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Project Ion

A famous Hollywood filmmaker keeps his darkest secrets by projecting them onto others.

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I’ve long been fascinated with the artistic process and how mankind has used it to create fantasy worlds, document history, relive memories, find catharsis, and/or analyze a personal or social issue. Some artists use their work as a conduit to expose truths about themselves. Others use their work to blatantly hide from truth. The main character, HE, in “Project Ion” is struggling with the creation of his new screenplay. He has a big secret that’s making him miserable and his whole life a sham. Should he “write what he knows”, or put nothing of his real self in this new project…just be “business as usual”? What would the consequences be if he were to expose his truths? How would those closest to him react? In just one morning’s writing session, he plays out his deepest secret and greatest fears.
The “buttoned-up” look for HE, his “commute” to work (from his house to backyard!), and HE’s writing “costume” are all tips of the hat to the Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist/short story writer John Cheever who definitely struggled with how much of himself he should share with the world.
surreal hollywood celebrity




Copyright © 2008 Dawn Westlake/ron De Cana Productions, Inc.

Previous screenings

5 Jul – 11 Jul | Ischia, Italy

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