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Pride 2018: Help support biopic about LGBT icon, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe


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Mapplethorpe (2018) is a biographical drama written and directed by Ondi Timoner (We Live in Public, Dig!), that details the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, played by Matt Smith (Doctor Who), through his remarkable career, up until his death in 1989.


Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, recognised for his delicate yet candid practice of controversial subject-matter in the medium of photography, mostly in highly stylised black and white.

During the 1970s, he obtained a Hasselblad medium-format camera, of which he used to take pictures of friends, including artists and composers. In the 1980s, he later redefined his aesthetic and tone, capturing pictures of explicit male and female nudity, as well as very formal portraits of celebrities, of which were largely scrutinised due to their daring nature.

In 1998, a year before his death, he helped found the ‘Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation’. The foundation was established to promote photography, support museums that exhibited photographic art, and to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV.

Since his death, the Foundation has not only helped to promote his work all across the world, but it has also raised and donated millions of dollars to fund medical research in the fight against AIDS and HIV infection.

By celebrating his own sexual identity and commemorating a progressively visible community of gay men, Mapplethorpe offered greater visibility to queer narratives, stories, and experiences.

Due to his outstanding help and support, Mapplethorpe was named by Equality Forum as one of their 31 Icons of the 2015 LGBT History Month.

His work paved the way for following photographers and artists who continue to push the boundaries of representation and identity, and his extensive, provocative, and influential career has verified him as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.

The independent film, scripted by Timoner alongside Mikko Alanne, premiered earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival, and is currently seeking support to fund U.S. distribution in order to be released in as many countries as possible, ensuring that all fans and supporters of the late photographer get the chance to see it.

Earlier this year, Eliza and Nate Dushku, two of the films producers, started an Indiegogo campaign to spread awareness and gain support to raise the funds to ensure distribution. Currently, the minimum amount of $100,000 to cover the post production process has been raised, but the film still requires funds to enable a festival run, as well as the distribution costs.

With only 4 days left of the campaign, any support you can offer, either financially or spreading awareness (for example on social media), is vital.

The campaign features numerous perks, ranging from signed merchandise, props from the film, and even a credit in the films closing titles, of which you can own for as little as $5. (The price ranges for each individual perk).

The storytelling opens a window into the soul of a primordial art culture in New York. You will feel the texture of the times and view this incredible artist’s journey through that lens. We hope to celebrate an enigmatic figure who continues to give back to us and the arts, in spite of being claimed by the AIDS plague. We examine Robert’s connection to family, friends, and lovers and his consumption with the quest for beauty and perfection in his art. The price paid was enormous. The legacy that remains is undeniable. You can help us continue to celebrate Robert's work and to raise awareness to the issues that were important to him by supporting this film.” - The filmmakers of Mapplethorpe.

You can view the campaign and support the film, here.

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