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SYNOPSIS

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.

FLUIDØ liquid food bag - Graphic design by Nekrobot
FLUIDØ liquid food bag - Graphic design by Nekrobot

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“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

THE PRODUCTION

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.

Still of Hustler White by Bruce LaBruce with Tony Ward, Copyright: Rick Castro
Still of Hustler White by Bruce LaBruce with Tony Ward, Copyright: Rick Castro

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.

FLUID Installation by Shu Lea Cheang, Norway, 2004
FLUID Installation by Shu Lea Cheang, Norway, 2004

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!

I.K.U. (2000) official poster
I.K.U. (2000) official poster

Rewards

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.

Fresh Kill (1994)
Fresh Kill (1994)

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Original soundtrack of Shu Lea's cult classic I.K.U. by The Saboten and On-Off. Get a taste here!

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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

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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!

No Skin Off my Ass (1991)
No Skin Off my Ass (1991)

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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.

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
    Your name as a funder on the official website of the film!
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    Party with us in Berlin!

    On October 24th 2015, Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion will be hosting a special party at Prince Charles in Berlin, with DJs Bruce LaBruce, Ena Lind, Madlick and more!

    (only if you are Berlin!)

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    Official posters of Shu Lea Cheang's debut film Fresh Kill and cult cyberpunk movie I.K.U. as high resolution downloadable files to print as you like! Makes for a great birthday gift ;)

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    Digital download of the I.K.U. OST!

    I.K.U. original soundtrack, written by The Saboten and On-Off is now available for download for all our backers!
    Another collector's item!!

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    Τhank you video message from FLUIDØ director Shu Lea Cheang! Shu Lea will send you her love and thanks and you can always be reminded that you helped make this project possible.

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    You too can own an original digital artwork by Shu Lea Cheang! Become a collector of an edition from Cheang's 'DATA HACK' collection from Sedition (www.seditionart.com)

    The DATA HACK collection includes three digital editions derived from her net art pieces: Reading (2014), Typing (2014) and Seeding (2015). Choose one of the 3 artworks at
    http://www.seditionart.com/shu-lea-cheang/collection/data-hack

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    Download an exclusive link to Shu Lea Cheang's debut film Fresh Kill (1994), not available on DVD!!!

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    Get a special link to download Bruce LaBruce's cult film Hustler White (1996), produced by Bruce's long time collaborator and FLUIDØ producer Jürgen Brüning!

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    Watch FLUIDØ the movie before its official theatrical release!

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    Watch films online by Sensate Films!

    Our dear friend Gala Vanting, a Melbourne-based, award-winning erotic film producer and educator who runs Sensate Films has offered us access to some of her productions, especially for our backers.

    See what you can get access to here
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    Watch FLUIDØ the movie before its official theatrical release PLUS the MAKING OF video!

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    Get a special link to download Bruce LaBruce's debut film No Skin Off My Ass (1991), produced by Bruce's long time collaborator and FLUIDØ producer Jürgen Brüning!

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    Last perk of the campaign!!

    The P**n Film Festival Berlin has offered us VIP All-Access passes for this year's edition in October! You can watch as many films as you want and get access to the big festival party, hang out with filmmakers and chat with other festival guests!

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    You can own the complete "DATA HACK' collection by Shu Lea Cheang from Sedition (www.seditionart.com).

    The DATA HACK collection includes three digital editions derived from her net art pieces: Reading (2014), Typing (2014) and Seeding (2015).

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    Enter the FLUIDØ world and become one of the few owners of the FLUIDØ liquid food bag (limited edition) to fill with whatever fluid substance you want!

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    Special edition DVD of Shu Lea Cheang's I.K.U. DVD (PAL) by Rapid Eye Movies.

    ONLY 3 pieces left in the world!
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    I.K.U. DVD (Japanese version)

    YES! Our Japanese distributor Uplink dug up 20 I.K.U. DVDs for our FLUIDØ backers!

    Get this collector's item while you can!

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    EXCLUSIVE skype conversation with FLUIDØ director, Shu Lea Cheang!

    Be part of Shu Lea's cyberpunk world for 15 minutes! Your chance to ask her everything you always wanted and get a first hand insight into her cyborg head!

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    FLUIDØ fan package!
    Get a signed DVD of FLUIDØ, a signed FLUIDØ Poster and a FLUIDØ liquid food bag, to fill with whatever liquid you like!

    Plus your name on the film credits!

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    Workshop with Marlen Cat!

    Our amazing cast member and educator Marlen Cat offers you a spot on one of her bondage and sensual dominance/submission workshops!
    Pick and choose from her calendar on www.marlen.me

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    Private session with Marlen Cat!

    Get one of Marlen's private sessions in Berlin!
    Our wonderful cast member Marlen Cat will offer you a session (Flogging session, bondage, suspension, take your pick!)
    http://marlen.me/en/offers/experiences.html

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    The ultimate FLUIDØ private experience!

    Get digital links to watch FLUIDØ before its theatrical release, MAKING OF FLUIDØ
    PLUS a personal Q&A with director Shu Lea Cheang on skype to talk about her film and her work!

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    FESTIVAL INVITATION

    You will be part of the celebration of our film screening at a film festival near you! Your name will be read aloud by the filmmaker at the opening. You will get to celebrate with us and watch the film on the big screen!

    Additionally you will receive one festival pass so you can watch more films!

    (Travel, accommodation and expenses covered by you)

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    UNIQUE FILM COSTUME

    With this reward you will receive an original film costume especially made for this production by our amazing costume designer Sebastian Ellrich!

    See more of his work here http://www.sebastianellrich.com

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
    plus FLUIDØ FAN PACKAGE

    With this reward you get your name on the film credits as associate producer and you will receive the limited edition FLUIDØ FAN PACKAGE
    (with signed FLUIDØ DVD, signed FLUIDØ poster and a FLUIDØ liquid food bag)

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    plus FLUIDØ FAN PACKAGE

    Your contribution is getting us so many more steps ahead!

    Your name on the credits as executive producer and the limited edition FLUIDØ FAN PACKAGE
    (with signed FLUIDØ DVD, signed FLUIDØ poster and a FLUIDØ liquid food bag).

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
    PLUS WORLD PREMIERE INVITATION

    You are making us cry! Your contribution is making this project more possible than ever!

    You will be credited as EXECUTIVE PRODUCER and you will be our honourable guest on stage celebrating with us at the FLUIDØ world premiere at an international film festival!

    Plus the FLUIDØ FAN PACKAGE given to you personally by filmmaker Shu Lea Cheang on the film's world premiere!

    (Travel, accommodation and expenses covered by you)

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