Based on the latter end of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's tragic life, The Sight of Stars seeks to understand into how artists like Van Gogh can create such incredible and beautiful works in the face of overwhelming sadness. The film uses elements, colors and styles similar to those found in Van Gogh's paintings in order to better capture the connection between his tortured mind, and the magnificent images he covered canvases with from 1880-1890.
Written, Animated and Directed by Devon Manney (devonm.com)
Music by Saad Haddad (saadnhaddad.com)
A million thanks to all of the amazing people who helped me bring this crazy vision to reality, from friends and classmates who sat through a multitude of rough cuts, to the generous souls who donated to the Kickstarter campaign last Spring, to those who simply helped me stay sane through stressful times.
In a July, 1888 letter to his brother Theo, Vincent wrote: "Painters — to speak only of them — being dead and buried, speak to a following generation or to several following generations through their works. Is that all, or is there more, even? In the life of the painter, death may perhaps not be the most difficult thing. For myself, I declare I don’t know anything about it. But the sight of the stars always makes me dream."
And what a dream this has all been. Thank you.
Official Selection: 2014 Three Rivers Film Festival (3rff.com)
Official Selection: 2015 Speechless Film Festival (speechlessfilmfestival.com)
Official Selection: 2015 Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival (realitybytes.niu.edu)
Official Selection: 2015 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (nffty.org)