If you’ve kept track of my film reviews over the past six months, it’ll be no mystery to you that I’m a pretty big Ghostbusters fan. You might have seen a selfie of me with the StayPuft that was breaking out of the concourse in Waterloo Station ahead of last year’s reboot’s (which surprisingly didn’t cause any mass hysteria amongst commuters), as well as one of me in the London Film and Comic Con the year before with Dana Barrett herself (okay, there is no Dana – only Sigourney Weaver), followed by some in Torquay shortly after at the Optimus Comic Con, where I had the pleasure of meeting many more stars from the original films: Mark Bryan Wilson (Slimer and the Librarian Ghost), Robin Shelby (Ghostbusters II’s Slimer and now the reboot’s Mrs Slimer), Billy Bryan (the StayPuft Marshmallow Man) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore).
The Optimus event – which also included a StayPuft of its own, though far more well-behaved than Waterloo’s – was partly organised by brother and sister, Anthony and Claire Bueno, filmmaker and film presenter, respectively, and where Claire also ran and hosted a Q&A session with all the stars. But both Anthony and Claire were more recently present at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con in November, where they released an exclusive 12-minute preview to an eager audience for their upcoming film, “Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters”, a documentary nine years in the making that focuses on the creation of both the iconic films, as well as the phenomena that has transcended them, now long-since embedded within modern pop culture. Check out the trailer for the documentary below:
Their incredible journey to bring this film to life takes us back some fourteen years, when Anthony and Claire, both with a background in IT, decided to undertake media courses, which saw them on the paths they’re on today – and they’ve never looked back. Creating this film has seen them travel all over the States where they’ve interviewed over seventy cast and crew members from the original films, including the late greats, Michael C. Gross (creator of the iconic logo), David Margulies (Mayor Lenny), Alice Drummond (the spooked librarian of the same name) and Harold Ramis (Egon Spengler), as well as Ray Stantz himself, Dan Aykroyd, and director Ivan Reitman, to name but a few. This alone illustrates just how far this film has taken them, and also how excited we should all be about it.
Now, this huge project – one which has been undeniably-epic in the making – is nearly finished. But recently, the team (which also includes Anthony Zart – Art Director, Derek Osborn – Archive Producer & Motion Graphics Editor, J-Mi & Midi- D – Music Department, and Paul Smith – Publicist) decided to split the documentary into two parts to cover each film, so that they could make the story more complete and make it the best it can possibly be (and perhaps so as to not cross the streams…). They hope to be finished in the next few months, but keep an eye out on some exciting special previews that will be announced very soon.
On behalf of the whole crew, director and producer Anthony and Claire send a huge thanks to all those who have shown their support to the documentary so far, but if you’d like to be a part of that support and leave your own mark on this film, or if bustin’ simply makes you feel good, it’s not too late to make a contribution. So, who you gonna call? Well, you don’t need to call anyone – just go to the team’s crowd-funder page on the link below where you can make a contribution securely via PayPal and choose the form of your reward, which come in all shapes, sizes and classifications; from tee-shirts that sport the awesome hybrid-logo (as seen above) to even having your name appear in the end credits!
So, if you’re troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night, then I’m really not sure what to advise, but if you’d just like some more information on the documentary, get in touch with Bueno Productions Ltd. directly via the links below or their Facebook and Twitter pages @GhostbustersDoc.