Superman, Siegel and Shuster local documentary looking for backers
Superman fans have a very short period of time to buy into a little piece of history and contribute to a Kickstarter campaign to finish a long-overdue documentary on the history of Superman and his Cleveland creators. The work is almost finished and needs a $6,000 nudge to get it released this year.
One of the producers of the documentary is a guy who knows something about Superman, Mike Olszewski, president of the Siegel and Shuster Society, the group formed to honor the men and their super-creation. Olszewski is quick to point out that the project is independent from his work at the society.
The Kickstarter campaign ends Thursday, July 10, and by that time Red Duck Pictures hope to raise the $6,000 it needs to finish the project. Organizers are more than $5,000 short of the goal, so dig deep if you ever want to see the documentary. Kickstarter is a novel way for artists to get enough money for their project directly from the people who want to see it done.
Contributions to the campaign earn backers anything from ticket stubs from the world premiere of “Superman IV: A Quest For Peace” which was held in Cleveland in 1987, and T-shirts, posters and other items from the occasion. The big prize is a coveted brick from the house of Jerry Siegel where Superman was created. The numbered brick is one of 100 saved when the house was remodeled and comes with a plaque and a certificate of authenticity. There are very few of these around.
The movie project started in 208, and most of the heavy lifting is done. The $6,000 will pay for the finishing touches: adding a musical score to the work, improving the graphics, narration, basic legal costs and other production costs.
“From fanboys, filmmakers and Cleveland history-nuts comes a documentary on one of the biggest American icons of all time,” says the Kickstarter pitch. “This film aspires to tell the story of two young boys, who dreamt of a world with magic, heroics and a greater human kindness during our country’s Great Depression — something we can all appreciate in our current world.”
The film includes interviews with many comic industry leaders who were involved with Superman, such as DC artist Carmine Infantino, artist Neal Adams (who was instrumental in getting financial and other benefits for Siegel and Shuster just before the Richard Donner Superman movie) and such contemporaries as Marvel’s Stan Lee. Also included are interviews with actors involved with the character, including two Lois Lanes – Noel Neill and Margot Kidder; a Supergirl, Helen Slater; and television’s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum.
“The interviewees were extremely generous with their time and comments no matter where we caught up with them – even such busy events as the New York Comic Con and Mid-Ohio Con. Siegel and Shuster’s work cast a wide net of influence and a lot of people wanted to pay tribute to these remarkable men,” the website says. “While we do review some of the history, which has been well documented over the years, we also stress the legacy of Siegel and Shuster and how they will be remembered in the future. Some of the comments may surprise you. . . .
“And if you’re interested in getting just a little taste of what it’s all about, please check out our Siegel & Shuster mini-documentary featured at the Superman exhibit at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.”
Donate to the kickstarter campaign HERE