About the Project
After three years of cinematic silence, acclaimed filmmaker / artist Kutluğ Ataman returns to the director's chair with his new film project South Facing Wall. The film aims to display a contemporary panorama of Eastern Turkey and its overlooked people.
When common values defended by a community cannot be realized for one or another reason, what happens to the individuals who are the building blocks of the community?
The story of South Facing Wall is about Medine, left alone by her own community just when she needs its support most, and forced to teach that community a lesson. From working the fields to taking care of the family, virtually all the responsibilities of family are imposed on women in contemporary Anatolian country life and yet they are still not acknowledged.
Oral storytelling, which reconstructs and reaffirms common cultural values and traditions, has always been a strong reinforcing force behind what are called "family values" in Turkey, as it is in many other old societies.
This tradition is a living cultural heritage and continues to function today despite the growing pressure of modernizing forces and the need to make ends meet. In this geography storytelling does not solely have the function of entertainment, but is also able to answer other vital needs of the community. This story interrogates these values.
Kutluğ Ataman's aim is to talk about confrontation between modernizing forces and traditional ones through a local story that nevertheless has universal values, to an international audience.
The wife of the village's poorest family, the 27-year-old Medine, wishes to make her mark in the community by putting on a feast for the circumcision of her 5-year-old son, Ismail. Although she asks for assistance from her circle, nobody seems to be interested in helping her. In the meantime, Banu, a prostitute who has recently come to town, distracts Medine's unemployed husband and asks him for money.
Thanks to her stubbornness, Medine organizes the feast. During the event, Medine declares that she has served Ismail as the lamb. The guests are terrified to hear that they have eaten Ismail and have become cannibals. They decide to keep this unfortunate event to themselves.
One day, Medine returns to the village with her children Ismail and Vicdan. Daily life looks normal. However nothing is ever the same as before in the village.
Why do we need funding?
We are currently at the development phase and spend much of our time in our office, rewriting the script, researching, applying for funds, scouting locations and designing the film. Therefore your contribution will go directly to fund development and pre-production. We need to develop the script further and to have a cash flow that enables us to build our project. Your involvement will help us shape the project for the better.
- Script Development
- Design the visual look of the film (storyboard, pre-visualization)
- Location Scouting
- Designing the website
You can read about our perks on the right side of the page but we wanted to give some details about three offers that we think are invaluable for people passionate about film and the arts:
- Diary Writings Did you know art and film people are obsessive about writing? We will be publishing Kutluğ Ataman's personal diary which he will be writing during the production and post production phases of the film. These texts will be invaluable for anybody interested in film, film production and Ataman himself. The publication is available to contributors of US$300. (30 backers!)
- Creative Consulting We know the film business is tough! So do you! Whether you are a first time filmmaker or you are half way through your career and have made a bunch of films, every new project has its own demands and you have to start all over again. That's why we have a proposition for you. For our US$2,000 perk, Ataman offers you a one and a half hour session with him in his office or on Skype to talk about your project. This informal meeting will put you on the right track for you and your project to learn more about the unwritten rules of the film business. Please note that the meeting will take place on Skype for our contributors outside of our region. (5 backers!)
- Kutluğ Ataman's Video Camera As an acclaimed international video artist, Kutluğ Ataman's relationship to video and digital camera is obvious. For the US$10,000 perk, we will offer you Ataman's personal video camera and a certificate of authentication. Please note that the camera has been used by Ataman for the last seven years to film many of his major projects over this period. This is an invaluable item for art collectors and modern art lovers.
Other ways you can help
If you can't contribute via our perks, there are other ways you can help us.
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