PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT

A World Apart – Mental Health in the Context of War

a multi-screen video installation 

 “War is hell… it has an impact on the people who take part that never heals”

The impact on the mental health of civilian populations within conflict zones is one of the most significant consequences of war. It destroys communities and families and often disrupts the development of the social and economic fabric of nations.

Without oversimplifying the project, this proposed 30 minute multi-screen video installation aims to:-

  1. explore the issues surrounding refugees’ lives, which are inevitably complicated.
  2. delve into factors contributing to a lack of mental wellbeing, notably isolation, dislocation and post traumatic stress disorder.
  3. identify the struggle to adapt to the “way that things are done” in the UK.
  4. give such vulnerable people a voice.
  5. highlight the work undertaken by organisations such as Oxfordshire Mind, and other charities, to help these vulnerable groups in such areas as assistance with asylum applications, housing, education, counselling and social
  6. bring to public attention the to need to improve the lives of people experiencing mental distress from conflict trauma.

The days of a single screen are long gone. Consumers now engage with content across a number of devices, and the shift in media consumption has caused digital designers, developers, filmmakers and artists to innovate in an entirely new way. Multi-screen video installation in a single space creates an immersive environment unlike that which we might journey through in watching a documentary or television narrative. The here-and-now reality of the sensory experience created by this art form makes a systematic whole from a series of parts.

Download Funding Proposal here:- A World Apart – M.ental Health in the Context of War

 

 

The Ayahuasca Experiment (in development; Documentary Series 6 x 60 mins)

Producer: Andi Reiss, Director: Chris Skokoe

This documentary series centres around the reality of our world, growing unease, uncertain political landscapes and existential crises all contributing to a decline in collective mental health. But a tide is turning. After years of negative and often inconsistent approaches towards the topic of ‘hallucinogenic’ substances, a revival in research into psychoactive compounds could be a catalyst for re-evaluating how science looks at mental health.

The central arch of our story follows four volunteers, each with their own outlook and beliefs on consciousness, mental health and existence, each with their own mental struggles who take to the depths of the Peruvian Amazon to take part in the ancient ceremony of Ayahuasca.

Ayahuasca being a sacred tea is naturally shrouded in mystery with is origins remaining so to this very day, having being used for thousands of years, however in recent years it has been thrown into the limelight of interest from factions of the scientific community. Many of the claims made about this sacred medicine have been rejected and ridiculed, now it seems many of these claims are being substantiated.

Funding Proposal available upon request.

 

 

 

Little Calais (in development; Short Drama 30 mins)

script by Andi Reiss 

Nine year old Syrian girl, Aya arrives with her family in England after a year living in the Calais jungle. She faces the challenges of a new life and a new school. However, with the help of the ghost of her best friend, Nooga, she creates an imaginative art project to teach her classmates the true meaning of being a refugee.

Script available upon request.

 

Harvest (in development; Short Drama 20 mins)

Script by Andi Reiss

It’s past midnight as Darius, a petty thief, and recently released from prison, enters the Kensington abode of surgeon, Ken.  Having lifted the latch of the kitchen window, Darius ascends the stairs and tip-toes across the study to the safe. He’s suddenly apprehended in the darkness by Ken, and thrown onto the couch. As Ken begins to tie his burglar up, there’s a faint air of accomplishment about his banter. A conversation ensues, as both are equally curious as to how they’ve come to meet in these circumstances.

What kind of a future has a burglar? enquires Ken.

What kind of a past brings this wealth? asks Darius.

Ken explains that he’s a surgeon, who’s aim is to help the many people in need of organ transplant from not having to travel abroad to buy kidneys on the black market. He goes on to tell Darius how locals in Pakistan are allegedly being kidnapped by organ trafficking gangs and forced into “selling” their kidneys to wealthy foreigners. How wrong it is that poverty-stricken locals, in need of money, are coerced into “selling” their kidneys, he suggests. Darius listens intensely, wondering where the conversation is going. Operating with ruthless efficiency, Ken proposes a deal; by agreeing to donate a kidney to the cause, Darius can avoid any police involvement in the evening’s proceedings.

Script available upon request.

 

Deuce-to-Seven (in development; Feature Drama 90 mins)

Script by Andi Reiss

Set within a seedy Coventry Club and Casino, this is a story of ambiguous interplay, exploitation, violence and sexuality that occurs between a young woman and her stepfather. Izzy works the reception, the club having been recently acquired by Archie, her step father. The place has been a cover for criminal activities, however Archie is keen to change its reputation, and re-create the club with a fresh, corporate identity. In her early twenties, and still discovering her sexuality, Izzy is devastated when she discovers that her brother, Ivo has been involved in a poker syndicate and has run up debts of over £100,000.

In an attempt to help her brother, Izzy approaches Archie for advice, but financial assistance comes with its own price, with the seemingly puritanical proprietor suggesting he will assist on condition Izzy take part in a series of sexual encounters. The Tempter or the Tempted, who sins most?

This is loosely based upon Shakespeare’s ‘Measure for Measure’, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. 

Script available upon request.

 

Golden Sun, Mister Moon (in development; Feature Drama 90 mins)

Script by Andi Reiss

Twelve year old Isis Cadabra suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentoseum, an inherited condition characterised by an extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet rays from sunlight. A chance encounter on the ‘Based Upon A True Dream’ website, brings Isis in touch with Robert, a twelve year boy living at the Shingwellwish Children’s hospital in the highlands of Scotland. Under the supervision of Doctor Zish, Shingwellwish has been at the forefront of CP diagnosis and treatment for over 60 years. It offers many therapies and interventions that can improve the function of children with this condition.  However, with the ever present shortage of funding, Doctor Zish is struggling to keep the residential clinic open.

Yet, the picturesque highland town holds a secret, and the Gypsy Camp, a subarea of the local reservoir, is a storehouse of mythic power. Our protagonists, with nothing but a minibus and a handful of hope, find themselves on a road trip to the highlands. They become inducted into the pools magical healing secrets, originally indivisible from nature itself.

Taking it’s inspiration from real characters and ancient healing miracles based upon stories of the 6th century apostle Saint Mungo, GOLDEN SUN. MISTER MOON is a children’s fantasy adventure, with hints of the supernatural adding a numinous element to what is essentially a story set in consensus reality.

Download Script here:- Golden Sun. Mr Moon

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