A 35mm experimental film about a car crash and the
often-anticlimactic aftermath of personal tragedy. This film will be screened both in a linear version at film festivals, and as a looped installation version in art galleries.
This is a film by Amanda Dawn Christie, this year's Filmmaker in Residence at the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative.
The sexy spectacle of a car crash is only the beginning. Twisted metal, flowing blood, and bones protruding from broken flesh serve as a mere backdrop to a deeper look at trauma and the often-anticlimactic aftermath of personal tragedy. It is in the peaceful quiet that follows a crash that the banal becomes beautiful and mundane monumental.
As the woman hangs injured and suspended from her seatbelt in the upside down car, she observes beautiful wildlife in the landscape around her and her tragic situation seems at once disconnected from and yet interwoven with the surrounding beauty.
Major tragic events such as this are often portrayed as climactic turning points in a story, yet in this film, the bloody accident is the inciting incident, rather than the crisis or climax. The emphasis of this film is on the events following the accident, when life seemingly continues as normal around the crash scene.
This car accident involves only one car, driven by only one passenger; the trauma is thus personal rather than a shared event. The event of the car accident was chosen for its blatant physical violence against the subjects body, which stands as a metaphor for other invisible forms of personal violence such as psychological and emotional trauma related to any number of other personal tragedies such as medical illness, romantic break-ups, financial bankruptcy, and so on.
Amanda Dawn Christie is an artist and experimental filmmaker whose films have screened internationally at various festivals and cinematheques from Korea to San Fransisco, from Paris to Mexico, from Oberhausen to Toronto, and beyond. Her past films involved hand-processing and optical printing of 16mm film. This slick 35mm film is a departure from her previous stylistic approaches. However, as in her past films, she will use her own body in her film as an extension of her performance practice - it will be her own body hanging upside down in the car in the cold icy weather.
She is currently based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, where she works as the director of the Galerie Sans Nom, and also maintains an active studio practice in photography and creative electronics. You can learn more about her and her work on her website: http://amandadawnchristie.ca
What We Need & What You Get
While this film is supported by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative through their Filmmaker in Residence Program, we still need another $5000.00 to cover the costs of the film. The overall budget is close to $20,000, and we have secured $15,000 already, but we still need another $5000 to complete the project.
The $5000 raised through this site will go to cover costs of:
-towing the car to and from the film location: $150
-processing the film negative: $500
-making a 35mm workprint: $1000
-transferring the film to HD: $300
-mixing the sound for theatrical release: $1300
-transfering the sound to optical: $400
-negative cut: $1000
-a release print for festivals $175
-a release print for looping in galleries. $175
We shoot in January, but the completion date of the film is set for April 1, so some of these expenses will be incurred during February and March. Any money earned above and beyond $5000 will go toward covering the paypal and banking fees as well as the indiegogo deductions (either 4 or 9%) from the fundraising costs (this amount will fluctuate depending on the amount raised).
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Postcards, Posters, and DVDs will be mailed out after completion during the month of April. The film is scheduled to premiere during HIFF (Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival) in April 2011.
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