Chinese artist and cultural activist Ai Weiwei is at the center of a currently-running Kickstarter campaign seeking funding for an upcoming sci-fi film. Shot in secret, The Sand Storm has already met a goal of $33,000 and seems set to eclipse that by orders of magnitude as funding continues for the better part of the next month.
Described as a “dystopian science fiction film set in the not-too-distant future,” The Sand Storm tells the story of a smuggler in a world without water. It is the product of a collaboration between TED Talks film director Jason Wishnow and Ai Weiwei. Wishnow was instrumental in producing Ai’s TED Talk.
The film was created ahead of the Kickstarter campaign because of the risk in disclosing the project. Ai has long been the subject of persecution by the Chinese government due to his political activism and controversial art, and there was a possibility that the film would have been shut down if the project was leaked.
The campaign’s ultimate goal is to almost triple the stated goal in order to pay for the full $90,000 cost to produce the short film, which is said to be a prelude to a possible feature-length movie. It’s well on its way having raised over $60,000 to date. The campaign ends on May 3rd.
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