When we first interviewed Adam Green back in 2004, he’d begun to make his way out from under the umbrella of collaborative success he’d earned as 50% of anti-folk stalwarts The Moldy Peaches, and into his own celebrity with the release of his critically acclaimed solo album (“Friends of Mine” – Rough Trade). Since then Adam has released six more records, formed an art collective with his pals Macaulay Culkin and musician Toby Goodshank, and made an entire Dadaist film about sex, video games and ketamine, on his iPhone. But, lest you think that after all these years his artistic well has run dry, Green’s recently launched kickstarter campaign resoundingly confirms that he’s got plenty more avant weirdness to show the world. This time he’s raising funds to create a feature length film based on the classic 1001 Nights story of Aladdin and his magical lamp – only, this version co-stars Culkin alongside Heeb favorite Natasha Lyonne, and swaps out Aladdin’s titular wish-giving lamp for a 3D printer.
That all might be little hard to wrap your brain around, so it’s probably best to just let Adam himself explain:
From the kickstarter description:
ALADDIN, Green’s second feature film will further explore the recesses of Green’s symbolic imagination, playing like an Alejandro Jodorowsky version of Aladdin on handmade sets à la The Science of Sleep; with frenetic dialogue at the pace of Xavier Renegade Angel or South Park.
Revolving around Aladdin’s dysfunctional family, who live in an “average” American city ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter, the film explores themes of technology, government repression, greed, and true love.
Makes total sense to me. Plus, it’ll feature music by indie fixtures Har Mar Superstar and Devendra Banhart’s Josiah Steinbrick so you know the thing is at least gonna sound good.
As things currently stand, Adam’s kickstarter is a little more than halfway funded with just over two weeks left to go. Now, far be it for me to tell you what to do with your hard-earned cash, but this thing sounds too weirdly/good not to see the light of day. So, if you’re in the giving mood, head to Adam’s campaign page, toss him a few bucks, and hope that this (finally) gets Robin William’s manic ping-pong ball of a Genie out of your head for good.
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