Jan Švankmajer and his final film

It became extremely difficult for directors to realize a film independent and free from major studios. But now there seems to be a new way.

In recent years more and more filmmakers financed their movies using the method of crowdfunding. This is the practice of funding a project by raising money from a large number of people.  In 2015 the sequel Super Troopers 2 was able to raise over $4 mio. via the crowdfunding website Indiegogo, while Wish I Was Here directed by Zach Braff hit $3  mio. And also movies like Blue Mountain State: The Movie, Gosnell, Lazer Team and the German production Stromberg were financed thanks to this new way of filmmaking. Now 81-year-old Jan Švankmajer wants to have his slice of the pie for his last film called Insects.

The Czech filmmaker, known for his surreal animations and stop-motion work like Surviving Life (2010), Lunacy (2005) and over 30 short films, started his campaign with the goal to earn $150,000. His final feature film titled Insects is described as a misanthropic and surreal imagery echoing Kafka and the Čapek Brothers. Bugs behave as human beings, and people behave as insects.

About the film: A local pub in a small town. It’s Monday and the bar is closed, chairs are turned up on the tables. The pub is empty except for six amateur actors sitting in a corner. They’ve met to rehearse “The Insect Play” by the Čapek brothers. On a raised platform across the room we see a stage, set for Act II of the play. As the rehearsal progresses, the characters of the play are born and die with no regard to time. The actors slowly become one with them and some of them experience frightening transformations…

Even Jan Švankmajer has already reached the goal on Indiegogo to shoot his film, there is still money needed for all the animations and post-production. Meanwhile, already over 2000 people support the project, which will take up to 170 filming days.

If all goes well the movie should be finished in the second half of 2018. And as a backer you could be one of the first to see it!

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