THREE DAYS - a psychological dramatic short film about Maggie, a 1950’s actress, who is admitted to a psychiatric hospital after being confronted by her traumatic past in an acting studio.
Three Days is a tragic and gripping short film inspired by the experiences of women in the 1950's who had to endure extreme therapies like pharmaceuticals, electroshock therapy, lobotomies and prolonged periods of isolation in the psych ward. Detailed letters entailing their experience were left behind...
Maggie, our heroine, is forced to confront parts of her traumatic past in an acting class through a series of humiliating exercises created to break her ego and “empty her out”. Maggie is exploited in all forms - something that is common, even today, in acting studios where coaches encourage actors to expose their traumas without professional counsel.
In this story, Maggie finds herself confined to a mental hospital where she is put through psychoanalysis, ice baths, medication, and isolation in a cemented cell. It's in here that she is pushed to her breaking point. But despite all these unconventional methods to try to tame her, Maggie sees sanity is not all it’s cracked up to be.Why This Story Now?
In the years leading up to the pandemic, we’ve seen an uptake in survivors of cults and cult-like facilities taking control over the narrative and portraying their own experiences. We were inspired by the brave people that have shared their stories and opened the door for this type of fact-based narrative to be told.
Erin’s recent work in Vancouver has given access to a community of incredible filmmakers that we’re excited to work with. For a sample of Erin's work in the same style and genre of Three Days, a period piece in the 1950's, watch Fruitcake below. The film was done on a $10K budget.
Imagine Film Noir meets One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets LaLaLand.
Using stark color contrast between the settings, we are building an optical representation of the mental state Maggie is thrown into. The crushed velvets and dark reds that convey the style of the art scene in New York during that time period juxtaposed against the sterile white and blue tones of our hospital setting. From lively to lethargic in the blink of an eye.
FEMALE HELMED DRAMA
Not only is the star and writer of Three Days a powerful female voice, but we also have female producers, director, director of
photography, writer and lead all coming together to bring this story to life.
“I am a storyteller. My Grandmother was a storyteller. I am also a mother to a very young daughter. I have a responsibility to deepen my understanding and awareness by exploring the world I live in, share my experiences, and evolve. Storytelling through filmmaking is a powerful medium. I am proud to be a female filmmaker and honored to be working with the women and men that we have pulled together. I wrote this piece before I really understood what I was writing. It is continuously revealing itself actually. That is why this story is important. It is bigger than me. It brings together pieces of myself but more importantly, pieces of many amazing women from the past and now.”
Writer, Erin Boyes.
"Being a woman myself who spent the past decade in various acting studios and falling prey to situations pertaining to the “Me too” movement… I relate deeply to this story which is why I am so excited to be a part of this project and help bring this story to life.
Three Days is my third short as director but the first with a full cast and crew under UBCP. I plan to take the knowledge and experience I gained writing and producing a feature thriller this year, working under the directorial guidance of Sylvia Caminer, and applying that experience to this film. We hope you will jump in and get messy with us on this film!"
Director, Dani Barker.
For a donation of $500 - Special Thanks in credits
For a donation of $250 - Pre-screening link to the film
For a donation of $150 - Special thank you video from the filmmaker(s)
PLANS FOR SHOOTING
June 26-28th, 2021, are set for shooting the film at a wonderful location in Squamish, BC, that has been so generous with us. We are hoping to raise the funds before the end of May, 2021, to put a deposit down on the location, pay for production design, rent props (1950's specific) and wardrobe, attach cast and crew and all the other wonderful things that go along with pre production. We are less than two months away until shooting!
OUR FABULOUS TEAM
WRITER/STAR/PRODUCER - Erin Boyes
DIRECTOR/PRODUCER - Dani Barker
PRODUCER - Sydney Scotia
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Chris Gaunt
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER - Gabriel Medina
LINE PRODUCER - Jonathan Dubois
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - Chris Ippolito
SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR - Anna Boyes
CHOREOGRAPHER - Paula Giroday
CROWD FUNDING - Kimi Alexander
WRITER | LEAD ACTOR | PRODUCER
Erin is the writer of Three Days and will be playing the lead character Maggie. She brings her knowledge and experience from training and working throughout the US and Canada as a theatre, film and television actor for over 15 years. Erin has produced and starred in two previous award-winning short films, Nomansland and Fruitcake, which have played at festivals around the world. Strongly influenced by her degree in psychology, Erin’s film projects explore the history of mental health in women, particularly the desperation to be believed. She is inspired by period films like Far From Heaven, The Hours and Frances and the plays of Tennessee Williams. Erin is honored and inspired by all of the support she has received to bring Three Days to life!
DIRECTOR | PRODUCER
Dani is the creator/director of the successful web-series Starvival turned into TBS show The Unprofessionals and the show Squirm on Canada's diverse channel OUTtv. She is a producer, writer and lead actor on the feature thriller Follow Her, shot in New York City, to be released late 2021. Since landing in Vancouver, she directed two short films, the first of which launched online for free, entitled The Poo Bag and has been wildly successful; and the follow up to that film called Nothing’s Original which is currently in the festival circuit and set to release fall of 2021.
Sydney Scotia is a Canadian/American actor, producer, and director. She produced and starred in a short film, I Dare You, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and for which she was nominated for a Joey award for her portrayal of Julie. Under her own production company, Scotia Entertainment, Sydney has directed a feature length documentary on traumatic brain injury in victims of domestic violence, This Hits Home, which won the audience choice award at the 2020 Boston Film Festival. She draws on her experience from both in front of and behind the camera.
CHRIS GAUNT - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Chris spent over 30 yrs in the business world before proactively departing to act, produce & write full-time. Over the past few years, Chris has acted in a number of features, shorts, commercials and music videos and has been a producer on 6 films. Chris has been working closely with Dani Barker for the last year and a half on the feature thriller film, Follow Her, as an Executive Producer.
GABRIEL MEDINA - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Gabriel Zamora is a Producer, Director of Photography and Camera Operator in Vancouver, BC. He is an Associate Member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers and the owner of Red Eye Motion Pictures Production Company. He is enthusiastic, resourceful and passionate about filmmaking with the eye and craft needed to bring ideas to life using light and motion.
JONATHAN DUBOIS - LINE PRODUCER
Jonathan DuBois was born on February 18, 1985 in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, Canada. He is a producer and cinematographer, known for Buddy Games (2019), The Marine 5: Battleground (2017) and William (2019). He is currently producing Hypnotic for Netflix.