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Crowdfund This: Aurora – A practical effects retro time-travel creature feature

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AURORA is a black and white 30 minute film that tells the story of the first UFO crash recorded in American history.

It is widely believed that Roswell, New Mexico is the site of the first UFO crash in American history- but that distinction actually goes to a small town in Texas. According to a historical
account reported in the local newspaper, early in the morning on April 17, 1897, the residents of Aurora (located just outside of Fort Worth) were awakened by a loud explosion as an inexplicable airship crashed to Earth– six years before the first flight of the Wright Bros, and 40 years before the town even had electricity. A body was found at the site and buried in
an unmarked grave in the town cemetery, the wreckage was thrown into a deep well, and a legend was born. But what if the story was more fantastic than anyone imagined?

AURORA is a love letter to The Twilight Zone and Universal Monsters, and artfully combines actual historical events with Nazi UFO conspiracy theories, time travel, and extra-dimensional cryptids into a tidy and curious package, delivering science fantasy into the 19th century wild west.

Thomas Negovan is the filmmaker behind Aurora and he got in touch to share news about the Kickstarter along with the beautiful poster by Dave McKean.

Here is what he had to say about it:

Across the last 20 years I’ve written art books and curated exhibitions for some truly brilliant artists, both living and dead. Through that time I also became part of a wonderful, tight-knit community of creative humans.

In 2014 I developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, which left me temporarily paralyzed and unable to walk. Stuck in a hospital bed, pumped full of drugs and feeling overwhelmed with existential terror, I began thinking about how long I’d neglected my own creative spirit. When I recovered, I pulled my friends together with the mantra: “What if Alejandro Jodorowsky created a Twilight Zone episode?”

Since so many things in movie-land that are insanely ambitious get talked about but never seem to get actually made, I didn’t want to open my mouth about this until I had it as close to the finish line as I possibly could. As a self-funded passion project it’s taken two years to get everything filmed and edited. All the puzzle pieces are now on the table, we just desperately need help to pull everything together. With your support, this movie can be completely finished before the end of the year.

Once I’d decided that I had to make this movie, I would have made it with sock puppets if I had to; everything we could bring to raise it above that (very low!) bar was a bonus.

The creature in the film was created by two winners of SyFy’s Face Off, Rayce Bird and J. Anthony Kosar and voiced by Genesis P-Orridge, and there is a time-traveling Nazi with a gorgeous space suit designed by fantasy painter Brom.

If you like the sound of the film then head on over to Kickstarter and help them get it finished.

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