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Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Closing Party

Dear everyone

Today, instead of sharing my thoughts on the characters of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts, I will make a very special announcement.

As you already know, on the 10th of April, there’s going to be a film-related pub quiz in Dublin (see link below). This was organised by C-47, a new music video company I’m having the pleasure to work with, in order to raise some money for the film.

Well, that’s not the only event these guys are organising. On the 21st of April (at Easter), there will also be a closing party full of art in The Button Factory private venue (also in Dublin: link below).

I’m particularly excited about this one!

My friends Nervvs and Jake Regan, two of my favourite music acts in town, will be there to play, and there will also be a special screening (I’ll tell you more soon).

That’s not everything, but you’ll have to wait for my next announcement to have more details.

Please know that, if you’re one of the contributors of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts, the entry is free (and if you haven’t contributed already, follow the link below and choose your perk)!

Take Care,

Gavino


Links

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Closing Party:

https://www.facebook.com/events/575605209582976/

Pub Quiz:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305179830147939/

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-

acts/x/16999351#/

C-47 Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

Nervvs Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/nervvs/

Jake Regan Facebook Page:

https://m.facebook.com/jakereganmusic/

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Agalmatophilia: A tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #05 (Introducing The Characters)

Dear everyone,

I hope your week was good and full of pleasant surprises.

As promised, I’m here to talk about the characters of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

I don’t know if this is clear from what I wrote on this website, but there are only eight characters in the entire film, and four of them will never even actually appear.

It’s not unusual to see independent films that feature only a limited amount of characters. As you can probably imagine, the reason behind this is, usually, lack of money, although, in this case, my love for chamber plays was the main factor.

I love minimalist art, (if you have seen my shorts, you already know that), and I’m very grateful I do: you can’t really dictate your sensitivity and your creativity, so if you’re into big budget movies, well, good luck: you have my respect!

Now, before I continue, it would be better for me to remind you what Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is about.

This is what you can read on my website and on Indiegogo:

AGALMATOPHILIA: A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS is the story of LILITH, a lonely 25-year old sculptor who is visited by the living BLACK CLAY STATUE of a demon that claims to be able to make her live a parallel life shared with someone she loves.

Intrigued by the idea of leaving her loneliness behind, Lilith embarks on a twisted and surreal journey across three different versions of her life, all of them characterised by three different versions, or ‘faces’, of her new partner ADAM, a mysterious character who’s currently working on a show called ‘Agalmatophilia’ and who is, in turn, a masochistic actor, an emotionally unstable theatre director and a sadistic playwright.

Helped by the WHITE CLAY STATUE of a pagan god and by her guardian spirit, a FOX, Lilith tries to escape her nightmare by following a path hidden in the woods on another plane of existence: her imagination.

(A note: this synopsis is incorrect. It’s been extremely oversimplified, but I had to write it this way to give you a vague idea of what I’m doing.)

Now that you remember the story, we can continue to talk about its eight characters (by the way, did you notice I only mentioned five of them in the introduction above?).

I usually like to divide them into three groups:

Physical Characters

1. Lilith

2. Adam

Metaphysical Characters

1. The Black Statue (also called The Wolf)

2. The Shady Character (also called The Fox)

3. The White Statue

The Chorus

1. The Dear

2. The Snake

3. The Raven

(Yes, these are the ones that I didn’t mention in the synopsis)

I’m sure many people would divide them differently, but this is how I see them.

The first one I created (you guessed it) is Lilith, although that wasn’t her original name.

Lilith is the main character of the film, and the one I personally care the most, probably.

The second one I created was Adam (I’d like you to think about the implications of what I’ve just written).

As many of you will certainly know, the name Lilith comes from a Jewish mythological figure that from the Middle Ages began to appear in a series of mystical literary works as Adam’s first wife.

According to some of these writings, Lilith was created with Adam (and not after him, like Eve) and from the same clay (this is one of the reasons the name Lilith has been associated with feminism).

Do Lilith and Adam symbolise humankind?

Why do you think I didn’t choose to call the main character of my film Eve?

These are some of the questions I won’t answer on Tuesday, the same day I’ll write more about Lilith, Adam and the other characters of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

For now, if you haven’t already, please consider contributing to the crowdfunding campaign of the film!

Also, if you’re in Dublin on the 10th of April, why don’t you come to the film-related pub quiz organised by C-47 (a brand new music-video/film company)? There will be tons of prizes to win, and all the money raised during the night will help us fund Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts. (Oh, and if you’ve already contributed to the crowdfunding campaign, you won’t be charged to take part in the quiz!)

Very, very well…

Take Care,

Gavino

Links

Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/

Pub Quiz:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305179830147939/

C-47 Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

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Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #04

Dear everyone,

Probably, you already know that I decided to extend the crowdfunding campaign of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (see link below). That means that we’re right in the middle of it: we still have a month to reach our goal.

This would be a good opportunity to talk about my experience as a campaigner, but, frankly, I don’t think that would be very interesting.

From now on, I would actually like to focus my attention on the film itself. After all, that’s the reason behind the campaign, that’s my goal and, definitely, a slice of my own life.

A note: some of you will notice that this post can be found both on Indiegogo (as an update) and on my website (as an Art Journal entry). I’m crossposting, mostly, for the sake of clarity.

That said…

Welcome to the second part of the crowdfunding campaign for my drama/psycho-metaphysical horror/low fantasy/sadomasochistic film (did I ever tell you that I hate the concept of genre? Oh, I’ll write a post about that in the future, and it will be full of anger and contempt!) Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

In order to share with you a more detailed introduction to the film, over the next three weeks, I’m going to write some posts concerning three (or four, depending on how you look at the world) of the fundamental aspects of storytelling: characters (who), space & time (where & when), and action (what & how).

(I would like to point out that I’m fully aware I will be abstracting these aspects, or elements, from their context, that is, the narrative. It’s a common thing to do, and I also think it’s a fun way to explore the story.)

Also, I’m proud to announce that C-47, the guys who made Creation and Destruction, the two videos I recently shared with you, are currently organising an event for the film. It’s going to be a cinema-related pub quiz and it will take place here in Dublin (see link below). I’ll share more info pretty soon, so check my updates.

That’s it for now!

Take Care,

Gavino

 

Links

If you want to help us make Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/

The Art Of Film; A Pub Quiz:

https://www.facebook.com/events/305179830147939/?ti=ia

C-47 Facebook Page:

https://m.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

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Drawing the logo...

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #03

Dear everyone,

I’m here, again, to tell you about my quest for a successful crowdfunding campaign.

I thought I would start this post by writing about the worst week we’ve had so far, but…

We’ve just received a huge donation from an angel who would like to remain anonymous and our budget has basically doubled…

That’s right: a quarter of the film has been funded!

I mean, I wanted to talk about crowdfunding-related anxiety and depression, but…

F**k that!

I’m going to celebrate.

By the way, a reminder: Destruction, a film/music video directed by M.A.K and shot/edited by John D Breen (C-47) for the crowdfunding campaign of Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts is now on YouTube, and it looks amazing!

It also features a song by the Irish band Junk Drawer so, if you like the Irish Indie music scene, you should definitely check it out.

Take Care,

Gavino

 

Links

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/

C-47 (John D Breen & M.A.K):

https://m.facebook.com/CollectiveFourtySeven/

Destruction - Music Video:

https://youtu.be/NAhNQGlDbt0

 

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An enigmatic still from ‘Destruction’ by M.A.K

Crowdfunding Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts

Dear everyone,

I hope your week was enjoyable and productive. Mine was.

If you’ve read my previous posts, the fact that I’ve been working on the crowdfunding campaign for Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts won’t surprise you.

We’re almost there: in a week or so, you will be able to grab some nice artistic stuff in exchange for your contribution.

This is my first crowdfunding campaign and, honestly, I’m already thinking obsessively about a series of things I could have done differently. At the same time, I still believe I’m creating something you don’t usually see, and this is what’s keeping the car running.

I really want everyone to get something from it, and that’s why you won’t find any average ‘Thank You’ perks.

Enough! I don’t want to write too much about it, and it’s time to get back to work.

Enjoy your weekend and, if you haven’t, sign up:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/coming_soon/x/16999351

Take care,

Gavino

 

Statues by Katarzyna Horzela

Statues by Katarzyna Horzela

Producing Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts

Oh, my… It’s been almost two months since I wrote my last post! I should stop saying things such as ‘Next week, I’ll write about this…’ or ‘In the next few days, I’ll tell you about that…’.

My projects and, especially, my mood are too unpredictable.

But let’s not talk about that! Let’s talk about Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts.

First of all, as you might have noticed, I changed the title. I did it because another film called ‘Agalmatophilia’ (a comedy directed by Jared Masters) has just been released, and I thought it would be polite to do so.

Anyway, apart from that, nothing much has changed: I have the script, I have the will to make the film and... I don’t have a producer!

But let me explain the situation:

Last year, I sent a long series of emails to an equally long series of producers interested in arthouse films. Frankly, I thought nobody would reply, and I was wrong. Some of them did, and that alone made me pathetically happy (it also made me realise that a producer is not a ferocious mythological creature we’re bound to fear and/or despise, but a human being like you and me… Although, there are some exceptions, obviously…). Unfortunately, at the same time, no one seemed willing to produce my film.

Too bad…

Now, I consider myself to be a pretty rational person (now that I think about it… am I?). When something like this happens, I always try to find the reason behind it, and that’s why I asked myself: why was my film rejected?

I could write an entirely new post talking about the most exhaustive answer I could find, which is relatively complex, so I’ll just say:

Because of the same reason Jan Svankmajer and Alejandro Jodorowsky, two of the greatest living filmmakers, decided to launch a crowdfunding campaign to produce their own films.

I think you’ve already understood what I’m about to say.

In two weeks from now, I will launch the official crowdfunding campaign for Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (damn, I’ve just given myself another deadline… I promise I will do everything I can to meet it, though!).

For now, you’re very welcome to go to the Indiegogo pre-launch page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/coming_soon/x/16999351

I and my team have prepared some very interesting perks, so I suggest you sign up and share with everyone you know!


Thanks for reading!

 

A statue made by the fabulous Katarzyna Horzela

A statue made by the fabulous Katarzyna Horzela

Introducing Lilith’s World: Agalmatophilia

First of all, a giant ‘Thank you!’ to all the people that subscribed to my new newsletter.

I’m sincere when I say that it means a lot.

Thanks, thanks and thanks again! 

Now...

Let me update you on what’s happening right now in my artistic life.

If you’ve read my previous posts, you already know that I’m currently working on my first music album, Fear & Agony (yeah, that’s the title now). I’m happy to announce that the recording sessions are almost over: in a week or so I will have all the tracks I need to start mixing the album (that is, to give the mess I’ve created to a sound engineer). Hopefully, it will be released in January.

The second big project is Agalmatophilia, a feature film I’ve been working on for a long time and that I’d like to introduce to you with a series of related posts, this being the first one.

(If you haven’t, I suggest you visit the page I created for it on this website and subscribe for news and updates!)

So...

Let’s start with some questions:

1. What does Agalmatophilia mean?

According to everyone’s favourite encyclopaedia:

Agalmatophilia (from the Greek agalma 'statue', and -philia φιλία = love) is a paraphilia involving sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object.

 (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agalmatophilia)

Of course, I’m not going to tell you why I chose that title.  I hate spoilers.

2. What’s the connection between this project and Introducing Lilith, the short film that is featured at the bottom of its official page?

Well, this is pretty simple, and I basically talked about it in one of my previous posts: Introducing Lilith was meant to be the teaser trailer of Agalmatophilia (or, better, Lilith, as the film was called a couple of years ago). Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly happy with the screenplay at the time, and I simply decided to work and work on it again. It’s something I definitely don’t regret.

3. Are you currently shooting Agalmatophilia?

No, I’m not... 

4. Is Agalmatophilia in pre-production?

I really (really, reallly, really, really, really, really) wish it was...

5. So... What are you doing right now (apart from writing some new stuff and producing the already mentioned Fear & Agony) ?

That’s a good question! What have I been doing since I finished writing the script around a year ago?

Well, I’ve been looking for a producer... Unsuccessfully... 

I’ll talk about this next week. For now, let me just say that, if you’re wondering, yes, I’m going to make this film! 

 

Thanks for reading!

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