Sure, a movie directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Willem Dafoe on the subject of dreams sounds more like a nightmare. A gritty, graphically violent nightmare. But the duo, who previously worked together on New Rose Hotel, Go Go Tales, 4:44 Last Day On Earth, and Pasolini, appears to be going in a different direction with their latest collaboration, Siberia. Based on Carl Jung’s The Red Book—in which the noted psychologist recorded his experiments with what he referred to alternately as “visions,” “fantasies,” and “imaginations” in an attempt to understand the subconscious mind—the script for Siberia was co-written by Ferrara and screenwriter/psychiatrist Chris Zois. It promises “a subjective and objective journey into the subconscious,”and will feature Dafoe in multiple roles. In short, it’s going to be pretty trippy, dude.
If you find the idea of Willem Dafoe riding a dog sled across a frozen wasteland sounds appealing, Ferrara recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. The goal is an ambitious $500,000, $5,654 of which was raised in the campaign’s first day; at the lower levels, donor rewards aren’t very exciting, but in the $200 and up range there are some interesting choices, including signed posters of Ferrara movies like Ms. 45 and Bad Lieutenant ($200), the chance to sit in the editing suite with Ferrara as he cuts the film ($2,500), 15 minutes on Skype with Ferrara where you can ask him anything you want ($3,000), and associate producer credit on the film ($5,000).