THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN
THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN
A rare disease forces few children to live far from the sunlight. This doesn't happen at Camp Sundown, where they can gather and play, at night.
A rare disease forces few children to live far from the sunlight. This doesn't happen at Camp Sundown, where they can gather and play, at night. Read more
WHO ARE WE?
Carlo Hintermann (1974) and Lorenzo Ceccotti (1978) are a documentary film director/producer and a graphic artist/cartoonist respectively.
With his first documentary about the American director Terrence Malick, “Rosy-fingered Dawn: a film on Terrence Malick”, starring Sean Penn, Jim Caviezel, Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek and many others, Carlo Hintermann took part in major international Film Festivals (including the Venice Film Festival and Stockholm Film Festival). His other film works have been aired and screened internationally (France, Israel, Argentina, Thailand, Germany).
Lorenzo Ceccotti has worked for International companies such as Lucas Film, Nintendo, Chrysler, Warner Bros., Fornarina, contributing his unique and personal creativity to these companies and brands. He has been awarded a number of prizes for his work both as a cartoonist and graphic artist. A selection of his work is viewable at: http://lrnz.blogspot.com/
Lorenzo Ceccotti and Carlo Hintermann started working together on the documentary “Chatzer: Inside Jewish Venice”. Following this they filmed the animated short “H2O” which was selected to premiere at one of the most important animation festivals in the world: The Annecy Animated Film Festival, and was later shown in over 30 International Film Festivals.
The film can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Their latest project “THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN” reveals how Carlo Hintermann and Lorenzo Ceccotti want to push their visionary collaboration one step further with the realization of a 90' documentary film which includes a 30 minutes classical animated section.
THE DARK SIDE OF THE SUN is more than a documentary film. It is a journey in the universe of those children affected by an extremely rare genetic disease, Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP). This illness mainly means that the children’s actual cells are unable to repair any damage provoked by exposure to ultraviolet rays, this is a deficiency in the Nucleotide Excision Repair (NER) mechanism. This means patients suffering from XP have a probability of developing skin tumors one thousand times more than a healthy person. There is no cure for this disease. Ultraviolet rays, principally from the sun, but also produced by some artificial lighting systems, are consequently always harmful to those who suffer from this illness.
The life expectancy of an XP sufferer is very low.
Patients who suffer from this illness are principally children and they are forced to lead an ‘upside down’ life: as the day of a healthy child draws to a close, the ‘day’ of an XP sufferer begins.
In this way Night replaces Day.
For this reason the nocturnal dimension is central to their imaginary: they are accustomed to the shadows and the magic of night-time, like other children are familiar with a sunny day. To better appreciate and plunge ourselves into this strange dimension we aim to combine real images with animation. The animated sequences will represent where children's dreams freely come to life, breaking out of the isolation and restrictions in which they are forced daily. In effect their lives are mainly spent isolated in their own homes, but thanks to the animation they can meet each other in this extraordinary land: the Kingdom of the Night. Here they can become whatever they want, be it a bird, a sweet raccoon, or a fox. We will put our art at the service of their dreams.
In ‘Real’ life Camp Sundown becomes our main location. This is a summer camp which welcomes child XP sufferers from all over the world and allows these ‘patients’ to play at night in both a magical and safe environment. Caren and Dan Mahar, parents of Katie, an XP sufferer have devoted their life to its creation and development. We first met our protagonists there in July 2009 and since then our life has changed completely; we have learned to observe the world from another perspective and with this film we want to show how these children can live far away from the sun without this actually casting a shadow over their lives.
We have already shot half the documentary in July 2009 and plan on shooting the next half in June and July 2010. Meanwhile we intend starting the animation for completion by end 2010. We have already raised enough financements for filming with TV pre-sales, International Funds and private donations.
The animated sequences will cost 68,000 US Dollars, 38,000 of which have also already been covered by the TV companies but can only be accessed on the film’s completion.
Consequently to begin work on the animated section of the film we decided to cover the remaining 30,000 US Dollars by involving potential backers through direct contributions and begin the character design, drawing the backgrounds and realize the first draft of the animated section.
We need this amount now in order to proceed with the animation to consequently complete this documentary-film by end 2010.
Interest in this project has already been expressed and we intend submitting it to major film festivals in 2011, like the Berlin Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival in Europe and at Toronto Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival across the Atlantic.
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