Seattle artist/performer/musician/philosopher David Nixon is impossible to categorize. His talent knows no boundaries. His brain is a bag of fireworks. He's a storyteller who's always thinking of new ways to tell stories, and the stories he tells about his family in particular are surprising, heartbreaking, funny, and full of grace. Here's a story he told last year about his brother, which anyone who's ever had a sibling should watch right now:
Now he's working on a longer piece about his father—an LSD-taker, a mental-institution inhabitant, and the "powerful and charismatic leader in a sect of Japanese Buddhism in Seattle in the 1970s, with over 1,000 members taking guidance from him," Nixon writes. "And behind the scenes he's doing a lot of drugs and sleeping with a lot of the female members."
In order to finish this film, Nixon needs to raise some money. I know, I know, some people in this office get cranky about Kickstarter, but if you care at all about filmmaking, animation, storytelling, or human beings, this project has all the signs of being a worthy one. Watch: