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THE HENRY FOOL TRILOGY BOXED-SET - SUBTITLED

La Trilogía de Henry Fool  

La trilogie Henry Fool  

ヘンリーフール 3部作 

Die Henry Fool Trilogie

He's Back!

Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival (I'm still pretty happy about that), HENRY FOOL has only now been properly restored in HD. The rights to the film have recently—at long last and with considerable drama—reverted to me. So I'm eager to bring it out together with FAY GRIM (2006) and NED RIFLE (2014), presenting, in one piece, this long and winding story of the Grim family of Woodside Queens and their friend, husband, lover, and dad—the inimitable Henry Fool.

I want to subtitle all three films in five languages—English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.

If we're successful here, this will be the first edition of my collected films, all restored and updated to HD in an attractively presented and uniform way. They'll all be subtitled in these five languages and available from halhartley.com, designed, produced and manufactured by my company Possible Films.

This handsomely designed boxed-set features a 16-page booklet with rare photos and an essay, and each film is being re-authored with better menu and scene-access design. There will be a new film by yours truly featuring rarely seen materials from the Trilogy's twenty-year process.

draft page of the 16-page booklet insert
draft page of the 16-page booklet insert

The Henry Fool Trilogy boxed-set will be available exclusively from halhartley.com for $100 starting in November 2017. But if you pre-buy your Henry Fool Trilogy boxed-set via this Kickstarter campaign for only $100 (or whatever you wish) you'll receive FREE SHIPPING and get my soon-to-be-released new CD, After The Catastrophe, featuring brand new tracks and new arrangements of tunes from Henry Fool, Fay Grim, and Ned Rifle—and (as of this writing) even some new versions from Trust, The Girl from Monday, and Meanwhile. 

the latest version of the CD cover...
the latest version of the CD cover...

OR—get the boxed-set and the 2018 halhartley.com calendar. And, of course, there are a number of other cool ways to back the project listed over there on the right of your screen. 

a draft of the calendar's first month
a draft of the calendar's first month

As you can see, we never sleep up here at Possible Films.

Watching the three films now, I'm struck by how HENRY FOOL resonates with the present. You'll know what I mean when the always excellent Kevin Corrigan, as the failure named Warren, takes up politics and hands out flyers for some loudmouth aiming to "save America from itself!" FAY GRIM, of course, sought to portray the weirdness of being—like Fay herself—a well intentioned but uninformed American in a post 9/11 world becoming increasingly hostile and incomprehensible. And Ned Rifle registers the violent desire for clarity and peace that tends to sidestep attempts at reconciliation. 

So, I like them all together. They're three very different kinds of entertainment—almost a decade between each one. But, all together, they come as close as I can manage to a nonpartisan portrait of the culture I'm part of and with which—like a lot of us I suppose—I've had to wrestle.

I'm really happy to have the opportunity to bring them all together in one package.

HENRY FOOL will also be available on its own for streaming (outside the US and UK and their territories) at halhartley.com in November 2017.

The DVDs will be manufactured in both NTSC format (for North America and Japan) and PAL format (for most of the rest of the world). There will be no region codes limiting where these products can be watched. 

Thanks for reading. My cohorts and I will be making noise for the next 30 days—emails, newsletters, music and video posts. Tune in if you wish. We hope at least to be entertaining and sometimes even informative. But no hard feelings if you need to tune out. Life goes on. 

All the best, 

Hal

I've done two Kickstarter campaigns before, one in 2011 to distribute my film Meanwhile and another in 2013 to produce my latest feature, Ned Rifle.

The success of those campaigns convinced me that Kickstarter allows me direct access to my fan base around the world—an access I never had before. And I decided that what I must try to do is to make my films available in the other principle languages in which they have been most widely distributed. And so I'm back with the HENRY FOOL TRILOGY Boxed-Set, a Kickstarter Gold project.

 

Risks and challenges

Compared to my last Kickstarter for Ned Rifle (2013), for instance, the risks here are easier to anticipate. All three films exist and are in good shape. This is largely a very fun design and manufacturing project. But the subtitling is a new and challenging set of tasks that me and my helpers are tackling. We've budgeted the translation and subtitling work by getting estimates from three of the leading services in the US and by working, in regard to the French, with my regular and highly valued translator in Paris, Mathieu Germain. In fact, there are Possible Films "Ambassadors" around the globe—good friends, literate in their own language and English, who are proofing translations.

But some screw-ups can occur in manufacture. On the Ned Rifle project it took us a couple of months to realize the factory mistakenly put PAL (European format) disks in a few hundred of the NTSC (US format) cases. Twenty or thirty of the backers got disks that didn't play and we decided this just couldn't be the random botched disk. But we figured it out. (This time every disk and every case is labeled as to format!)

Then, of course, translation is not an exact science. Some of you might disagree with some renderings. But we're trying to create groups of reviewers in each language to help reach the most sane translations.

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