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We find, in All Things Hidden, a young woman (Dannie Turner) in the midst of an emotional crisis making a heartbreaking journey to confront her tragic past. Once she arrives at her childhood home, we see that past through Dannie herself as a young girl. We meet her loving, wounded yet resilient mother, Maggie, and Dannie's embittered, alcoholic, father, Richard. Their marriage is a recipe for disaster, but like most disasters, we find we cannot look away as Maggie struggles to take back control of her life. Nor we can look away when we finally see Dannie transform all those years of guilt over the loss of her mother into forgiveness. As dark and difficult as ATH is, it is also full of hope, redemption, courage, love and life. And butterflies.
Behind the story
All Things Hidden is my response to the impact growing up with domestic violence had on my life, the impact I see it has on others, and the tragic consequences that can occur.
Every day in the U.S, more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends. Every day that number is growing. Internationally it is just as high or even higher. The ramifications of this kind of violence on children are far-reaching. The trauma can hinder positive emotional growth, cause long-term health issues, learning challenges, personality disorders - the list is endless. Once the damage is done, it is hard to repair.
My experience was not as extreme as others, but it still left a permanent dent in my life and there are some memories you can never erase. So, in writing ATH, I set out to explore how one is able to get past these experiences that have held us back in life, what do we have to do? My answer was to go back. As much as we are told we shouldn't 'go back', and I really didn't want to relive my experience again, I knew it was the right thing to do. It isn't easy to do, but once we let go of the 'shame' society has burdened us with for so long our pride is rekindled, and our experience becomes our strength.
We want All Things Hidden to be an example of that strength. And we hope it can help others who have been in the same situation or who are currently struggling to know they can get help. Do not give up.
Every contribution supports the film getting its chance to shine. ATH wants to make an emotional and visual statement in regards to the effect of domestic violence on our society, our children, our friends, wives, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunts, and even strangers 1000's of miles away.
We have a highly professional cast & crew that we believe in paying; production assistants, make-up artists, gaffers, sound designers, camera operators, our fabulous DP, Director and super talented cast. ATH is a very challenging script, emotionally and physically, and we want their hard work rewarded respectably. We are committed to the finished product being its best.
Making a high quality film about domestic violence is paramount.
Your contribution will help us with our location fees, insurance, administrative expenses (scripts, office supplies, batteries, etc) food, fight choreographer, safety experts, marketing expenses (posters, t-shirts, photos) post production costs and helping ATH get into as many festivals worldwide as possible!
ALL contributors will have access to the film online after its Seattle premiere.
In Honor Of:
Your contribution at any level can be made In Honor Of someone whose life was lost to domestic violence. Whether you experienced it yourself, or it was a friend, child, parent, grandparent, or your childhood was irrevocably altered - the name will appear on the screen.
Thank you for your consideration and contribution to this project!
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