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A word from the filmmaker

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This is a story of the extraordinary life and times of Curt Claudio.

The film begins with the iconic meeting at Tittenhurst Park in 1971 between a bewildered Curt and impatient John. The reason Curt travelled over 4000 miles to meet his hero can be tracked back to his childhood obsession with The Beatles and his bizarre experiences at college.

 

During his second year at university in 1968 something happened to Curt  that convinced him that he was the resurrection of Jesus Christ on earth. Over the next few years he explored this through various means that included the strange pilgrimage to England. 

On his return to the states he moved around California working the land and living a bohemian lifestyle until he eventually settled down in 1979. He was tragically killed in 1981 in a mysterious light aircraft crash. Many people thought his story died with him but we've been lucky enough to talk to friends and family of Curt and now I believe we have a full picture of this extraordinary man's curious life.

 

The documentary will also explore the movements of the times from the Beat Poets through to the Acid Generation and it looks at the anti-war movement, PTSD, psychedelics, Timothy Leary  and other cultural influences that affected Curt.

 

We've had incredible support from Curt's family and friends and Lennon's team and learnt some new insights into both John and Curt which I'm looking forward to sharing to the wider public.

This year will be the 50th anniversary year of the release of Imagine so I think there will be a lot people asking "What happened to Claudio?', I think we're ready to give them some real answers.

 

The documentary is set for release in 2022, although this is dependent on getting the funding I need. If you want to help, please share this website on social media, sign up for my newsletter or become Patreon, all these details are available in the footer of this page.

If you have any questions, or would like to get involved with this project, please drop me a line at info@findingclaudio.com

Gavin Munro, May 2021       

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He was hedonistic in a sense but would always have a big smile and that look in his eye that was like “I got this!”

Brother, Dayton Claudio

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Dayton Claudio
brother

As his younger brother, I knew I could rely on him in tough times.

 

He was a good soul with a big heart.

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I always thought he could do anything.

 

He was one of the smartest and most caring people I've known.

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Martha Curtis
mother

I hope that Curt's story will remind people of the dangers of psychedelics.

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Ernie Claudio
brother

When Curt returned home, in California, he was upset with John.

 

He felt like John had deceived him.

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Linda Davis
girlfriend

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Dan Richter
Lennon's assistant

I was there that day when Curt arrived, I stood in the middle of him and Lennon.

 

He was clearly vulnerable around the time we met.

I'm very interested to see what he real story was because it was always a mystery.

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D
friend

I remember Curt real well, super smart guy.

 

It was a shame that he got into drugs.

We are respecting his request for anonymity

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Chuck Mendoza
friend

I was in a band with Curt when we were kids with our friends from the class of 66

We are respecting his request for anonymity

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Robert

friend

Curt was very soft spoken, intelligent, and well groomed, for a guy that worked outside.

He would love to relax and tell stories to the old farmers

We are respecting his request for anonymity

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Sandy
friend

We were good friends through the 1970s, he always told a great story, with that twinkle in his eye

We are respecting Sandy's request for anonymity

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Stuart Rawlinson
soundtrack composer

Curt's story is an absolutely fascinating one.

 

I'm really happy to be involved in it by helping to move the narrative forward through music.'

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Gavin Munro
writer, researcher, producer

The truth about Curt is much more interesting than the myths that have generated over time. 

 

My job is to tell his story, told by the people who knew him. The truth will be his legacy

Special Thanks to...

 

Mark Lewisohn, Antony Rotunno, Ray Connolly, Tray Webb, Paul De Noyer, Hunter Davis, Sandra Cates, Chip Erwin, John Armstrong, Maurice Brown, Tim Hoerle, Ian Burns, Danie Reader, Sara Schmidt, Paul Ray Burns, Kyle Kresge, Pat Schaffarczyk, Rob Mather, Marsha Webb, Paul Dancey, Steve Pionk, Terence Haynes, Chuck Mendoza, Stevie Riks, Bay Area News, The Argus, Veronica Martinez, Bill Ledgewood, Dennis Akizuki, Greg Kummery, Matt Morris, Barry Miles

please help any way you can...