Christopher Shoust’s documentary film ‘Darkness’ premiered on Thursday March 3,2016 at The Fishbowl Festival, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The Fishbowl Festival features local artists, musicians and filmmakers, with The Gore Street Cafe playing host for the venue. Christopher is a local artist, musician and filmmaker, who was chosen as a recipient for ‘The Rising Star Award 2013′ at The International Film Festival.
A very full house packed the Gore Street Cafe, with standing room only available, as folks turned out for the premier of `Darkness’, which took 2 1/2 years and $2,500.00 to make. Chris’s parents were in the audience as well.
‘The documentary is a journey into the darkness of the mind and stars the filmmaker as the subject of this psychological investigation. Using both super8 film and video it is a brooding journey from desperation to madness and back again.’
It is the first feature from the maker of super8 film shorts, ‘Victoria to Vancouver’ (2012), ‘Skate Renegade’ (2013), ‘Vortex: a silkscreeening documentary’ (2013), America Dreamt (2014) and ‘Nude Pretending a Bear’s Safe’ (2015).
Christopher Shoust, Dip. J, BFA (honours) has exhibited his art across Canada. ‘Darkness’, is his 7th film. He is part of the Laguna Art Group and the New York Art Group, and is represented by ‘Artailer’ for his flatwork. He is also a published author with his first novel, ‘The Beggar’, released in November, 2013.
Filmed in Sault Ste. Marie, Batchewana and Garden River locations, ‘Darkness’ pulls the viewer into the restlessness of a person motivated to find human existential meaning in and amongst the clouds and fog of mental illness.
Chris describes the documentary as “Heavy. It deals with mental health issues, but it is important to know that there is light at the end of the movie.” ‘Darkness’ can also be called brave. The theme of walking, pacing, creates a parallel journey where the viewer can feel the restless spirit that moves the subject of the film, Christopher Shoust. An open door, down a steep set of stairs leading (presumably) to the outside world, offers a lens through which a person might understand the exhaustion of trying to decide, whether to enter or retreat from that same world.
Chris consulted with an advisory board while making the film which included local art curators, members of the general public, and the local mental health community.
The 55 min feature ‘Darkness’ was shown with a selection of local shorts by filmmakers Glo Burns, Mike Gingrass, and Chandra Barnett.
‘The goal of this festival is to support and promote the development of community led events in downtown Sault Ste Marie, contributing to the holistic well-being of the city and its citizens. A variety of individuals and organizations have come together to organize and present these events, ranging from laundromat concerts to art classes, workshops, film screenings, and culinary events. From February 20th to March 20th more than 40 events will take place as part of the festival in various venues across the city, with Gore Street Cafe at 164 Gore Street acting as the main venue and festival hub.’ (https://gorestreetcafe.wordpress.com)
Christopher’s novel ‘The Beggar’ is available through Black Rose Writing. Signed copies are available on eBay or a regular copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other fine online booksellers across the world.
For more about Christopher Shoust visit: www.chrisshoust.com
To find out more about the Fishbowl Festival, which continues until March 20th,2016, check out The Gore Street Cafe at: https://www.facebook.com
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