Published Jan 13, 2016Fans of Canadian experimental music and film take note — director Mitchell Stafiej has a new feature-length project in the works, and it features some of Canada's most interesting musicians.
The film is called A, and it stars Alex Zhang Hungtai (Last Lizard, Dirty Beaches) and Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy) alongside members of Femminielli, Maica Mia and Petra Glynt.
In A, Hungtai plays Konrad, a musician who goes on a seven-day bender as he tries to finish a new album. Thematically, we're told that it shows us the real-life nightmare that comes with alcoholism and mental health issues.
"I don't mean to shock for the sake of shock," Stafiej said in a press release. "Through all of my films, I work tirelessly to portray a very specific truth that I understand and care about deeply. This truth is usually related to suburbia, youth issues and mental health.
"There have been so few works that accurately depict what it feels like to be in an alcoholic bender; the fear, the chaos, and the complete lack of control," he continued. "I wanted to create a piece that truly depicts this shocking and nightmarish insanity."
A was shot in Montreal in the fall of 2015. Now, Stafiej is seeking funds for post-production over on IndieGogo. Incentives for your donations include everything from rare, limited vinyl records to an invite to the film's premiere. Check it out here.