We need to complete our film for Sundance!

And then get it out for distribution to the world!

KUSAMA - Infinity A Project of Documentaries

The story of avant garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's rise and fall and rise again to worldwide recognition!

Kusama - Infinity focuses on Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's relentless determination to break free of the rigid society in which she was raised, and transcend the cultural expectations of the time to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her trailblazing work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with all odds stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family than discouraged her pursuit of art and at one point disowned her, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was a particular shame, and eventually growing old and continuing to pursue her art while living in a mental health facility. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of compelling artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry, and novels. Now 88 and still living in the mental health facility she has called home for over 40 years, people around the world are experiencing her infinity rooms in record numbers as Kusama continues to create new work every day!

This documentary has been a lengthy labor of love for Director/Producer/Writer Heather Lenz, who originated it, and Karen Johnson who has been her producing partner since 2004. We've filmed Kusama, museum curators, other artists, and the people who have known Kusama through the years and witnessed her return to recognition in the world after over-coming so much adversity in her almost 89 years. We are finally at a place where opportunity knocks for the film and we just need to get across the finish line. We submitted to Sundance as a rough cut and much lies ahead to complete post-production. There is fine cutting, composing the score, doing the sound edit (fixing levels, dialogue, effects, etc.) and the final sound mix. In addition, there is technical format conversion work that has to happen because over the years video formats have changed, we are using footage from countries where formats are different, etc. Sundance also requires posters and trailers and promo videos be completed for the festival. Each of these steps involves hiring different crew and service providers, all of whom, though eager to help us on this exciting project, also have to make a living and be paid for their work.

The link above goes to a short film about Kusama that we produced from our footage for the Tate Modern when they had a retrospective on Kusama in 2012. Enjoy!

Any amount of help you can provide is important to meeting our goal and much appreciated! The filmmakers have two copies of Kusama's beautifully illustrated version of Alice in Wonderland that were signed by Kusama in our presence as a gift to the film. If anyone is interested and so blessed that they can donate $5000, we will part with these treasures -- however we only have two copies so please reach out in advance at info@kusamadocumentary.com. Thank you!

$11,350 Raised
7% towards $150,000 Goal

Supported by 23 Donations:

  • Robert P.
    I Gave $3,000
  • Alden E. S.
    I Gave $5,000
  • Jackay C.
    love yayoi kusama and love this project. happy to help in whatever way i can. good luck!
  • Laura N.
    I Gave $25
    Go Heather!!
  • J and J T.
    I Gave $1,000
    I'm sure you did an absolutely lovely and artistic job Heather! Looking forward to seeing it!
  • Norman  Y.
    I Gave $100
    We r rooting for u! Hope this helps a little.
  • Arnie T.
    So excited to see this finally completed - independent film is a long commitment!
  • William L.
    I Gave $100
    Glad to contribute to this effort. The breaking boundaries of space is a risky work. Only a true artist can show what it means. It is interactive.
  • Myra P.
    I Gave $50
    An important film about an important artist!
  • Helga H.
    So thrilled for you! Best wishes!
  • James W.
    I am looking forward to seeing the film - I've been waiting so long for its release!
  • Rebecca C.
    I Gave $100
  • Carrie K.
    I Gave $50
    Happy to support your project and can't wait to see it!
  • Brendt B.
    I Gave $25
  • Shane W.
    I hope that we can help get you over the finish line Heather! I can't wait to see this in the theater!
  • Barbara T.
    Happy to support this ground-breaking documentary on such a fascinating and influential artist!
  • Phoebe S.
    This is a chance to tell the story of an important woman artist, and support the work of a female filmmaker. Very glad to vote with my pocketbook.
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    Very happy to support this film!
  • Jennifer Akana  S.
    I Gave $25
    Good luck Heather!