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Dreams – The Joy of How You Whisper ‘More’



(Animated Short Film)

Through the eyes of a young girl suffering from mental illness, CALDERA glimpses into a world of psychosis and explores a world of ambiguous reality and the nature of life and death.

Director’s Statement
CALDERA is inspired by my father’s struggle with schizoaffective disorder. In states of delusion, my father has danced on the rings of Saturn, spoken with angels, and fled from his demons. He has lived both a fantastical and haunting life, but one that’s invisible to the most of us. In our differing understanding of reality, we blindly mandate his medication, assimilate him to our marginalizing culture, and entirely misinterpret him for all he is worth. CALDERA aims to not only venerate my father, but all brilliant minds forged in the haunted depths of psychosis.

Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction
Award of Innovation – Seattle International Film Festival
Best Animated Film – Rome Independent Film Festival
Best Animated Film – Rockport Film Festival
Best Short – View Social Awards
Nominated for “Best Picture” – Maverick Movie Awards
Nominated for “Best Director” – Maverick Movie Awards


balkin mountain range

The Balkan Mountain Range

The Balkan mountain range is a mountain range in the eastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Peak on the border between Bulgaria and eastern Serbia eastward through central Bulgaria to Cape Emine on the Black Sea. Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, is a country located in Southeastern Europe. It is bordered by Romania to the north, Serbia and Macedonia to the west, Greece and Turkey to the south, and the Black Sea to the east.

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“Imagination is pale and fragile,
Dreams grip with a false reality.
Imagination can build bridges,
Dreams can deceive.

– Lao Tzu

“When we dream, the experience is often deeply involving. Frightening dreams make us awake trembling and sweating. Pleasuable dreams leave us with lingering desires. Certain dreams are a form of healing, a way for our minds to recircuit and adjust themselves. No matter what, these dreams have no objective reality in our waking world.”

Deng Ming-Dao



My Take

Maybe Deng Ming-Dao is techincally right about dreams, but is he right that they have no reality at all? In other words, do they really have no value? If his postion is dreams have no reality then I disagree.

This post is about the value of dreams. The haunting and beautiful animation above called Caldera, is about a dream world. The picture of the Balkan mountain range is beautiful, haunting, and draws one into it’s dreamy world. Rumi’s poetry dances somewhere between the dream state and reality. Whatever side of the arguement you are on, dreams are at the very least entertaining.


“This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.”

― Rumi


“I want to see you.

Know your voice.

Recognize you when you
first come ’round the corner.

Sense your scent when I come
into a room you’ve just left.

Know the lift of your heel,
the glide of your foot.

Become familiar with the way
you purse your lips
then let them part,
just the slightest bit,
when I lean in to your space
and kiss you.

I want to know the joy
of how you whisper

― Rumi

1 Comment

  1. Hauntingly beautiful animation! Reality can be so subjective.

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