FLUIDØ is VIRUS, SEX, HACK, DRUG & CONSPIRACY. Shu Lea Cheang, director of cyberpunk cult film I.K.U, is set to direct FLUIDØ in Berlin
FLUIDØ is VIRUS, SEX, HACK, DRUG & CONSPIRACY. Shu Lea Cheang, director of cyberpunk cult film I.K.U, is set to direct FLUIDØ in Berlin Read more
About this project
Set in the post-AIDS future of 2060, where the Government is the first to declare the era AIDS FREE, mutated AIDS viruses give birth to ZERO GEN - humans that have genetically evolved in a very unique way. These gender fluid ZERO GENs are the bio-drug carriers whose white fluid is the hypernarcotic for the 21st century, taking over the markets of the 20th century white powder high. The ejaculate of these beings is intoxicating and the new form of sexual commodity in the future. The new drug, code named DELTA, diffuses through skin contact and creates an addictive high.
A new war on drugs begins and the ZERO GEN are declared illegal. The Government dispatches drug-resistant replicants for round-up arrest missions. When one of these government android's immunity breaks down and its pleasure centers are activated, the story becomes a tangled multi-thread plot and the ZERO GENs are caught among underground drug lords, glitched super agents, a scheming corporation and a corrupt government. Check yourself in as a fluid junkie for a super hyper viral ride.
“Throughout the 1980s I was living and working in New York City and very much involved with the downtown scenes of performance and independent filmmaking. The 1980s was a decade of protest and street actions, of clubbing, sex, drugs and the virus. As the 1980s progressed, I and my friends were attending funerals on a weekly basis, funerals of friends passing away because of the AIDS epidemic. With ACT UP leading direct action and civil disobedience cities worldwide, the pressure on governments to find a remedy increased. Yet, more scandals and conspiracy theories would surface that indict government and pharmaceutical industries’ failure to produce and distribute the essential drugs for a cure. FLUIDØ ultimately claims the virus as my own salvation. It is an attempt at reconciliation with the pain of lost intimacy.” – Shu Lea Cheang
ABOUT THE FILM
“The worldwide spread of the AIDS epidemic that began in the late 1970s mostly profited a number of pharmaceutical companies working with governments to find a cure. Since the introduction of AZT in 1987, each release of new experimental drugs brings new hope for ending the crisis. With the film FLUIDØ, the existence of the genetically mutated ZERO GENs manifests the failed AIDS drug experiments contrived by the government and the pharmaceutical industry in the late 20th century.” – Shu Lea Cheang
Taiwanese-American director Shu Lea Cheang is best known for her 2000 cult smash I.K.U. in which sensual cyborgs fuck for information and pleasure. The film, heavily influenced by Blade Runner, is perhaps the first cyperpunk movie to radically explore the possibilities of cybernetic sexualities. The pioneer in the field of media art embraced internet and hacking culture early on, recognizing both its capacity to enslave as well as liberate, mixing that with queer and sexually explicit imagery bringing something new to the cultural landscape. Cheang describes herself as both a “cyberhomesteader” and a “high-tech aborigine” hinting at meta-levels of not only her own life, but the worlds of her films.
I.K.U. ( 2000), Trailer from Uplink Co. Tokyo
FLUIDØ is being produced by Jürgen Brüning. Longtime collaborator of Bruce LaBruce (No Skin Off My Ass, The Raspberry Reich, Otto, L.A. Zombie), Brüning’s production company has put out over 20 feature-length films and documentaries since 1987, including films by Ela Troyano, Penelope Buitenhuis, Maria Beatty, Emilie Jouvet, Cheryl Dunye and Julia Ostertag. Brüning curates several film festivals and founded the infamous Porn Film Festival Berlin in 2006, which hosts an annually increasing number of guests from all over the world.
THE WORLD OF THE ZERO-GEN
The world of the future is packaged, compact and available for ready consumption without complications of more than minimal interaction. In the BioNet era, nourishment is a packaged liquid sliding down tubes from source to orifice. All things needed are built into the body – living apps that are injected with liquid, bypassing even hardware installation and ready to be updated and added to at will. Codes are rewritten to reengineer human body functions. The future here contains what is needed within and on the body, including hands imbedded with iris scanners, zipper tattoos that can actually open to become a communication medium, memory drives are teardrops encoding into contact lenses. The open conduits of tubes, not wires, compose the BioNet era. Cypher punk code hacking data hunting takes human body as battleground, the final frontier.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
Shooting for FLUIDØ will commence in fall 2015 with post-production to be done in the winter and finished in spring 2016. It is extremely important for us to work with the perfect cast, art department and costume designers as they are crucial to translating Shu Lea Cheang’s vision of the future into real sets and radical costumes. Art director Christin Vahl and costume designer Sebastian Ellrich have presented ideas which convert the future landscapes and outfits perfectly according to the director’s visions of a futuristic world. Your funding will be supporting these ideas and the production. We believe with your backing we can make this possible and ultimately realize the most complete and substantial version of Shu Lea Cheang’s vision.
Production for FLUIDØ will be supported by German distributor Rapid Eye Movies in Cologne. We are very happy to have them on board. They have been backing Shu Lea Cheang’s work from the beginning (I.K.U. had a very successful DVD release in Germany and without them it couldn’t be the cult film hit it is now). However, now we are in need of financial support to cover production costs.
We have found a great location where we can build and set up the futuristic world of FLUIDØ. Furthermore, we have assembled a wonderful cast and crew who will literally breathe life into Shu Lea Cheang's cyberpunk world!
Shu Lea Cheang's film debut was in 1994 with Fresh Kill, which premiered at the International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale). Fresh Kill is not available on DVD, so we decided to release it online for our FLUIDØ backers.
Or you can get a digital file of the Fresh Kill poster, to print or use as wallpaper on your computer!
Fresh Kill tells the story of two young lesbian parents, who get caught up in a global exchange of industrial waste via contaminated sushi. Together with kitchen workers, they make an unlikely alliance with activists in the developing world and strike back.
Original soundtrack of Shu Lea's cult classic I.K.U. by The Saboten and On-Off. Get a taste here!
Get a space for Marlen's bondage and kinky play workshops!
Marlen Cat, who will be portraying EVA in FLUIDØ, a former super agent who turns into Dominatrix can also dominate you in real life, or teach you how to tie your partner with bondage rope!
For instance, learn how to balance between body movement and rope in her workshop "Rope Makes Sense". More info on her workhsops on www.marlen.me
Bruce LaBruce's debut feature film No Skin Off My Ass (1991) with G.B. Jones and Klaus von Brücker, as well as Hustler White (1996) with Tony Ward are available online for our lovely backers!
Risks and challenges
FLUIDØ is a highly ambitious project which will be realized with the strong vision of the director Shu Lea Cheang in collaboration with the Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion.
Jürgen Brüning’s experience making subversive, edgy film projects a reality for the past decades, with numerous low budget films, such as “Mommy is Coming” (2010) by Cheryl Dunye, “Too Much Pussy” (2009) by Emilie Jouvet and “Pierrot Lunaire” (2013) by Bruce LaBruce - to name some of the most recent ones - will make sure any possible obstacles are overcome, so that we can reach our current goal, FLUIDØ.
We also share the support of our sales agency Raspberry & Cream lead by Maren Kroymann, who is convinced the film will find distributors and appropriate festivals to have the widest exposure it deserves.
We are happy that we can connect directly to you, the audience, through Kickstarter to make this film happen. With your support no compromises to our artistic, radical and political vision will be made in bringing FLUIDØ to you and the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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