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Here’s access to the incredible work from behind the scenes featuring interviews of the cast and crew, special features and other goodies from some of the most talented people in the universe.

Please take a look around, and thanks for your support.

 

BTS VIDEOS

The music of choice
Behind the scenes of cello

 

In Their Own Words...

Director's Statement

My grandpa is a sweet and charming person who deeply cares about everyone in his life. We spent many days together while I was growing up, playing games and laughing aloud. That was, until six years ago, when he suffered a serious stroke and was left unable to move in any way. Although I felt grateful to have my grandpa still with us, I soon realized that he was living his life unable to express emotion.

One day, while visiting home from college, I lay down next to my grandpa and tried to see from his perspective. Every day for six years, he had stared through the steel bars of this window. Looking through those same bars, I asked myself: Were we, his family, being selfish? Would he choose to rest peacefully and indefinitely, if given the option? 

This film, CELLO, was born. 

Aware that ALS will destroy his ability to express himself through his cello and to communicate with his family, my character Ansel must make the hardest of decisions. How ought he leave this earth? Although “Death With Dignity” is still a controversial topic, I believe that how we treat those who are suffering reflects who we are as a society, and therefore we must not ignore this important issue.

It was my intention through this film to show how a terminally ill person has rights, too. And to encourage others to take action, so that more patients will have a choice. 

I gave a voice to my film through the eyes of a little girl, played by the incredible Samantha Desman, who watched her grandfather, played by Lynn Harrell, battle ALS, a crippling disease. Our film asks the heartbreaking question: should people have the right to choose when to exit — to eliminate prolonged suffering with compassion and retain personal dignity —on one’s own terms?

 
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Storyboards

For a few select scenes, director Angie Su and cinematographer Austin Serr enlisted a storyboard artist to craft the cinematic space. Here's one scene, in which Ansel tells Olivia a story through his cello.

The Look

To craft the look of CELLO, director Angie Su and production designer Scott Nystrom carefully selected a homey, though modern, look. Here's a collection of references the filmmakers used while making the film:

BTS Photos

Fundraising

We need your help

CELLO funds are still needed for marketing costs to ensure the maximum number of people have the opportunity to view this unique, thought-provoking film.

 All donations are 501(c)(3) compliant when earmarked for Cello.

All donations are 501(c)(3) compliant when earmarked for Cello.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the Utah Film Center via the following link: www.utahfilmcenter.org/fiscalsponsorship

 

Proudly Supports

If you would like to help or find out more about ALS and choices available to terminally ill patients, please check out the organizations below. 

 
 

ALS Assocation

To expedite the discovery of treatments and a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

 
 

Death With Dignity

To provide an option for dying individuals and to stimulate nationwide improvements in end-of-life care.

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