Writer/Director Brett Ryan Bonowicz, who you should remember from OWA 2014’s crowd-pleaser THE PERFECT 46, has a new project in the works, a documentary about the life and art of futurist illustrator Arthur Radebaugh. From 1958 to 1963, a Sunday comic strip predicted the future. Arthur Radebaugh's Closer Than We Think represents mid-century futurism at its most daring and optimistic. From Robot Driving to Space Monkey Colonies, Radebaugh's visions of the future heavily influenced THE JETSONS and many of his predictions have come true in the decades since the strip first ran in newspapers.
THE PERFECT 46, a thriller about a match-making website that goes horribly wrong, took home two Cthulhies at the Inaugural Other Worlds Austin, for Best Actor (Whit Hertford) and for Bonowicz himself for Best Director. Crowdfunding on Indiegogo, Bonowicz told OWA Founder Bears Fonté that "one of the angles of the campaign is actually finding people who remember the strip. We're also trying to find people that knew Radebaugh.” Despite his influence, Arthur Radebaugh remains incredibly elusive. No audio or video of the futurist has yet been uncovered. If you knew Radebaugh, or have some of his art squirreled away in your attic — they want to hear from you.
Bonowicz's CLOSER THAN WE THINK will explore the comic panels, examine what it is to be a futurist, and serve as a biography of Arthur and the arc of his life and work. The team has already interviewed designer Syd Mead (TRON, BLADE RUNNER), Rick Guidice (NASA), Futurists including Kirk Citron (Editor of The Long News), scientist Aubrey de Grey (SENS Research Foundation), historians of mid-century futurism Hampton C. Wayt (Curator of "Driving Through Futures Past"), Todd Kimmell and the other curators of the exhibit "Radebaugh: The Future We Were Promised" and Matt Novak of the Paleofuture blog.
Bonowicz is hoping to raise $10,000 to cover travel for the remaining interviews, an original score, licensing of historical footage, and sound mix for the film.
Check out the campaign here and help support a great OWA Alumni!