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The Henry Miller Memorial Library is celebrating its namesake in the heart of Paris by making a film: Join us!
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5/4/14 - Thank you so much for your incredible support in helping to fund our "Henry's Paris: A Film!!!"  You're all amazing!!

Progress is great: Watch a 'film teaser' HERE!!!

And with a few hours still to go, any additional funding would be immensely helpful for a whole host of reasons!  In fact, here are nine good reasons to donate to our project even though we've met our (very modest) goal.    

[Here's one reason: **Two "free" tickets to any 2014 HML show (even the sold out* ones!) for a donation of a $250 or more!**  After all, "Music is the can opener of the soul" - Henry Miller.]

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When the Henry Miller Memorial Library decided to go to Paris, we didn't plan on making a movie. But it seems as if we have no choice since once-in-a-lifetime opportunities don't come around too often.

And so we ask you for a contribution to help finance a film project during our time in Paris. You will help create a film on Henry Miller and his adopted home city of Paris. (see tentative proposal here). We are truly taking advantage of the 'stars lining up!'

This funding campaign ends the day we fly back from Paris so there's not much time. Please pledge NOW, large or small! Thank you.

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It all started innocently enough.

Earlier in 2014 we announced "Aller Retour Paris," a week-long festival (May 5-12) exploring of the city's role in shaping Henry Miller as a writer and raconteur. We anticipated a fun week, but then things took on a life of their own.

First, the world-famous Shakespeare and Company agreed to host us. Then we added a series of talks with Miller scholars (Mary Duncan, Katy Masuga, & Jim Haynes) and performances at other spaces across the city. Then we realized it was the 80th anniversary of the French publication of "Tropic of Cancer," so we set up an old-fashioned salon littéraire. 

Then we discovered that some of the the seminal figures in Miller's life, like John Calder (dubbed by the Guardian as a "publisher like no other in Britain today") and Georges Hoffman (head of Miller's Paris-based literary agency) would attend!

Then - and here's the kicker - our friends at the award-winning House of Nod, a New York-based production company, offered to fly out and use the festival as a springboard to create the quintessential film about Miller and Paris. 

A film that will explore why Paris has attracted writers since the "Lost Generation." A film that, quite literally, retraces Miller's footsteps to reveal how the city influenced his artistic vision. A film on the still-reverberating influence of his seminal love letter to the city, "Tropic of Cancer," restlessly humming along in its eight decade.

We thought about it for a second and said, said "bien sûr!"

And can you blame us? Just check out our recent collaboration with House of Nod in this short trailer for Henry Miller's Brooklyn:

So House of Nod is on board and here we are, humbly asking for your support to help finance a film that aims to capture this once-in-a-lifetime alignment of the stars.

Filming will take place at rue Anatole France, the very street that Miller walked everyday, 80 years ago, as well as the streets near Place de Clichy. House of Nod will attempt to even peek inside 18 Villa Seurat, one of Miller's Parisian residencies. They'll meander about the wine-soaked, coffee-fueled tables of Caves du Chalet, Cafe Wepler, and Rue Lamartine, where Miller worked at the Offices of the Chicago Tribute. 

With an intentional eye towards Miller's surrealist tendencies, they'll explore all that is beautiful, sexy, terrifying, and perpetually inspiring about the city.

Should we be so fortunate to exceed our goal, we can assure you the extra funding will not go to waste. It will be used for critical production-related costs, such as transportation and lodging for the filmmakers, production costs such as rentals of audio gear and lenses as well as post production costs such as hard drives, color correction, and score.

So from all of us at the Henry Miller Memorial Library: thank you for your support! (Merci!)

Risks and challenges

Challenges include any that may affect the production of a film: inclement weather, technical mishaps and an inability to gain access to certain locations like, for example, the interior of Henry's previous residencies.

Ultimately, given House of Nod's formidable track record - e.g. Best Director in the short film category at First Glance Film Festival, Golden Reel award at Tiburon International Film Festival, Best Cinematography & Best Editing at the New York Filmmakers Festival, etc. - we're confident the any obstacles can be surmounted!

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