Below is a part of the treatment for the film which we are gathering funding for. Being close to a slippery slope of drug use my self and having friends who are in a similar position, this film will have a close connection to me. I decided to try and relay a message of how bad an effect taking drugs can have, i decided to make a film about it to try and pass this message on visually. But before i can do that, i have to gather funding to give the film the justice it deserves.
The link to my Crowdfunder:
Logline: The past sits back and smiles, knowing tomorrow was created yesterday
Premise: Piano man is a powerful and emotive drama that tells a horrible tale of life repeating itself.
It follows a man who has grown up around drug abuse and addiction while having to live with the grief of his mother’s early death by heroin overdose.
It touches on the raw and disgusting life of being a heroin addict and the challenge of living a normal existence outside its perils.
Combing a talented musician with a man who is regrettably addicted to heroin, it will show someone who has loads of potential but is held back by his addiction.
Taking the blues type look of the film “Ray” and mixing it with the raw visual scenes of “Trainspotting”, Piano man will strike us as a film lost in translation between the two worlds.
Johny Ray, is a man full of musical talent as he performs at his local blues bar, taking a seat at the same piano he has sat at for years. A much-loved character but a quiet, cool and subdued man who holds a secret from his audience. It feels like Groundhog Day as he performs a song he has written called `Diablos Lair`. Looking into the crowd, he hallucinates and watches a younger version of himself, interweaving between tables as the words of the song bring him back to a painful memory from his childhood. At the bar, is a music producer who watches keenly on the performance. After the song is over the music producer offers Johny Ray a deal he’s been searching for since a late teen and inevitably, will change his life forever.
He leaves the club and enters his other life, a drug den and greets his best pal, Billy. After Johny explains what has just happened, they decide to have one more hit. That hit will be his last as his flirtation with death comes to an end. As he slips away we turn to a sitting room as we see young Johny Ray’s Mom sitting cold on a seat with a needle sticking out her arm. We also see older Johny Ray sitting, deceased beside her, while young Johny runs out the room. But it’s Groundhog Day as we are sent back to behind the stage at the blues club, where Johny prepares to perform.
Hence the story tells of how life can have an unfortunate occurrence of repeating itself.
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