Crowd funder, campaign overview

Low Season is more than just a short film! It is a social engagement project that I hope puts back some of the power where it should be, in the hands of those who have lived experience of mental health issues.

For this reason we don’t just want to make a film with your backing and support we want to invite you to truly engage with this project and become a part of the team.

We believe that by giving voice to the difficult issues of mental health we can reduce stigma and perhaps even create discussion surrounding some of the challenges that we all face in the modern world.

Low Season is more than just a short film! It is a social engagement project that I hope puts back some of the power where it should be, in the hands of those who have lived experience of mental health issues.

For this reason we want to invite you to truly engage with this project and become a part of the team.

We believe that by giving voice to the difficult issues of mental health we can reduce stigma and create discussion about some of the challenges that we all face in the modern world.

Low Season is a film about the long term social consequences of consumerism and capitalism.

The cost on the human spirit, the price extracted when we don’t measure up to the social and economic demands of modern life.

It is a shout out for the dispossessed, a quiet scream for the stragglers on the edges of a system that demands the impossible, constant happiness, economic stability and continual growth.

Set in the twilight of a failing economic and global society, Low Season asks us what it will take for us to find another way forward. Are we truly doomed? Or do we already possess the means to regenerate and re-evaluate our place in the world?

A film about the loss of identity and the fragility of hope.

It follows a man in his late middle age who is clinging to the last shreds of his dignity and humanity, we follow him on a journey of quiet rediscovery in the deserted seaside town in which he grew up.

Is this journey his last? Or does it symbolise a rebirth through the reconnection to elemental forces far greater than ourselves?

Hi thanks for taking a look at the campaign page, My name is Chris Lake, I am an independent film maker from Devon England.

My films are infused with my professional and personal experience in both mental health and the natural world.

The film itself is a short, we hope coming in at under 10 minutes in length, Which isn’t long to describe a desperate human experience, but even with the constraints we want to make a powerful and artistic rendering of human experience, not to talk down to anyone but to try and communicate even a small part of what it feels like to lose your identity and to truly feel lost.

Whats this all about then?

Low Season is a short film that deals with difficult issues, mental distress, and loss of identity, the effects on us all of consumerist society. It follows a middle aged character in his home town as he fights to hold onto his sense of identity, its is a journey of the mind as well as a journey in the physical world.

How did you came up with this?

The idea came about from seeing the shockingly high rates of suicide in men between 18-65 particularly in the torbay area of the southwest of England. Loss of jobs, perceived failure in relationships and many other problems combined with an reluctance to talk about there problems because of social stigma can lead to a desperate state of affairs.

Perhaps I should introduce myself!

Hi my name is Chris Lake I am a filmmaker from Devon in England, this project and film was my Idea, I have both a personal and professional experience of mental health issues, and I think film is a powerful means of exploring these issues and I believe strongly  that by giving voice to the difficult issues of mental health we can reduce stigma and perhaps even create discussion surrounding some of the challenges that we all face in the modern world.

Why we need your help

We want to make more than just a Short film we want to build a community of supporters around this project, and make some noise about these issues. So we really do want more than financial support we would like you to get involved give us feedback, be a genuine part of the project and together we can not only make this film we can get it screened.

What we need is a small amount of the money to go towards the travel costs and food expenses for our super elite small cast and crew, and the remainder we want to put towards secure two screening events where all of the backers(who can make it) can come and view the film. We know with your support that we can make an evocative film that is both artistic and respectful.

Why a film?

To put it simply, I am tired of seeing depictions in film and media that are lacking in both honesty and vision in there portrayal of extreme mental health issues, and I also think we need to stop pointing the blame at individuals as if they are somehow failures in our society. So off my high horse for a moment, with your help I would like to redress this balance and make a film that is both honest open and sensitive to the plight of those who suffer in silence.

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