Happy Moondog Day!
Happy Birthday Moondog!
Today would have been the great man’s 102nd birthday and to celebrate there have been a number of special events around the world. Director Holly Elson was in London to meet Huey Morgan to talk about the film as part of a radio show about Moondog that the musician and DJ is presenting for the UK’s Radio 4 to be aired at the end of May. Holly reflected on the process of making the film and some of the remarkable finds she and the team have made along the way. The show also features a number of those collaborators of Moondog who appear in the film.
In New York, our Producer Lori Cheatle was at the Remembering Moondog evening at NYPL for the Performing Arts to talk about the film. She was joined on stage at the Bruno Walter Auditorium by some of Moondog’s friends and collaborators who also appear in the film. They shared some great stories of working with Moondog during his time in the city.
The audience, many of whom remembered Moondog from his time on 6th Avenue, also enjoyed live performances, a reading from his lost play Thor, archival recordings of his poetry, and a reunion of Moondog friends and collaborators. Thanks to Evan Leslie and the team for a great evening! Lori was thrilled to meet so many in the audience who had stories to tell about their encounters with Moondog. It’s not too late to have your stories and archival material included in the project. Please message us here if you have a story to tell or material to share.
In addition to Moondog’s birthday, today marks the anniversary of our campaign. Since you helped us smash our goal we’ve all been on an amazing journey of discovery that has involved travelling across the US and Europe, digging around in basements and attics, unearthing some amazing material, delving into the official Moondog archive and unlocking some of his braille scores for the very first time. We’ve met some great people who knew and worked with Moondog and some who have become experts on his life and work. Along the way the team has produced a number of other films including the award-winning documentaries MATANGI/MAYA/M.I.A., KIKI and I Am Another You and Holly has also managed to produce two little Moondog fans of her own!
The project is taking longer than we anticipated and we really appreciate your patience – particularly as we haven’t always been able to share as much as we would like. We’ve had the chance to make the project bigger than we ever imagined when we set out. Louis Hardin spent 30 years on the streets determined to get his work to as many people as possible and we feel that the very least we can do is spent a fraction of that time doing as much research and other work to make this a great movie. We hope you will continue to be part of this fun ride as we head towards the finishing line and look forward to sharing the film with you.
Thank you from Holly and The Viking of 6th Avenue Team.