Kurt Vonnegut Documentary on the Verge of Being Completed

Conceived way back in 1982, Robert Weide's project is about to reach its Kickstarter goal.

Robert Weide’s documentary about author Kurt Vonnegut began production in 1988. The pair boarded a train at Grand Central Station bound for Buffalo and spent the eight-hour journey talking.

All these years later, it looks like Weide, together with Don Argott, is finally going to get to complete the film. At press time, Weide, who in the intervening years has executive produced Curb Your Enthusiasm and so much more, is a little less than three thousand short of an ambitious Kickstarter goal of $250,000. There’s no doubt that with six days to go, the target amount will be reached.*

Probably the coolest high-level Kickstarter perk for Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time is this single $5,000 one:


You and a guest will visit the Hollywood production office of Vonnegut fan, producer-director Judd Apatow, followed by lunch with Apatow and Weide, where you’ll geek out on all the Vonnegut talk you can eat. (Or frankly, any topic you want.) We reserve the right to vet you to make sure you’re not a weirdo. Apatow and Weide are weird enough. Travel, airfare and expenses covered by you. We’ll cover lunch. Subject to convenience of scheduling.

Post-Kickstarter, a good place to follow the progress of the film will be Facebook. Vonnegut sold his first short story to Collier’s magazine, which published the material in February 1950.

*Editor’s Note: An hour and a half after this item was posted, the final $2700 gap had been breached and the Kickstarter goal reached.

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