"Jovanka's vision has been honed to perfection and combines true poetry with savage instinct. Lyrical and brutal. Just what the doctor ordered."|
- Guillermo del Toro, Executive Producer
Director of Hellboy 1 & 2, Pan's Labyrinth, The Devil's Backbone, Cronos.
The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous building. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world.
The Captured Bird is a short film written and directed by Jovanka Vuckovic. It is inspired in part by a childhood nightmare, by the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, the fables of the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen as well as the paranormal phenomenon known as The Shadow People. They are supernatural beings depicted cross-culturally in art and literature. Regardless of culture or period, these beings appear in the waking nightmares of dreamers all over the world. For dream interpreters, they are notorious harbingers of doom.
The Captured Bird raised a large portion of its financing through a generous grant from Bravo!FACT, a program run by Canadian broadcaster Bravo, as well as some generous donations from people anxious to see the film. Our crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter was an overwhelming success. We raised a total of $66,500 to shoot the film, close to half of which came from Kickstarter. Check it out if you're interested in seeing how we raised all the extra funds we needed to shoot this ambitious short through this fascinating new financing avenue for independent filmmakers:
"I can't wait to see it!"
- John Landis, Director
An American Werewolf in London
"She's about to kick all of our asses. Be warned, people."
- Lucky McKee, Director
"Jovanka is a visionary of the dark arts."
- Mick Garris
Creator of Masters of Horror
"The Captured Bird is bound to be among the best works of fantasy."
- George Romero, Director
Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead
"The concept drawings are amazing! Can't wait to see the finished film."
- Stuart Gordon, Director
From Beyond, Re-Animator
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