Yesterday would’ve been legendary filmmaker Orson Welles’ 100th birthday, and today three producers have launched an effort to reveal one last bit of his legacy to the world.
Between 1970 and 1976, Welles was working on what was supposed to be his comeback film: The Other Side of the Wind, a story of a director (played by the great John Huston) trying to make his comeback movie. It’s a story within a story, and Welles obsessively crafted it between the late 1950s and 1976, but production problems ultimately led to the film being left unfinished. Though it’s a prized artifact in the history of cinema, rights issues meant that for years almost no one saw any piece of Wind, and so it faded into Hollywood legend. Now, Frank Marshall (who worked on the film as a young man), Filip Jan Rymsza, and Jens Koethner Kaul have finally straightened out the rights to the massive amount of unfinished work Welles left behind, and they’re hoping to crowdfund the money needed to finish the film.
The trio launched an IndieGogo campaign today, hoping to raise $2 million to construct a completed version of the film based on the existing negatives and Welles’ notes. Rewards for backers range from a digital copy of the film to a box of custom cigars (something Welles would’ve loved) to original canisters that once held The Other Side of the Wind, but for the cinephiles who’ve wanted to see this film for decades, the best reward might be that they finally can.
For more on the incredible saga of The Other Side of the Wind, check out this piece announcing the funding campaign at The Hollywood Reporter.