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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 #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

Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts Crowdfunding Campaign Week #02

Dear everyone, 

The second week of the crowdfunding campaign of my film Agalmatophilia: A Tragedy In Three Acts (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/agalmatophilia-a-tragedy-in-three-acts/x/16999351#/) is over. 

How did it go? Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t perfect and... That I didn’t expect it to be!

We definitely need more contributors so, if you happen to know someone who might be interested in independent films or in the perks we’re offering, please tell her/him about this project.

You would do me a big, big favour!

And now I have some info for the contributors:

Today, you’re all going to receive the first series of digital perks (Introducing Lilith and everything related to it).

I actually planned to send Incantations (to the contributors that gave us €25 or more) and Rituals (to the contributors that gave us €100 or more) too, but I wasn’t happy with a couple of things, and I really want you to have everything nicely packaged (although we’re talking about virtual packages!).

Apologies for that!

Anyway, you won’t have to wait for another week to get all the rest: the next perks will arrive on Tuesday (together with an update).

As for the physical ones... Check your mailbox!

That’s it for now...

Thanks again to all the fantastic contributors!

Take Care, 

Gavino

 

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Introducing Lilith, Ireland, 2016

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

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