Thirty-Three Years in the Making, An Officially Licensed Kurt Vonnegut Documentary Is Just a Kickstarter Away
“A sum of money is a leading character in this tale about people, just as a sum of honey might properly be a leading character in a tale about bees.”
It’s been nearly eight years since Kurt Vonnegut passed away at the age of eighty-four, but the minimalist master’s popularity is (deservedly) as large as ever, with posthumous collections still rolling out, and traces of his ideas and characters continuing to permeate throughout the known (and unknown) universe.
Enter Robert B. Weide, frequent Curb Your Enthusiasm director, documentary extraordinaire, and the proud owner of Vonnegut’s personal blessing to make a documentary about his life…in 1982. Preliminary shooting for that documentary began in 1988, and continued intermittently throughout the years as opportunity presented itself, but it was never finished due to Weide’s apprehension of being “exploitative” following the author’s death.
Thankfully for us, that feeling seems to have passed, as Weide, along with a second director, Don Argott, now feel confident in reopening and finalizing the documentary for release in early 2016. The two are asking for a total of $250,000 on their Kickstarter page, which details a variety of unique donation incentives, including a lunch with Weide and Judd Apatow to “geek out on all the Vonnegut talk you can eat.” But if they don’t meet their mark by March 10, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time will remain dead in the water.
So it goes.