Published May 28, 2014Born Louis Thomas Hardin in 1916, blind performer Moondog was beloved for his many avant-garde compositions. Though he passed away in 1999, his music continues to inspire to this day. Fittingly, he'll soon be the subject of a new documentary.
Called The Viking of 6th Avenue, the film will be directed by Holly Elson for Dog Day Films. Producers are currently seeking $105,000 in funds via Kickstarter.
According to the Kickstarter page, the film will feature "never before seen archival film, home movies and rare audio recordings." It will also feature interviews with his friends, family and collaborators, as well as his fans. Among them are Jarvis Cocker, John Zorn, Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Damon Albarn, Philip Glass and others.
"The funding of this campaign is essential to enable us to finance the filming of important interviews with Moondog's friends, family and collaborators in the US, UK and Germany; to shoot in the locations where Moondog lived and worked, and to license the beautiful archival footage and photographs that we have unearthed," the Kickstarter page reads.
In addition, the filmmakers have discovered some previously unpublished Moondog scores in their original Braille form, which they intend to bring to life for the film.
For a taste of The Viking of 6th Avenue, watch the Kickstarter pitch video below.