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Kickstarting A Short Sci-Fi Film Starring Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei

By Ziyad Saadi | Indiewire April 2, 2014 at 12:28PM

Having been called “The Most Powerful Artist in the World” and “China’s Most Dangerous Man,” Chinese contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei has made much of an impact in the world of art, and some of his most notable pieces have been in the art of cinema.
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Ai Wei Wei in "The Sand Storm"
Ai Wei Wei in "The Sand Storm"

Having been called “The Most Powerful Artist in the World” and “China’s Most Dangerous Man,” Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has made much of an impact in the world of art, and some of his most notable pieces have been in the art of cinema. Now he teams up with writer/director Jason Wishnow (the filmmaker behind "TED Talks") and Christopher Doyle (DP of "In the Mood for Love," "Chungking Express," "Hero") to star in the upcoming low-fi sci-fi film entitled "The Sand Storm."

Having already wrapped principal photography, the film is currently trying to raise $33,000 on Kickstarter for the post-production phase. Though the film score has been composed, "The Sand Storm," which depicts a dim and gritty not-too-distant dystopian future in which there is no water, still needs money for sound design, color correction and of course visual effects. The film, which is only 10 minutes long, was made in China under the radar and stars Ai Weiwei as a water smuggler. With Weiwei's current status in his homeland, the film may be one of the most significant political and social works of his career.

Many rewards are offered for donations to the film, the most interesting of which includes a water smuggler action figure (given for donations of $555 or more). Check out the campaign video below:

This article is related to: Tech, Kickstarter , Filmmaker Toolkit: Crowdfunding, Christopher Doyle, Ai Weiwei






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