The filmmakers behind a documentary on science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin had plenty to celebrate Wednesday as their Kickstarter campaign surpassed $200,000.
With 50 hours left, the campaign reached its final goal -- the remaining amount of the film's $800,000 budget -- and the filmmakers made this announcement on their Facebook page:
The film concentrates on the work of Berkeley native Le Guin, creator of the internationally-renowned Earthsea fantasy series and a Library of Congress Living Legend. Director Arwen Curry left her job as a KQED Science producer to make the film about a writer whose presence in her life was so ubiquitous, she described Le Guin as like "being an auntie."
"American fiction was not the same after her," Curry says. "She opened doors between mainstream literature, and genres like science fiction and fantasy. Before those genres were not necessarily maligned but looked down upon as being immature. After Ursula Le Guin, it's hard to say that those aren't areas where important thinking is taking place."