What is Phobos?
Phobos is a dramatic short film with the central plot revolving around a young man named Mars who abandoned his best friend, after it was revealed to him that he was gay. The situation changes when the friend is murdered, and Mars is thrust into an internal struggle between his inhibitions, his loss, and his friendship. Mars soon signs up for group therapy. After introducing Mars, the film continues to explore the idea of fear with three other connected stories (about violence, pedophilia, abortion and drug abuse). These stories pose important questions about ‘Phobos’, focusing on homophobia, and also poke fun at the ridiculousness of some of the fears still prevalent in society today.
Approximate run time: 35 minutes
Why is this important?
The issue of homophobia is present everywhere and spans across all times. Yet there are cities and countries where the situation is exasperated. It is absurd and ridiculous, and must be shown this way for perceptions to change.
Need some examples? Here you go!
“I will never listen to a musician/band, if the lead singer is gay.”
“I used to like the main hero of the ‘movie’, until I found out that he’s gay.”
If the examples above are ridiculous, here are some that are downright absurd:
“Gays pervert kids” or “How do pedophiles differ from homosexuals?”
Gays are not persecuted here in Kazakhstan, yet if your sexual orientation becomes public knowledge, then:
If you’re not fired, then the bullying itself will make you quit.
-Police and army:
You were robbed or attacked on the street? Good luck turning to the police and asking to find the “troublemakers”
If you were ‘lucky enough’ to get into the army, then you’ll have to stock up on patience and courage
-Family and friends:
Want to check how strong is the bond with
your friends and family? Even if your parents accept you for who you are, it
doesn’t guarantee that they’ll have an easy time. They themselves will feel the
humiliation from neighbors, acquaintances and colleagues at work.
World Film Festivals
Our hope for this project is to be seen by many people, including through international film festivals
Who will be interested?
Everyone! Everybody will find an answer he or she is inquiring about.
Our creative team is so enthusiastic about making a good quality and interesting film that we’re willing to work pro-bono (without any monetary gains on our part), this is why every dollar we collect above the desired sum will go to: 1 next project, 2. salary.
One of the scenes in our movie will be animated. If you’ll help with collecting the needed amount, then we’ll be able to give you, our viewer, a great animated scene by comics studio “Khan Comics”.
As soon as we collect our goal, we will be able to make another short film that will tell the story of one of the main female characters of “Phobos” in greater detail.
The more you give – the more you receive!
We want to share more than just a movie. We’ve got surprises in store as well. A t-shirt of your choice (male/female) with our film’s logo
A beautifully illustrated Kazakh comic book from our partners “Khan Comics”
Newton’s cradle, one of the many symbols from our film, that is also a great souvenir and a pretty cool toy
USB-stick with extra materials, as well as the spin-off story (spin-off story will be filmed only if we raise enough money)
A Kazakh souvenir – a tasty and all natural chocolate
As well as many other gifts.
Alexey Slidenko : Screenwriter/Director/Producer
From an early age, Alexey had a passion for the arts, yet only during his college years he could touch upon what truly made his heart race – cinematography. Alexey has worked as an extra in movies, and hang out at shooting locations, as a TV reporter and a journalist from a Kazakh entertainment channel. In Los-Angeles, he attended acting courses, where he didn’t just perfect his acting skills, but also watched other talented budding actors perform.
up-left: with Charlez Aznavour on IX International Film Festival Eurasia. Almaty, KZ
up-right: with Sigourney Weaver on VIII International Film Festival Eurasia, Almaty, KZ
down-left: with Sam Anderson, Road Theatre, NoHo, USA
down-right: with Rob Schneider, in Pasadena, USA
Anton Mitin: Director of Photography/Producer
Anton has been in the movie business for quite a while. His knowledge goes beyond basic lighting and camerawork. Anton has actively participated in various Kazakh-based music videos, movies and TV shows, as well as working on projects with other countries.
Our team consists of a few very talented and creative people who have tried themselves in different film projects, and who feel passionately about movies and acting, and are always ready for new experiences, even participating in somewhat of a scandolous film, for Kazakhstan.
up: Maria Tolmacheva and Antonio Banderas. Almaty, 2013
down: Vadim Belyaev, Danara Satanova, Andrey Leonov, Luiza Mordvinova, Greta Orlova
...There are many ways to help us!
Any kind of input, such as ideas/suggestions/words of encouragement will be welcomed, as well as spreading the information about this project across all the social networks. We appreciate any way you choose to help, and become a part of the creation of this film.
Thank you! Merci! Gracias! Danke! Arigato! Obrigado! Grazie! Rakhmet! Spacibo!