In January, science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin died at the age of 88, leaving behind an incredible body of work that has inspired generations of writers and readers. Le Guin is the subject of a forthcoming documentary by Arwen Curry, who just released a new trailer for the project.
Curry kickstarted Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin in 2016, and has been working on the project ever since. Earlier this week, she released a trailer for the documentary, which will use archival footage and recent interviews with Le Guin to examine her life and the impact of her career. The film will also feature interviews from authors such as Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Neil Gaiman (American Gods), Theodora Goss (The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, and a forthcoming critical volume on Le Guin), and others. “She’s being recognized not just as one of our great science fiction and fantasy writers,” Goss says in the trailer, “but as one of our great American writers.”
Science fiction podcast Imaginary Worlds recently interviewed Curry about her work on the documentary, and explains that the desire to create a film about Le Guin’s life prompted her to get a degree in journalism to enter the field, and spent years interviewing the late author to examine her life and career.
Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin will appear at film festivals later this fall and will debut on PBS’s American Masters in 2019.