Before he went on to change the world of art and pop, Andy Warhol was Andrew Warhola from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Long a subject of collective fascination, there's a lot we know about the artist. Yet despite all the books and articles and documentaries, his legacy has never been fully explored from the perspective of those closest to him. Uncle Andy is the Warhola family's attempt to to change that. Created by the artist's great-niece, Abby Warhola, and her partner, Jesse Best, the feature-length documentary aims to shed new light on Andy Warhol's life by tapping into the memories of his siblings, nieces, and nephews.
Warhola and Best are both artists themselves (as are a number of other Warhola relations), and they've spent years documenting Warhol's extended family. By incorporating rare footage--including interviews with his recently-deceased older brother, Paul--the couple say that this will be the most personal look at the Warhol's life to date, and an invaluable addition to understandings of an artist that continues to captivate.
In order to finance the film, Warhola and Best need to raise $175,000 by April 2. Financing the project through Kickstarter, they explain, will allow them to keep the project independent and under the direct guidance of Warhol's family. Take a look at their Kickstarter page to learn more about the project and the amazing thank you gifts being offered to donors (ranging from copies of the film, to tote bags, and even authentic pieces of art made by Warhol's older brother).