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A young writer struggles to find inspiration while working his day job in a hospital, until he comes upon a mysterious patient.
A young writer struggles to find inspiration while working his day job in a hospital, until he comes upon a mysterious patient.
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Synopsis

Story of a Sleeping Man follows Bill Mitty, a young writer caught somewhere between imagination and vision, attempting to find inspiration while working his day job as a patient care facilitator.

Overworked and overtired, Bill’s creative apparitions shadow him through the hospital. His characters come to life, then quickly fade back into his consciousness as he goes about his day.

Sneaking around the hospital to write in his notebook, he comes across a patient in a room he has never visited. A soldier wounded in the war lies stationary in the hospital bed and begins to tell Bill a story about love, war, grief and understanding: his story.

Bill writes it down, hoping for a revelation to come to him.

Set in a hospital in the near future, Story of a Sleeping Man blends imagination and reality through the eyes of a character who has difficulty distinguishing both. 

Who We Are

We are a class of about 20 students, mostly Film Majors, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. By making this film, we are getting class credit, thesis credit and experience in all facets of the independent film industry. Story of a Sleeping Man is a film written, directed and produced entirely by our class. If we succeed in funding and completing the film, we will have (albeit in a small way) re-structured the way independent Study Programs are thought of at the University level.

Where Your Contribution Goes

All of the funding we raise will go directly into production expenses for the film. The funds will cover costs like equipment rental, travel expenses, props, pyrotechnics and post-production costs. We have also set up a number of one-of-a-kind rewards for your contributions; who knows, they might be collector's items someday!

Other Ways To Help


The easiest way to support us in funding this film is to help us get the word out about Story of a Sleeping Man. Please share this page, "like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@SleepingManSIU) and check our official production blog for updates. Please help us spread the word: tell your friends, loved ones, or even people you hate (why not?). Every little bit helps us get closer to funding and completing this film.

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    Great Karma in this life and the next, plus a mention on the "Backers" section of the Story of a Sleeping Man Official Production Blog!

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    A special "thank you" on all of our social media sites (WordPress, Facebook, Twitter), as well as a personalized "thank you" card in the mail.

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    All of the above, plus a credit in the "Special Thanks" section of the film as well as a digital download of "Story of a Sleeping Man".

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    All of the above, plus an 11X17 poster for "Story of a Sleeping Man".

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    All of the above, plus a a DVD copy of the film and a personalized email from the Director and Producers of "Story of a Sleeping Man".

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    All of the above, plus an invitation to the premiere of the film, as well as a Special Edition DVD signed by the cast and crew.

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    All of the above, plus an Associate Producer credit, a 24X36 poster signed by the cast and crew, and "Bill's Red Notebook", a prop from the film.

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    All of the above, an Executive Producer credit, a copy of the shooting script signed by the cast and crew, and "Leo's Black Notebook", a prop from the film.

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Funding period

- (40 days)