Bridgeport cinematographer focuses on mental health in new horror film

The inspiration comes from his own grandmother, who at 102 years old, is suffering from dementia.

News 12 Staff

Feb 27, 2023, 10:26 PM

Updated 453 days ago

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A local cinematographer is taking on a whole new approach to shake up a genre of movies he feels has become far too predictable.
Edwin Escobar, of Bridgeport, is aiming to tackle a new project by putting a spin on horror movies. The film is called "Left."
"I want it to be based on mental illness and that's a scary thing. It's your own scary movie in your head," said Escobar. "A son who is looking for his father who vanished, his father has dementia, but then during his journey, he starts to question his own sanity."
The inspiration comes from his own grandmother, who at 102 years old, is suffering from dementia.
"Watching a matriarch forget who she is after doing so much and surviving things...and lose her identity, lose her ability to be self-dependent," he said.
The project is already written, but to start filming he needed $10,000.
"I'm the last person to ever jump into anybody's inbox asking for anything. But I did it genuinely, I had a story that was dear to me, I didn't feel embarrassed about sharing it," said Escobar. "Now I want to have impact on my community, I want to create roots here, the talent is obviously here."
Another priority of Edwin's is to film as much of the project in Bridgeport, featuring landmarks and well-known areas so that viewers will know where it was filmed, putting the city on the map.
The cinematographer has since accomplished the threshold of raising $10,000 but says there will be expenses that will pile up as filming gets underway. To get involved, click here.


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