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Dennis Hopper's final film, 'The Last Film Festival,' gets Kickstarter

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Dennis Hopper May 17, 1936 — May 29, 2010 I remember so clearly the day we met on the set of Blue Velvet . There…
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May marks the fifth anniversary of Dennis Hopper’s death. The late star of Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Speed, and—of course—Super Mario Bros. lost his fight with prostate cancer during post-production of a movie called The Last Film Festival, which posed Hopper as a failed Hollywood producer entering a failed movie in the O’Hi Film Festival. Currently unfinished, there now is an open opportunity for it to reach the big screen. (Hopper completed all but two scenes.)

Director Linda Yellen launched a Kickstarter to realize Hopper’s final performance, a comedy written by Yellen and Michael Leeds. “Dennis Hopper has long been a hero of mine,” she writes on the page. “A number of years ago I was lucky enough to meet him at the legendary Sundance Film Festival.

“… Sundance is simply one of the best film festivals in the world, and I wondered what the worst would be like? Dennis turned to me and said ‘that’s a great idea kid, you write the script and I’ll do it.’ And he did!”

The campaign seeks $90,000, and Yellen asserts the production crew has a six-week plan to finish the project. A rough cut was produced and shown to Hopper before his passing. Also starring in the film are Jacqueline Bisset, Joseph Cross, JoBeth Williams, Donnell Rawlings, Chris Kattan, Katrina Bowden, and Leelee Sobieski.