SURVIVING DESIRE (& Company)
We are now restoring Surviving Desire (1991) in HD, along with two short films that have usually been presented with it, Theory of Achievement and Ambition (both also completed in 1991).
This will be a 2-disc boxed-set, the third edition of my complete works, subtitled in Japanese, French, Spanish and German, as well as English. There will be a 16 page booklet with an essay and interview as well as a lot of photos.
Also, we are rebuilding the little musical film, Opera No. 1 (1993), featuring Adrienne Shelly, Parker Posey, James Urbaniak and Patricia Dunnock. This will be included as well.
Finally, bowing to intense pressure from five or six devoted (and very well informed) fans from various parts of the globe, I am restoring—as much as possible—the “juvenilia”— that is: the two short films I made in the 1980’s that still exist: Kid (1984) and The Cartographer’s Girlfriend (1986). So this boxed-set will contain all the work I did in 16mm.
As with the Henry Fool Trilogy and Long Island Trilogy boxed-sets, rewards will include a calendar, and a CD of new music based on tunes from these films. But also a new book of the scripts—including the original 1986 version of Theory of Achievement, recently rediscovered!
We aim to deliver all this by December 1, 2019
Risks and challenges
With all these films we’re going back to the 16mm “original cut negative.” They’ve been cleaned “sonically” (look out!) and the natural and common imperfections of motion picture photography have been digitally abolished as much as possible. So they are likely to look better than they ever have. But we’re not going crazy—we’re not trying to correct what is the original lo-fi grandeur of 16mm in the early 1990’s.
Also—be warned: Kid (1984) and The Cartographer’s Girlfriend (1986) are youthful efforts and are a little rough. Everyone was young once, you know. And one's ideas, interests, and competence don’t just appear fully clothed out of nowhere. The audio is likely to sound like a transistor radio at the bottom of a well. The Cartographer’s Girlfriend was entirely shot on outdated film stock (like a decade outdated) given to me by my boss. This “juvenilia” will be presented on the second disc.
And they’re all SQUARE!!!! Or more or less square. These films were made for TV. And TV’s were once square boxes. Now they’re flat rectangular panels. What’s to be done? There will be black bars on either side of the film you are watching.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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