The Mapplethorpe film is definitely on its way especially now that it has been 100% funded on Indiegogo. The film was officially filmed during early 2017; however, post-production costs are what held the film back and lead to producers, Nate and Eliza Dushku, to launch an Indiegogo project. With 25 days still left to go, you too can claim the exclusive perks and help this indie-budget project be the best that it can be.
The movie is a biographical film about the life of Robert Mapplethorpe who is a legendary New York photographer who was monumental for his controversial work. He is known for his highly stylised black and white photography, as well as his work of the underground BDSM scene in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. He was born in 1946 and died at the age of 42 in 1989, due to complications from HIV/AIDS. Before he died, he founded the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Inc.
There is a whole range of amazing cast members, with Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown, Christopher And His Kind) playing the title character, Robert Mapplethorpe in the film. You will also see Marianne Rendón (Imposters) as Patti Smith; John Benjamin Hickey (Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, The Good Wife, The Big C, Manhatten, Pitch Perfect) as Sam Wagstaff; Thomas Philip O’Neill (Boardwalk Empire, The Blacklist) as David Croland; Brandon Sklenar (Temple, Glass Jaw, The Last Room) as Edward Mapplethorpe; Brian Stokes Mitchell (Mr. Robot, The Prince Of Egypt, Trapper John M.D.) as Father Stack; Hari Nef (Transparent) as Tinkerbelle; Carolyn McCormick (Law & Order, Cracker/Fitz) as Joan Mapplethorpe; Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, The Single Guy, Homeland) as Harry Mapplethorpe; Tina Benko (Brotherhood, Flesh And Bone) as Sandy Daley; Kerry Butler (One Life To Live, The Miseducation ;Of Cameron Post) as Holly Soloman, and Mickey O’Hagan (Homeland, Tangerine) as Tina Summerlin.
On the behind-the-scenes side of things, Ondi Timoner (DIG!, Cool It, The Nature Of The Beast, Brand: A Second Coming) is acting as director, writer, and producer; her credits are substantial and really shows that this film is in good hands. Other co-producers include the well-known Eliza Dushku (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Tru Calling, Dollhouse, Bring It On, The New Guy, Wrong Turn) who has done producing in the past for episodes of TV shows and once for a documentary titled Dear Albania, but this is her first time solely being behind the camera and she loved it as she stated in her first Facebook live about the film. Then there’s Eliza Dushku’s brother, Nate Dushku (Antitrust, Bloody Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchett) who also produced and directed Dear Albania, and is in the process of developing a television adaption of the popular book series The Black Company. Also, as a producer, is Richard J. Bosner (Fruitvale Station, Other People, The Boat Builder, The Wannabe) who won awards for his film Fruitvale Station.
The project got extended by thirty more days on 16 May 2018 and it was very much needed as they were hanging around the $60,000 mark, but days later they reached their target of $100,000 and you’ve only got a limited amount of time to perks.
Still up for grabs are the Mapplethorpe DVD/Blu-ray, the Digital Download of the film, Leather Cuff inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe, a Mapplethorpe Tote Bag, a Mapplethorpe Poster, a Personal Shout-Out from Eliza Dushku, Lether Ties inspired by Robert Mapplethorpe, a DVD signed by Eliza Dushku, and Tux Pants Worn By Matt Smith, amongst a tonne of other perks including Associate Producer and Co-Executive credits.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 22 April 2018 where it received a lot of critical acclaim from a variety of news outlets. It also became the runner-up for the audience award at the festival, which is certainly a great achievement.
This is definitely going to become a must-watch film, and we’ve totally backed this project so we’re certainly excited to bring to you our review of the film once it is officially released. We’re excited to see how this film comes together and how the post-production brings this to all the backers and the rest of the public.
Make sure you back this project on Indiegogo, you only have 25 days. We’re delighted to see that it is 100% funded; and, we’re interested to see how much more money they manage to raise.