My name is Ingrid Serban and I'm a filmmaker and musician. I'm making a feature documentary about strigoi, the real vampires of Transylvania.
Growing up in Transylvania, stories of vampires and werewolves colored my childhood.
There was a woman in our village thought to be a shapeshifter. Her name was Ana and everyone was afraid of her. My grandmother, whose house bordered the village cemetery, told me stories of people coming out of their graves at night to visit the living.
In our travels in Transylvania, we'll collect stories from people who have encountered vampires and hear how they lived to tell the tale. We’ll also follow in the footsteps of the historical figure Vlad Tepes (also known as Vlad Dracula). I’ll show you the real castle of Vlad Dracula and the route he took to escape from his pursuers.
We're on a mission to find the real strigoi.
For the sound track, we will record old Romanian folk songs that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I'm honored that this project was chosen by the San Francisco Film Society for fiscal sponsorship.
I am so excited to go on this journey with you. I couldn't do this without your support.
Please share this campaign and pledge if you can. We're on a mission to find the real strigoi.
What we plan to do with the funds:
The 15K will get us everything we need to capture all of the footage, sound and music for the film. (We need a special low light camera to film those elusive vampires.) We will be in Transylvania for 3 months traveling around the country, gathering stories and songs.
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge for this film is going to Transylvania, looking for vampires and coming back in one piece ... or at least unchanged.
Talking with people about their vampire stories will be a delicate dance. Having the support of my family and friends in Romania and knowing many of the strigoi stories myself will guide me to get the best story possible. I will have to be a fly on the wall at times and other times I will have to run and catch the action. I've been exercising and getting in shape so I can run to or from whatever the need may be.
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