A while back, I had the pleasure of listening to Johannes Grenzfurthner introduce his idea to present a film to the public concerning the last remaining fragment of the Soviet Union, namely Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, or SZ, or Sierra Zulu as per the NATO phonetic alphabet. At last year’s TEDxVienna event, Johannes briefly outlined the situation within Soviet Unterzoegersdorf, running down a list of cold-war conditions and daily way of life.
Needless to say, the further he explained the scenario, the quicker it became apparent that this was a complete fabrication, started in the mind of a much younger Grenzfurthner many years ago. However, thanks to the developments in technology and the reduced costs of making a feature length film, Johannes and his artistic collective, Monochrom, struck upon the idea of presenting Soviet Unterzoegersdorf to the world. When I interviewed Johannes about the project, he ran down a very impressive list of cast members that have signed letters of intent, a highly skilled film and special effects crew, and just about everything you’d need to make this a reality. The problem? Well, money of course.
In addition to seeking funding from The Austrian Film Institute and The Vienna Film Fund, the komrads of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf recently launched a Kickstarter drive to raise both awareness and funding for the project. Johannes was kind enough to tip me off to the event, and as always, I headed out with my gear and managed to capture the essence of the action.
View the Sierra Zulu gallery here.
But don’t take my word for it, have a listen as The Blogger and Ambassador Nikita Perostek Chrusov explain why they need your money. And yes, if this appeal is any indication of how the film will proceed, I can only say – nostrovia, komrads!