Kickstart a Documentary on Emily Dickinson, Narrated by Cynthia Nixon

Later this year, Hurricane Films will release A Quiet Passion, a film about Emily Dickinson, which will be directed by Terence Davies and star Cynthia Nixon as the great American poet.

But that’s not where their ambitions end. If they can get your support on Kickstarter, Hurricane Films also hopes to make a documentary (narrated by Nixon) that will take everyone deeper into Dickinson’s life & times. You can learn more about the promising film–tentatively to be called Phosphorescence: A Film about the Life of Emily Dickinson–in the video above, or the text down below. Please note: If you’re inclined to support this kind of enriching project, please do so now. There are only a few short days left in the Kickstarter campaign:

The documentary will be an essential companion piece to the narrative. Narrated by Cynthia Nixon (who plays Emily in the feature film) PHOSPHORESCENCE will take us on a journey through the seasons of Emily’s life in mid 1800’s New England as we engage with her passionate relationships via her letters and poems. Emily’s deep love of horticulture and music as well as her closeness to her family and friends will form a rich tapestry – combining elements of a natural history film and a Koyaanisqatsi-esque travelogue. Together with an ensemble cast of highly recognized actors lending their voices to her many correspondences not dissimilar in tone and feel to Ken Burns’ American Civil War. And with the differing views and interpretations of her poetry by contemporary experts we aim to weave a story that will both surprise, delight and throw light on some controversial opinion from unexpected quarters.

The documentary will endeavor to reflect qualities inspired by its subject, Emily Dickinson – deft words, passionate beliefs, searing individuality and a great story well told. The film has the support of the Emily Dickinson Museum and will be completed in mid 2016.

Get more information and make a contribution over on Kickstarter.

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