What’s this thing all about?
Duration: 80 minutes
First Draft: November 2009
Last Update: June 2011
Original Treatment By: Kris Haamer
An artist’s journey towards recognition.
In a forgotten island-nation a group of talented painters dreams of showcasing their work around the world. On our journey across the country, we meet artists who reveal their entrepreneurial stories, ambitions and inspire each of us to take charge of our artistic destiny.
Entrepreneurship creates opportunity.
Concept & Premise
Becoming an artistic success is a great challenge anywhere. But it’s even a bigger adventure on a tiny, little-known island in a country nobody has heard of. The protagonist – Alex-Keller – is a somewhat offbeat young man who travels in a yellow taxi cab, on a motorbike, and on foot – in his city of Sao Tomé and on the only road around the island looking for mentors and advice before his first individual gallery show at the Brazilian embassy.
Tomé is the story of an up-and-coming artist. It’s an exciting journey towards recognition but also an intimate portrayal of one man who tries to make something of himself.
Alex-Keller begins to question his love of work – and begins a journey of self-discovery. What is he really going to be doing on this small island? Many don’t recognize his aspirations. He’s close to becoming a social outcast. But he keeps seeking the answer to one question – how to become successful with his creations?
I believe one becomes an artist when he begins to pay attention to the feelings of his own inner visionary, laying bare one’s soul. Alex begins to understand how visionaries and entrepreneurs create change in-spite of hardships. And failure really doesn’t matter that much.
Tomé is a film for a global audience. It’s a universal story in a fresh context. Audiences are tired of superficial TV shows; Tomé provides entrepreneurial inspiration by telling a true story that gets into the heart of what it means to believe in oneself.
In May 2009 Estonia and São Tomé and Príncipe established diplomatic relations. The Estonian Ambassador to Portugal Mart Tarmak said São Tomé and Príncipe could become a destination for Estonian tourists.
At the time I was a student in Lisbon, at the University of Lusofona that has many students from Sao Tome & Principe, some of whom I made friends with. I became curious about the islands and started working on various projects connected to Sao Tome. I conceived the idea for a film in November 2009 as a way to raise funding for my relationship with the islands.
I’ve been working on this project since November 2009, I am presenting a small part of the film in 2011, as my thesis for Tallinn University, and hope to finish the film later in 2011.
What’s the whole story? Continue reading my synopsis of the film.
– Kris Haamer