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
Jarred de Beer
Directed by Joe Sill
Written by Dag Shapshak
Produced by Brian White
Associate Produced by Adam Nusinow
First Assistant Director - Colin Lupe
Cinematography by Mishka Kornai
Production Design by Alex Lubow
Sound Design by Eric Hoehn
Composed by Mattan Cohen
Costume Design by Ryan Summersett
Starring Daniela Flynn, Jessica Gordon, Ava Cantrell, Davis Desmond, Jeffrey Moore, and Sam Basile
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