My name is Giuseppe Valentino and I'm an Italian filmmaker working between Italy and Switzerland with a independent production company called Against The Static film.
Last year I wrote and shot a music video for a band called Hillbilly Moon Explosion for a song they recorded with Mark "Sparky" Phillips, the singer of the psycobilly band Demented Are Go.
The song and the video became hugely successful with more than 500.000 views on the net.
During the shooting, Sparky talked about some personal experiences he had while touring in Europe, events connected with an extreme lifestyle that made him almost loose his mind on the shores of Barcellona.
Sparky is a true rock 'n' roller and a rare, sweet person with a deep and troubled personality that I was instantly in love with and I wanted to discover better in a film project. These feelings and all those crazy stories he told me became the backbone of the film I'm trying to get financed now, which is called:
Is a film that blends documentary film making and fiction. Flashbacks of a band tour around Europe will be interconnected with scenes that take part in a desert where Sparky got lost with nothing in his pocket but a book, a biography of a punk idol named Kink Sam and a twenty dollar bill bloodstained marking a page.
Sparky will play himself in this film that I like to think is an old school independent film in the tradition of John Cassavetes, essential low budget film making with strong themes of death, rage, loneliness and redemption with a strong and swinging rock 'n' roll soundtrack.
The Bloodsong has two distinct visual scenarios: the desert landscape and the urban landscape. The desert is the place were Mark's characters will find himself again and will be set free from his ghosts and nightmares. The urban landscape is the place where the excesses of rock 'n roll take place. The stage and the back where Mark leads his outrageous life as the singer of a rockabilly band will be dissected just like in a documentary: a close look at tales of fame, drugs and perdition.
The Bloodsong will use as backdrop of the events the colorful burlesque, rockabilly, and psychobilly scene of Europe. A circus that will illuminate the dark and strange night of the main character played by Mark Sparky.
THE PRODUCTION AND YOU
The Bloodsong will be financed with the savings of Against The Static Film and backers from Italy that will pay part of the pre-production. But, what we need, of course, is the money for the day by day expenses: travel, food and accommodations for the all crew that will work with no money at all.
The project doesn't have a screenplay but instead a strong and detailed synopsis that we will use as blueprint for the shooting. It was clear from the beginning that conventional funding would be impossible to get, so here we are. The last and most sincere thing we can trust in: the will, passion and love of the people that like this kind of projects.
Financing "The Bloodsong" it means financing fresh, young and independent film making at the service of truthfulness and beauty.