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An outrageously operatic tragicomedy about a mother whose desperate attachment to her son bears monstrous consequences

SHORT SYNOPSIS

MUNCHAUSEN is a vibrant, wordless, Pixar-inspired montage (think the marriage sequence in UP, but live action) in which a devoted mother, unable to confront the heartbreak of her son leaving for college, delays his departure by making him sick. She accidentally goes too far, is helpless to reverse that which she set in motion, and is forced to face the unfathomable consequences of her decision. Again, think Pixar!

The film is to be shot in early summer, 2012.

To read the script of MUNCHAUSEN, click on the link below:

https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B723d94tUwUOODQ5ODQ5ZTgtNWY4Ni00ZWMzLTk3YTYtOGUwMWU4YzFhYjE4&hl=en_US

TEAM/TEAM HISTORY

Writer-director Ari Aster, producer Alejandro De Leon, and cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski received their MFAs (in their respective disciplines) from the AFI Conservatory, where they made their thesis film THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS, which played the 2011 NY Film Festival, SLAMDANCE Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and several others. Alejandro also co-produced the feature film ELECTRICK CHILDREN, which enjoyed its world premiere at Berlinale and had its US premiere at SXSW in 2012. Liam Aiken, who will star as the son in MUNCHAUSEN, also starred in ELECTRICK CHILDREN, as well as LEMONY SNICKET'S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS, ROAD TO PERDITION and STEPMOM.

The trailer for THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS

Watch the entire film here

A trailer for ELECTRICK CHILDREN

Link to Electrick Children website: www.electrickchildren.com

AESTHETIC MISSION FOR MUNCHAUSEN

With our previous film THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS, we had a very specific aesthetic in mind. We wanted to create a world in which everything was touched by some degree of artifice, almost reducing the characters to dolls in a doll house. We went for an over-rich, deeply saturated color palate. The sense of composition and especially the camera movement was always in aid of the operatic. For MUNCHAUSEN, we want something equally controlled, but where we went for darkness and stateliness in THE JOHNSONS, here we’re going for an impossibly light, wholesome, Disney-like atmosphere. Everything is in full bloom, the grass is a perfect green; no seams are evident. It is a happy world in perfect health.

Again, the films of Pixar are a template not only for color palate and storytelling economy, but also for tone. (For examples, see the poignant marriage sequence in UP and the melancholic “When She Loved Me” montage in TOY STORY 2, both of which can be watched below.) The merry flavor and jubilant whimsy of MUNCHAUSEN will be absolutely appropriate for the first half of the film, but as it chugs along and things begin to go awry, the tone will fall in striking contrast with the content, and the molded plasticity of the beautiful dream will reveal itself to be the structure of a cruel nightmare.

With this touching-cum-tragic story of a young man’s life cut woefully short, we are aiming to achieve a wholesome quality that’s just a little bit strained (to the point of touching surrealism, but without falling into it). Here will be an updated, contemporized vision of Norman Rockwell’s America; broad in scope, but specific in execution.

JUMP ON BOARD!

This film is a totally independent production and has been self-financed up to this point. But making a short film of this scope (with the level of execution that we know we can achieve) is an expensive endeavor. Your contribution will go directly to the production and the post-production of this ambitious short.

The film is a real labor of love for our team, and enthusiastic people make all the difference on something like this. Any contribution is meaningful, and every dime will be made to go a long way. Your support will be invaluable to the project, for which we have such enormous hopes.

PRAISE FOR OUR PREVIOUS FILM, THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS

Indiewire Coverage, November 2011:

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/watch-now-ari-asterss-the-strange-thing-about-the-johnsons-is-short-film-gold

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/s-a-top-posts-of-2011

http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/the-strange-thing-about-the-johnsons-director-ari-aster-weighs-in-on-his-provocative-and-controversial-short-film#

Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/malcolm-harris/srange-about-the-johnsons_b_1147630.html

David Warfield of WHAT WEEKLY wrote that "THE STRANGE THING ABOUT THE JOHNSONS must be the only original thriller I have seen in 20 years. I am not sure it is even a thriller (that’s how original it is), but it is a bona fide nightmare."

SLUG magazine, in its coverage of Slamdance, wrote "This film is a contender for my personal best in show. It also happens to be the most well lighted, beautifully photographed short at Slamdance this year. Every aspect of this production is absolutely professional, which in itself is half the enjoyment as you sit there wondering how Ari Aster managed such a gaudy, beautiful depiction of so depraved a concept."

IMPORTANT LINKS

Our Past Films:

The Stange Thing About the Johnsons: http://strangethingaboutthejohnsonsmovie.com/

Munchausen Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Munchausen-Film-Project/201672646537610

HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative ideas and ambitious endeavors. Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands. SO, if we don’t raise our goal of $15,000, we lose everything. Once the goal is reached, we will contact you to get your address so we can send out your exciting incentives (to be found on the right)!

HOW TO PLEDGE

To pledge to a project, just click the green “Back This Project” button on any project page. You will be asked to enter your pledge amount and select a reward. From there, you will go through the Amazon checkout process. Note that you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded.

WHAT IF WE DON’T REACH OUR GOAL?

If funding fails, all pledges are canceled and that's that. Your card isn't charged and the project is back to square one. We don't want this to happen! 24 days isn't long, so please donate today!

CAN WE EXCEED OUR GOAL?

Can we?! We've got to!

CAN YOU DONATE IN ANOTHER’S NAME?

Of course! You will contacted once funding is complete so we may gather the necessary information to get your incentives to you. At that time, you can let us know the name you would like to donate under.

CAN YOU DONATE OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?

Yes! Just click on the Amazon Payment Button and you can pay with a credit card from any country! But you must finish the Amazon checkout process for your pledge to be recorded. If you have any problems, please contact us.

ABOUT MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY

"Münchausen syndrome by proxy (MSbP or MBP) is a controversial label for a behavior pattern in which a caregiver deliberately exaggerates, fabricates, and/or induces physical, psychological, behavioral, and/or mental health problems in those who are in their care." (More on Wikipedia... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%BCnchausen_syndrome_by_proxy)

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