Emily Dickinson Documentary Gets Kickstarter Campaign

Credit: famousauthors.org
Credit: famousauthors.org

The producers behind the Emily Dickinson documentary, Phosphorescence: Words in Shining Light have started a Kickstarter to complete the project.

The U.K based production company, Hurricane Films, want to raise $100,000 and now have over $1000 with 25 backers. The documentary is a companion film to the recently completed Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion directed by Terrance Davies. The film will be narrated by Cynthia Nixon, as well as starring Jennifer Ehle and Keith Carradine.

The documentary “will take us on a journey through the seasons of Emily’s life in mid 1800s New England as we engage with her passionate relationships via her letters and poems,” the Kickstarter page says. “The documentary will endeavor to reflect qualities inspired by its subject, Emily Dickinson–deft words, passionate beliefs, searing individuality and a great story well told.”

The film will explore her love for horticulture, music, and her relationship with family and friends.

“It’s an honor and a joy to get to narrate her life story in Phosphorescence,” Nixon said. “What a gift to get a chance to bring Emily to life on screen not once, but twice.”

The Kickstarter is offering many perks; starting at just $15 you could receive an Admirers’ Audio Collection, an audio compilation of many of her admirers reading her poems. The highest perk is whopping $10,000 and you get Executive Producer credit on the film and on IMDb.

As a writer and Emily Dickinson fan, and if I had a spare $750, I would love to spend fifteen minutes alone in her room in Amherst, Massachusetts. Just think about all the poems that she created in the room. She would have spent a lot of time in there since she was mostly a recluse.

I would love to see this documentary get its Kickstarter fully backed. She is one of my favorite poets so I would definitely want to watch this. I also plan to look out for A Quiet Passion.


Kelli Heidelberger