Alejandro Jodorowsky Heads to Kickstarter to Help His Next Project
by Ethan Anderton
February 16, 2015
We hope that you were familiar with the abstract and mesmerizing work of Alejandro Jodorowsky before he was at the center of the spectacular documentary Jodorowsky's Dune, which chronicled the filmmaker's failed attempt to adapt the iconic sci-fi novel. But if you first came into contact with Jodorowsky because of that documentary, then you know just what a wonderful thinker and artist the man can be. Now he's working on his next film, and like many filmmakers struggling to get a project made outside of Hollywood, he's looking to Kickstarter for a bit of help. It's called Endless Poetry, and you can find out more below.
The film picks up where Jodorowsky's last film, Dance of Reality, left off (via Kickstarter):
Leaving his childhood and his native Tocopilla behind, the adolescent Alejandro Jodorowsky follows his parents to Santiago de Chile. Between his lack of self-confidence and the family pressure he is under, Alejandro struggles to express his desires and find his own path. But the flourishing capital, filled with artists and poets offers the perfect setting for him to grow out of his cage. Thinking he’d fit in well, Alejandro’s cousin Ricardo takes the young boy to the home of Veronica and Carmen Cereceda, where puppeteers, dancers, sculptors and painters all live and create together. There, defying all of his old limitations, Alejandro takes the first step on his path to becoming a poet in the Chilean artistic epicenter of the 1940s. Alongside rising poets like Enrique Linh, Nicanor Parra and in the arms of his first love, Stella Diaz, Alejandro’s poetic destiny takes form and a new world unravels … changing his life forever.
Thanks to SlashFilm for bringing this to our attention. Here's Jodorowsky himself with more:
This sounds like about as pure of a film as art you can get from a director, but it's certainly not for everyone. However, if you're still here because you love Jodorowsky, you'll be happy to know that if you contribute to the film, you'll get something special in return. For the dollars you invest, depending on how much you contribute, you'll get "Poetic Money" in return, which is separate into the denominations of 1DP, 10DP and 100DP (DP means "dinero poetico"). Each bill has an original money-related poem written by Jodorowsky printed on it in Spanish. So for the true fans of Jodorowsky's art, that will be a treasured item. Cool?
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
Well, I had to kinda chuckle while reading this. I remember El Topo when it first came out. It's was okay. Different and unusal, but it didn't turn the crown's heads, as we used to say. I enjoyed Jordorowsky's Dune. He's quite a character and was funny...but I must say...he's pretty self-obsessed and takes himself and his journey a bit too seriously for my tastes. Who knows? He might make an interesting film...about himself. I doubt it'll turn any crown's heads either...lol...no harm no foul. He's managed to stick around for a long time and he's a pretty wacky character. Good for him.
Bo on Feb 16, 2015
Tired of these Kickstarter campaigns. What the hell was that video?
Benjamin Hunter on Feb 16, 2015
Alejandro's message was great stuff! It is so cute to see elderly people use the internet!~
DAVIDPD on Feb 17, 2015
He's a madman, but I like him. 🙂
Carpola on Feb 17, 2015
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