Falling to Pieces but Finding Balance

Last week I was at the Kickstarter Film Festival in Brooklyn with my friend Dana Jacoviello and we were enjoying the films, food, as well as the surrounding neighborhood when FATE literally jumped in. We were walking through the crowd when we were approached by Cristina Marques about a new film project by Elisabeth Jamison and Chris Connolly called “Falling to Pieces“. The film is a short comedy about the universal theme of grief and it’s effect on us.

I was so thrilled to meet Elisabeth, Chris, and Cristina and honored that they spent so much time with us to discuss the film, social media, life, filmmaking, and so much more. It was truly the highlight of a wonderful night experiencing many different films but very special because I got to see firsthand how passionate they all were about their project. I, of course, had to ask if they would allow me to do a little interview so I could bring the story to all of you.

In researching more on the film, I read Elisabeth’s blog and came across this gem:

“There is something deeply beautiful about the place that we find ourselves when everything else has failed and we can’t pretend anymore.  We know that not only do we not have the answers, we barely have the questions.  It is the place where we give up our excuses and possibly even our responsibility…. We finally get that we are not driving this car and if we were, we’ve driven it off a cliff, so our driving skills are no longer applicable anyway.  We better just pray.”

I do encourage you to visit her blog to read more about the film, more about Elisabeth, and more about her life. I also encourage you to visit the Kickstarter Page for “Falling to Pieces” to give a donation if you can. Check out the perks, I’m sure you will find something interesting at a comfortable level for you to contribute. Trust me, there is something satisfying about helping someone to make a film, especially one that will help so many others. You can also head over to “like” their Facebook Page to find out even more!

Here is an official description of the film:

“When a young widow seeks out her dead husband’s organ recipients, each meeting is more hilariously disastrous than the last.”

I hope you enjoy my interview with Elisabeth as much as I enjoyed doing it!

Q: Falling to Pieces is a film about the universal theme of loss. What have you learned about others and how they handle loss so far?

EJ: It is super cliché but everyone handles grief differently. That being said, the universals seem to be that it comes in waves and that when you are going through it, you feel like only those who have experienced it themselves understand…

Q: Have you found that the film resonates with people and helps them open up to you?  

EJ: We have had wonderful feedback particularly from those who have gone through losing someone they loved. One person told me it hit close to home. Another said she could have used this film when both her husband and daughter died within a span of a year and a half.  Another who lost her father recently said on her FB page, “Our family, like many of yours, has had our share of grief in recent months and I am definitely excited to see a funny twist to a sad topic!”

Q: The idea to make the film a dramedy rather than a straight up drama is something I think will make it even more relatable. Do you find that comedy helps in dealing with stress, depression, and sadness?

EJ: Laughter is a true healing tool. It changes our body chemistry.  And when you get down to it, there is nothing more powerful than love, friendship, & laughter (maybe with a little wine thrown in).

Q: In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing Indie artists and projects today? Has it gotten easier as time has gone on and people have become more familiar with crowd-funding? 

EJ: The joy of community is amazing. The ease in which to crowd-fund is astounding.  You don’t have to snail mail letters and hope your distant uncle writes you a check, he can jump on KS and do it seamlessly and you can watch it in real time.  So it levels the playing field & gives you instant feedback in terms of if your project and message resonates. It creates community in the EXACT moment we have all begun to lose that feeling… of being able to ask your neighbor for a cup of sugar or to watch your kids. The internet is great for information but not always for creating real community. More people feel lonely than ever before… Crowdfunding is different.  There is nothing more touching than having a stranger or your friend or family member believe in you and/or your project so much that they donate money to it.  It is incredibly humbling.  The last few weeks have filled us with such gratitude and awe.  Every donation (big or small) is a little miracle in and of itself.

That being said… that just means that there are MORE indie films out there. ;)

Q: The entertainment industry has changed so much in recent years. With these changes, fans and audience members are able to voice their opinions in ways they never have before. Do you think filmmakers enjoy the same privilege by being more accessible to their audience? 

EJ: I’m not sure whether it is good or bad, but we certainly can get feedback instantaneously.

Q: Where can we find out more about the film online?  

EJ: Facebook and KS link will keep being updated with announcements of cast and crew.

Q: What have you learned about yourself through the process of making this film?

EJ: I’ve learned that my dream of always collaborating & creating art with my very talented friends was a good one:  A really good one.  This is home.

Also … there is never enough time or money. ;)  

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