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New film seeks funds to realise Marshall Allen's dream

Wizard Of The Sun will document performances at La Tor Poschiavo and interview members of The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra

The music of The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen is the subject of a new feature length film now in the pipeline and projected to begin screening in 2019. With a working title Wizard Of The Sun, the film is a collaboration between Cornelia Mueller and Marshall Allen himself, who has been a member of the group since 1958 and musical director for over two decades.

“The aim is to realise Marshall’s dream, to compose a music film for the cinema on the music of Sun Ra, Marshall Allen and The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra, and thus to set a memorial to their inspiring music,” explains Mueller.

The Sun Ra Mythic Dream Arkestra, all 22 musicians and three dancers of it, will be filmed during a set of performances scheduled for early September at La Tor Poschiavo in the mountains of the Swiss Alps. Tickets are on sale for 50 CHF (currently around £38). Local schools and special guests will also get the chance to watch the dress rehearsals for free on 5 and 12 September.

The project is currently raising money through tickets and merchandise to cover its costs, which include recordings of the concerts and interviews, travel expenses, fees, food, accommodation for performers and film crew, etc. You can check out the records, CDs, posters, T-shirts and more that they have on offer at their online store.

Watch a trailer for the film below.