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Orson Welles’ ‘The Other Side of the Wind’ Producers Move to Plan C

Orson Welles' 'The Other Side of the Wind' Producers Move to Plan C

It’s a long, hard long on the way to “The Other Side of the Wind,” apparently.

The Indiegogo crusade for “The Other Side of the Wind,” a 15-year-long passion project abandoned when Welles died in 1985, attracted the support of Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich and Brett Ratner. But what went wrong? Despite celebrity backing, and a goal whittled down from $2 million to $1 million, the crowd-funding effort didn’t make the finish line. 

The campaign for the film’s postproduction costs only raised $406,405 from 2,858 funders, including the inevitable last-minute donation: $50,000 courtesy of “How to Train Your Dragon” director Dean Deblois. 

READ MORE: Here’s How You Can Help Finish Orson Welles’ Final Film

But no matter, because the producers are moving forward with the project anyway, producer Filip Jan Rymsza told The NYT. The film’s 1,083 reels of footage will be shipped from a warehouse outside of Paris to California, where editor Affonso Gonçalves will begin working on the footage. Rymsza also said there are private investors in the wings — and luckily, Indiegogo allows you to keep the funds you’ve raised even if you miss your goal.

In July, the BFI Southbank hosts a wide-ranging retrospective of the director’s work. Here’s hoping that generates more support (i.e. cash) for this worthy cinema endeavor.

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