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TURNED TO THE SUN
 
TURNED TO THE SUN
 
East Coast Premiere

Director: Keith Kopp

United States, 2018, 3min
Format: Digital (screening) - 2k (shooting)
Festival Year: 2019
Category: Short Narrative
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Cast:  Gemma Reynolds , Ben Nash , William Bull
Crew:  Producers: Laurence Guy - Screenwriters: Laurence Guy
Email:  koppkeithyahoo.com

synopsis
Ben is janitor who is running away from his past as a soldier. He finds himself entangled in a metaphorical fight with his young self for the fate of his future. Can he break the chains of his trauma to live freely or forever be overshadowed by his demons?

director
Keith Wilhelm Kopp is an award-winning film director from the Pacific Northwest of America who is based in Southwest England (Bath). He spent five years of his youth in the military figuring out that he was more suited for the film industry than the grunt life. This experience led him to become interested in the themes relating to trauma and how characters are either compelled to overcome or be destroyed by these experiences. His short films have screened in film festivals globally and on Sky in the UK. He was selected for the 2015 Creative England/ British Film Institute South West Talent Module. He is currently developing his first feature film and is trying to break into directing television.
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filmmaker's note
I made Turned to the Sun because I was interested in how PTSD and mental health affects a person occupation, and their ability to form relationships. Victor our protagonist is a janitor in this beautiful heritage building and he works there because this is the only place that he can be left alone to fights his demons. His dreams of dancing and having a relationship with Jill put him a final fracas with his younger self. I wanted to explore these themes with dance and poetry, mixed in with the narrative. The story is loosely based on my own experience as a young soldier and my transition back to the real world. Turned to the Sun is the final instalment in a loose trilogy between myself and writer Laurence Guy about 'The Soldier's Journey.'

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