Caldera (2012)


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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.


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.


CALDERA was helmed by Evan Viera (Director/Composer/Co-Writer) and Chris Bishop (Co-writer/Animation Supervisor/Story Artist) and was produced at Hampshire College. CALDERA was the first film to go through the Bit Films Incubator Program, where founder and professor Chris Perry (co-producer/editor) invites orphaned independent films to be made on campus with the College's students and resources. MANY students and industry professionals generously donated their time to the making of this film. See below for the full credits list.

In co-production with Bit Films and Flicker Dreams Productions


Amir Zarrin

Andrew Chan

Andrew Kantos

Andrew Nighswander

Ann Mullin

Ashley Souza

Audrey Condon

Barbara Bolles

Ben Fiske

Chris Bishop

Chris Perry

Christine Stuckart

Cristin McKee

Dan Finnegan

Dan Peck

Daniel Gilbert

Dave Boutillier

Ed Bishop

Edgardo Padilla

Evan Viera

Ian Krebs-Smith

Jake Blais

Jake Mazonson

Jarred de Beer

Jerry Chan

Jim Levasseur

Josh Marvel

Katie Taccone

Katie Wynkoop

Liz Ellis

Louai Abu-Osba

Marcus Wolf

Michael Flaherty

Nat Stein

Owen Granich-Young

Perry Chau

Raf Anzovin

Rhea Kewalramani

Rob Sandell

Ryan Moore

Sam Plattner

Samah Majadla

Shane Kirby

Stephen Sues

Taryn Johnson

Tati Soutar

William Young

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animation, short, fantasy, psychosis, mental illness, surreal, caldera