS (HARDCOVER) AUTOGRAPHED
    These keep flying off the shelf and we keep having to order more and re-list them. “The Vonnegut Encyclopedia” by Marc Leeds, originally released in 1995, is long out-of-print. But Random House is releasing a revised, updated version this fall. This is a door-stopper of a book, close to 800 pages, and weighing in at almost 3 pounds. This book is literally what the title says, with alphabetical references to ALL THINGS VONNEGUT. There’s a foreword by Vonnegut and your pre-order copy is autographed by author Leeds. If Vonnegut is the wampeter of your literary karass, this book will help recall the foma that comforts you. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Even if you’ve pledged already, this is worth upping your pledge, before they all fly away again. Also offered bundled with KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS BOOK for $170.

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    KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS (HARD COVER COFFEE TABLE BOOK) AUTOGRAPHED
    Hooray! We replenished our supply! You thought Vonnegut was just a great writer? This beautiful coffee table book is 176 pages chock full of Vonnegut’s other talent: that of extraordinary artist/illustrator/doodler. The first pressing of this book has sold out, but Kurt’s artist daughter Nanette Vonnegut has stashed away a few copies. She also wrote the touching foreword to the book, and she will autograph your copy. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.) Also offered bundled with KURT VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA for $170.

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    AUTOGRAPHED SHOOTING SCRIPT FOR “MOTHER NIGHT” + PROMO POSTCARD
    A digital copy of Robert Weide's script for the feature film of Vonnegut's "Mother Night" (as previously described), PLUS, you’ll receive a hard copy of the script’s title page, with Weide's inscription and autograph. (Just print out the script, add the title page, and you've got an autographed copy of the full script.) Plus, a 5x7 promotional postcard for "Mother Night" featuring color poster art with billing block. (See graphic on this page.) Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.

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    “MOTHER NIGHT” MINI-POSTER (13.5x20)
    Original mini-posters (13.5x20) from the 1996 film “Mother Night,” based on the novel by Kurt Vonnegut. Created for theater display only, long out of print. Never mass-produced or sold to public. (See graphic on this page.) ONLY 10. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    "CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM" OUTLINE W/ DIRECTOR'S NOTES, AUTOGRAPHED
    A copy of Robert Weide's on-set story outline for the "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode, "The Doll" (Season 2), complete with Weide's personal director notes. (Sent via email as a PDF. Hard copy of cover page with Weide inscription and autograph will be mailed.) Plus, previous digital rewards, credit on film, and KVML membership.

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    “MOTHER NIGHT” MOCK-UP POSTER DESIGNS (4 Bundled)
    Before the final promotional artwork was chosen for “Mother Night,” several polished “mock-up” poster ideas were pitched. The original artwork has been in storage since 1996, recently scanned and now reproduced as 10x15 posters. Never before made public. 4 different designs (all of them beautiful) will be bundled as a single reward. (These items not to be duplicated, distributed or re-published.) Only 50 bundles available. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    VONNEGUT DOCUMENTARY POSTER AND T-SHIRT, COMBINED
    Own the limited edition, director-signed, 11x17 poster for the documentary, as well as the T-shirt displaying this original graphic (both described earlier) and save $10 off the combined pledge of both items. (Plus, previous digital rewards and KVML membership.)

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    CURB DVD - FULL CAST AUTOGRAPH
    A DVD from one season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," with package AUTOGRAPHED by stars Larry David, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, and director Robert B. Weide. (Plus, previous digital rewards, credit on film, and KVML membership.)

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    KURT VONNEGUT ENCYCLOPEDIA & KURT VONNEGUT DRAWINGS BOOK - BUNDLED
    Please see earlier descriptions for each book. By pledging for this combo reward, you save $10 off the cost of pledging individually. Both autographed. (Plus previous digital rewards, and KVML membership.)

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