Please click the link below to learn more about my second feature film, Lost Division.
1/3 of Lost Division is already shot. Lots of great footage is up on the fund-raising page. We just need funds to finish this film! Please help by making a tax-deductible contribution or by getting the word out to others. Thanks for your continued support!
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1/3 of Lost Division is already shot. We are seeking funds to finish the film
10 or so years ago, my next door neighbor, a veteran, told me about going AWOL in Europe to be with a French woman during WWII. This story stuck with me for several years and was revived upon learning that an estimated 20,000 U.S. soldiers did the same thing in Europe towards the end of the war. This was the starting point for Lost Division, and I felt that approaching this subject from a psychological standpoint, specifically through trauma, was the way to go. My work has always, to some degree, dealt with attempting to recreate certain states of mind on screen, so this seemed like the right project for my second feature.
Lost Division is being shot on super-16mm film. Much care has been put into creating the right textures of image and sound to create the necessary psychological tone. The film follows an army chaplain who’s main duty it is to bury bodies. After a series of horrific events culminating in the burial of his own assistant, the chaplain goes AWOL, meeting up with a soldier with head trauma and a shell-shocked 16mm combat cameraman. As with How the Fire Fell, my first feature, the film will be visually driven with little dialog. Through the various forms of trauma experienced by the characters, themes of loss, longing, heartbreak, and escapism will be explored. The story will unfold in a poetic, dream-like post-traumatic haze. The usual clich�s of the WWII genre will be avoided, giving us a unique approach to an old subject.
The minimum fundraising goal is just enough to cover production costs such as film stock, processing, transfer, wardrobe, props, sets, catering, housing, transportation, equipment rentals, and insurance. Going over the minimum goal will allow me the possibility to better pay my cast and crew for their hard work, as well as to spend more post-production studio time mastering the sound elements. Going all the way up to the maximum goal will afford me the ability to fully promote the film, getting it out to as wide an audience as possible by Fall of 2013, in time for the big Winter festival submission deadlines. These costs are significant and I have set a modest, realistic maximum amount that will allow me to produce and print promo materials, submit to festivals around the world, and travel to these festivals for further promotions.
Thank you so much for taking time to consider this proposal. I hope you can make a donation of any amount, and to help me get the word out to as many people as possible. Please share this page with as many people as possible. I will not be able to finish this film without your help. It is greatly appreciated and immensely helpful.
Edward P. Davee
via Lost Division.
Opens tomorrow 1/27/2012 for a week long run at Seattle’s NW Film Forum.
Tonight at 7pm kicks off a theatrical run at the Darkside Cinema. Next up Seattle.
by Cory Frye of the Corvallis Gazette Times’ Entertainer
“E.P. Davee’s chilling telling of the Bride of Christ Church cult is easily the must-see narrative feature to have emerged from Portland in the past year.” – Portland Mercury
“It was a good year for Northwest Film, and the festival includes some really great features from the region, like How to Die in Oregon, The Wanteds, and How the Fire Fell, all of which should make you proud to live here.” – Portland Mercury Blogtown
“As if peering through a faded memory, How the Fire Fell takes you through a moment of time in a haze of mystery and wonder.” -the NW Film Forum
“”Davee is a passionate filmmaker with a strong, innovative approach. I look forward to his future films. It’s only a matter of time before this director discovers a more seamless way of meshing the story and the telling in his work.” – Eugene Weekly
I’m very excited to be the sole winner of this years OMAF grant. The project I have submitted has received $15,000, which should be enough to cover the costs of shooting on film. Not a bad start!
Here’s a snippet from the official announcement:
This year’s Fellowship recipient is Edward P. Davee, who will receive a cash
award of $15,000 administered by the Northwest Film Center. Davee works for
the audiovisual department of Reed College and is a longtime filmmaker with
several acclaimed short works including Crowfilm (2003), an official selection in
the 30th Northwest Film & Video Festival. His first feature, How The Fire Fell—a
dark, semi-silent telling of the Brides of Christ religious cult active in Corvallis,
Oregon, in 1903—is an official selection of the 38th Northwest Filmmakers’
Festival and will screen at the Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium on Saturday,
November 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Davee’s proposed project for the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship, entitled Lost
Division, will be shot on Super-16mm and follows three AWOL World War II
soldiers, an army chaplain, a shell-shocked 16mm photographer, and an
infantryman as they carefully traverse the dense Hürtgen forest near Belgium
over the course of two days.
According to Finne, “The subject—soldiers reacting to the horrors of war—is
timely, important, and kind of ignored. Also, the project will significantly enhance
the filmmaker’s proven skill level from graphic black and white to subtle color.
And he has the eye to pull it off. There are no doubts about his technical ability
or his level of support. I absolutely love the idea of the photographer
concentrating on beauty—an alternate reality within his reality—making images
to stay sane. I want to see this film.”