The Great American Play: A Bipolar Film
The Great American Play: A Bipolar Film
I'm MANIC. I'm DEPRESSED. The rest? 2 weeks through the eyes of 2 best friends battling the chemical elements to write something GREAT.
I'm MANIC. I'm DEPRESSED. The rest? 2 weeks through the eyes of 2 best friends battling the chemical elements to write something GREAT. Read more
Tony Award winning actor Alan Cumming tweeted about our project:
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Funded through the generous support, collaboration, and interest of health professionals, mental illness sufferers, artists, playwrights, poets, musicians, lovers and anyone else that has experienced life at each extreme.
The Great American Play: A Bipolar Film is a representation of bipolar disorder unlike any other. It is a documentary about mental health written, not by mental health scholars, but by two best friends who actually endure it on a daily basis.
The Great American Play: A Bipolar Film is a dramatic documentary that tells the powerful story of two playwrights (Us!). We, somePlaywrights, both suffer from bipolar disorder and have 'chosen' our own way of battling the ailment. One of us has chosen prescriptions, marriage, and suburbia. On the other hand, the other one of us has selected alcoholism, womanizing, and the Manhattan nightlife. As the film unfolds, it shows we are each still suffering, just in different ways. Certain we are unable to endure another manic crash or suicidal depression we are determined, to once and for all, complete our current work and make it The Great American Play.
This dramatic documentary deals with alcoholism, psychiatric medications, insurance companies, suicide, and what it feels like to be bipolar each day. Everyday. It shows how bipolar disorder has both inhibited and enhanced our experience as creative collaborators on our current work, The Great American Play.
This film is a way for us to offer education about an often misunderstood and stigmatized mental illness. We carry the audience through the bipolar disorder experience to help facilitate understanding, acceptance, and compassion.
But at it's very core it's about friendship - our friendship - and how it has saved us. More than once.
This dramatic documentary is the real story of bipolar disorder through the eyes of somePlaywrights. Through the eyes of best friends. Through our eyes and the Bipolar Disorder Lens we peer through.
Any donations will be spent on permits, principle photography, and post-production. As one of the locations in the film is Manhattan, the costs will be slightly higher there than our second location of Annapolis, where the aid of friends, local businesses and an owned residence will keep the expenses to a minimum.
The personal nature of the film necessitates authoritative voices telling the story. Having survived the highs and lows of bipolar disorder themselves, somePlaywrights can attest with conviction and the utmost credibility to the costs of this affliction. The donations will be used to fund a film that speaks, through image and language, faithfully to a condition that is at many times dishonest with itself. Essentially, the research has been personally conducted, and all funding will be used to promote wellness through the artistic spirit of writing and filmmaking.
somePlaywrights is the work of a man and woman that met when they were a boy and a girl; between this time, they have suffered extensively with bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, alcoholism, and well, anything else that the DSM wishes to include. Despite all this, they have collectively managed to be awarded the Jane Kenyon Scholarship for Poetry from Bennington College, completed master's degrees at Goldsmiths and Fordham Colleges, have taught extensively, served in the United States Marine Corps, and have been published in America and abroad. Their current project, The Great American Play, is a Short Film that captures, through dramatic documentary, all of this.
Risks and challenges
Barring any challenges with the logistics of permits being issued, weather behaving strangely, editing exceeding a normal timeframe, or obstacles appearing that are out of our hands, The Great American Play will be completed in a decidedly timely manner. However, should something, anything, come up, somePlaywrights have probably survived worse, and will continue to move forward with artistic acumen.
As this is a considerably serious project and as we are decidedly perfectionists, the major obstacle to releasing the finished film will be of a post-production nature, namely, editing to a precise standard. We are seeking to portray the artistic process of a bipolar collective to a standard of excellence and with a realism that is unprecedented. That being said, filming will essentially be in the real-time of the 'story' (two-weeks), and weather and permit permitting, should go off without a hitch. The major challenge we see will be trimming and editing down what will be a substantial amount of film and story. Being storytellers, we know what belongs and what doesn't, but in collaborating with an editor, we have to ensure that the vision stays consistent.
Although still in its development stage, The Great American Play has already been conceived with rigor and professionalism. The filming and post-production process will be of a similarly strict resolution. Given that the time of the film will be between 40 and 50 minutes, even with delays in editing, the time we have allotted to complete the project, from Kickstarter to release, will stay faithfully at three to four months.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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