A month in, with 25 days to go, and the Indiegogo campaign to finish Welles’ last film has so far just barely exceeded a quarter of its goal.
The crusade for “The Other Side of the Wind,” a 15-year-long passion project abandoned when Welles died in 1985, has thus far attracted the support of Edgar Wright, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Peter Bogdanovich and Brett Ratner. But despite celebrity backing, and a goal whittled down from $2 million to $1 million, the crowd-funding effort is still slogging toward the finish line even in the wake of Welles’ centennial.
This is an expensive project that the campaigners are fully throwing their weight behind, with lots of exclusive swag if you decide to donate — including a lucky 35mm print of the film.
In July, the BFI Southbank across the pond 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.