(Duncan:-every now and then I will include a guest appearance on the blog, this time it's for a film maker seeking to produce a short film on mental illness, combining art and serious issues. A project I think is worthy of being supported, so please, if you can, help out with the crowd funding!)
The Eyes and Ears of Van Gogh.
What is this film about?
The film is a short experimental art piece based on the artist Van Gogh. Purely fiction, the film explores the early life of Van Gogh in a contemporary style. After the tragic death of his fiancee, the artist struggles to cope with mental illness. When he hits rock bottom and decides to end it all, he is visited by the ghost of his fiancee, his “muse”, but can she really save him?
Why do we want to make this film?
This film explores mental illness in a way that has never been done. By combining illness and art and proving that there is beauty in everything. The film looks at depression, grief, loss, suicide, manic depression, bi-polar and so much more. Van Gogh’s last words were “The sadness will never end” - we want to prove that the sadness will end in an inspiring uplift that will show people that there are always silver linings.
Who’s in it?
We have some very established Scottish actors interested and until the funding is confirmed we cannot mention anything because nothing is secure.
Who is Erica Von Stein?
Erica Von Stein is a published poet and author from Glasgow, she graduated from University of West Scotland with a degree in Filmmaking and has since then worked on a number of exciting projects. She holds creative writing workshops around Glasgow and has won awards for her writing. Her last film Resurrectio was screened at the Berwick film festival and her latest project dysfunctional family received over 70,000 youtube hits in one week. She will be filming with a team of highly talented film school graduates and guarantees this film will be her best work yet.
Why do you need crowd funding?
I have invested a lot of personal money and time into the project, spending over £3000 on a new camera and equipment to make the film the best it possibly can be. If I could do it all myself then I wouldn’t reach out for help but unfortunately it is not possible to do alone. This is where I ask for the help of the public. To anyone who has suffered mental illness or knows anyone who have, help us by donating as little as £10 to the cause. We have just one month left to raise the funding and time is quickly running out. In return for your promises we will credit you on the film, invite you to our screening, wrap party, offer you signed photos/props and so much more. Please help us bring this project to life by visiting the link and making a promise.