RGI Productions filmmaker Rodion Nahapetov, and producer, Natasha Shliapnikoff, long-time friends and colleagues of iconic writer Ray Bradbury, recently launched their Kickstarter campaign for the Dandelion Wine movie. With an ambitious goal of raising $350,000 to cover production costs, the campaign seeks to”make the movie the way Ray would have wanted it made – independently, true to his vision and with love!”
Ray Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of all time. His iconic writings included Fahrenheit 451, Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He was the recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.
Bradbury worked closely with his friend and colleague, filmmaker Nahapetov. Their collaboration produced the screenplay Dandelion Wine. Bradbury “blessed” the script and entrusted the film adaption of the novel “Dandelion Wine” to Rodion, as writer/director, and, to his longtime friend, Natasha Shliapnikoff, as the producer. Both Natasha and Rodion gave their solemn promise to Ray that his “Dandelion Wine” film would be made.
Dandelion Wine film will be Ray Bradbury’s last legacy — he passed away in 2012 — and also a legacy to all his fans and friends who will be involved, through their contributions and participation, in the making of this unique project.
“Ray is no longer with us, but I know that he would have loved the idea of his fans helping us create a cinematic legacy of his beloved ‘Dandelion Wine’. This was Ray’s unfinished business,” shared Rodion Nahapetov.
Backers will receive items ranging from Dandelion wallpaper to on-location film access. The Kickstarter campaign ends on 9 January.
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