A few words from our director, Holly Elson:
"When I set out to make this film everyone said, 'But there’s no archive of Moondog.' From the outset I wanted to get Moondog to tell as much of his own story as possible and to do this I knew I needed to find as many recordings, photographs and moving images of him as I could. It quickly became clear that Moondog was in fact one of the most photographed people of his time but because he existed before Youtube, Facebook and Instagram much of this material has remained unpublished and largely uncatalogued. This has meant spending a lot of time on a detective hunt!
Today I’d like to share two of my favourite images with you and encourage you to share them far and wide to spread the word about this project and our Kickstarter campaign. The first is from Moondog’s time in Europe and is from a series of beautiful slides that we are currently having cleaned and restored.
In order to continue our search and to properly bring this kind of material to light in the film, we MUST reach our goal in 14 days. Please share this campaign so that we can make the Moondog documentary!
The second image is one that you can own a copy of! It was taken by Moondog’s friend Willa Percival, a wonderful photographer and fascinating person in her own right, who took some beautiful and personal images of Moondog during 1965 and 1966. We are adding a NEW pledge level, where you can receive a limited edition print of this rare Moondog photograph.
So many people have been incredibly generous in sharing their archival material to help us make this film and we couldn’t have done it without them. Thank you to them and thank you to you for supporting this film and our efforts to tell Moondog’s story on film for the very first time."
You can pledge to support the film here.
Holly Elson (and The Viking of 6th Avenue Team)