Hi, my name is John and I am a filmmaker.
As you have seen, this film is focused on the history of two special people to whom I own everything. These people are my father and my grandfather. I grew up in a family of simple people, in a family of artists that brought their legacy and put their mark on a unique form of art, known worldwide.
They didn’t have access to education, they didn’t even have a normal childhood, but they had the courage to overcome the burdens and to fight, to achieve more than they could ever imagine: the works of art that nowadays is renowned and appreciated throughout the corners of the Earth. Despite these things, until today they remained two simple men, two modest people who keep creating art for every tourist who visit the Merry Cemetery.
Help me to create this film! What you have seen and heard is just a small part of my grandfather’s and father’s life story. It is more of a life lesson and an example for all of us.
I want to extend this movie. I want to shoot in every location that you heard of:
in the workshop of the creator of the Merry Cemetery, Stan Ioan Patras, in his memorial house, as well as in the workshops in which this art, unique in the world, was born.
With your help, this project can become reality and I want to thank you in advance. We thought of paying you back for your gesture. Besides the final movie (in Blu-Ray format) you can receive miniature replicas of the crosses in the Merry Cemetery, customized with your text and even your portrait, or a cross in real proportions (identical to the ones in the Merry Cemetery) as well as a special tour of the Cemetery, along with the master artisans Turda Toader and Stan Vasile Coltun.
Thank you very much!
Directed by: John Turda
Camera: 5D mark3
Lenses: 24-70L, 85, 100L