Los Angeles, CA – On (insert date here), Director and Co-Writer Bishal Dutta, and Producers Edward Mkhitaryan and Yulia Safonova launched a Kickstarter campaign for Life in Color, a film about a closeted gay man in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease. The team working on this project plans to give the world a view of Alzheimer's with a rawness and brutality with which it has rarely been presented before.
"Before the early 1900s, they didn't even have a name for Alzheimer's. They simply called it "old age." Now, we know that's not true. We know that this silent epidemic grows within our minds for decades before it emerges. So, how can we stay silent about it?
Only in 1983 did President Reagan declare November as Alzheimer's Awareness Month. It is not enough to wait until you or I am facing the disease head-on to become informed. It must start now. Please help us make our film.?"
In Life in Color, Harold, a closeted gay man in the middle stages of Alzheimer's disease, desperately tries to preserve the memory of his estranged lover by revisiting the place of their final meeting. Harold has held on to his secret for decades to avoid persecution in a prejudiced society, but now, finding the memories slipping due to his disease, Harold desperately tries to conjure them again. Beth, Harold's newly married and pregnant daughter, is his caregiver and a symbol of many caregivers who try to help but often harm their loved ones suffering from Alzheimer's due to a lack of education and understanding.
After a lot of hard work and preparation, the team is turning to the Kickstarter community for the help they need to complete this short film. Life in Color is personal to the whole cast and crew; everyone involved has loved and studied filmmaking all their lives, and has worked on countless productions, gaining experience and creative confidence. Now they are working together, at the height of their passion, on something they believe in completely. Producer, Yulia Safonova frequently works on powerful, socially conscious short films that incite meaningful action. Some of the films she has produced are "Ask Questions Later" about the Black Lives Matter movement, and "Black Flag", a film dealing with radical terrorists' manipulation of the Islamic religion.
"Not only are we dealing with Alzheimer's, we are also telling the story of a repressed and closeted gay man. This is one of the essential truths of the disease: it does not matter who you are, nor what hopes and dreams you have," says the team, "Every day, there are people like our protagonist, Harold, desperately holding on to their identities. And every day, there is fear, miscommunication and misunderstanding about the disease. Our mission with this film is education. This is not an issue we can collectively ignore for much longer."
In exchange for pledging to the project, backers can gain access to a variety of rewards including the original soundtrack, a digital copy of Life in Color, and more. Backers can also pledge for a physical copy of the Special Edition Director's Cut or for two tickets to the Premier Event of Life in Color in Los Angeles.
For more information, please visit the Kickstarter page https://www.kickstarter.com/