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: Evan Viera

Evan Viera's highly acclaimed short

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.

"She is already transforming. Her skin is glowing, falling apart, and pieces of her shirt are floating weightlessly in the air. She looks down at herself splitting apart at the seams. Light pours out of her and collects inbetween her extended hands."


Grand Prize - Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival
Best Short Finalist - Bang Awards
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 
Award of Distinction - Prix Ars Electronica
Award of Innovation - Seattle International Film Festival

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