April 29, 2023


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Portrait of an Artist
a soul-searching exploration into
madness, the creative mind and marijuana
a film by
geo geller & Issa Ibrahim

Portrait of an Artist is a soul-searching exploration in a unique hybrid film/conversation experience, that continues the conversation on Madness, Marijuana, Creative Mind, Mental Health and Harm Reduction between filmmaker Geo Geller and the artist, Issa Ibrahim, with the audience. Portrait of an Artist is a feature of 3 short stand-alone films, ‘Portrait of the Artist Issa Ibrahim’, ‘Marijuana & Me’ and ‘Madness’ running consecutively – Time 82m

Portrait of an Artist addresses the wide arc of mental health, the unintended consequences of marijuana use and its link to schizophrenia, while capturing the beauty and sadness of an artist in full bloom and on the verge of a mental breakdown.

Issa was born an artist into a bohemian family, his father a Jazz musician and mother a painter who encouraged his painting gifts. At age 24, in a marijuana induced delusion, Issa suffered an extreme psychotic meltdown culminating in a horrific family tragedy, leading him to spend 20 years in a mental hospital. Issa’s struggle and search for meaning in his life resonate through his art, music, and writing and can be felt in these films.

GEwIZ is a collaboration between Geo Geller and Issa Ibrahim, who are refugees from normalcy, mediocrity and the status quo. Portrait of an Artist is first in a series of films and a testament to a thoughtful and heartfelt 20-year friendship full of depth and soul.

“Portrait of an Artist is Very powerful and direct… brave and honest.” Michael Gitlin, Filmmaker

“Portrait of an Artist made me take a look at myself and my privilege. The art history, the comic-book history, and the art analysis was icing on the cake.” Dan Frey, City Voices

Portrait of an Artist
Promo 05:40 min


Portrait of an Artist
Film 82min Pre-Post-Production
Password Upon Request

In screening this film GEwIZ is looking for any interested potential investors, partners and media sponsors. We welcome any aid or thoughts. Thank you in advance for your consideration. We look forward to your response.

“Is This Another Planets Hell?” In the soul searching spirit of GEwIZ, which started out as a singer song-writing exploration and collaboration between GEo and IZ. We are pleased to present, a work in progress, musical theater told in story songs from our archives combining music of GEwIZ and Issa’s solo work

Is This Another Planets Hell
[mp3-jplayer tracks=” Planets Hell.mp3, Dont Know About This Life.mp3, Out Of Time.mp3, Memories Of Yesterday, Of Mirrors.mp3, Away.mp3, Know Youre Crazy But Dont Know It.mp3,,, For Place To Hide.mp3, Knows.mp3, Identity.mp3, Am A Ghost.mp3, House.mp3, of Forgotten Memories.mp3, Of Make Believe.mp3, Bought The Dream.mp3, Be My Pillow.mp3,, Backwards Into Future.mp3, In Face Of Reason.mp3, Am Still Alive To My Surprise.mp3, No No Escape.mp3, Snatcher.mp3, The Past Be.mp3, About It.mp3, Track – Nailing You To The Cross.mp3, Track – Crossing The Line-37min.mp3″ style=”dark” dload=”n” captions=”by GEwIZ GEo with IZ Issa – Recorded in 2009-11″ list=”y”]

Issa’s Music Sampler


Geo Geller & Issa Ibrahim

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