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$15,788
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
167
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, March 11 2016 1:30 PM UTC +00:00

About

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 was filmed in 2015. The world premiere of the film is set for Berlinale Film Festival in February 2016, and will ignite an international interest in the story of Miss Dickinson. 

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

 Have you ever watched a film and yearned for more?

Often the best biographically inspired 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 and  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:

NEW PRIZE:

Exclusive hand-crafted real hair wig, as worn by Cynthia Nixon in the film A Quiet Passion:

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.

Even though our previous Kickstarter campaign came up just short of our target we have been able to secure an amount of funding from a private backer. This has allowed us to film a number of interviews with notable scholars and shoot some stunning material in Massachusetts. This current campaign will be for the post production of the film, and with your help we can complete this amazing story.

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    DWELL IN POSSIBILITIES!
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    DIGITAL ANTHOLOGY:
    You'll receive a digital Emily Dickinson anthology comprised of poems featured in A Quiet Passion or Phosphorescence, with a foreword by Terence Davies.
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    THE DOCUMENTARY:
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    THE DVD:
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    DIGITAL TOUR:
    You'll receive a digital video 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 POSTER:
    You'll receive an exclusive A Quiet Passion power.
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    THE BLU-RAY:
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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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    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:
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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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    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:
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    An exclusive A Quiet Passion poster, signed at the Berlinale film premiere of the film, by Cynthia Nixon (Emily Dickinson) and Jennifer Ehle (Vinnie Dickinson) and renowned director Terence Davies.
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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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    EMILY'S WIG

    "“I… am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut burr; and my eyes, like the sherry in the glass that the guest leaves.”
    Emily Dickinson

    You will receive the exclusive handcrafted chestnut coloured real-hair wig worn by Cynthia Nixon on A Quiet Passion. See pictured, left.

    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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