Watch: Trailer for 'Hearts of Dorkness' Doc on the Making of '5-25-77'

August 22, 2012

Hearts of Dorkness Trailer

"What does it really take to create and complete a motion picture outside of the Hollywood system?" Earlier this year, we reported that Patrick Read Johnson's long-awaited film 5-25-77, about the opening night of Star Wars in 1977, might finally be released this year. Johnson announced he was driving across America, bringing everything to Hollywood to try and get the film distributed. In the meantime, he decided to make a documentary about that journey, and so the Hearts of Dorkness was born. We missed this trailer when it first hit, but came across it and still thought it worth featuring while we wait for updates on 5-25-77. Enjoy!

Watch the first trailer for Patrick Read Johnson's Hearts of Dorkness, on the Making of 5-25-77:

Hearts of Dorkness is a documentary in-the-making about the making-of Patrick Read Johnson's award-winning film, 5-25-77. "Right now, Patrick is driving across America to save his film, 5-25-77! We—The Hearts of Dorkness team—are following along with him, recording his experiences, and sharing them with you." Everything goes onto the official website, so bookmark that page and support Patrick on there. I've been patiently waiting to see this ever since we first ran the trailer back in 2009; it was actually filmed back in 2007, but has been stuck trying to get released ever since. The perfect nerdy roadtrip doc to compliment what looks to be a geeky, but outstanding, indie gem. Hey Patrick - when can we see it?!

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  • ccoltmanm
    So, the film is in production? But they are showing the whole thing? Or just what they made so far?
    • The film was shot and finished in 2007! Its been in release limbo ever since. This is a doc about them taking the film and driving everything across the US (this year) to find a distributor in Hollywood finally (hopefully). Basically, it was made on a complete shoestring budget, so much so that they have to road trip across the US to even bring a copy of it to Hollywood. Kind of cool.
      • Another correction for you. :) 5-25-77 was NOT finished in 2007. Though filming of 5-25-77 is over, through test-screening 5-25-77 on the Hearts of Dorkness road trip, Johnson has spent this summer honing in on the final cut of the film. What remains to be finished are some mild effects, as well as all the sound mixing and music.
  • FlyingDeLorean
    Johnson has burned so many bridges with this movie and has ruined any momentum he may have had 8 years ago with it.
  • phantomrockcity
    But if they NEED money to finish it, why are they spending all this money on visiting places and gas to fill 2 gas hogs? That money could have gone into the film. Or am i completely missing the point?
    • The amount Patrick needs to finish 5-25-77 is around 500-750K, for some effects, and the final soundtrack. The road trip, which constitutes the budget of my documentary, Hearts of Dorkness, has constituted of about $17,000. This is money that was raised through FundRazr to specifically go to the road trip and the documentary. (See the FundRazr here: )
  • Hallospaceboy
    While I REALLY want to see this 5-25-77 film, it concerns me that he is soliciting so much input from fans on how to finish it. We doesn't he just make it how he wants to make it and finish it himself? I do not think that appealing to the crowd will help in anyway to make it better than a singular vision. Especially this many years after production stopped.
  • jbachman2
    Maybe he should hit up Netflix for a distribution deal. Any theatrical run he is able to secure won't be for that many screens. Everyone was clamoring for Fan Boys before it was released and when it finally did come out it was outta theaters in 2 weeks.
  • Hi Alex, a belated thanks for this blog about Hearts of Dorkness! I have one correction for you that may help to clear things up for you and some of the people who have commented here. Patrick and the making-of his film 5-25-77 are the subjects of Hearts of Dorkness, but HE himself is not making the documentary. I am. Patrick has been and will continue to be a creative consultant on Hearts of Dorkness, but the documentary team has been made up of several new, young filmmakers (including myself), and is produced and directed by me.




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