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Slipknot Percussionist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan to Shoot a Documentary on Eating Disorders

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Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan has been spending more and more time behind the camera of late and he’s got an idea for his next project. He wants to shoot a documentary about people with eating disorders.

In the last few years, Crahan has produced all of Slipknot’s documentaries and recently worked on a documentary about the scariest haunted house in America, the House of Shock in New Orleans. He’s also been behind the lens for music videos from Hollywood Undead and Motionless in White. Now in a new posting Crahan says his next project is to investigate eating disorders.

He explains, “Making these documentaries has ignited a passion in me to continue using this medium to get at the truth behind the mask, to expose the pain and the beauty hidden behind the facades we like to hide behind. I don’t want to judge or to hurt but to help, and to heal. What I am going to ask for next may be difficult for some of you to contemplate but I ask that you keep an open mind and to think about what an experience like this might have meant to you had it been available when you began your journey.”

As part of the project, Crahan is seeking both male and female subjects in three age ranges — 30 and older, 18-30 and under 18 — who have been diagnosed with anorexia, bulimia and/or any other eating disorder.

He adds, “I know how incredibly difficult these disorders are to live with, to speak about, and to have to confront. I want to be direct, honest, and unflinching in telling your stories of struggle and triumph, failure and success as you find your path to a healthy life. Why eating disorders? My path through life has brought me into contact with a number of women and men suffering from these terrible diseases and I feel compelled to do what I can to help.”

Giving proper warning about what to expect, Crahan adds, “I warn you now that I intend to ask a great deal of you. I am not interested in telling only part of the story. I want to speak to you and film your story. I want to be positive but not condescending, to be honest, but not cruel. My hope is that your experiences will give the woman or man suffering in silence the strength to get help. My hope is that telling your story will empower you to gain control of your illness. I have seen the devastation eating disorders inflict on both the people suffering from them as well as on their families. I am not foolish enough to believe this will cure anyone, but can we help to save someone? Isn’t that a chance worth taking?”

The musician-turned-filmmaker says that those interested in partaking in his documentary may reach out via email at schon@5bam.com and that all responses will be kept confidential.

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