On this holiday weekend edition of Indie Spotlight, I’m happy to bring you The Projectionist. From writer-director Ryan M. Kennedy and producer Atit Shah comes this look at the effects of PTSD and how war veterans afflicted with this disorder often go untreated and overlooked. Described as “a warrior reduced to a shadow,” The Projectionist follows Jacob Nicks (Russ Russo), a former solider attempting to cope with his undiagnosed PTSD. The film also features Natasha Alam (True Blood), Doug E. Doug (Cool Runnings), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga), Joseph R. Gannascoli (Sopranos), Robert Miano (Donnie Brasco), Dominik Tiefenthaler (Maybe Tomorrow) and Chris LaPanta (The Blacklist).
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While previous Kickstarter projects have overwhelmingly been looking to crowdsource funds for production purposes, The Projectionist is already a completed film. Instead, the filmmakers and production company Create Entertainment are looking to use Kickstarter in order to increase their distribution potential. It’s a much wiser (and more ethical) use of crowd-funding, in my opinion, and great for contributors since the rewards can be turned around that much faster. The Projectionist and the production team’s new distribution method have been gaining attention, being featured in a recent IndieWire write up and a video interview with Bloomberg TV.
You can take a look at The Projectionist for yourself, over at their Kickstarter page. Watch a special behind-the-scenes look and message from Kennedy below:
Battling insomnia and undiagnosed PTSD, a war veteran works nights as a projectionist at a decrepit theater. While struggling to adapt to civilian life, he soon finds himself tangled in an inescapable web of seduction, addiction, and violence.
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