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If you're reading this page, then you're like us. You know Emily Dickinson is one of America’s most revered poets, forthright and startlingly original. You know her work was only discovered after her death at fifty-five in 1886. And you know her story needs to be told. 

In 2015 our production company - Hurricane Films - produced a narrative feature called A Quiet Passion directed by auteur Terence Davies. This narrative film stars Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson and it will be completed in 2016. 

But this is just the beginning of the story...

Have you ever watched a biopic and yearned for more? 

Often the best biographical films are invitations to unlock more stories, depth and personality...

While working on the set of A Quiet Passion and feeling inspired by Dickinson's life and words, our entire team at Hurricane Films felt it was essential to dig even deeper into the life and times of one of the world’s greatest poets. We decided to make a documentary. 

PHOSPHORESCENCE will be a comprehensive celebration of Emily Dickinson. 

We're here on Kickstarter now to invite you to join us in this long-overdue celebration.

The documentary will be an essential companion piece to the narrative. Narrated by Cynthia Nixon (who plays Emily in the feature film) PHOSPHORESCENCE will take us on a journey through the seasons of Emily's life in mid 1800’s New England as we engage with her passionate relationships via her letters and poems. Emily’s deep love of horticulture and music as well as her closeness to her family and friends will form a rich tapestry - combining elements of a natural history film and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque travelogue. Together with an ensemble cast of highly recognized actors lending their voices to her many correspondences not dissimilar in tone and feel to Ken Burns' American Civil War. And with the differing views and interpretations of her poetry by contemporary experts we aim to weave a story that will both surprise, delight and throw light on some controversial opinion from unexpected quarters. 

 The documentary will endeavor to reflect qualities inspired by its subject, Emily Dickinson – deft words, passionate beliefs, searing individuality and a great story well told. The film has the support of the Emily Dickinson Museum and will be completed in mid 2016.

Join us in celebration of Emily Dickinson through our custom curated perks. Here are just a few:

 A bit more about Hurricane Films:

For over a decade Hurricane Films have been telling great stories – fact and fiction – for both the big and small screen. The Company is owned and run by Solon Papadopoulos and Roy Boulter, with each partner bringing a wealth of experience from their highly successful individual careers. You can learn more about us here.

Risks and challenges

We feel a deep sense of responsibility and obligation to tell Emily Dickinson's story in the most comprehensive, artistic and meaningful way. This is not just any documentary undertaking. We understand that we are trying to tell the life story of one of the greatest American poets of all time. To add to to the challenge, Emily was a woman who kept mostly to herself, so we will have to dig deep. In order to pay honor to her life, we fully intend to do extensive research - more than was initially done for the narrative - and to speak with all the experts, We'll comb through every letter, every poem, every artifact that she left behind. And we'll work intimately with our peers at The Emily Dickinson Museum to make sure this documentary lives up to the great standards Emily deserves.

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    DWELL IN POSSIBILITIES!

    Join us for this incredible journey. You'll receive campaign updates and our eternal gratitude.

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    ADMIRERS' AUDIO COLLECTION:

    You'll receive a digital audio compilation of Emily Dickinson's poems read by many of her admirers including Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Amanda Palmer, Jenny Slate and many more.

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    DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY:

    You'll receive a digital Emily Dickinson anthology comprised of all her poems featured in A Quiet Passion, with a forward by Terence Davies.

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    THE DOCUMENTARY:

    You'll receive a digital download of PHOSPHORESCENCE when it's commercially available.

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    DIGITAL TOUR:

    You'll receive a digital video tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA - including a walkthrough of both the Homestead (Emily Dickinson's house) and The Evergreens (Austin and Susan Dickinson's home).

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    THE BLU-RAY:

    You'll receive a Blu-ray of PHOSPHORESCENCE when it's commercially available.

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    PHOSPHORESCENCE GREETING CARDS:

    You'll receive a set of 10 custom designed greeting cards featuring Emily Dickison's words: “PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there's a word to lift your hat to...to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that's the genius behind poetry.”

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    DICKINSON POEMS SIGNED BY TERENCE DAVIES:

    You'll receive a paperback copy of Emily Dickinson Everyman's Poetry edited by Helen McNeil, signed by Terence Davies.

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    THE VIDA PERK:
    (In celebration of Women in Literary Arts!)

    Emily Dickinson is one of the foremothers of all women writers in this country and, like many women writers to this day, she struggled to be recognized and taken seriously in her lifetime. VIDA (www.vidaweb.org) was established to increase visibility and recognition for women writers and enable the conversation about gender bias in literature. For these reasons and more, VIDA is happy to support Phosphorescence!

    The VIDA Perk includes:
    - VIDA T-shirt
    - VIDA Tote bag
    - 3 Books by VIDA Board Members (signed!):
    Amy King, I Want to Make You Safe
    Lynn Melnick, If I Should Say I Have Hope
    Camille Rankine, Incorrect Merciful Impulses

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    A PIECE OF EMILY'S HOME:

    You'll receive an acorn from the enormous white oak tree which towers over Emily Dickinson's home in Amherst, MA.

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    A QUIET PASSION SIGNED BY TERENCE DAVIES:

    You'll receive a DVD of A Quiet Passion when it's commercially available, signed by Terence Davies.

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    A PIECE OF EMILY'S WORLD:

    You'll receive a set of props straight from the set of A Quiet Passion. See the one of a kind Prop Combos pictured, left. The first backer will have first choice of prop combo, and so on, until they're all taken.

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    A QUIET PASSION SCRIPT WITH A NOTE:

    You'll receive a PDF of the shooting script of A Quiet Passion with a note from Terence Davies.

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    ATTEND THE AMHERST PREMIER OF PHOSPHORESCENCE:

    You and a guest will be invited to attend a Sneak Preview screening of PHOSPHORESCENCE at The Amherst Cinema in Amherst, MA before the film is released commercially (exact date to be determined).

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    EMILY'S WRITING SET:

    You'll receive a custom designed pen box and pen set from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    EMILY'S LIGHT:

    You'll receive a custom designed lamp and candle snuffer from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    ETERNAL THANKS:

    You'll be thanked in the credits of PHOSPHORESCENCE.

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    EMILY'S SMALL WRITING DESK:

    You'll receive a Small Writing Desk with one drawer from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    EMILY'S ROOM:

    You'll spend some time alone with your thoughts and your notebook in Emily's Bedroom. Sit, think, relax, write and soak it all in. You'll get 15 minutes alone in Emily Dickinson's private sanctuary, where she wrote many of her poems. This visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for the donor and the Museum. Travel not included.

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    EMILY'S LARGE WRITING DESK:

    You'll receive a Large Writing Desk with two drawers from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    EMILY'S PRODUCTION DESK:

    You'll receive a custom bought production desk with 4 stacked drawers from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    EMILY'S DRESS:

    You'll receive a custom made dress from the set of A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

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    EMILY'S RETREAT:

    You and and up to 10 guests will receive a personal tour of the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA - including a walkthrough of both the Homestead (Emily Dickinson's house) and The Evergreens (Austin and Susan Dickinson's home). After the tour, your group will enjoy a glass of wine in the garden as you chat with members of The Museum staff about the making of A Quiet Passion and PHOSPHORESCENCE. This visit will be arranged at a mutually convenient time for the donor and the Museum. Travel not included.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER:

    You'll be an Associate Producer of PHOSPHORESCENCE. You'll be listed in the end credits and on IMDB. You and a guest will be invited to attend the Sneak Preview of PHOSPHORESCENCE in Amherst, MA (travel not included). Additionally, you'll receive a paperback copy of Emily Dickinson Everyman's Poetry edited by Helen McNeil as well as a DVD of A QUIET PASSION when it's commercially available, both signed by Terence Davies.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER:

    You'll be an Executive Producer of PHOSPHORESCENCE. You'll be listed in the end credits and on IMDB. You and a guest will be invited to attend the Sneak Preview of PHOSPHORESCENCE in Amherst, MA (travel not included). Additionally, you'll receive a paperback copy of Emily Dickinson Everyman's Poetry edited by Helen McNeil as well as a DVD of A QUIET PASSION when it's commercially available, both signed by Terence Davies.

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