Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.
Statement from Evan Viera (Director)
CALDERA is inspired by my father’s struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that’s invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.
“She is already transforming. Her skin is glowing, falling apart, and pieces of her shirt are floating weightlessly in the air. She looks down at herself splitting apart at the seams.
Light pours out of her and collects inbetween her extended hands.”
– SCRIPT EXCERPT