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The untold story of a great poet, actor, playwright, painter, sculptor, teacher, storyteller, editor, publisher and social activist.

About this project

One-Man Boat proposes to make a full-length documentary film with accompanying biographical book on the life and times of a remarkable and unforgettable artist, George Hitchcock. George's life was really larger than life, as former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine said. According to Levine, George's poetry was among the best of his generation, yet he was also a memorable and innovative playwright, storyteller, actor, painter and sculptor. In the middle of his life, he added teaching and editing to his accomplishments, becoming one of the great teachers of our time and the editor/publisher of KAYAK magazine and books, both of which greatly advanced poetry, small press publishing and independent thinking in the sixties, seventies and eighties. George also possessed, with Orson Welles and Dylan Thomas, one of the great and commanding voices of the 20th century. 

Nine years before his death in 2010, George Hitchcock allowed his former students and longtime friends, Kevin Brennan and Robert McDowell, to interview and film him over the course of a week at his home outside Eugene, Oregon. This resulted in several hours of footage and terrific conversation and theatrical business that included "drop-in" segments with the poet Marjorie Simon, Hitchcock's partner, and Garrett Hongo, poet and director of the M.F.A. program at the University of Oregon.

One-Man Boat, the project, intends to make use of support to transfer and preserve film footage with the latest technology, edit and shape appropriate footage and create a documentary DVD film that illuminates the life and times of this extraordinary individual. The film will also preserve one of the great speaking and dramatic voices of the last century. In addition, the film editors will write and create an accompanying biographical book on George Hitchcock and the history of the project. 

Risks and challenges

The greatest risk facing One-Man Boat, the project, is that the footage will eventually deteriorate and be lost if it isn't upgraded, edited and shaped. Robert McDowell and associates are qualified to oversee film upgrading, editing and writing of the text and film script/notes.

Funding here will allow us to work with a professional film editor to shape and preserve the film footage. Interviews with prominent artists and authors will be shot and added. At the same time, the book will be written as a record of the project's progress and a biography of the man himself.

The greatest risk for all is that the voice and contributions of such a remarkable literary and artistic figure could be lost. With your help, we won't let that happen.

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