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Determined to Get Final Cut, Abel Ferrara Turns to Kickstarter to Fund ‘Siberia’

Determined to Get Final Cut, Abel Ferrara Turns to Kickstarter to Fund 'Siberia'

After lashing out against distributor IFC Films for its plans to release a director-unapproved version of “Welcome to New York” earlier this year, Abel Ferrara is turning to Kickstarter in what seems to be an effort to gain editorial control and funding. 

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Ferrara announced at Cannes that he’s aiming to raise $500,000 on Kickstarter for “Siberia,” his fifth collaboration with Willem Dafoe, which is described as “a subjective and objective journey into the subconscious.” Chris Zois co-wrote the script with Ferrara, and his longtime collaborator Diana Phillips will produce the film inspired by Carl Jung’s “The Red Book.”

“There’s nothing more horrific than your own dreams and nightmares. I’m going back to that kind of filmmaking, to my horror film roots,” Ferrara announced at Cannes. “We’re filming our narrative ourselves, where the dream material not only becomes the source of the film, but the style of the film.”

Though Phillips said there are other partners involved in the funding of the film, Ferrara said crowdfunding allows him “to connect with the people who understand what I’m talking about… Outside the system is now inside the system.”

Among the campaign perks being offered is lunch with Ferrara, a Skype phone call with Ferrara and an associate producer credit. With 14 days to go, the campaign has raised less than $15,000 towards its $500,000 goal.

Hear Dafoe’s cold reading of the “Siberia” screenplay here and visit the Kickstarter page for more information.

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