A Short Film by Award-winning Filmmaker About Veterans and PTSD
Following the completion of his 2nd feature film, “Behind the Mirror”, a psychological thriller made for Sampsonic Media, which premiers June 19th at the Manhattan Film Festival – New York based producer / director Minos Papas has announced immediate plans for a new short film: “TANGO ON THE BALCONY”. The Rocket Hub Crowdfunding campaign has begun, having raised over $11,000 in the initial stage: http://rkthb.co/57550
“TANGO ON THE BALCONY” is a narrative short film about Johnny, an Iraq War Veteran who wrestles with post traumatic stress (PTSD) and the transition to civilian life. Johnny is tormented by an incessant hyper vigilance and insomnia, and the lingering questions of his past actions in combat. “TANGO ON THE BALCONY” will be approximately 15 minutes long, intended for international film festival release.
Minos Papas has been researching post traumatic stress for the last three years in preparation for the production of this short, as well as a feature film on the same subject: “The Divide” (working title – screenplay currently in development). Papas has worked closely with Michael Day, a Veteran Marine, writer and filmmaker, to develop “Tango on the Balcony” and “The Divide”. He has also been actively involved with the Patton Veterans Project’s I WAS THERE film workshops for Veterans and military families coping with service-related stress. As an instructor in the workshop, Papas had the opportunity to work closely with Veterans and service members coping with transition and post-traumatic stress. Most recently, Papas participated in a filmmaking workshop at Fort Drum.
Papas says: “Unlike other films of the war fatigue genre, “TANGO ON THE BALCONY” seeks to avoid cliché representations of Veterans, and portray some of the real issues faced by those transitioning to civilian life. My personal goal is to create a film that will be authentic and as close to the Veteran experience of transition as possible in order to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress. This is a non-political agenda, being neither for or against the wars, but more of a call for aware-ness of the epidemic of PTS challenges faced by Veterans that civilians need to wake up to. The film will also touch on the losses of the Iraqi people. This is one of the most important stories of our time.”
Papas and Day have launched a 30 day crowdfunding campaign on ROCKET HUB, for the duration of June, 2015: PTSD Awareness Month. The goal is to complete the film by the end of the year and submit to the festival circuit. The production will attempt to involve Veterans and service members as cast and/or crew wherever possible. During the campaign Cyprian Films, New York has been releasing daily Infographics, links to articles and statistics on the challenges faced by Veterans. Public Script Readings are being held at a variety of venues during the campaign. The campaign has been covered by international media in the UK, Israel and Cyprus, and has raised over $11,000 so far.
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