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Chiaroscuro, in the absence of light

A project by: Julia Marciniak


WE RAISED £1,103

from 10 donors

This project received pledges on Fri 22 Apr 2022
What would you do if someone dear to you fell sick and needed your help?

What would you do if someone dear to you fell sick and needed your help? Would you leave everything behind? 

"Chiaroscuro, in the absence of light" focuses on the relationship between mother and son, with the mother suffering from depression, the son coming of age and looking for his place in the world. Witnessing the slow worsening of her condition, he has to find the balance between taking responsibility for her, while also keeping his own well-being. 

About the director:

David Ilgenstein is the director and co-writer for the project Chiaroscuro, in the absence of light. In his work, David aims to focus on socially relevant topics, like family, migration, activism and belonging, often taking inspiration from his own life. In the case of this project, he addresses the complex dynamics between him and his mother, in the context of having to find a balance between taking care of a sick parent and one's own ambitions.

Besides his own personal experiences, his main sources of inspiration are the films Moonlight, Boyhood and the Lost Daughter. 

Previous film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdY16J1WMIg

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMCvaJCzTBefCKb60g3YB2A   


1AD / art department: Sylvain Penot 

Co-writer / editor: Rojin Pourarian 

Assistant editor: Kieran Granham 

DoP: Marcin Kasperek 

Producer: Julia Marciniak

Assistant producer: Kayleigh Maguire 

The budget goes to:

- paying the actors - £300

- location costs - £200

- covering travelling expenses and catering crew and cast on set - £100

- art department - £150

- distribution and promotion of the film - £100

- unexpected expenses - £150

How can you help?

Don’t worry if you are not able to contribute to the project. You can still help by: 

- sharing the fundraising on your social media 

- letting your friends and family know about the project  

-promoting the short film after its release

Thank you for being a part of this project!