With Ghostbusters being all the rage right now, the time has never been better for a new documentary celebrating the impact of the franchise.
Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters, which is now on Kickstarter, will tell the complete history of both films, featuring over 70 interviews with the cast and crew, with one of the stretch goals being an epic 4-hour director’s cut.
From the Press Release:
UK brother and sister team, filmmaker Anthony Bueno and film presenter Claire Bueno, are set to chronicle the enduring popularity of two of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, revealing how they came to fruition from inception through to the production. Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the resultant feature-length documentary of the first film is nearing completion with the sequel’s evolution discussed in a companion feature.
Based in London, Anthony and Claire’s eight-year journey has taken them over the United States from Lily Dale to Jacksonville, cross-country to San Diego, LA, and San Francisco, visiting many of the memorable locations. They have interviewed over 70 members of the cast and crew responsible for bringing these stories to life including actors Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson, and Sigourney Weaver; director Ivan Reitman; producers Joe Medjuck and Michael C. Gross; and editor Sheldon Kahn. Some of those names are due to appear in Paul Feig’s much anticipated new Ghostbusters this summer.
Directed by Anthony Bueno and produced by Claire Bueno for Bueno Productions, Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is intended to be the most complete account of how these classic films were made. It is the culmination of Anthony’s lifelong love of the film, which he credits for launching both his love of films and the supernatural. He says, ‘Since I first saw Ghostbusters in the cinemas back in ’84, I was captivated, although I didn’t think 24 years later I would begin a documentary about it with my sister Claire!
‘Becoming more enamoured with filmmaking as I’ve got older and learning how Ghostbuster 1 and 2 were made over the last 8 years,’ Anthony continues, ‘ I truly hope we will deliver an in-depth documentary of quality for both fans of the film and filmmakers alike. And with the team we have on board with us now, that is exactly what they will get’.
Released in 1984 in the pre-digital age when special effects were still evolving, Ghostbusters was an instant hit, followed up five years later with Ghostbusters 2. As a result, the documentaries are a tribute the special effects industry at the pivotal point in its evolution from model craft to digital. The film contains interviews with the visual effects crew on both films including Richard Edlund, John Bruno, Dennis Muren, and Ned Gorman.
Claire says, ‘Because of this documentary, cast and crew have reconnected, not having seen each other for twenty years plus. To play a tiny part in this has been a real privilege’.
A Kickstarter campaign has recently been launched in order to raise the final funds. Running throughout February, it will enable them to complete post-production on both films and secure worldwide distribution. Cleanin’ Up the Town: Remembering Ghostbusters will be released later in the year.