Nicholas Wrathall (pictured), director of Gore Vidal: the United States of Amnesia, has launched a Kickstarter campaign seeking finishing funds for his buzzy Tribeca hit, telling a crowd in New York he still has archive footage to clear.
At a post-screening Q&A on Saturday (April 20) at New York’s AMC Loews Village cinema, Wrathall told audience members that although he was able to finish the doc in time for its Tribeca world premiere, he has not yet been able to pay for all the footage in it.
“We just finished the film last week and we just set up a Kickstarter campaign last week – we still need to pay for all the archive and licensing to pay for the release beyond the festival life,” he said.
Wrathall is seeking US$30,000 on Kickstarter to complete the doc, writing on the fundraising site: “We still need to do the music composition and online post production, as well as archival clearances.” The project has a May 11 fundraising deadline.
The director’s film comprehensively covers the life of Vidal, the acclaimed essayist, novelist and screenwriter, who passed away last year at the age of 86. It features a number of interviews with him from throughout his life, as well as new interviews and commentary from notable figures such as the late intellectual Christopher Hitchens and the writer Robert Scheer.
At the Saturday screening, Wrathall – who spent seven years working on the film – said it was “a great disappointment” that Vidal did not get to see the film before passing away. “I gave him 20 DVDs of rushes at one point and he watched them all,” he added.
Wrathall also spoke of the contrast between Vidal’s professional life and his personal life, admitting he had difficulty in probing the later. “I don’t think he was an easy figure to understand in terms of his emotional life,” he offered.
Check out the trailer for the doc below:
- Gore Vidal: the United States of Amnesia has its final Tribeca screening on Friday (April 26) at 5:30 p.m., at the Clearview Cinemas Chelsea in New York.