Velle to Want

Runtime: 9 mins 01 sec
Director:  Lance Blakney

A man experiences his darkest day.

Director Statement

Velle to Want is a realist narrative presented in a series of surreal visuals. Based on my own experiences, this film is meant to have an underlying message of hope in a dark place. The title Velle to Want, “Velle” meaning to will or wish, translates to Want to Want – a want to live. 

Film is one of the most powerful mediums in the world. It can make you feel things you never thought, react in ways you may never have, or give you hope you may have lost. When you are struggling with mental health issues, often you lose sight of the light at the end of the tunnel. This film is based on my own experiences with mental health. It has been a difficult to 
communicate my struggles to those around me, so I hope this film may serve as a tool to help people understand what it is like to be trapped in your own mind. During my time as a mental health advocate, I have learned that is important for film to address these topics head on. By extension, I hope this film can bring comfort to others who are battling their own demons, and give them a calming sense that someone out there knows how they feel; a reminder that, one way or another, you can crawl your way out of whatever you are going through.

DIRECTOR – Lance Blakney

Lance Kenneth Blakney is a filmmaker and photographer based in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He works an Integrated Marketing Officer for the University of New Brunswick. His passion for still and moving imagery, in combination with his honours degree in Media Arts and Cultures, facilitates the creation of visually beautiful photographs and films that can also exist within a social and political context. Solo gallery shows, guest lectures, workshops, and numerous international publications and awards have given him a presence within the artistic community both locally and abroad.