A Madcap Journey of Clowns and Crypto-Currency--Making The Pitts Circus Movie - CircusTalk

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A Madcap Journey of Clowns and Crypto-Currency–Making The Pitts Circus Movie

At first glance, Ken Fanning is perhaps an unlikely film director for a mockumentary about an Australian circus family. Busy running his own big top circus show in Belfast called Tumble Circus, it would seem impractical for this self-professed anarchist clown to then pop over to Australia and make a film called The Pitts Circus, but Ken is anything but practical and his roots go straight back to street circus, where he has prevailed in large part due to his quirky sense of humor and what can only be the best street patter in the UK.
So it is no surprise that this ability to sell oneself translates so well in the DIY world of independent film-making where Ken is excited to continue his work. What sets Ken apart from other DIY film makers is that he didn’t start with himself as a subject, and that he funded the whole award winning film with the help of his partner, using cryptocurrency. We had a word with Ken about his favorite project, and his answers were equal parts entertaining and eye-opening. For artists looking for a way to self-produce shows and films, Ken’s method might be a way to hone in on some emerging options. What is this film all about? The feature length film is about a real life circus family who are called the Pitts. The film was made on a micro budget and shot in 3 different countries with an international cast, and without a script. It is an Irish-Australian-Swiss Co-Production. We shot it in Western Australia, Ireland and Switzerland. �...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.