More than four years after the death of Michael Jackson, his mother is still banking on the hopes that there is plenty of interest in his life and tragic death. Katherine Jackson has made a documentary called Remembering Michael as a tribute to her late son.
In the film, Jackson's 15-year-old daughter Paris speaks out about her father in an interview that was shot just weeks before her alleged suicide attempt, according to U.K. newspaper the Express.
Perhaps the most interest aspect of the film project is that Katherine Jackson has turned to the crowd-sourcing website FundAnything to finance the film. The Remember Michael page includes a photo of the mother and her famous son along with a sneak peek clip of the film. As of noon pacific time on Monday, she had only collected $983 toward her goal of raising $3.2 million to fund the film, but there are 45 days to go in the campaign.
In a letter posted on the site, Katherine in a writes, "Our goal with this film is to share a positive, loving, and respectful tribute to Michael, who spent his entire life sharing his gifts with the great hope of making the world a better place."
She explains that she's asking for contributions "because it is Michael, the cost to license everything is prohibitively expensive." For those who donate, she and the children "have a limited collection of rewards not available in stores, but made available exclusively to his contributing fans."
The type of reward contributors will receive depends on how much they donate toward funding the film. For example, for the $10 "Basic Circle Package" you'll receive an "electronic wallpaper image of Michael with Katherine" along with a letter from Katherine thanking you, as well as an electronic limited edition Remembering Michael movie poster, plus an invitation to watch the online premiere of the film. At the high end, a $12,500 contribution will buy you a private screening of the film at the Jackson family home outside of Los Angeles. During the screening, you'll be able to ask Katherine and the filmmakers questions about the movie, and you'll receive a hardcover limited-edition of Katherine Jackson's memorial book Never Can Say Goodbye, plus various items from the other less-expensive packages.
Also interviewed in the film are 16-year-old Prince and 11-year-old Blanket, but Paris's inclusion is the most shocking, since the interview occurred just weeks before he was hospitalized in June for an alleged suicide attempt.
"He promised he would teach me how to moonwalk but never got around to it," Paris reportedly reveals in the film. "I really hope his legacy lives on forever. I will never forget him ever. He was amazing."
Prince also drops a bombshell — he didn't know his father's real name until he turned 6 years old. "He [Jackson] never really wanted to tell us who he is as a person," Prince reportedly says in the film. "It took me until I was 6 years old to learn his name was Michael Jackson — he was always 'daddy' to me and that was it."
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