A World War II Fairytale: The Making of Michael Mann’s THE KEEP; Launches Campaign Today on Crowdfunding Platform, Indiegogo

NEW YORK, NY, Nov. 23rd, 2015 — Through five years worth of production, A World War II Fairytale will give a complete history and overview of Mann’s lost epic THE KEEP (1983) with unprecedented access to over 30 years of archive material and one hundred new on-camera interviews. The film today launched an Indiegogo campaign [], opening the film to fans of the original and allowing for completion of the documentary.

In 2011, director/producer Stewart Buck and producer/artist Stephane Piter, both of Dinu Pass Productions, embarked on a journey to document the 1980s horror classic THE KEEP, one of the most exciting and boldly ambitious films of director Michael Mann’s career. However the film remains largely forgotten.

Designed to be a grandiose adult fairytale, the production suffered numerous setbacks. As a result, Mann’s original vision for the film has never been seen to this day.

With Piter’s renowned website as the main engine driving the project, the upcoming feature-length documentary, “A World War II Fairytale,” is a unique, in-depth look at the making of Mann’s lost epic. The vision behind the documentary is expansive, taking audiences on a journey to London, Wales and across the Atlantic to the U.S and Europe. Featuring over 100 new contributions from cast, crew, critics and colleagues, rare archival photos, and never-before-seen making-of footage, the film positions itself as the authoritative word on this forgotten cult classic.

“Audiences are still drawn to the potential of THE KEEP,” says Stewart Buck. “They are fascinated by what could have been and what we might see in the future. Mann’s enthusiasm and approach to the project are inspiring. This documentary offers a fascinating insight into the way Michael Mann works, his aesthetic, his methods and how he puts his movies together.”

“Since 1983, my mission has not changed,” says Piter of his passionate devotion to THE KEEP. “It was always my aim to produce an affectionate and sincere account of this difficult production, and to reveal Mann’s true vision, which I have always believed deserves a second chance — a second life.”

“In an age where movies are instantly available in the highest quality video, I find it fascinating that there are still unknown cinematic diamonds in the rough waiting to be discovered,” says Alex Kuciw, a producer at Dinu Pass. “THE KEEP is one of those diamonds. Among even the most devout of Michael Mann’s fans, there are many who have not seen this film and are unaware that it is a part of Mann’s considerable list of achievements.”

Thanks to Indiegogo, Mann fans, film buffs and members of the general public have the chance to own a piece of this outstanding documentary. Indiegogo contributions will allow for the completion of the project and, over the next six-to-eight months, help to create a master and bring it to market.

Contributors will receive:

  • A Blu-ray package (available on pre-order for 30 days) featuring hours of extra footage and an exclusive look into the longer version of THE KEEP.
  • The extremely limited ‘Design Series’ spotlighting production designer John Box, as well as art directors Alan Tomkins and Herbert Westbrook
  • Books and rare photos from the set build in Wales, signed by crew
  • The ‘Molasar Signature Series’ covering the three stages of special effects evolution of the film’s monster by make-up designer Nick Maley
  • The ‘Music Series’ featuring an opportunity to pre-order a signed copy of the late Edgar Froese’s upcoming biography “Force Majeure”

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