THANK YOU for making my first Kickstarter project reach it’s goal in only the first 3 weeks since it launched! I am honored to see that this project has gained so much of your support and I’m endlessly grateful for your trust and enthusiasm in my work and for being there.
The Kickstarter campaign is still active till the beginning of June, (we never thought we could reach $4000 so quickly and thus set the duration for 3 months!)
In that light, I have decided to still pursue more funds for the next 2 months, as the total of the budget needed to complete the film is roughly $50.000 (for full project info, please click here).
The more pledges we receive, the closer we get to finalize this film. So if you haven’t already, please take a look at the wonderful rewards available in return for a contribution, even the smallest amount, will accelerate the completion of this project.
Again. I am so thankful for your support.
Have a wonderful spring!
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge has been a key figure of the underground music scene for over 30 years. A cult artist in prepunk and post-punk groups Throbbing Gristle (1975 to 1981) and Psychic TV (1981 to present), he is considered to be the father of industrial music and a pioneer of acid house and techno. Not content with breaking new ground in music, Genesis has also used his position at the limits of society to challenge the very fundamentals of biology. In 1993, Genesis underwent surgery to alter his gender to more closely resemble his love Lady Jaye, born Jacqueline Breyer, his wife and artistic partner for close to 15 years. The project ‘Creating the Pandrogyne’, is an attempt to deconstruct two individual identities through the creation of an indivisible third. Tragically, Lady Jaye passed away in 2007, leaving Genesis devastated, though resilient. Since then, s/he has ceaselessly sought after the physical ideal: a perfect mirroring of Lady Jaye’s unique beauty.
This film is about a transformation, a very unusual love story, addressing issues of identity, gender politics and artistic commitment. Through a labyrinthine mise-en-scène of interviews, home movies and performance footage, I hope to tell the story of what I believe to be a truly new kind of Romantic Consciousness, one in defiance of the daily dehumanization of the body by the pervasive presence of advertising and pornography, my attempt to convey beauty, dignity and devotion from a perspective most people will have never seen before on film.
A kaleidoscopic collection of moving surfaces, composed of interviews (Orlan, Peaches, Peter Christopherson, Gibby Haynes), role plays, concerts and his day to day life, comes together to paint a multi-faceted profile of this pioneer of industrial music and in doing so, exposes the abundant yet inherently elusive nature of his creativity.
CURRENT SITUATION OF THE PROJECT:
I have been filming Genesis for the past four years, and I'm about to begin editing the film. My goal is to finish by the end of 2010 and premiere at a major film festival in 2011. The work in progress of the film has been presented in 2009 at The Centre George Pompidou in April to open “Hors Pistes”, as well as at the Cinemathèque Francaise in Paris this past September.
The film is almost entirely self produced over the past 4 years. At this point in the project, I need to secure as much support as possible in order to complete the feature by the end of the year.
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR COMPLETION:
1) Co-Editor - I not only shot all of the footage for the film, but I'm also editing. Due to the large amount of footage I've acquired, I need the help of second pair of eyes, ears, and hands, not to mention an additional brain to help put together my first feature.
2) Sound Engineering - Music is a crucial component of this project and I need funds to hire a sound technician to master the sound.
3) Transfer - Most of the footage is shot on both 16 mm & HD (for sync sound & interviews). The final cut will be in HD, and thus I have to transfer some of the 16 mm to digital format for the final print.
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD!!!
Although I am asking for $4000, it's only part of what is needed to complete the project. Whether you can help by making a pledge or not, please spread the word about this campaign, I am endlessly grateful for your help and support.
I hope you will enjoy some of the rewards I have made and worked on with Genesis, Tony Conrad and many dear friends.
a "Papal Brokendance" 4x6 photo signed by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Signed copy of "Tony Conrad / Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - Taking Issue" Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, released by Dais Records.
Signed limited edition Genesis Breyer P-Orridge "30 Years of Being Cut Up" Exhibition catalog. Full color, 128 pages, with hardcover, pull-out poster, and two postcards.
Silk screen print 11x17 portrait of Genesis from one of the film shoots.
OUTTAKES photograph from the 2008 exhibition at Luxe Gallery, created in collaboration with Bernard Yenelouis.
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