Remember when we posted the awesomeness that is The Cat Man (L’Homme Chat)? Well, this isn’t about that man. It’s about the man who made the short documentary on L’Homme Chat, Paul Trillo.
We loved the documentary because it showed Bela Erdai, the self proclaimed cat man, in a thoughtful and respectful light. The man performs on the streets of France with his beautiful cats, and while Mr Trillo could have just shown us some weird and funny moments about a street performer – possibly a crazy man or a vagrant, he didn’t. He showed us the man behind the cats. The artist, who is married and lives with his wife and various animals, got to say his piece, and we got to look inside the life of someone who doesn’t dance to the same beat as the rest of us, a true individual who has found his way to express himself, and share something with the world.
Paul Trillo’s latest film is called Happy Birthday, Mr Bracewell. The new project, a dramedy, is new project is a story about a lonely, disorganized life insurance salesman who experiences anxiety and paranoia surrounding his 65th birthday. His drab, messy office and equally uninspiring apartment is not the future Bracewell envisioned for himself. He fears growing older as much as he has anxiety of the past.
Reminiscent of Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape, Mr Bracewell revisits his past on his birthday. Except this time, he has bizarre time hallucinations, of which he tells to his taxidermy parakeet, Montague, that time is moving backwards. The dead bird is of little help.
Amplifying his time perception dilemma, he meets his long lost half brother, Peter, who has apparently built a working time machine that is fueled by memories. The catch is it only lasts for 5 minutes at a time.
Bracewell volunteers and enters the memory time machine. We revisit his birthday three years prior, the day his wife left him. Bracewell watches his life on a TV screen before he is ejected back into a harsh reality. However, not everything we’ve seen is to be believed. Bracewell discovers a truth about himself in an elaborate scheme of lies.
This sounds great, doesn’t it? We know the only animal in it is a taxidermy parakeet, but that’s okay. That’s enough of a connection to get onto here, especially since he made The Cat Man documentary.
Paul Trillo is raising money to fund the film, and you can donate (it’s really cheap, and how cool would it be to be part of the film in such a way?) by clicking here and heading on over to kickstarter for all the details.
And head on over to Haute or Not Pets to read more about it!