A young woman with a sleeping sickness searches for freedom and the boy she loves amidst revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine
A young woman with a sleeping sickness searches for freedom and the boy she loves amidst revolution in Kyiv, Ukraine Read more
About this project
Do you dream? If you could make real your most wonderful or poignant dream, what would it be? Is it the perfect love, or your ideal home or job?
Think about your dream for a moment, think about how it feels to be there and reach it. It could be the most beautiful moment of your life.
Our film is about dreams that feel as real, alive and are as possible as that moment you have thought of. But our film is about the dream of freedom and love in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Perhaps you have seen the images in the news already and know in Ukraine that every day, every hour, people have been protesting and dying for their dream of democracy and freedom. For too long, they have felt caught in a nightmare, where their hopes and dreams were never reachable. Now they are close.
Our film's story is rooted in the peoples search for their dream. A dream of freedom and real democracy that offers a powerful, dramatic and moving creative metaphor to recent events.
We have been to Kyiv recently and have watched events very closely and are aware of the risks present. We have a highly experienced, award winning team in the UK and in Ukraine who are extremely committed to make the film.
Support us in making this film our dream, an important, worthwhile and poignant project.
OUR STORY - BACKGROUND
Sleeper was conceived before the protests in Ukraine, after the director, Rowland Jobson went to Molodist International Film Festival, in Kyiv, to screen his last film. He won the award for best film and decided to stay a short time in Kyiv. Inspired Rowland returned again and again to Ukraine fascinated by the situation and contrast between the visual beauty and bleakness he found there. Most of all, he was stunned by the young peoples evident desire for freedom, real democracy, and chance to achieve their dreams. After having some strange dreams of his own whilst there Rowland wrote Sleeper - about a young woman's dreams, and her search for freedom and the boy she loves. A metaphor for the Ukrainian people's awakening.
A young woman with a sleeping sickness searches for freedom and the boy she loves in Kyiv. Surfing the subway at night she struggles to stay awake and find him. Was he just another dream, or was he stolen away like many protesters. As her strange dreams start to blur with reality we wonder if her dreams are leading to her destiny.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We are asking you to share your passion, your dreams and support us to help achieve our dream. To celebrate the Ukrainian peoples awakening, to dedicate this project to those who have given their lives for change. Help support a film developed by a team with a serious track record and a string of awards.
Whose work has competed in official competitions at-
Venice International Film Festival
30 of the best international film festivals including 3 Oscar nomination festivals
Won the Golden Dear at Molodist Kiev International Film Festival
Who have developed feature films with Venice International Film Festival's Biennale Cinema College
Been previously supported the UK Film Council, Film London and the British Council.
Be part of something extraordinary. Be part of the change, support us, express your dreams and help us tell this powerful and magical story .....we believe dreams do come true.
WHO ARE WE ?
DIRECTOR & WRITER - Rowland Jobson
Rowland is a multi award winning director with 4 international awards his last film GirlLikeMe which premiered at Venice, a D&AD award, 2 IVCA Clarions and a host of other stuff for broadcast and brands.
Check out his last film below* & his work here www.rowlandrowland.com
Olga - Olga Fedori http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2316879/
Olga starred in Holby City and has of slew or TV and films behind her. She lives in LA and is 100% Ukrainian!
English Doctor - Steven Elder http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0253097/
Steven recently played a major role in FIFA 2014 opposite Gerard Depardieu and also has a slew of feature films and TV behind him.
Oleg - Eugene Sosnovsk
Eugene has acted in numerous film in Ukraine, he is wonderfully gifted and has received a number of awards for his work in short films.
Executive: Al Clark - Wellington Films
UK Producers: Rowland Jobson & Katie Goldfinch
Ukraine Producers: Lena Yakovitska & Oksana Kasmina
WHAT WILL YOUR CONTRIBUTION MEAN TO US?
Your contribution will mean we can make the film in Kiev to enter international film festivals like Venice who already rate the director.
We believe that we have a serious chance with Rowland already having one film in competition there. His feature film also being supported with development from Venice International Film Festivals Biennale College.
We are raising £12,000 which will pay for:
Equipment hire, lights and camera equipment
Location costs, set design and props
Flights for the crew
Expenses and costs for our team in Kiev
Food and essentials during our stay
Getting into festivals and cinemas!
Funding from our Kickstarter campaign will also allow us to get it into MAJOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS, cinemas and on screens across the world. We aim to screen at Venice and show the film in the square Maidan, in Kiev, the heart of change...
SUPPORT US AND IN RETURN
We promise to tell people your dream on TWITTER, FACEBOOK, or by video on Vine, and possibly in our film according to your level of support.
We will also include your dream in a special film of all dreams received, which we will distribute on Vimeo and which will be included with our DVD of the film.
Send us a text, a video, or a TWEET no longer than 20 seconds telling us what your dream is, your name and your city. Please start your video or message with 'My dream is...' If you TWEET just @sleeperthemovie and we'll retweet your dream.
"My dream is "....then send it to email@example.com
EVERY donation will receive an invitation to an 'Exclusive Launch Night' in LONDON or KIEV
Do you dream? If you could realise your most wonderful or poignant dream, what would it be?
Is it the perfect love? The ideal job...or is it FREEDOM? REAL FREEDOM.
Think about your dream for a moment and how it makes you feel. It could be the most beautiful moment of your life and you could have it.
Risks and challenges
There are some risks of course to shooting in the Ukraine at present. However to mitigate these we have monitored the situation closely, been several times to Kiev and chosen good reliable partners.
The main risk is a possible return of the protests or unrest but it seems unlikely with the political dialogue other than in Crimea. Putin has said he does not want war and we think this is unlikely scenario at present. Putin seems more set on using stealth to 'protect' his interests. Permits maybe slowed a little due to administrative processes slowing down but we have allowed for that with some flexibility in our schedule.
The story and attention and truth of the situation will only grow stronger.
We have delivered in the past with large project for EE, Shelter, Rethink, CRUK and a film at Venice. The feature version of the project was recently also selected as a semi finalist for the HAF FOX award at HONG KONG FILM MARKET and for the BEIJING INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PROJECT PITCHLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
Support this project
- (30 days)