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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.
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
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’
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
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
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.
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
'Hurry boy it's waiting there for you'
'Modern Mountain Rescue'
'Breakfast with Bella'
T- Shirts available in men and women's styles as part of rewards.
Nora's Empty bed sketch Watching Out For Dad's Taxi
Music Meditation Test Card
Morning Coffee Charlie & Naga
Awrigh' Chief! Sobor Life (walking Meditation)
Nora's Empty Bed 80 Winks
Something's Gotta Give Letting Go
Cig Break We Enjoyed Our Time Together
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