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I started writing this film about two years ago after I had an experience with a few stage moms and their daughters. The script developed into a story so complex, it took me by surprise. The entire process has been a very emotionally charged learning experience in filmmaking, and I have had the good fortune of being able to work with some of the most amazing and creative people I have ever met. We are truly a family now.
When Brian Way (my cinematographer) and I started pre-production on this back in February, we had no idea what we were about to accomplish. We are wrapping production, now. I can't believe the efforts that have been put forward to bring this project to the level of professionalism we've achieved. It has been wonderful and extremely moving to see so many good, solid people and artists come together and triumph.
We have spent $5000 on this movie. It all came from money Brian and I made working small video jobs together. Our amazing child actress, Sophie, came with her parents to every shoot- they supplied our whole crew with food. Everyone worked for free, including a team of Berklee musicians and Melissa McMeekin, who you can see in The Fighter with Mark Wahlberg/Christian Bale this December. Melissa, along with the rest of our cast and crew, have been promoting The Visionary non-stop. We are all energized about it. It has touched our lives, sincerely. I speak on behalf of not only myself, but the entire cast and crew when I say that any funding we receive for this project, large and small, will be appreciated in all of our hearts. And we can promise you that you will be proud to be connected to this film. Your support will be benefiting us greatly at this time. We need it more than ever, to work through sound mixing, and getting it out to as many film festivals as we can (including Cannes/Sundance/Toronto)!
My name is Ben Proulx. I recently moved to LA. I am 23 years old. I wrote, directed and produced this movie. It has changed my life. I have seen more support from people than I could have ever imagined. It's your support that makes projects like this happen. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
An 11-year-old introverted Ava Vallier (Sophie Frieden) is thrown into the gritty world of film production by her success driven mother, Rita (Melissa McMeekin). She is cast onto a major motion picture, where the director, Daniel (Stephen McElwain) begins a slow delusional spiral fueled by obsession. When the tremendously dark and bizarre film is finally cancelled by it's Executive Producer Nick Delirosa (Herbert von Schild), it's deeper, more personal meanings begin to present themselves, as we watch through Ava's eyes.
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