Comrades and Comradettes! Ladies and Gendermen!
It is hard to believe but 2017 marks the end of our first five-year plan.
Ages ago someone in our team put a note on our group’s to-do list: “February 2017: Sierra Zulu final deadline”. This entry is often referred to as “the note that jinxed the shit out of it”. We are still working on “Sierra Zulu” (e.g. we just finished a clean-up of the screenplay) — but the film is not done yet.
I know this is probably very frustrating for some of you. You were very generous in supporting our project back in 2012 — and I can understand that you want to see re-fuckin-sults. Some of you may have already given up and file their donation as “totally wasted on crazy fuckers”.
To be clear: a) We haven’t spent a dime of your money. b) “Sierra Zulu” is still alive.
It’s our opus magnum, and we are not giving up on it.
The main problem: We realized that we can’t make the film with the Kickstarter money alone. We need more than 10 times the amount. The road to the movies is paved with blood, sweat, tears and Excel sheets. And back in 2012 and 2013 the Austrian film funding agencies were not sure they could trust us with such large sums. To be honest, they wanted to see more work… they wanted us to create other small-scale movies before they would invest a bunch of taxpayers money into our unconventional Soviet endeavor. We needed to prove ourselves worthy. And that’s only fair.
We started working on other flicks, all of them very low budget: the post-apocalyptic sci-fi comedy “Die Gstettensaga” (2014) and the nerdy road-trip documentary “Traceroute” (2016). Both won a bunch of awards and were well received. We consider them our business cards for sponsorship folks and film grant people.
Currently we are in pre-production for a feature musical film about the brilliant yet bats-in-the-belfry-ish astronomer Tycho Brahe and his sister Sophia.
Our plan is to finish and release “Tycho” and then we want to re-approach the funding folks to finally get “Sierra Zulu” off the ground.
We never thought this project would be our personal “Spartacus”… but that’s not a bad thing anyways. And good projects take time.
I hope you understand.
The monochrom committee
“Communism is Soviet power plus the electrification of the whole country.” — Vladimir Lenin