Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
CALDERA is inspired by my father's struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that's invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.
In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions
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Written - directed - animated by Kaleb Lechowski (C) Kaleb Lechowski
Hartmut Zeller - Sound
Dave Masterson - Voice acting
Scott Glassgold / IAM Entertainment - Representation
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Who would dare to pit one fatal disease against another… inside the body of an six-year-old patient? The results will shatter all expectations.
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Director Ross Kauffman
Producer Robin Honan
Executive Producer Xan Parker
Director of Photography Naiti Gámez
Additional Photography Bud Hayman
Sound Giles Khan
Sound Mix Eric Milano
Production Assistant Nick Darby
Best Boy Harry Kauffman
Editor Ross Kauffman
Assistant Editor Jamie Boyle
Animation Jose Fuentes
Main Title Design David Soll
Online Final Frame
Music Jonathan Zalben
The Whitehead Family
Penn Medicine, Dr. Carl June, Dr. David Porter, Dr. Bruce Levine, Dr. Michael Kalos, Holly Auer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Stephan Grupp, Rachel Salis-Silverman
Dru DeSantis, Sara Booth, Jeremiah Zagar, Jeremy Yaches, Marilyn Ness, Katy Chevigny, Zoë Keating, Sara Hashim, Addie Kauffman
Written and Performed by Zoë Keating © (P) 2010
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A couple of pencil-outlined birds escape from a little girl´s drawing, leading us through the life she dreams of.
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