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This is an exciting film raising awareness for women's empowerment, touching on ethnicity, autism and family-related issues.
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 STORY----------------------------------------------------

So the synopsis is: Our main character is Celeste, an artist who is losing her way in life and decides to get in touch with "mother nature" for a major change. Toward the beginning of her cathartic hike in the British wilderness, she meets Cedar (who is also a young woman with autism, escaping distress in her own life) they realise they knew each other in their youth so they catch-up on life and bond profoundly. The experience is intriguing for both and some profound discoveries emerge from the past.

The film touches several themes including female empowerment, mixed ethnicities, family issues and mental health, especially Asperger's. I have attempted to layer the narrative structure so that when watching the film several times, more elements tie-in and coincide to provide the most profound experience possible for the audience. 

CREW-----------------------------------------------------

Director Francesco's previous work includes numerous awareness short films in England, Canada and India stacking up over 1/4 million online views. He is also the recipient of 8 awards and nominations for his work. 

The core of our crew includes the following: 

Our Producer is the amazingly talented artist Parmeet Arora Bori who has collaborated with Francesco for over 6 years to date. 

And our additional supporting producers are: Fellow filmmaker friend from Spain Antonio Zorzo who has been of invaluable support. More locally we have great supporting friendship from local filmmaker Kaushik Bhattacharya. Lastly we have two internationally significant producers in the US, the hugely supportive Nivi Jaswal and her husband Sean Wirtjes.

Our leading lady playing Celeste is Lola May, a great actress and mental health-activist based in London. She is supported by Jacqueline Kirwan who plays Cedar.

Other crew on the film include our fantastic editor Rob Maxwell, and our regular composer of over 5 years Gareth Maudling is returning to deliver us more ear magic.

Director demo reel is below - only 3 minutes long! Composed by Gareth Maudling.

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WHERE WILL RAISED FUNDS GO?-----------------------

The goal amount listed, is the minimum we require for success... The more we receive the sooner we can deliver the film.

1) I would like to offer a token of appreciation to my location cast and crew for their work.

2) I need to cover costs for the upcoming major phases prior to the film's overall completion: These include the colour grade, the sound-mix and original music composition.

3) I will need a substantial amount to cover international film festival submissions once the film is complete. To do this, naturally marketing costs incur too. I will aim for the best and most suitable festivals we can afford!

SUMMARY-----------------------------------------------

I intend to share with the world a film with which I hope to touch the feelings of people who have or have had potentially similar issues to those of my characters - but really anyone who might empathise with the overall messages.  I think the film will engage a wide range of people beyond those just mentioned.

At the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7335202/ 

Risks and challenges

The film was shot in 4K quality to be as immersive as possible, however due to my pursuit of realism I have shot it with a guerrilla-documentary approach in large part. The look and feel of the film are intentionally low-key. I think this style is becoming more widely accepted and appreciated, but it is still unconventional and holds some risk with certain audience who are used to more commercial experiences.
Beyond my creative vision, I think the main risk of the project is securing a vehicle for distribution to get the film seen as far and wide as possible. We will need financial support to get the film through the crucial final phases of post production retaining all the hight quality. We will then need the support to enter the global film festivals circuit to provide the exposure I feel it deserves.
I firmly believe that although the film has several specific niches in audiences globally, it should prove to be a story that many more people could empathise with. We will count each heart we touch - which is ultimately the most important thing.

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    Film support credit, film download, thank you FIR postcard and a special handmade, natural soap with woody fragrance created especially for our backers. You will be delighted to know it supports a small handmade business.

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