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Viggo-Works Fundraising UPDATE

You people are quite simply AMAZING!! I knew we had an extraordinary group of people from around the world who visited Viggo-Works daily and weekly, but yesterday when I put out the request for webserver funding, I had NO CLUE what kind of overwhelming response would take place.

Every year, we renew our contract with our webhost on October 1. This year, when I looked at the account, I could see that, in the normal course of events, we would not be able to have the money in time. We had $541.11 in the bank and the cost of our yearly contract with our webserver/webhost is $1400.00 (unless there is an increase). The only way we fund Viggo-Works is through the money we make (through Philipa's tireless efforts) from the Viggo-Works Marketplace and then any donations from our visitors and members through the PayPal donation button.

In order to avoid taxation, all the funds that we receive from the Marketplace and through donations MUST go right back into the running of the website. So...ALL the money we collect is re-invested in Viggo-Works...paying for domains, webservers, forum enhancements, software upgrades, security software, etc., etc. If there is any money left over...we have contests. It is a zero balance business.

Those of you who have been with us a LONG time also know that when we first started we had significant webserver problems for the first couple of years. The servers would crash and I was constantly on the lookout for a GOOD webserver...reliable, able to host our monster sized website and forums, and (in this day and age) from hacking, spamming, and viruses. About three years ago, I finally found such a webhost and we have been with them ever since...and...this website runs like a charm, safe and secure and to handle our tremendous volume. But, this kind of technology and security does not come cheap, and in this business you definitely get what you pay for. So, our annual contract with our webserver may seem like a bunch of money to host this website...but it is worth every single dime we pay them. There is a lot to be said for peace of mind.

Needless to say, I am absolutely gobsmacked at the outpouring of generosity in the first hours of this fundraising effort. What I was giving myself a couple of months to achieve, has indeed taken place in the first 24 hours.

We needed $1400.00 by October 1.
This morning the total was already WELL over that amount!!

As we continue to take in anymore contributions, they will all go towards the other items I listed above that go into operating Viggo-Works.

All of us who run this place are finding it difficult to express an adequate amount of gratitude for your generosity in these tough times. Needless to say, Viggo-Works is alive and well and well funded thanks to all of you. We will renew on time and spend this next year with Viggo and all of you. Sounds like a GOOD time to me.

Many, many thanks again my friends. You're the BEST!!

Riv Res


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Signed Viggo Items On eBay

Categories: eBay Items
Our thanks to everyone who let us know about these two items. I think you will agree that they are in such limited quantity and that makes them worth a look and worth a bid.

The Hard To Find ERRANT VINE Catalog From Robert Mann: Signed

The Limited Edition Multiple From The Mortensen/Gudni Exhibition In 2006: Signed

You can find the detail on these two items and place your bids here on eBay.


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A Message from Viggo at Perceval Press

Source: Perceval Press
Categories: Perceval Press
In the U.S.A., at this time when at least an incremental step is being considered by Congress toward legally guaranteeing that all citizens have some form of health-care coverage, the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies are spending record sums to advertise the benefits of the status-quo. This would be the same status-quo that has enriched insurance companies for many years while leaving millions of citizens young and old uninsured or cheated out out of the often unreliable and over-priced coverage that they might barely afford. The same status-quo that has allowed pharmaceutical companies, with the collusion of our government representatives (most of whom are heavily-lobbied and campaign-funded by these very companies), to make huge, unjustified profits. What does this massive surge in public relations spending by the insurance and pharmaceutical companies, to the tune of millions of dollars a day on all media advertising, tell you? Does it perhaps beg the question of why so many members of Congress are dragging their feet, trying to dilute and delay legislation until it amounts to a practically meaningless change in the national health care system? Does it explain the resistance from mainstream television and radio spokespeople to real change in the system, or the voice given to disreputable hack doctors and scientists that have suddenly been enlisted to resist this change? Does it throw some light on the motivations of extreme right-wing corporate shills like Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly, Beck, Medved (and too many of their clones to mention) in their efforts to vilify President Obama or anyone wanting to at least try to set up a slightly more equitable and efficient health care system in this country so that we might take another step toward becoming a civilised nation? V.M.

© Viggo Mortensen/Perceval Press. Images © Perceval Press.

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Iolanthe's Quotable Viggo

Categories: Quotable Viggo

We're finally getting nearer the release of The Road and anticipating all those interviews where Viggo will give us his distilled thoughts on the film, what it means to him and what he hopes it will mean to the audiences that watch it. I'm guessing it will centre around the agony of parenthood in a dangerous and changing world, along with the message that we should take care of the world we have for our children's sake. Going back over past film interviews they always gravitate around a central point that sums up the film. For Good it was 'pay attention', for Appaloosa it was 'trust', for Hidalgo 'common ground between cultures', for Alatriste the key word was 'pride'. In A History of Violence it was the whole complexity of concealment. For me, the quotes that follow are those that really get to the heart of each film.

© Focus Features: Image Brigitte Lancombe / Interview Magazine
TFI / Estudios Picasso / Origen Producciones.

The Road

"It's an extreme version of what every half-way decent parent goes through, worrying about their children's well-being, that they will grow up to be adults and take care of themselves, so you can leave the world knowing your kids are going to be safe. It's more extreme here, but it's the same worry. If I go, this kid is completely alone. It's every parent's nightmare."

Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen: A Man Apart
Dave Calhoun
AnOther Man
Issue 7 Autumn/Winter 2008


"When we put the frog in hot water, it will jump out of it; but if we put it in cold water and heat it up slowly, the frog will be cooked before it notices. This is what happens to Halder; and it could happen to all of us if we don't pay attention,"

Viggo Mortensen
17 December 2008


"I think Cole trusts Hitch more than anyone else in the world, specifically because Hitch is very honest with him, even when it's difficult to bring certain things to Cole's attention," says the actor. "That is my definition of a good friend: somebody who is brave enough to tell you the truth even when it's not what you want to hear."

Viggo Mortensen
Emmanuel Levy
August 2008

Eastern Promises

"To me it's a movie about kindness and compassion and self-sacrifice," he said. "Nikolai is a man who holds hope and compassion next to his despair and fear. In this increasingly complicated and confusing world, there are people even in the darkest realms who will nonetheless do the right thing.

Just because it is the right thing."

Viggo Mortensen
A Violent Tour De Force
By Robert W Butler
Kansas City Star
15 September 2007


"If I had to pick a word that sums up the movie and the characters and their trajectories and dilemmas," says Mortensen, "it's pride. It's true of the country, of the characters, of the complicated relationships. They are beautiful for their pride and they are tragic for their pride."

Viggo Mortensen
Mortensen immersed himself in 17th-century Spain
By Philippa Hawker, March 2, 2007

A History of Violence

"The Stall family is monstrous because it's too normal. That effort to make everything work well, of being extra careful...there's always a little power game. There's a great deal beneath what one appears to be as a parent, a couple, a son. It's the effort to conceal that is disturbing."

Viggo Mortensen
The Other Mortensen
By Mariana Enriquez - translated for V-W by Margarita
Página 12,
20 November 2005


It is clear that for Viggo Mortensen, his experience in the Middle East while filming Hidalgo holds a special place in his heart. 'There's so much violence happening in the world right now, it's harder for people to reach out and understand...I personally think common ground exists between all of us all the time. It's there.' The actor pauses, 'You're not obligated to find out what you have in common with others, but it's worth it!'

Viggo Mortensen
Hidalgo: A Filmmaking Journey to the Middle East
By Zaki Hasan
Q-NEWS Magazine (, April 2004

The Lord of the Rings

'In the end, I think that the most important theme in the story for Tolkien was the exercise of free will, choice. And even though Tolkien was a devout Christian, the cosmology of this story is like Nordic mythology, in that there isn't a promise of a heavenly reward for doing the right thing. Doing the right thing is its own reward, even if others are not aware of it.'

Viggo Mortensen
The Human: Viggo Mortensen
Pavement magazine #50, 2001

© Images © Focus Features: Image Brigitte Lancombe / Interview Magazine TFI / Estudios Picasso / Origen Producciones.

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'The Road' Premieres At Venice!

Source: BBC.
Found By: Chrissiejane
Venice Film Festival 2009: The Road
Venice Film Festival 2009: The Road.
© 2009 la Biennale di Venezia/2929/Dimension Films/M....
Our mega thanks to Dom, Sally, and Chrissiejane for bringing us all the news from Venice about The Road.

Moore movie to compete at Venice

Capitalism, the latest documentary from Fahrenheit 9/11 director Michael Moore, features in the official competition at this year's Venice Film Festival. The film, in which Moore looks at the global economic meltdown, is one of 23 titles up for the Golden Lion award.

Others include Werner Herzog's remake of The Bad Lieutenant, starring Nicolas Cage, and Survival of the Dead, George A Romero's latest zombie thriller.

The 66th Venice International Film Festival runs from 2 to 12 September.

This year's event will see John Lasseter and his fellow Pixar directors receive a special award for their animated features. Toy Story 3D will screen out of competition at the festival, as will a new 3D version of Toy Story 2.


US fashion designer Tom Ford also features in the competition line-up with his directorial debut, A Single Man. Colin Firth and Julianne Moore appear in the film, alongside Nicholas Hoult from TV show Skins.

Also up for the Golden Lion is The Road, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic bestseller starring Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron.

No British films are in contention this year, though Liverpool-born director Alex Cox does feature in the Orrizonti sidebar section. The iconoclastic filmmaker will be premiering Repo Chick, a sequel to his 1984 cult classic Repo Man.

George Clooney, star of last year's opening film Burn After Reading, is back this year in The Men Who Stare at Goats. Directed by regular collaborator Grant Heslov, the satirical drama will screen out of competition.

Venice is the world's oldest film festival, having been founded in 1932 in the Mussolini era.

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee will chair this year's jury, which will also feature US filmmaker Joe Dante and French actress Sandrine Bonnaire.

© BBC MMIX. Images © 2009 la Biennale di Venezia/2929/Dimension Films/MGM.

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