Cinema raises emotions, it is an escape from everyday life and provides big stories told in big pictures. But every movie theater also bears its own very real story, which is often not similar to the fairy tales on the screens at all.
3 DAYS OF CINEMA tells the stories of three movie theaters, which cannot be compared to those bright shining multiplex cinemas you might find in your city center. They are located in different countries and are made for different societies. But there is one thing those places have in common: each of their very own purposes is far away from
what the institution of cinema once was meant to be. We have been in Quernheim, the smallest cinema-town of Germany, where a whole village fights against commercial movie business. And we have been in Jenin (Palestine), where the reopening of an old theater was supposed to achieve peace but eventually was meant to fail.
The former socialist Gulag of Goli will be our most challenging location. This is where political opponents of Tito's regime used to be tortured. Even the little movie room of the island was involved.
Today there are the tourists coming to Goli. Several boats per day carry them from the sandy beaches of the surrounding holiday islands to the former prison harbour. A „fun-train“ offers a ride to the stonemill, crossing the old prison areas.
3 DAYS OF CINEMA shows a normal day on Goli. Slowly rottening ruins - monuments of human brutality. Split up between tourism and history. The sadness of the sunburned, rocky island is only exceeded by the grey walls, behind which there used to be incredible suffering. And in the middle of everything there is the cinema. Today it shows a short film about its own past. Now there are the tourists standing in tight rows to watch the screen.
Visual self-reflection in a bizarre way.
Tito‘s cinema is a place to remember. Maybe not only about the past.
On the first impression our documentary is about three cinemas. But beyond that there are aspects which can hardly be described with words. All three places provide people who run the theaters. These people are living in totally different societies and have various backgrounds and motivations. However we believe that there are certain parallels in their actions. All three places stand for rebellion - against commercial pressure, against an allmighty political conflict and against forgetting a cruel past.
We want to reach as many people as possible. Our target group defines itself - through the pure interest in the stories we tell. We are convinced that our film will develop during its creating. This is why we don't want to force it into certain forms before it is done. We prefer to wait and see afterwards where it might fit in.
But we intend to have it shown on as many film festivals as possible and we'd love to see it on TV as well.
We are a small team of students and we simply don't have enough cash to carry out the whole production. Nevertheless, we spend a lot of energy and large amounts of our daily money on this project. Compared to a "regular" film production we are able to do a great movie with a relatively small amount of money, simply because we don't calculate anything for ourselves. Even a little support can move a lot in our project.
The film has an interesting message. The topics shown are always relevant and might be a mirror for some people. And that is exactly our claim.
Last but not least, there are plenty of amazing rewards to get. Not only do they promise faim and glory, there are also some gorgeous items from our everyday filming life. Probably a good opportunity to make money on Ebay, right after the cinema release of 3 DAYS OF CINEMA. And even if that isn't going to happen: values of the mind are the greatest values anyway ;-)
As mentioned previously, we will finance most of the film on our own. The money we are still missing will be spent on the following:
Research and preparation: Goli is a complicated place. First of all, we have to read tons of books to know the stories of this island. Then we need witnesses who were in the prison and can tell us about it. We need to meet those people, or even bring them to Croatia.
Gear: We already have most of the camera gear we need. Nevertheless, there are some positions which can be improved in order to enhance the quality of the documentary. E.g. we need wireless microphones to be able to do interviews without having cables all over the place.
Logistics: Goli is mainly one thing - a lonely island. To film there we need to stay on any of the neighbored islands and find somebody with a boat to bring us where we want to go. Because of that, everything is a bit more expensive there.
Our team is formed of different members for each location. In Croatia and Goli these young and dynamic fellows will be in charge:
Timian (25): I am director, initiator and partly camera man. 3 DAYS OF CINEMA is my master thesis project and I'm basically responsible for everything. Last year I finished my first documentary called "And forever the President smiles - Traces of Sri Lanka". So you might say there's some experience in my camera bag.
Ilaria (26): She is our Italian support and mainly doing all international communication. She was the one who brought up the idea of filming in Goli. Ilaria has a degree in Art History and will also be camera assistant on location.
Katharina (26): She is our allrounder, working on both camera and audio. Katharina is studying Media and Communication and was already filming with us in Quernheim.
Our supporters at home are Romy (24), Lena (24) und Simon (32). Those three will have a hard time producing, fundraising and pushing Social Media buttons.