A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to fund a book about a long-lost dystopian science fiction movie starring country rock superstar Gram Parsons, Mamas & The Papas singer Michelle Phillips, and the five-year-old son of original Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones.
Saturation 70, which was filmed in 1969 and tells a story of aliens, psychedelia, time travel and environmental collapse, features Parsons as a gas mask-wearing, hazmat suit-sporting alien. He was also filmed playing the piano at the infamous Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles – in a segment that was planned to promote the movie's release – and was scheduled to write the film's soundtrack alongside The Byrds' Roger McGuinn.
The film, which was directed by Anthony Foutz - perhaps best known for Tales Of Ordinary Madness, a film about a sexually depraved poet, and Never Too Young To Die, about a hermaphrodite gang leader – was never completed after financing fell apart.
“The whole experience of making the film was like a technological tribal throw-down, with an energy buzz off the Richter scale,” Foutz told The Guardian in 2014. “It took on a life of its own.”
The new book, which is due to be published by Wolf+Salmon, a boutique publishing company from writer Chris Campion, includes a host of unpublished material including hundreds of photos taken at the 1969 Space Convention at Giant Rock, near Joshua Tree – where much of the film was shot – plus a number of production stills including material from Trumbull Film Effects, who would go on to work on Star Wars, Close Encounters Of The Third Kind and Blade Runner.
Saturation 70: A Vision Past of the Future Foretold is set to be published in April 2024. The Kickstarter campaign is underway.