“What if Mark Twain lost a manuscript – Or if Mozart lost his sheet music for a final Sonata? – Or a lost book of poems by Walt Whitman was discovered hidden away in a dusty attic?” Campaigners write.
It was back in October 2013, where Techandle has celebrated 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ “Martians Attack.” I value Orson Welles, H.G.Wells, Jules Verne and George Melies far too much and I always believed that even they have never been championed by the governments or the state itself, they were the greatest independent entrepreneurs of media, especially radio and cinema.
Welles’ “Citizen Kane” is still considered as one of the top 50 best movies in the world. Verne’s books are inconceivably visionary and no-doubt ahead of its time. Melies’ movies particularly “Le Voyage dans la Lune” is a kick-starter for both Cinema and it sub-group Science Fiction cinema. H.G.Welles’ “War of the Worlds” is one of best-written sci-fi book, many readers have ever encountered.
Why am I writing all this? Well, while I was surfing between sci-fi sources, I bumped into this very interesting information where a campaign by Indiegogo.com has been launched in order to promote awareness regarding the unfinished work of Orson Welles.
As I have mentioned above, his career began with one of the most important films of all-time “Citizen Kane”, and the rest was an ongoing struggle. For his final picture, The Other Side of the Wind, Welles managed to finish shooting, but a variety of obstacles prevented the film from being completed. The plot, which stars John Huston as J.J. “Jake” Hannaford, is a semi-autobiographical piece about a director struggling to re-define his career and make a comeback.
Following Welles’ death, there were three decades of legal battles over the film, and in 2014, the rights finally landed in the hands of producers Filip Jan Rymsza, Frank Marshall, and Jens Koethner Kaul. And they want to finish what Welles started.
The Indiegogo page goes in depth about the production’s history and the importance of completing the movie, and like pretty much all crowdfunding campaigns, there are rewards depending on how much you donate. And if you donate at the top level of $50,000, you’re going to get something really special. You will receive Welles’ scrapbook where he kept newspaper clippings of all of his films going back to the 1930s. So, if you’re one of our wealthier readers, want to make film history and get some history back, this is a worthy cause.
I don’t have that amount of money so I donated a solid 10 bucks! I feel very relieved 🙂
Find our “Martians Attack” celebration news link below.