This September filming will begin on a new collaboration from Antony Crook and James Bowthorpe, Hudson River Project. It will feature an original soundtrack from Mogwai.
Bowthorpe:“The central idea is very simple: Build a boat from a city’s waste, take it to the source of the city’s river – the river without which the city would not exist – and row the boat back.”
The film follows a man as he makes a boat from New York City’s waste, the detritus of a modern megalopolis, and takes it to the source of the Hudson River high in the Adirondack Mountains, at Lake Tear of the Clouds.
He rows the boat back to NYC, through wilderness, countryside, farms, towns and industry, all of which rely on the mighty river that flows past, all of which are threads of the river’s story. The filmmakers have gathered an impressive list of collaborators: Scottish band Mogwai are writing an original soundtrack for the film, their first since Zidane; A 21st Century Portrait, and award-winning interactive director Ben Tricklebank (Arcade Fire’s The Wilderness Downtown) will be creating an online experience to complement the films’s release.
Crook and Bowthorpe are making the film with support from crowd-funding website Kickstarter, where funding for the film is found from a large group of people investing a small amount each in return for exclusive rewards from the film.
The campaign starts Tuesday 10th April and runs for 45 days.
Crook:“We want to stay true to the core idea of the film – to do this we’ll share what its about and raise the funds we need through crowd-funding. There are so many people already behind the idea, wanting to see it happen, that it just seemed to make sense. Kickstarter is the biggest crowd-funding platform out there and gives us the best chance of reaching our goal.”