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A documentary about artist Jonathan Sherwood, one of the most distinctive voices within community art in Wales.

Jonny

When Jon told me that twenty artists, as consequence of urban planning, were going to be evicted from the empty shop that they were using as a community art studio in the town centre of Newport, Wales; that at the same time Jon was going to be evicted from his house; that he suffers from bi-polar disorder and keeps himself alive through the creation of his art and through heavy medication, I decided I wanted to make a documentary.

Since I started filming, the artists' collective charity Artopsy, created by Jonny, moved to an ex-MFI furniture retail store, through the help of the charity Healthy Planet, outside the town centre. The place attracted a big number of artists who had there the space to create paintings, sculptures, installations, videos and performing art pieces. The experience came to an end this year in July, when a possible agreement between the landlords and a big retail chain basically kicked Artopsy out of the building...

At the moment Artopsy artists (increased in number) and Healthy Planet with their project Books For Free, are looking for a new studio in town. In the meanwhile paintings and artwork are stored in our private houses and shops' back rooms thanks to kind shop owners; installations and construction work had to be dismantled. Private possessions, equipment, artwork and tools have been lost or destroyed during the moving out. We hope that this film will also give enough exposure to this remarkable experience and will help a group of artists to find a permanent studio. 

This is a film about: 

• The personal journey of an artist and the world surrounding him

• The mini-Diaspora that a group of artists is stuck in since their formation as a collective and eviction from the ‘regenerated’ town centre.

An article on the local press
An article on the local press

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/10292881.FIVE_MINUTES_WITH__Jon_Sherwood__Newport_artist/?ref=ar

Since last year I have filmed about 90 hours of footage, and I am at the stage now where I have to start editing. Post-production in a studio is expensive. We are talking about at least £10,000 for the picture edit based on 90 hours of footage and 6 weeks of work (likely to be more because this is an experimental work). 

If we reach £3,000, we will:

1 - achieve a rough cut of the film

2 - fulfill your rewards

3 - pay Kickstarter fees.

Some of the artists involved have also donated some of their artwork to the project’s backers! see below. 

We’ve managed to get the film through one year of production. We need more - a good deal more - to finish the project, which includes online editing in a post-production studio with final picture cut, colour grading in order to achieve the film's organic look, and post-production sound. But we are sure that if we reach this £3,000 goal, then we will have a very interesting product to show for further funding.

What’s Special About This Film?

This is the last chance to have a record of how some artists have responded to a big urban transition.

Stuff We Want to Give You

As is the custom with Kickstarter, we have arranged to provide rewards for your support.  Some of them are below.

Check out the rewards on the right to see all of them.  More are sure to be added.

Artopsy artwork donated for Kickstarter fund raising campaign

Some of the artwork has been inserted within the pledges. We are open to your offers!

Jonathan Sherwood, "Island", oil on canvas 102x82cm
Jonathan Sherwood, "Island", oil on canvas 102x82cm
Jonathan Sherwood, "Truse", oil on canvas 127x102cm
Jonathan Sherwood, "Truse", oil on canvas 127x102cm
Andy Nawroski, "Arial Perspective", acrylic on canvas (mixed media) 127x100cm
Andy Nawroski, "Arial Perspective", acrylic on canvas (mixed media) 127x100cm
John McCarthy, "Crucifixion", mixed media 41x51cm
John McCarthy, "Crucifixion", mixed media 41x51cm
Henry Williams, Untitled, oil on canvas 100x150cm
Henry Williams, Untitled, oil on canvas 100x150cm

Jonny's sketches ideas for movie poster

Please make us an offer and you will receive those sketches in print!

Jonny: Screen Grabs Diary

These photos are screen grabs from the footage. They illustrate the process of the making of this film. 

Lithuanian musician Vita Glinskyte plays kanklės for Jonny
Lithuanian musician Vita Glinskyte plays kanklės for Jonny
Jonny painting in motion. Live audio-visual art by Peter Farago
Jonny painting in motion. Live audio-visual art by Peter Farago
Jonny and Merel
Jonny and Merel
Mark Summers plays saxophone while Jonny paints
Mark Summers plays saxophone while Jonny paints
Jonny in the new ex-MFI studio space
Jonny in the new ex-MFI studio space
Jonny and Asha
Jonny and Asha
Jonny and Newport Council art officer Nick Cadman
Jonny and Newport Council art officer Nick Cadman
Jonny and his mother Mary
Jonny and his mother Mary
Artopsy artist Andy Nawroski plays keyboard in Jonny's installation space
Artopsy artist Andy Nawroski plays keyboard in Jonny's installation space
The Shelley Duvalls play live in Jonny's installation space
The Shelley Duvalls play live in Jonny's installation space

People involved in Jonny

Massimo Salvato, producer and director
Massimo Salvato, producer and director
Jonny Sherwood, artist. "I think I am an artist who works from the imagination. A lot of artists who have bi-polar disorder use their art to cope with their health. They are not mad, they do what they are supposed to do"
Jonny Sherwood, artist. "I think I am an artist who works from the imagination. A lot of artists who have bi-polar disorder use their art to cope with their health. They are not mad, they do what they are supposed to do"
Merel Prescott, Jonny's best friend and carer
Merel Prescott, Jonny's best friend and carer
Val Friday, activist for Healthy Planet
Val Friday, activist for Healthy Planet
Andy Nawroski, contemporary artist
Andy Nawroski, contemporary artist
Stephen Hammett, artist.
Stephen Hammett, artist.
Henry Williams, artist
Henry Williams, artist
The Tin Shed Theatre Company.
The Tin Shed Theatre Company.
Massimo with The Shelley Duvalls and audio-visual artist Peter Farago
Massimo with The Shelley Duvalls and audio-visual artist Peter Farago

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Film is a risky enterprise, and this project is no different.

Risk for films like this fall into three categories: getting the film shot; getting the film put together; and getting the film distributed and seen.

I took most of the first risk by gathering those 90 hours of Jonny and the world surrounding him.

I’m currently in the second category of risk - getting the film edited.

Most of the challenges are up to me to craft a good and nuanced film that inspires, and reveals something about us all. And really, that's quite a challenge.

But it's mostly in my hands, if I can get through editing.

I absolutely must get the film finished, and with your support, I will.

Thank you

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    Basta fare clic sul pulsante verde "Back This Project" nella parte superiore della pagina JONNY. Vi verrà chiesto di inserire il vostro importo impegnato e selezionare un livello di ricompensa. Tutto il processo si fa attraverso Kickstarter.

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    If you've backed JONNY and the campaign is still live, and you are seeing a charge on your bank statement, what you are likely seeing is a temporary authorization of funds. You will not be charged until JONNY's campaign has ended successfully.

    Se JONNY sarà finanziato con successo, la vostra carta sarà addebitata quando JONNY raggiungera' il suo limite minimo di finanziamento che e' di £3,000. Se JONNY non raggiungera' il suo obiettivo minimo di finanziamento, la vostra carta non verra' addebitata.

    Se avete dato una somma in pegno per JONNY e la campagna è ancora in corso, e notate un addebito sul vostro conto bancario, quello che state vedendo è probabilmente una autorizzazione temporanea di fondi. Non vi verrà addebitato alcun importo prima che la campagna di JONNY sara' conclusa con successo.

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    No. Soltanto tu e Massimo (il creatore del progetto) avrete la possibilita' di vedere l'importo.

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  • Massimo will see your Kickstarter name, your pledge amount, and the reward you've selected. If funding succeeds Kickstarter also give Massimo your email address.

    Massimo vedrà il tuo nome Kickstarter, il tuo importo dato in pegno, e la ricompensa che hai selezionato. Se si raggiunge l'obiettivo minimo di £3000, allora Kickstarter dara' a Massimo anche il tuo indirizzo email.

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    Al momento Kickstarter non da' la possibilita' di dare una somma in pegno in maniera anonima. Pero' siete liberi di scegliere qualsiasi nome che desiderate. Solo in questa maniera si puo' restare anonimi se si desidera. Ma noi desideriamo di raggiungere il nostro obiettivo con il pieno supporto del vostro nome.

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    Kickstarter ti invierà una e-mail quando finisce la campagna di finanziamento, indipendentemente dal risultato.

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    If you are already a backer of JONNY and you would like to make your question public, you can post a comment on the JONNY page. Massimo will be notified by email when you do.

    Chiedi a Massimo! In fondo alla pagina JONNY c'è un pulsante "Ask a Question". Questo invierà la tua domanda direttamente a Massimo.

    Se sei già un sostenitore di JONNY e vuoi rendere pubblica la tua domanda, allora puoi inviare un commento sulla pagina di JONNY. Massimo ricevera' una comunicazione via e-mail appena il tuo commento verra' eseguito.

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