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A feature length documentary about the late reclusive illustrator Edward Gorey shot with him from 1996 to his death in April, 2000. Read more

Chatham, MA Documentary
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A feature length documentary about the late reclusive illustrator Edward Gorey shot with him from 1996 to his death in April, 2000.

Chatham, MA Documentary
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A TOP KICKSTARTER PROJECT!
A TOP KICKSTARTER PROJECT!

Filmmaker Christopher Seufert received unprecedented access to the artist Edward Gorey, who has been called "one of America's foremost eccentric geniuses," shooting with Edward from 1996 to his death on April 15, 2000, capturing his life and daily routines.

The documentary has received a letter of support from WGBH for a PBS broadcast version and the Mooncusser Films crew is editing the feature-length version for submission to the Sundance Film Festival in September, 2014 and a theater near you!  After 18 years of production this goal and our stretch goals really are crucial.

STRETCH GOAL: $38,000 - $42,000- Coffee table book of interviews and photos will be hard cover and have 10 additional pages.  MET!

STRETCH GOAL: $42,000 TO $43,000: We'll be able to license the heretofore unseen WGBH interview and still frames with Edward and Christopher Lydon for the book. MET!

STRETCH GOAL: $43,000 - $47,000- We'll be able to commission additional music for the soundtrack, Classical music that Edward used in his plays.  Musicians include the great Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) and Jacqueline Schwab (Ken Burns).  MET!

STRETCH GOAL: $47,000 TO $51,500- We'll be able to license footage from CBS Morning News of Edward at work and walking the marshes in Yarmouth.

STRETCH GOAL: $51,500 - $62,000:  We'll be able to secure the necessary Errors & Ommissions insurance required for the broadcast version(s) of the film.

STRETCH GOAL: $62,000 - $65,000: We're in talks with Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Erasure) to contribute to the soundtrack CD. This should cover some basic contribution and underscore.

STRETCH GOAL: $65,000 - $78,000: We'll be able to license some images and artwork from the estate to include not only in the documentary but in film promotion and movie posters.  Necessary for theatrical distribution!

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Please, please, please share our project link to the fellow Gorey fans in your life.  Here's suggested text:

Pre-purchase the Edward Gorey documentary media bundle and help this important documentary get made at Kickstarter here!

Also, you can get immediate gratification with the backer VIP program where you can see unreleased/ in-progress video clips that will never make it into the final documentary. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chrisseufert/the-edward-gorey-documentary-project

And of course post this to your blog, publish it to your paper, etc. You can always email director Christopher Seufert at http://www.MooncusserFilms.com for exclusive photos, an interview, or any info you'd like for your article/site.

And have your fellow Gorey fans follow us at our project Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/edwardgoreyfilm

and the project Twitter page here https://twitter.com/EdwardGoreyDoc

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Hear the project story in an interview with director Christopher Seufert on NPR, WCAI.  And more links...

Director Christopher Seufert (L) and the late illustrator Edward Gorey
Director Christopher Seufert (L) and the late illustrator Edward Gorey
The Late Illustrator Edward Gorey at the start of production in 1996.
The Late Illustrator Edward Gorey at the start of production in 1996.
Director Christopher Seufert shooting Edward Gorey's work desk the day after his death in April, 2000.
Director Christopher Seufert shooting Edward Gorey's work desk the day after his death in April, 2000.
Musician Siobhan Magnus with some Gorey documentary crew at the latest rough cut screening
Musician Siobhan Magnus with some Gorey documentary crew at the latest rough cut screening

 In the spring and summer of 2014 we have set up a series of rough cut screening events, along with Edward's cousin Ken Morton, who will be sharing his stories of what it was like having this amazing man in his family.  We'll be showing the progress we're making in the edit suite and also testing those cuts on a live audience and receiving feedback as part of a Q & A.  At each event we're featuring new guests to share their Gorey stories, such as Gorey's puppeteers Le Theatricule Stoic, filmmaker Jon Shea, and musician Siobhan Magnus.  See below to attend.  Want to bring the rough cut to your hometown?  We'd love to.  The documentary remains eligible for Sundance if we show it as a rough cut or fundraiser and what we show is substantially different to the final film.  Lots of fun extra footage here that will not make it into the final cut.

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March 2, 2014 - The Cotuit Center for the Arts: Cotuit, MA-----

March 9, 2014 - The Nantucket Dreamland Theatre: Nantucket, MA

March 22, 2014 - The Chatham Orpheum: Chatham, MA

April 26, 2014 - The Chatham Orpheum: Chatham, MA

June 8, 2014 -  Cape Ann Community Cinema: Gloucester, MA

July, 2014 (TBA) - The Woods Hole Film Festival: Woods Hole, MA

August, 2014 (TBA) - The Morbid Anatomy Museum: Brooklyn, NY

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See samples here Edward Gorey Documentary Site

The funds will be used to license third party footage (the Dick Cavett Show, ABC News, and WGBH- Boston), cover the legal fees for completion, and license the artwork needed from the Edward Gorey Charitable Trust.

Executive Producers :Tracy Hurley Martin & Tonya Hurley

Project Lawyer: Sandra Forman

Producer/director CHRISTOPHER SEUFERT: Seufert is a documentary filmmaker based in Chatham, Massachusetts.  He is most known for his projects with journalist Walter Cronkite, musician Suzanne Vega, and legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, in addition to his series about the small boat fisheries of New England.

Project Advisor: Tracy Heather Strain

Partial List of Project Crew (thank you all) :  Jennifer Pitman, Brigid Krug, Helen Chough, Adelyn Lee, Kelly Brennan, Dennis Jones, Jim Wickey, Ben Wickey, Jacqueline Schwab, Abigail Drake, Justin McCarthy, Jessica Ferguson, Michael Weber, Jane MacDonald, Jessica Fronduto.

REWARDS! (Stay Tuned for More Images)

Edward Gorey Documentary Altoid Tin
Edward Gorey Documentary Altoid Tin
Edward Goey documentary crew t-shirt
Edward Goey documentary crew t-shirt

Risks and challenges

A documentary such as this, about an artist, requires artwork licensing, lawyer fees, and footage licensing from third parties. Edward died before we completed production, and though we have hours of footage, we need to secure some additional media for the sake of the narrative. Typically footage costs $50 per second, which adds up to $15,000 to license just 5 minutes of footage from a third party. We have three such sources that we need to tap for licensing- WGBH (PBS), The Dick Cavett Show, and ABC News. Furthermore, Errors & Ommissions insurance runs about $10,000 if we are able to take advantage of the offer to edit version of the film to air on PBS.

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    Big thanks...this project has been 18 years in the making.

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    A FIGBASH DANCE. For your kind pledge, receive a Facebook shout-out on both the Edward Gorey documentary Facebook page and director Christopher Seufert's personal page.

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    THE DOUBTFUL GUEST. Let the world know you helped! You get the above plus your name on our official website "Thank You" page plus a link to the web site of your choice (no spam sites).

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    GOREY VIP: You get all of the above plus special, VIP access to a PASSWORD PROTECTED PRIVATE SECTION of THE EDWARD GOREY DOCUMENTARY ARCHIVE with unique, frequently updated behind-the-scenes content and clips.

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    OLD SCHOOL DONATION: For those who'd just like to help with a quick donation, you'll get the Edward Gorey documentary Altoid candy tin as a thank you. Altoids included.

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    DIGITAL VIEWER: You'll receive all of the above plus a digital download of the completed film.

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    JUST THE MOVIE: A DVD of the finished documentary with the accompanying bonus tracks and deleted scenes. Signed by director Christopher Seufert

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    ALTOID TIN PLUS: Want the Altoid tin but also the DIGITAL VIEWER package? This one's for you!

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    MOVIE AND THE CD: A DVD of the finished documentary with the accompanying bonus tracks and deleted scenes, signed by director Christopher Seufert. PLUS the companion soundtrack CD of the music that inspired Edward in his plays. Created by our project musicians and including interview outtakes.

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    THE BOOK: You'll receive the limited edition coffee table book with the previously unpublished Edward Gorey interview transcripts, photos, and Christopher Seufert's story of the documentary.

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    THE BUNDLE: Receive the limited edition signed DVD, the CD, and the coffee table book. The best value package of them all.

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    THE WORKS: For the true Gorey fan. Get the signed DVD, the CD, the book, the VIP access, the digital download, the film credit on the web site, and the Facebook shoutout. Plus, your name in the thank you credits of the film. If we can sell 200 of these our goal is met!

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    THE WORKS PLUS THE ALTOID TIN: So many of you wan the Gorey documentary Altoid tin that we've added it by request to this popular package.

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    THE GIFT BUNDLE : Receive the limited edition signed DVD, the CD, and the coffee table book for you and a friend. The best value package of them all. Same as the BUNDLE but X 2. (Please send us your name and your friend's when it's completed.)

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    THE WORKS PLATINUM: Includes the Works plus the decidedly curios Gorey altoid case plus a crew t-shirt. Wear it to any screening and we'll put you in all the PR photos.

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    CAPE COD STUDIO PREVIEW: Sit down with the editors for a one-on-one Film preview of the footage in the editing suite, navigating to any of the 70 hours of footage that you'd like plus lunch with director Christopher Seufert (on him) at one of Edward's old haunts (several to choose from) afterwards. Ask any questions you'd like and check out Edward's necklace that was passed on to Chris via the Estate. Of course you'll walk out with some free Gorey project schwag (Altoid tin, t-shirt..) depending on what's in stock. Visit limited to two hours plus lunch. Message here to schedule a prospective time to do this. Limit of 2 people per session.

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    You'll receive the hard-copy DVD of the film, the companion photography/interview book, the interview CD, plus two tickets to the finished film's premier on Cape Cod, and a special "Thank You" in the film credits (travel and lodging not included).

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    CAPE COD GUIDED GOREY TOUR BY CHRISTOPHER SEUFERT: The CAPE COD STUDIO PREVIEW PLUS a guided tour of all things Edward Gorey by director Christopher Seufert including a tour of the Edward Gorey House in Yarmouth. Edward's old haunt is right down the street for lunch or go to his favorite bar in Cotuit for drinks. We'll also be visiting the site of the Deranged Cousins, one of the few Gorey stories based on real life. Seufert will also document your day with photographs on USB flash drive. Of course you'll walk out with some free Gorey project schwag (Altoid tin, t-shirt..) depending on what's in stock.Tour limited to six hours including lunch. Message here to schedule a prospective time to do this. Limit of 2 people per tour.

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    I'll fly anywhere within the continental U.S. with the film under my arm and make a DVD presentation of the finished film or rough cut film (your preference) at your institution or organization. Includes a full presentation and Q & A.

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    SAVIOUR: Plain & Simple: An executive producer's credit in the film credits. Dedicated graphic before the credit roll. We're reserving three of these for some special backers. You're now a member of the crew and will be in all the photos with our special Gorey guests TBA. You get our VIP media bundle plus three reserved VIP seats at the Cape Cod or Massachusetts premiere of your choice.

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    WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: Director Christopher Seufert will host a theatrical screening in YOUR own hometown anywhere in North America. He will really make it a Red Carpet event and let everyone know that YOU are the star that helped bring this film to the big screen. You or your organization of choice keeps all ticket sales. PLUS, a framed and signed limited addition poster (Only 10 of these posters will ever be made). Director Christopher Seufert will host your for dinner beforehand. Signed DVD of the movie included.

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    TWIN EXECUTIVE SAVIOUR: : Two executive producer credits in the film up front. We're reserving one twin block of these for some very special backers. You're now a member of the crew and will be in all the photos with our special Gorey guests TBA. You get our VIP media bundle plus three reserved VIP seats at the Cape Cod, Massachusetts, or NYC premiere of your choice.

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