Team Nowhere Mind would like to extend a huge Thank You to the Kane County Chronicle for featuring our story. Director Ben Nissen and Producer Katie Clementz had the pleasure of inviting the Chronicle into their apartment for a few quick questions. Check out part of the article below written by Brenda Schory.
Geneva filmmaker seeks support for 1st indie production
Geneva native Ben Nissen is in the home stretch of creating his first independent film, and he is hoping for local financial support in order to finish it.
Using IndieGOGO – similar to Go Fund Me, only for filmmakers—Nissen has raised more than $5,000 toward the $15,000 he needs.
“I wanted to tell my story, my way,” Nissen said. “This is my first feature film and I wanted to be my own boss.” A trailer of the film can be seen by visiting vimeo.com. Nissen said he is in charge of a video team at Groupon – a collection of filmmakers who shoot videos for commercials and marketing. “I have a pretty lengthy history making video and films,” Nissen said. “I went to Columbia College in Chicago for film school.”
A 2001 graduate of Geneva High School, Nissen started the screenplay for his independent film in 2012, featuring “strange ideas” about consciousness.
Called “Nowhere Mind,” Nissen said he was influenced by Robert Monroe, who had an out-of-body experience in the 1950s and wrote a book about it: “Journeys out of the Body.”
The experience is also known as astral projection, he said.
“I thought it could be a really interesting basis for a story where a guy tries to give himself out-of-body experiences to escape the diagnosis of schizophrenia he just received,” Nissen said. “The medications are not working; the traditional methods are not working. So he gets this idea from this fringe philosopher to meditate and train himself to escape his own body.”
His character learns how to project his consciousness out of his body, getting good enough at it that the issue is less about what he can do and more about whether what he can do is right, Nissen said.
Nissen and his wife, Katie Clementz, a graphic designer who graduated from St. Charles North High School in 2004, financed the first part of the movie themselves.
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