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The impact of wunderkind theatre director Reza Abdoh's explosive work is finally brought to light twenty years after his death of AIDS, with live performance footage and interviews with those closest to him.
The impact of wunderkind theatre director Reza Abdoh's explosive work is finally brought to light twenty years after his death of AIDS, with live performance footage and interviews with those closest to him.
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ABOUT REZA ABDOH

Reza Abdoh (1963-1995) was an Iranian-born American director and playwright known for his large-scale, experimental theatrical productions. A prolific artist even in his short, creative life, Abdoh died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 32, having created an impressive body of stage spectacles known for their sensory overload, ferocious energy and hallucinatory dreamscapes. With his company Dar A Luz, formed in 1991, Abdoh created plays that have made a major impact on experimental theatre worldwide.

Rehearsing at Los Angeles Theatre Center:  BOGEYMAN
Rehearsing at Los Angeles Theatre Center: BOGEYMAN

ABOUT THE FILM

Twenty years after Reza Abdoh's passing, his company members, collaborators, friends and family have come together to create a film that will share his legacy; his groundbreaking work and his visionary, theatrical genius.  

Directed by Abdoh's long-time friend and collaborator, filmmaker Adam Soch, this feature-length documentary will provide a window-in to Abdoh, his company, his creative process and his seminal productions by incorporating incredible live performance footage and interviews with those who were there.

WHY THIS DOCUMENTARY IS IMPORTANT

Anyone who saw Reza Abdoh’s extraordinary productions in North America and Europe in the 1990s knows how important his work was. The Los Angeles Times called his work “puzzling, fragmented, hard-edged and brilliant as a diamond.” the Village Voice called it “astonishing.” Prominent artists were also fervent admirers; Richard Foreman, for example, has said the “aesthetic shock of encountering Abdoh’s turbulent work sent me reeling.”

Abdoh's work is still talked about and referenced in the theatre community today. It has become regularly incorporated into college and university syllabi. It has become legendary. But since Abdoh requested his pieces never be restaged, and DVDs of the pieces are not readily available, it has been difficult for today’s artists and students to get a true sense of what Abdoh’s work was like.

This documentary aims to remedy that by offering an intimate portrait of the world and work of Abdoh and his company, Dar a Luz.  With permission of the estate, the film will feature incredible extended excerpts of Abdoh’s most important pieces alongside interviews with Abdoh himself, his collaborators, critics, friends and family.

1991 Reza Abdoh, Alyson Campbell-Assistant Director and Rand Ryan-Lighting Designer at Los Angeles Theatre Center Rehearsing BOGEYMAN
1991 Reza Abdoh, Alyson Campbell-Assistant Director and Rand Ryan-Lighting Designer at Los Angeles Theatre Center Rehearsing BOGEYMAN

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT

We must raise $35,000 before November 30. This is the minimum amount of funding needed to tackle the immediate tasks of post-production and to be able to guarantee a theatrical and DVD release by Spring 2015. The release will mark exactly twenty years since Abdoh’s passing.

Professional level post-production will help to ensure a good festival run, which is essential to our goal of distributing the film in multiple markets and on multiple platforms.

Please consider contributing today. The more funding we have, the more widely we will be able to distribute the film and share Reza’s work with the world.

In exchange for your participation, we are offering the following gifts:

  • Associate Producer Credit - for the first three donors to give $3,000.
  • The Complete “Reza Abdoh DVD Collection” - will be offered to the first 10 donors contributing $1,000 or more. The collection consists of 29 DVDs spanning over nine years of Reza’s work, from 1986 to 1995 and includes live performances, rehearsals, films and other video (10 gifts available)
  • Coffee table picture album - for supporters of $500 or more.
  • Poster for the documentary – for supporters giving $100 or more. 
  • Copy of the film: a digital download of the film when it's available.
  • Passes to N.Y or L.A. premieres - for supporters giving at $75 level. Premieres to be scheduled in 2015 (lodging and transportation not provided).
1991, Peter Sellars and Reza Abdoh at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
1991, Peter Sellars and Reza Abdoh at Los Angeles Theatre Center.
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A note from Adam Soch, Director and Producer of the documentary:

Dear Friends,

Since February 2014, I have interviewed over 46 theater professionals, critics, friends, and family members all over the world about Reza. Because so much footage has already been shot, the funding we are seeking will primarily finance the editing of the film, its promotion and its distribution.

This film will benefit from the rich archive of video material that was recorded over the course of Reza Abdoh’s career; live performance and rehearsal footage, interviews, film and video. All in all, there is over 300 hours of mind-blowing material to pull from - much of it of very high quality.

For this Kickstarter campaign, I have created a 6-minute promo to give potential donors a taste of the documentary’s style and content. We have also created gifts for your participation ranging from a coffee table photo album to passes for the Los Angeles and New York premieres.

Please help us share Reza's extraordinary work with the world in hopes of inspiring new generations of artists.

Adam

ABOUT the REWARDS

Coffee Table Picture Album - a special gift for donors at the $500 level.
Coffee Table Picture Album - a special gift for donors at the $500 level.
“Reza Abdoh DVD Collection”—This remarkable DVD collection, consisting of 29 DVDs of production, rehearsal, and other video material will be offered to the first 10 donors contributing $1,000 or more.
“Reza Abdoh DVD Collection”—This remarkable DVD collection, consisting of 29 DVDs of production, rehearsal, and other video material will be offered to the first 10 donors contributing $1,000 or more.
Promotional Poster for the documentary film. A limited edition print of our beautiful 11x17 poster for donors at the $100 level
Promotional Poster for the documentary film. A limited edition print of our beautiful 11x17 poster for donors at the $100 level

Thank you for supporting our film project. 

Risks and challenges

As you can see, there is no chance that the documentary film will not be completed, given the vast amount of recorded footage. The only uncertainty pertains to the number of film festivals that end up selecting the documentary.

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