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Award-winning filmmaker Stephane Gauger and his team aim to raise $54,500 for the post-production of VINCENT: The Documentary.
The late Leonard Nimoy
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The enigma of Vincent Van Gogh 125 years after his death is explored through a contemporary play. Award-winning filmmaker Stephane Gauger and his team aim to raise $54,500 for the post-production of VINCENT: The Documentary. The film explores the enigma of Vincent van Gogh through the lens of the contemporary play "Vincent" conceived and initially performed by Leonard Nimoy and revived this year by French actor Jean-Michel Richaud.

Over five hundred letters exchanged between Vincent and his brother Theo – the substance of Nimoy's play – are raw with emotion. Theo, who supported Vincent financially and emotionally in his lifetime, believed in Vincent both as an artist and as a human being.

Nimoy's and Richaud's theatrical productions, scenes of which are included in the documentary, provide a gateway into the mind of one of the most misunderstood artists of our time. The two actors' compassionate renderings of van Gogh provide a fuller understanding of the inner-workings of his mind and his art.

By combining scenes from Nimoy's play with the exploration of street artists from Amsterdam and Los Angeles, who were also inspired by the great master, van Gogh's legacy lives on. For example, the renowned Paris street artist NOWART launched his own Van Gogh exhibit in Auvers Sur Oise, the town where Vincent died 125 years ago.

The raw footage of the film is currently being edited. By tracing van Gogh's footsteps in the south of France, where he painted most of his masterpieces, in Belgium where he was a preacher to the coalminers, and in his birthplace of Holland, VINCENT: The Documentary provides a unique view of the artist. Renowned historians, including from the Musee D'Orsay and the Van Gogh Museum, also contributed to the film.

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About Director/Producer Stephane Gauger

Mr. Gauger is an award-winning filmmaker who was featured in Filmmaker Magazine's 25 new faces of 2007. His first feature film OWL AND THE SPARROW won over 15 international prizes, including best narrative feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival, as well as being nominated at the Independent Spirit Awards and the Gotham Awards. His second narrative feature, SAIGON ELECTRIC, was the recipient of the best screenplay award at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. His first documentary, VIETNAM OVERTURES, chronicled a music exchange between a Norwegian symphony and the Vietnam National Symphony. His last documentary, CHEETAH: The Nelson Vails Story, chronicled the first and only African-American Olympic champion in cycling.

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