Celebrated filmaker Jan Svankmajer is closer than ever to making his final project a reality – and you can be a part of it.
The 81 year-old stop-motion auteur Jan Svankmajer has had a career spanning half a century and myriad different medium. Among his most celebrated and recognisable feature films are Alice, Faust, and Little Otik, all of which exhibit his surrealist bent and uncompromising, intelligent outlook. In art as in life, Svankmajer is serious about the value of integrity, declaring on his website: “This civilisation we live in has no interest in authentic artistic creation…What it needs is well-working advertisement, the iconographic contemporary art, pushing people towards more and more mass consumption. Consumerism keeps this society running.”
With that kind of principled attitude, it’s little wonder that Svankmajer had opted to crowd-fund his swansong project – his final feature film – on Indiegogo. Every day brings him, and his countless fans the world over, one step closer to the picture, entitled Insects, becoming a reality. Based on the 1922 Capek Brothers’ play Pictures From The Insects’ Life, the movie is set to explore the murky depths of the human ego with all the wit and visually detailed beauty (just take a look at some of the lithography above and below) we’ve come to expect from the director. With a unique chance to contribute to cinema history, the only question left to ask is: what are you waiting for?