About this project
From the director of the ketamine inspired surrealist gonzo feature “The Wrong Ferarri” comes Adam Green’s ALADDIN, a hypersensory, poetic, and humorously modern take on the Arabian Nights Classic tale.
ALADDIN, Green’s second feature film will further explore the recesses of Green’s symbolic imagination, playing like an Alejandro Jodorowsky version of Aladdin on handmade sets à la The Science of Sleep; with frenetic dialogue at the pace of Xavier Renegade Angel or South Park.
Revolving around Aladdin’s dysfunctional family, who live in an “average” American city ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter, the film explores themes of technology, government repression, greed, and true love. Green, who notably co-wrote the theme song to the Grammy-winning Juno soundtrack as well as eight solo albums, will record an ALADDIN soundtrack which will be used to score the film and released concurrently.
So far the committed cast includes Natasha Lyonne, Macaulay Culkin, and Alia Shawkat as well as roles from Indie-Musicians and friends.
THE SOUNDTRACK ALBUM
Adam has begun recording a full-album which will be used as The Soundtrack to the film. Produced by Green's long-term collaborator Noah Georgeson, the soundtrack features playing by Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rodrigo Amarante (of Little Joy), and Josiah Steinbrick (Devendra Banhart), and Binki Shapiro.
"Aladdin is the most creatively ambitious project I've taken on, and I've been obsessed with making it for the past two years. I loved writing the script and I can't wait to work on the sets and start directing. I also want to build a community of people that are passionate about this too, and who can experience the making of the movie with me!
Right now, we need to raise funds to pay for the making of the movie, hiring cast, key crew (director of photography, production designer, costume designer), line producer, lighting equipment and warehouse space and promotion. This Kickstarter campaign is my way of asking for people who like my music or my art to be a part of making Aladdin."
If you want to become a backer, just click on the big green button to the right of our video. Kickstarter will ask you for your pledge, which reward you want, and how you want to sign up. Signing up is easy; you can even do it through Facebook.
THE iPHONE MOVIE THAT CAME BEFORE
“The Wrong Ferarri” is a feature-film written and directed by Adam in 2010/2011 – it stars a diverse cast of actors and musicians including Macaulay Culkin, Jack Dishel, Alia Shawkat, Devendra Banhart, and Pete Doherty. Essentially a screwball-tragedy, the ketamine inspired movie was the first feature-film to be shot entirely on an iPhone.
The film is an epic surrealist drug-odyssey which focuses on Adam’s psychological outlook on love, work, and turning 30. Obsessed with the pet-medicine Ketamine, the characters in the film turn into pets themselves only to find that the “K-hole” is bottomless and that they must overtake their masters. With its dialogue-driven approach, “The Wrong Ferarri” allows Green’s poetic and lyrical writing style to come alive.
After being completed the movie was immediately released online as a free download. On April 4th 2011, the film premiered at Anthology Film Archives in NYC. In the weeks that followed it showed at the Downtown Independent theater in Los Angeles and at The Mexico Theater in Milan. “The Wrong Ferarri” has been downloaded in its entirety over 300,000 times. Rolling Stone magazine described it as “Fellini on Ketamine.”
Risks and challenges
Writing and directing a movie, composing a full-album soundtrack for it, and designing & constructing 20 film-sets myself is the most ambitious project I've ever undertaken. I dread to think about all the things that could go wrong, from logistical problems, communication problems, to artistic problems. I'll have to draw from my years of experience as a bandleader and an intuitive artist to shape each problem into something that gives the film character. One thing that will certainly help is having a completed script before we shoot with full storyboards for each scene. Another is having a pre-recorded soundtrack so that the music informs each scene of the film as I shoot. And of course I plan to work as a community with friends, so their involvement will be personal and that may help me in a tough situation.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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