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Am I Don Quixote?

Am I Don Quixote is a visually stunning film where documented reality bleeds into fiction and fantasy

AM I DON QUIXOTE?

Am I Don Quixote? is a visually stunning film where documented reality bleeds into fiction and fantasy.  Perspective shifts from the eye of the filmmaker into the mind of its star Carlos Svensson.


Svensson, a once great circus performer and legendary horse trainer, saw his life come apart when his wife took his son and abandoned him and the circus for a modern life in her native Sweden.  Svensson’s life spiraled and from his greatness he collapsed to find himself broken and alone.


From his despair, suddenly a chance at greatness again smiles upon Carlos.   Just as the largest horse in the world finds his way to this once great equine trainer, he learns of a production of Don Quixote to be put on by his dear friend and hall-of-fame circus clown Giovanni Zoppé.  These turns of fate swirl together in Carlos’s mind until an idea is planted… 

I am Don Quixote.


The characters are real, the footage is documented reality, 

but this story is a dream. 


Am I Don Quixote? proves that sometimes the only difference between fantasy and reality is our own mind.

 

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE VIDEOS BELOW FOR A TASTE OF AM I DON QUIXOTE:

Carlos Dances Salsa

It Is What it is

7th Generation Circus Star Julian Zoppe (age 1)


WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Every dollar given to Am I Don Quixote? will be put to use to help assure this film doesn't die in post production and then finds life after the final edit.

FINISHING ALL SHOOTING:
Pick up's, re-shoots and even the final scene have yet to be completed.  Because all of this must take place on location wherever the circus may be this is a costly process with expenses ranging from equipment rentals to travel costs.

POST PRODUCTION AND EDITING:
The final process to creating a quality film and where many well meaning independent film projects die before they are completed.  "Post" is a costly and labor intensive process.  It requires skilled professionals spending countless hours laboring in dark rooms on editing machines and sound boards to complete the process.  Costly processes like color correction and sound looping are integral to completion, it is in post production that films are made or abandoned.

ABOUT THE FILMMAKER

2008 Louisiana Filmmaker Of The Year, JIMMY FERGUSON, has worked on over fifty films.  He is an award winning cinematographer and has photographed multiple award winning independent films.  Furthermore, over the past decade, Ferguson has written and directed numerous short films.  He  is currently directing two hybrid docu-fiction feature films, 'Watch Me' and 'Am I Don Quixote?'.


Ferguson spent his childhood in both Belgium and The United States.  He was exposed to cultural differences and divergent perceptions at an early age.  It is this, he believes, that provoked not only his career as a filmmaker, but also his study of philosophy (at the top rated program at the University Of Pittsburgh).  To him, philosophy and filmmaking are inextricably linked.


Before relocating to Brooklyn, Ferguson became highly respected in the film community in Louisiana (which is rated the number one secondary market to produce a film).  Ferguson served as co-moderator of the New Orleans Film Meetup group with over 1,000 members. He has taught courses in film production, and he has curated film series at museums and film festivals. He has also spoken on various film panels including for the State of Louisiana.  Ferguson has also served as a juror to film festivals and as a panelist for the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities.





  






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