With a long career promoting street art, music and film as well as pioneering online marketing through social media, Marc Schiller was well regarded as a communications expert. But in 2015, he suffered a stroke on both sides of his brain, leaving him with a language impairment known as aphasia and with some cognitive deficits. From day one in the intensive care unit, his family and then Marc himself, have been documenting his arduous recovery. No Bone is the culmination of Marc’s own chronicles of his battle towards recovery, as well as interviews with close friends, family, and colleagues.
Despite Marc’s limited language abilities, he’s been able to work with an editor for the past year by giving directions via an application on a tablet. This documentary is a self-portrait of a man whose words have forsaken him, forcing him to adapt his life and find new ways of communicating.
After nearly a year of assembling hours of footage, filming interviews and editing all the material, we have completed a cut of the film. But in order to finish the film, we need your help.
- JR - Artist
- John Sloss - President of Cinetic Media
- Alex Winter - Filmmaker
- Richard Abramowitz - CEO of Abramorama
- Eugene Jarecki - Filmmaker
Marc Schiller - Director, Producer
Marc Schiller is the co-founder of Wooster Collective along with his wife Sara. Marc was also founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence. He's consulted on marketing strategy for a variety of film projects that included Banksy’s Academy Award-nominated film, Exit Through the Gift Shop and Asif Kapadia’s Senna. In 2015, after Marc suffered two strokes, he's been focused on his recovery and making this documentary in the process.
Alejandro Veciana - Producer, Editor, Additional Camera
Alejandro Veciana is a Brooklyn-based editor, filmmaker and writer from Barcelona and a graduate from New York's School of Visual Arts. Has has written and directed four short narrative films and three short documentaries. He's also written for, among other publications, Film Comment, Brooklyn Magazine, and MUBI’s Notebook as a film critic.
Alex DeSemine - Composer
Alex DeSemine is a Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. He makes up one-third of the indie band, Ritual Talk. When pressed for a tidy answer, Ritual Talk will tell you they make psychedelic indie rock with a hint of soul. But there’s no need to listen for long to find that each song uses their unmistakable blend of lush instrumentation and exploratory vocal arrangements to form a cohesive yet diverse body of work
Dan Criblez - Animation
Dan Criblez is a Brooklyn-based visual artist working in a wide variety of mediums including animation, film, sculpture, painting, drawing and music. His debut short film and sound album, “The 8ugs R 7ruit” explores the genre of experimental abstract surrealism. More recently Dan's work with indie band Ritual Talk includes music videos, animation, album artwork and an installation. He studied Sculpture at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of the University of New Haven for his BFA.
With your help, we can secure the financing we need to meet our post-production needs and finish the film. Here is what your contributions will go to:
Color grading and color correction is an essential part of post-production. We've edited footage from an array of formats, and qualities. We need to make sure that there's a visual consistency throughout the film. This is very technical and lengthy process and it makes the difference between an amateur and a professional look.
To make this film, we've used a lot of Marc's personal home footage and we need to make sure that the sound is smoothed out and put together in a way that would help us tell our story. Needless to say, sound editing is an indispensable part of filmmaking and it is just as essential as picture editing.
For our original music, we believe that Ritual Talk's Alex DeSemine can create a soundtrack that brings the story together. DeSemine's layered compositions and musical sensibilities are a perfect fit for Marc's story.
To enhance the visual storytelling, we want to have some animation to illustrate Marc's inner thoughts. Dan Criblez's art of warped and distorted figures are reminiscent of Dalí. His dreamy and surreal animation would be the perfect element to elevate our film beyond realism.
As you may or may not know, festival submissions can be expensive. We have goals to get this documentary screened in festivals around the country and abroad. We are aiming to complete everything for the 2020 Spring festival season.
A lot of material that we've used for the film is Marc's own, but there is some footage that we need that is filmed or belongs to some talented people and we want to make sure we can pay them a license for their footage.
Check out some of our perks
Shout out and Credit - $25
Eleven Spring Book - $50
Eleven Spring Book - $150
Marilyn Monroe Print - $3,000
Paul Newman and Robert Redford Print - $4,000
Rare Tippi Hedren & Hitchcock Print - $5,000
Risks and challenges
Marc has been making this film for a little over a year now. We feel like we're very close to finishing but we can't finish without your help. Our goal is to complete a feature-length documentary. We need the proper financing to complete our post-production needs which include an original soundtrack, animation, sound editing, color correction and a budget for festival submissions. We are so close! Please help us reach the finish line!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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