Local music fans may be familiar with The Golden Sounds, the brainchild of musician and songwriter Todd Evans. In September, I wrote a Critics' Pick about the latest Golden Sounds album, The Fireflies Were Right. I'm a fan.
Evans is starring in a new film by Seth Christian called Discover Kasper, and he also contributed some of the music. From the Kickstarter page:
This is a story of a guy who's bitter. He's bored. He's a little "off." And, even though he longs to, he can't seem to find himself.
There are many short films out there about "identity", "discovery" or a sense of belonging, but there are 2 qualities about this film that are unique. The first is the character study. Kasper has Asperger's Syndrome and OCD. Which does not make any generalizations about these conditions, its simply a part of who Kasper is. He's desperate, and he goes to the extreme of trying to create a friendship in a stuffed animal, only to discover a truth about himself.
Secondly, even though there have been a few films out there involving a stuffed animal friendship scenario or similar, this character is not animated. He is a real stuffed animal firefly named Loki that was custom made for the film who becomes an objective catalyst through Kasper's journey—but the battle is all in Kasper's mind. Its whimsical, audacious and melancholy.
Fireflies. I'm sensing a recurring theme here.
The Kickstarter campaign ends Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 1:22 p.m. Central Time. They're still a fair bit shy of the $5,000 goal, so if you feel motivated, get in there before it's too late!