You remember last year's release of the disturbingly realistic found-footage film, a genuine twist on a tired genre, Be My Cat: A Film For Anne; a film in which Adrian Tofei himself plays a deranged - Anne Hathaway obsessed - fan willing to go to the darkest places in order to find admiration in her eyes. It was unnerving enough that both myself and fellow writer David Wronski were left with questions as to the authenticity of the on-screen events. We also questioned the sanity of it's director, putting something this convincing - this wild - together, takes a special kind of genius and crazy. So when we catch wind of a new project, more ambitious than the last, yeah, we're listening.
In Tofei's latest, two women seek to save the world from all its darkest qualities in the only way they know best, by "putting it to sleep". This seemingly nihilistic LGBT anti-hero adventure promises to deliver - like his previous film - something truly unique to the table, even incorporating some of the filming techniques found in Be My Cat! Details below also indicate that this story - on its surface - isn't exactly what it seems to be...
This movie has to shake the world. A world that is too comfortable in accepting the status-quo of discrimination, inequality, intolerance, violence, abuse, irrational thinking, hypocrisy, corruption, greed, ignorance and so on. You know the world's problems, the list never ends. And most likely it never will, since us as a species evolved via conflict/competition/natural selection. We have it on our DNA. The capitalistic system is based on it. We cannot even enjoy a movie or a story that has no conflict.
So we put together two women as the leads (the world loves male superiority), with different skin colors (the world loves white supremacy), different nationalities (the world loves nationalism), we make their characters lovers (the world loves heterosexuality only), we give them principles and ideals (the world loves messy thinking), and we make them save the world from its miserable existence by bringing everything to an end! (the world loves fighting for survival - the survival of the fittest and the crushing of the vulnerable)
We Put the World to Sleep has to premiere in one of the world's top film festivals (Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, Venice, Berlin, Telluride, SXSW, Tribeca), secure a top distributor, travel the festival circuit and enter movie theaters around the world. That's the only way it can make a difference. But it requires a relatively big budget, and no production company would invest money and let us do this dangerous movie the way we want, the way it should be done!
For authenticity, Adrian Țofei plans to do it based on controlled improvisation, just like he did his first feature, the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Be My Cat: A Film for Anne. Because no writer can 100% imagine how an event or discussion evolves in real life, without putting himself in those situations. And also the actors would know in advance what will happen and what they have to say, they wouldn't discover everything during filming, limiting the naturalness. And we don't want just good acting, we want audiences to be blown away by the film's authenticity, to say "wow, are you sure this is just a movie? it looks so real!". All this makes it very hard for us to do it with a production company. They want scripts. This and the movie's dangerous anti-system concept are the main reasons why we need and ask for your support! Choose your perk and help us put the world to sleep!
Sounds awesome doesn't it? Well, a film of this scope won't happen by itself; it'll need the help of everyone in the community, in every way possible. Contributing to the indiegogo campaign is one way, sharing is another - so do what you can to help Adrian Tofei, Erisse Peterson, and Duru Yücel Țofei in their quest to put the world to sleep. Click the link below to visit the official campaign page, and snag a perk for yourself while they last!