Mumpsimus & Halcyon
Follow the five steps below to get the most out of your UnLonely Film Festival experience!
Step 1: Watch the film.
Filmmaker Rolf Klein draws on his personal experiences of mental health and homelessness to challenge perceptions in the media in his short film.
About the FIlmmaker
Rolf Klein is a first-time filmmaker who wants to use his short film to challenge understandings of mental health issues and homelessness.
Did you set out to explore loneliness in your film and if so, what prompted this focus?
I think loneliness in going through various issues is part of the subjects that I’ve covered in my film.
Alternately, did you recognize a theme of loneliness as your project developed?
I thought loneliness, even when surrounded by other people, was an overriding theme that was there from the beginning and a story to be heard.
What do you hope UnLonely Film Festival audiences, trying to make sense of loneliness and isolation and navigate a path forward, take from your film?
People who view the film may gather a sense of the levels of loneliness dealt with in the subjects that I’ve covered, and which may often be overlooked in everyday society. I’ve offered a slightly more practical approach to bridging these gaps towards the end which could hopefully increase awareness about making some change.
Step 2: Explore these things after watching the film.
- How did the filmmaker’s depiction of self-doubt and psychological distress resonate with you?
- Do you agree with the narrator’s position that the media is responsible for negative depictions of the homeless? Can you remember the last news story you read about a homeless person? How knowledgeable do you feel you are about the causes of homelessness in your specific community?
- What did you think about the chalk-drawn backdrops behind the main character on the street? Did they help underscore the severity of homelessness? Or did you connect with them in a different way?
- What does a bad moment look like for you? Drawing on the filmmaker’s impressionistic depiction in the coffee shop, how can you artistically represent a moment of internal turmoil through sound? What should the sound be like: loud and violent? Quiet and unnerving? Or some other mix? Once you have an idea what you’re going for, play with Ableton Live Lite 9 (free for PCs & Macs), GarageBand (free for Macs), or other music creation software to create a one to two-minute soundscape that captures the moment. Now, fade out the turmoil and mix in the crescendo of calm and soothing sounds.
- How far away are you from being homeless? Write about or sketch the scenarios it would take for you to be homeless. How many unlucky events would it take? Now go a step further: What and who would your safety net look like? What can you do differently today to provide more security for yourself?
- If you were homeless, what are the five most prized possessions that you would want someone to keep for you? Fill a piece of paper with large rectangular picture frames—some vertical, others horizontal, some of the frames could be drawn with ornate detail while others can be ordinary frames. Imagine if the piece of paper was a wall that was being hung with paintings, gallery style. Inside each drawn frame, sketch your prized object. Looking at these objects together, isolated within their frames, does it offer a composite portrait of you? What do these objects say about you?
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Step 3: Join in the conversation about the film.
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