Edward Gorey Documentary Reaches Out to Fans for Fundraising

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The Edward Gorey documentary, eighteen years in the making by filmmaker Christopher Seufert, promises rare, one of-a-kind footage of the reclusive artist, known for over 100 delightfully macabre illustrated books.

Long Awaited Edward Gorey Documentary Reaches Out to Fans for Help.

This summer the Edward Gorey documentary will be 18 years in the making since primary production with the subject, illustrator Edward Gorey, from 1996 to his death in April, 2000. Director Christopher Seufert says "Gorey," is now available for pre-orders as a crucial strategy in tackling the final fundraising goal of $38,000. The project’s Kickstarter campaign has now reached roughly the halfway point, with over 200 backers pitching in to earn a variety of rewards such as preordering the DVD, gaining access to the online VIP area’s unreleased clips, or even purchasing a Gorey project Altoid tin, a candy Gorey was fond of.

With about a week remaining in its 30-day Kickstarter campaign, the film has earned nearly $19,000. Under Kickstarter guidelines, the entire $38,000 must be raised, or the project receives none of the money raised so far.

“We were the featured Project of the Day at Kickstarter last week,” said Seufert, “and the activity there was absolutely overwhelming.” We knew that launching this campaign was largely a statement of faith in the huge global Gorey community that exists, and now we’re doing everything we can to reach them, both online and in the traditional media.” Seufert says to be within such close sight of his goal after eighteen years is humbling.

The documentary has received a statement of support by WGBH (PBS) for a version of the feature-length film when it’s completed. The rough cut screenings have been largely sold out, they’re being featured at the Woods Hole Film Festival this summer, and the film is now being edited for submission to the Sundance Film Festival in September.

“Since entering the final phase of production this summer we’ve had some incredible interest in the world wanting to see this film. Now, it’s coming down to the dollars and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has and can donate or pre-order one of the rewards.”

"Gorey" follows the late illustrator Edward Gorey through the activities of his days and work life in the cinema-verite style, made famous by the Maysles brothers, with no narrator. Gorey’s voiceover interviews provide the sole source of information and context.

“Gorey could talk about almost anything,” says Seufert, “but his version of small talk was not about the weather or the Red Sox. And he never talked about the meaning of his own work.”

Seated at his daily haunt, Jack’s Outback in Yarmouth, Gorey says in the documentary, “Oh, I can think of... Oh, I’ve done more awful work than you’d believe humanly possible. I don’t like to think about it. I like to take the positive attitude and open up my little portfolio. (Turning invisible pages) “Oh, isn’t that nice!” (Blows tongue and rolls eyes) Anywho...”

To learn more about pre-ordering the documentary and donating to the Kickstarter campaign, visit the fundraising page EdwardGoreyFilm.com or directly kickstarter.com/projects/chrisseufert/the-edward-gorey-documentary-project. Kickstarter's deadline for meeting the goal is midnight Eastern Standard Time on May 24.

For more information and exclusive photos/video clips please contact:
Christopher Seufert, Director
Mooncusser Films LLC
Cell: 508-241-5555

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