Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories Film

by Jason King in Somerset, United Kingdom

We did it
On 1st March 2024 we successfully raised £1,238 with 47 supporters in 42 days

We are raising funds to take the documentary film Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories to various film festivals and promote it.

by Jason King in Somerset, United Kingdom

      See Trailer Below!

 The Project

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Hi There!

We are Jason King (filmmaker) and Jack Greenwood (Artist) and we are here to raise funds to get the 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' film out into the the world.

We appreciate your donation no matter how small. Even if you can't donate at this point please see below how you can help in other ways, under the title Ways You Can Help.

'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' is a documentary done in an unusual style that explores the stories behind a series of 21 paintings by Jack Greenwood.

Each painting depicts a point from Jack's life that impacted him in some way.

The film is roughly 70mins long and explores themes such as growing up in poverty in the 1970's & 80's, struggles with mental health, self harm, addiction and how art has helped to come to terms with such things and find peace.

At the beginning there was no particular plan to highlight such issues, but as the documentary naturally evolved, because of the subject matter in each painting, we found that we opened up to each other in talking about mental health.

 Men discussing mental health is often a difficult thing but just as we found ourselves talking about it, we hope this film shines a light on such subjects. It is a daunting thing to put such personal stories out into the world but if it starts discussions on the matter then it's worth it.

The film is also a testament to how art can be a real help in personal exploration and improving mental health.

We hope you enjoy. 

Trailer

 We feel the film conveys an intriguing message not only about how important art is for people from all backgrounds but it is also a very personal human story that we want to share with the world.

One of the main principles of Jason's film making is getting people to reflect on their lives and the shared feelings we have and how that connects us. So although the stories explored in the film are very personal ones, they are also universal ones in their essence.

Who We Are

Jason King

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Since graduating from Newport Film School Wales in 1999 I have successfully set up and ran a production company ‘Those People Productions‘ and a community interest company Hearthstone Ways. I have produced a number of short films with funding from the Arts Council Wales.  Many of the films were nominated for a number of awards including shortlisted for a Bafta Cymru.

I  have directed several lottery funded Short Films that have been broadcast and screened on TV and cinemas around the world.

I was awarded a large sum of money to write my first feature film and went on to be selected to attend the ‘Berlin Talent campus‘ as one of the best “Up and Coming” filmmakers of the world.

I was selected as one of twenty-five UK filmmakers to be awarded a professional mentor, as part of the ‘Guiding Lights‘ scheme. My mentor was Christopher Hampton who still guides me.

Currently I work as a freelance filmmaker and photographer working with local companies and art organisations, providing promotional and training films.

I wrote and directed my first feature ‘Bad Company‘ which was screened at a number of       international festivals and won two awards at the Crystal Palace film festival – ‘Best Feature Film’ & ‘Best in Festival’

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Jack Greenwood

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I'm a painter who works in acrylic paint.

I sometimes take inspiration from my strange and troubled past and how that affects my present day to day existence. Other times I paint what's around me and try to find beauty even in the mundane.

Themes in my work include struggles with mental health, addiction, the idea of feeling alien in this world and what it means to come to terms with those difficulties in an attempt to find peace.

Although dark themes can run through my work, there is usually a sense of humour present as that is a coping mechanism I use in life that I like to see reflected in my art.

I'll be happy to leave behind a body of work that expresses what it was like to experience life in this body on this planet at this time from my point of view.

I have work in homes in Canada, across the U.S.A, in Spain, Switzerland, Australia and around England.

I've had my work shown in various exhibitions including the ING Discerning Eye exhibition 2022 & 2023 and the Evolver Magazine top 50 exhibition 2022 and 2023

You can see all the paintings in the 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' series and read more at  jackgreenwoodart.com

How The Project Began

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Jason had this to say:

It was at a vibrant community arts event, where artistic souls and good intentions collided, that I met Jack. He was weaving magic with his brush, capturing the essence of life in every stroke, while I held the keys to a confessional booth, a receptacle for the town's hopes and dreams to be poured into a film for the council's eyes.

Jack's paintings were an instant portal to his world. The raw emotions, the unfiltered beauty, it all resonated with a chord deep within me. I had to know more about the artist behind the canvas. So, I approached him, a documentary proposal bubbling in my mind, laced with a playful twist, a Lynchian quirk mirroring the unsettling brilliance in his work.

To my delight, Jack not only embraced the idea but revealed a shared reverence for unusual filmmaking. It became our common language, a canvas upon which to build conversations, confessions, and a potential documentary.

And then came the serendipity. Jack was on the cusp of unveiling a deeply personal series: 21 paintings reflecting his life growing up on a Bradford estate, grappling with mental health battles like alcoholism and self-harm. It was a raw, unflinching narrative waiting to be told, and with it, our documentary found its beating heart.

Over a series of unconventional adventures, we met, we filmed, we laughed, we cried. We delved into the depths of Jack's world, his art, his struggles, his triumphs, all woven together in a tapestry of cinematic storytelling.

This wasn't just a documentary; it was a testament to the healing power of art, the transformative magic of human connection, and the unwavering resilience of the human spirit. It was a story born from a chance encounter, fuelled by shared passions, and brought to life through the raw, unflinching strokes of a remarkable artist named Jack Greenwood.

Ways You Can Help

We really appreciate any donations no matter how small but there are other ways you can help even if you can't afford to donate.

Spread the word! If you know of anyone who loves art or film please let them know about our project, the more people that know the more likely we are to reach our goal.

Share everywhere! It would be such a great help to us if you could share our project page on your socials. Also sharing our trailer either from our Facebook or from YouTube will help to generate interest, it would mean a lot to us.

Visiting our Socials and following, commenting and/or liking and sharing, this increases visibility and is also a great help to us. Doing any or all of the above can have a massive impact on helping this film to get out into the world so thank you if you can help us in this way.

What We Hope To Achieve

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The film is almost at completion phase but now we need help for various costs:

To hire someone to finish the sound mix, to enter film festivals, to show the film at the festivals, promotional costs and streaming services costs.

Jason has taken films to festivals in the past with great success, winning awards and he is confident that this will do well.

We made the film with no budget and both put a lot of our time and energy into producing something which we feel completely proud of.

We are offering lots of incentives including exclusive products, merchandise and one off artworks donated by Jack to help fund the film so please donate what you can no matter how small and just as importantly please spread the word and pass on the information to anyone who you may know who has interest in helping to promote art and film.

We really appreciate any help you can give us. 

We thank you very sweetly.

We are so excited to share our film with you and the world.

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Rewards

All rewards include a link to see the film, 

Jack donated lot's of artwork and memorabilia to help fund the film. The letters included in the rewards reveal secrets behind the paintings.

More rewards images will be added. Also check our Facebook page for updates and exclusive videos.

Check out Rewards on right of page for descriptions or click the rewards tab if you are on your mobile.

You can see larger images of all the paintings on Jack's website jackgreenwoodart.com

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'Hurry boy it's waiting there for you'

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'Modern Mountain Rescue'

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'Protection Bottle'

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'Breakfast with Bella'

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'Little Helper'

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T- Shirts available in men and women's styles as part of rewards.1706096249_collector_postcards_edited.jpg

 Collectors signed 

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Nora's Empty bed sketch  Watching Out For Dad's Taxi

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 Music Meditation          Test Card

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 Morning Coffee      Charlie & Naga

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Awrigh' Chief!           Sobor Life (walking Meditation)

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  Nora's Empty Bed            80 Winks

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 Something's Gotta Give Letting Go

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 Cig Break  We Enjoyed Our Time Together

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  Hunting For A Midnight Snack Diptych 

The paintings from the 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' series.

Whether you buy an original painting or a print, the thank you letter that comes with it reveals secret insights behind the work.

You can view larger images and titles of paintings at jackgreenwoodart.com

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£1,200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1200 Reward Painting From The film + more! 1)

Your choice of 1 of the original 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' series paintings from the film framed. First come first served on choices. Delivered anywhere free. see reward pics at bottom of page. See 2) for more choices 1 pack of 21 signed postcards featuring all the paintings from the series. Handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood. T-shirt Your name credited as 'Executive Producer' in film

£3 or more

£3 Reward See the film first!

A link to watch the film as soon as funding period is complete. See it first!

£7 or more

£7 Reward See the film first & Special Thank You!

Link to watch the film first. Special Thank You, we will give you a shout out thanks in our thank you video.

£20 or more

£20 Reward See Film First, Name In film Credits.

Your name in the credits under supporters! A link to watch the film first. Links sent out at end of Crowdfunding period.

£25 or more

4 of 20 claimed

£25 Reward T-Shirt and more

A 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories T-shirt. See rewards pics at bottom of page for design and size chart. We'll ask what size you want when Crowdfunder is complete. Link to see the film first as soon as Crowdfunding period is complete. Credit on the film under 'supporters'

£40 or more

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£40 Painting 'Breakfast with Bella' and more!

Original one off tiny painting 'Breakfast with Bella' 10 by 10cm Acrylic on board repurposed charity shop frame. See reward pics at bottom of page. Free delivery. A link to see the film once crowdfunding period is complete. A thank you letter from Jack Name in credits under supporters.

£50 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward Exclusive signed postcards and more!

A Pack of 21 signed A6 postcards of the paintings featured in the film with a handwritten thank you note from Jack Greenwood. A video will soon be up showing this exclusive postcard set on our Facebook also see rewards pics at bottom of page. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits of the film under supporters.

£50 or more

£50 Reward Signed Giclee Print and more!

1 giclee print on high quality archival paper of your choice of any of the paintings featured in the film signed by Jack Greenwood roughly 40 by 30cm (this depends on ratio of painting chosen). See reward pics at bottom of page. A special handwritten thank you note written by Jack Greenwood. A link to See the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under supporters.

£75 or more

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£75 Painting 'Protection Bottle' and More!

Original one off painting by Jack Greenwood Title 'Protection Bottle' Acrylic on canvas board 5 by 7inches Free delivery. Framed See reward pics at bottom of project page. A Thank you letter from Jack with insights behind painting. A link to see the film as soon as crowdfunding period is over. Name in Credits under supporters.

£75 or more

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£65 Painting 'Modern Mountain Rescue' and more!

Original one off painting by Jack Greenwood 'Modern Mountain Rescue' Acrylic on paper, Framed 25 by 10cm delivered free. A link to see the film as soon as crowdfunding period is over. A thank you letter from Jack Greenwood. Your name in the credits of the film under supporters.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£120 Reward 'Music Meditation' Painting + more.

A one off original 20by20cm Acrylic on canvas painting by Jack Greenwood, signed by the artist. Free delivery anywhere. Title 'Music Meditation' see rewards pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you note from Jack Greenwood. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits of the film under supporters.

£120 or more

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£120 Reward Morning Coffee painting and more!

A one off original painting by Jack Greenwood 20 by 20cm acrylic on canvas, signed. Delivered anywhere free. Title 'Morning Coffee' see reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you note from Jack Greenwood. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under 'A Special Thank You To'

£130 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£130 Reward Charlie & Naga painting and more!

A one off original painting by Jack Greenwood, 20 by 20cm acrylic on canvas, signed. Delivered anywhere free. Title 'Charlie & Naga' see reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you note from Jack Greenwood. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under 'A Special Thank You To'

£150 or more

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£150 Painting 'Hurry Boy...' and more!

Original one off painting 'Hurry Boy it's waiting there for you' Acrylic on canvas 12 by 8inch, Free delivery. see reward pics at bottom of page. A link to see the film as soon as Crowdfunding period is over. A thank you letter from Jack Your name in film credits under 'A special Thank you to'

£180 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£180 Reward 'Awrigh Chief' painting and more.

Original framed small painting on board by Jack Greenwood. delivered anywhere free. Title 'Awrigh Chief' see reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood saying a little about the painting. link to see film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Name on credits under special thank you.

£190 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£190 Reward Walking Meditation painting and more!

A one of original painting 30 by 30cm canvas on board framed by Jack Greenwood, signed. free delivery anywhere. Title 'Sober Life: Walking Meditation' see reward pics at bottom of page. A link to see film first as crowdfunding period is complete. A handwritten than you letter from Jack Greenwood Your name in credits under 'Special Thank You To'

£250 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£250 Reward Nora's Empty Bed painting and more!

A one off original framed painting in acrylic on canvas board by Jack Greenwood. signed by artist. 40 by 30cm Title 'Nora's Empty Bed' see reward pics at bottom of page. Hand written thank you letter with story behind painting. A link to see film first as crowdfunding period is complete. Your names in the credits under 'Special Thank You To'

£280 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£280 Reward 80 Winks painting and more!

A one off original painting 30 by 30cm Acrylic on canvas board framed. Signed by artist. Title '80 Winks' see reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood A link to see the film first as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under 'Special Thank You To'

£330 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£330 Reward Somethings Gotta... painting and more!

An original painting by Jack Greenwood 30 by 40cm Acrylic on canvas, signed. Free delivery anywhere. Title 'Something's Gotta Give' See reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood A link to see the film first as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under 'Special Thank You To'

£330 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£330 Reward Letting Go painting and more!

A one off original painting by Jack Greenwood 40 by 30cm acrylic on canvas, signed. Free delivery anywhere. Title 'Letting Go' see reward pics at bottom of page. A link to see the film first as crowdfunding period is complete. A Handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood. Your name in the credits under 'Special Thank You To'

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward 'Cig Break' painting and more!

Otiginal painting 40 by 30cm acrylic on canvas board by Jack Greenwood, framed, signed. Free delivery anywhere. Title 'Cig Break' see reward pics at bottom of page. link to see film first as crowdfunding period is complete. A handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood Thank you in credits under 'Special Thanks to'

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward We Enjoyed.... painting and more!

A one off original acrylic painting by Jack Greenwood signed by the artist. 75 by 39cm Framed, free delivery anywhere. Title 'We Enjoyed Our Time Together' see rewards pics at bottom of page. This featured in The Black Swan Arts Open 2022 A hand written thank you with story behind the painting. A link to see the film first as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under 'A special thank you to'

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Sketchbook

One off exclusive sketchbook featuring initial sketches for all paintings in the series alongside handwritten story outlines for all the paintings. A video will be posted on Facebook to show this. 2 X Giclee prints, your choice which to painting to get prints of. 21 postcard pack featuring all the paintings. Handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood. Link to see film first Your name in the credits under 'A special thank you to'

£1,200 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£1200 Reward Painting From The Film & More 2)

Your choice of 1 of the original 'Strange & Sometimes Troubled Memories' series paintings from the film framed. First come first served on choices. Delivered anywhere free. see reward pics at bottom of page. See part 1) for more options 1 pack of 21 signed postcards featuring all the paintings from the series. Handwritten thank you letter from Jack Greenwood. T-shirt Your name credited as 'Executive Producer' in film

£35 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£35 Reward Little Sketch Painting, letter and more

An 18 by 12cm small rough sketch painting. This was the preliminary sketch for a painting called 'Nora's Empty Bed' by Jack Greenwood. See rewards pics at bottom of page. A hand written letter telling the story behind the sketch. A link to see the film first, links sent out as soon as Crowdfunding period is complete. Your name on the film credits under supporters.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 'Little Helper' painting and more.

A one off original tiny painting by Jack Greenwood. Free delivery. Acrylic on paper 13 by 13cm framed and signed by the artist. See reward pics at bottom of page. A link to see the film once crowdfunding period is over. A special thank you letter from Jack. Name in credits under supporters.

£40 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£40 Painting 'Getting Ready' and more

One off, Original tiny painting 'Small Moments: Getting Ready at the B&B' signed by Jack, free delivery anywhere. 10 by 10cm Acrylic on board repurposed Charity shop frame. See Reward pics at bottom of project page. A thank you letter from Jack. A link to see the film once crowdfunding is over. Name in credits under supporters.

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£120 Reward (Watching Out For...) painting + more!

A one off original 20 by 20cm Acrylic on canvas painting by Jack Greenwood. Signed by the artist. Free Delivery anywhere. Title 'Watching Out For Dad's Taxi' See the painting in reward pics at bottom of page. A Handwritten letter from Jack which tells the story behind the painting. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the film credits under supporters

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

£120 Reward Test Card painting and more!

An original painting by Jack Greenwood 20 by 20cm acrylic on canvas, signed. Delivered anywhere free. Title 'Test Card Jack' See reward pics at bottom of page. A handwritten thank you note from Jack Greenwood. A link to see the film first as soon as crowdfunding period is complete. Your name in the credits under supporters.

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