Finishing Heaven (2008)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Media Studies, Social History  |   Run Time - 76 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The past and the present collide as filmmaker Mark Mann explores former NYU film student Robert Feinberg's quest to complete the film that started shooting back in 1970, but never finished editing. It was an important era in the history of New York City; Andy Warhol's Factory scene was at the height of its infamy, Martin Scorsese was teaching filmmaking at NYU, and Feinberg was ready to set the world ablaze with his visionary debut film "Heaven." With Scorsese as his producer and a crew of ambitious guerilla filmmakers by his side it felt as if anything was possible, but suddenly the project was frozen - a celluloid casualty of the director's own paralyzing personal fears and self-imposed roadblocks. Flash forward nearly forty years, and the 16mm footage that would have formed Feinberg's magnum opus sits untouched in the director's cramped Northern California shack. But just when it appears as if all hope for "Heaven" has been lost, Ruby Lynn Reyner - the star of the film and the Feinberg's former lover - attempts to convince the filmmaker that the time has come to finally edit the sixteen hours of raw footage into a finished product.



directing [film/theater], dreams-of-success, film-student, filmmaker, project [plan], quest, struggle