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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

The Concept Of Tragedy

“The poet…is the man of metaphor: while the philosopher is interested only in the truth of meaning, beyond even signs and names, and the sophist manipulates empty signs…the poet plays on the multiplicity of signifieds.”

Jacques Derrida

A friend of mine once told me that the first lines of my song ‘The Concept Of Tragedy’ sounded like a quote from Jacques Derrida.

The lines in question are:

The philosopher

And the oldest trick in the book: 

If thinking leads to language,

And language leads to thinking,

We can deduce that knowledge

Stems from both in equal measure.

 Just put your trust in logic,

And we will find the root

Of your disorder.

One of the questions I’m usually asked is: ‘What’s the message you’re trying to convey with this work?’. I know this is a question people like, and I think they like it because we naturally try to understand (that is, understand logically) everything our senses perceive. At the same time, unfortunately, it’s not a question that can be really answered. Not properly, at least.

The quote above is perfect to explain what I mean:

‘The poet...’

(Middle English: from Old French poete, via Latin from Greek poētēs, variant of poiētēs ‘maker, poet’, from poiein ‘create’)

‘plays...’

(Engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose)

‘on the multiplicity of signifieds.’

(The meaning or idea expressed by a sign, as distinct from the physical form in which it is expressed)

Why am I writing this? Well, because one of the many themes (and I don’t mean messages) that lie behind ‘The Concept Of Tragedy’ is (lack of) comprehension/understanding.

You can decide now if I’m playing the poet, the philosopher...

Or the sophist...

You’ve reached the end of the post, my friend... Thank you so much!

Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida

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