Hi! My name is Nikodem. The film crew and I would like to introduce you to our short movie project called the ‘Iron Cloud’. We hope you'll find it interesting and support us in making it possbile.
The sci-fi drama ‘Iron Cloud’ tells the story of two brothers living in the eastern totalitarian country. Life for them takes a turn for the worse after the younger brother gets beaten during an interrogation and the older one, with his wife and daughter, are brutally intimidated by police. The boy hatches a plan of escape to an unnamed, free, technologically advanced neighbouring country. The technocratic West will welcome the immigrants with open arms and give them shelter, but not exactly in a way they have always expected. Their new home, apparently a perfect place to live, will soon turn out to be only a new version of prison people build for one another.
The inspiration and theme for the story are deeply rooted in the works of science fiction authors such as Stanislaw Lem and Philip Dick. Writers who have also asked questions such as whether the physical elimination of violence, made possible by advanced nanotechnology, will result in a pure Utopian society? Or does the nature of human behaviour mean that the results will be nothing more than dystopian?
The story also raises the issues of individual rights to possess firearms - the risk they pose, and the limitations of freedom as a result of their absence. It is a timely issue in the context of recent world events. We stand up against the comic-book-like depiction of revenge, which does not bring relief in ‘Iron cloud’. The film won’t give clear answers, won’t moralize. It will leave room for interpretation.
Our goal is to create a believable vision of the future without the risk of coming close to the grotesque style. How to achieve this? Good science fiction cinema is not a show of special effects. It’s a story of meeting with the Unknown - an excuse to test human behaviour in exceptional circumstances and to seek the universal truth in the outcome of this situation. All the rest is just a ‘costume’. Our movie’s world won’t be a typical sci-fi setup. In case of small production like ours it would mean entering the mainstream of bad genre films, exposing it to ridicule. Instead we will follow the footsteps of Andrei Tarkovsky and show internal universe of characters, raise psychological, social and ethical issues associated with the existence of the aggression deterring factor and make space for artistry of the actors. Without pushing for great special effects and famous faces but with attractive, vivid images and fast-paced action. All we need to do is to show the fragments of our world, and build the effect of strangeness like Jean Luc Godard - by placing foreign objects (props or behaviour) in it.
Why are we doing this?
We are an independent group of young people who pursue their dreams. Unlike the characters of our film, we’ve got the right of free speech and we’re using it. We know the ‘Iron Cloud’ will raise some uncomfortable but important questions. We’re determined and totally sure this story is worth telling. We also promise you that you will be proud to be apart of this film.
What do we need money for?
As you can see we’ve started the work already and want to finish it as best as we can. We need your help to do so! All of the money donated by you will get us closer to the goal. It will be used to pay for:
- to rent the essential equipment,
- and to create the set and costumes.
We don't need much to succeed but we won't be able to do it without you. Please, join us and help to tell the story of ‘Iron Cloud’!
If you like our project and want to help some more please do us a huge favour and tell your friends about the 'Iron Cloud', share the campaign as much as possible and be sure to follow us on Facebook:
PS. Iron Cloud will be illustrated with great music by 36 (pronounced three-six) - the ambient/experimental project of Dennis Huddleston from the United Kingdom - http://3six.bandcamp.com/