About this project
Help us make a musical film called << PRINCE RAMA AND THE SCORPION TORNADO >> starring sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson of the band PRINCE RAMA and directed by ASTRAL PROJECTS (Tony Lowe and Lily X. Wahrman).
Based around the songs from their upcoming album TOP 10 HITS OF THE END OF THE WORLD (to be released on Paw Tracks), the movie will be a NOW-AGE PSYCH OPERA of EPIC PROPORTIONS.
ABOUT THE FILM
SET IN A NEW AGE DYSTOPIA, a tyrannical Queen lures an existential pop star into a web of cyber conspiracy and mind control. Our heroine grapples with the depths of her dark side in a whirlwind of ensemble dance numbers, futuristic rock shows, inter-dimensional portals and cavernous underworlds. To give a general picture, think Purple Rain meets Bollywood meets The Matrix.
We've already assembled a team of exceptional artists to help us render the custom handmade costumes, massive soundstage sets, and top notch 3D animations. We have affordable access to a Brooklyn venue where our art department will be crafting the sets, but we still need funding for building materials (everything from mylar to 2x4s), props (from golden treadmills to VR goggles), makeup (tons of glitter), pro lighting equipment, film festival submission fees, DVD mastering, van rentals, etc. All we're lacking is the money to make it happen!
WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOUR HELP!
This Kickstarter is a way to open up this project to the community, and we’d love for you to be involved! In order to receive any of the money, we need to reach our full goal by September 8th.
We have a fantastic array of prizes, including digital download of the film, a black light dinner party, a personalized love song, custom jewelry, never before heard Prince Rama songs, and more! NYC area donors will be able to attend a ONE TIME ONLY PERFORMANCE in the actual, MAGICAL sets when we wrap the film. Everyone who donates will be credited in the film!
Whatever you can offer will be deeply appreciated and help us to make our dreams and nightmares come true.
ABOUT PRINCE RAMA + ASTRAL PROJECTS
PRINCE RAMA is sisters Nimai and Taraka Larson. In only four years, they have released a prolific six albums and toured in four of the seven continents, recording with members of Animal Collective and Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Their often unpredictable live shows incorporate elements of psychedelic ceremony, performance art, and dancefloor initiation rite, and when Animal Collective’s Avey Tare discovered them in a Texas dive bar in 2010, they were equipping the audience with handmade shoes clad with broken chimes. They signed to Paw Tracks shortly thereafter, and have since released Shadow Temple and Trust Now, which peaked at #3 and #6 on the Billboard New Age Charts respectively. Taraka and Nimai have lived in ashrams, worked for utopian architects, written manifestos, delivered lectures from pools of fake blood, conducted group exorcisms disguised as VHS workouts and have now finished inventing an apocalypse on which to base their new pseudo-compilation album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, comprised of ten singles “channeled” from fictional deceased pop bands. Taraka recently published a manifesto on the “NOW AGE” that puts forth Prince Rama’s aesthetic and metaphysical philosophies.
ASTRAL PROJECTS is a creative studio located in Brooklyn, directed by Lily X. Wahrman and Tony Lowe. Their work, ranging from abstract 8mm films to feature documentaries, has been screened internationally and praised by Art Forum, The Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, VICE, Fader and more. ICON EYE, an experimental film about Sun Araw / M. Geddes Gengras collaborating with the Congos in Jamaica, was lauded as “intricately highlighting intimate and unexpected moments of life’s vibrant splendour” (Portable) with “hallucinogenic magic” (Tiny Mix Tapes). BELOW THE BRAIN, a collaborative documentary about Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival, was described by Art Forum’s Amy Taubin as “rude, crude, hyperkinetic, and deliriously colorful”. Their music videos for Diva, Day One, Keepaway and more have been noted for a “deep psychedelia” (Altered Zones) that is “entertaining in the best and weirdest way possible” (Prefix). A new film about Chief Keef and teenage rappers in Chicago will be released this fall on PitchforkTV.
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Prince Rama and Astral Projects
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